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Water Quality

Nearly all of the activities of the Watershed Council in some way tie into water quality, since this is central to our mission of encouraging, supporting and promoting the restoration and preservation of the Woonasquatucket River watershed. However, this section of our website focuses on matters directly related to the water quality in the watershed.

Removing a tire from the river during a cleanup organized by the Watershed Council in partnership with the Narragansett Bay Commission in 2002. Such clean-ups happen every year on the Woonasquatucket. For more information see the Get Involved section of our website.

Water Quality Monitoring: The Watershed Council, working under the URI Watershed Watch Program, has an ongoing program of monitoring in the Woonasquatucket River watershed. For more about our monitoring program see the water quality monitoring page on our website.

TMDL: The Watershed Council worked closely with RI DEM on the development of the TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load calculations for the Woonasquatucket River. For more about this process, see the TMDL page of our website.

RIPDES Stormwater Phase II Program: This program is mandated under an EPA rule of 1990 to address polluted runoff entering stormwater systems in municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and eventually discharging into a waterbody such as a river or bay. You can read more about this program on the page on our website devoted to this topic.

Pleasant Valley Stream Project presentation (PDF)

Lessons in Water Cycling: Green Infrastructure in Providence, RI by Stephany Yin

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