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$1 Million Grant Awarded to Protect and Restore Water Quality on Aquidneck Island
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sen. Jack Reed announced a $1 million grant to the communities of Aquidneck Island for an innovative new program to protect and restore the fresh and salt water quality on the island. This three-year program was developed by the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission in partnership with Aquidneck Land Trust, Clean Ocean Access, the City of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth.
The goal of this grant is to reduce storm water runoff, which washes pollution into drinking water reservoirs and coastal waters on and around the island. The partners will work together to identify, design and build high-profile storm water improvements Island-wide, and will also look to share resources and training. The project will take advantage of recent work by Clean Ocean Access to test storm water for pathogens that threaten human health.