Rhode Island’s Waters are Under Threat

Rhode Island’s waterways and coastline are critically linked to the health of our economy and our communities. They are places to play, swim, fish, and kayak. But today, stormwater pollution is fouling our ponds and shutting down our beaches, making them unsafe for swimming and fishing – and for the wildlife that call them home.

CLF in Action

CLF is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to uphold the Clean Water Act and require large, privately owned stormwater polluters to obtain permits for their dirty discharge – which will ultimately curb the unchecked pollution that’s doing the most harm.

We have filed suit against the EPA for its lax implementation of the law on Aquidneck Island and in East Providence’s Mashapaug Pond. A successful outcome to this lawsuit will mean that hundreds of commercial, industrial, and institutional polluters will finally be required to obtain permits. Those permits would not only control the stormwater pollution those businesses discharge into Mashapaug Pond and the waters surrounding Aquidneck Island, but also ensure they are paying their fair share of the costs for its clean up.