East Providence Awarded $544,000 Grant to Reduce Neighborhood Flooding

Published: 12/7/2017

In November, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) awarded $6.8 million in matching grants for 33 projects, spread across the state, to mitigate water pollution from stormwater and nonpoint sources, reduce flooding, and strengthen Rhode Island’s climate resilience.  The City of East Providence received the largest flood prevention and mitigation grant—a $544,025 award to reduce flooding in the State Street neighborhood.

The project will benefit thirty homeowners in East Providence’s State Street neighborhood by reducing the extent of flooding during extreme storm events through the installation of two concrete box culverts. The culverts will increase capacity and lower the water surface elevation upstream which will remove 22 households from the 100-year floodplain entirely. The project also will restore the historical stream channel of a Runnins River tributary that has been inundated by invasive species, and implement multiple strategies to improve the quality of stormwater runoff entering the Runnins River.

Woodard & Curran, an integrated environmental engineering and operations firm, submitted the grant on the city’s behalf and will continue to help the city implement the project as the design engineer for the culverts. 

“These grants will help protect our state’s infrastructure and critical natural resources,” said Shaun O’Rourke, director of Stormwater and Resiliency at Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.  “The projects emphasize the importance of collaboration, from municipalities to community organizations, in better preparing Rhode Island for a new climate reality.”

The grants are made possible through funding from the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Bond Fund and the federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution program.   
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