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 people – and for the wildlife that call them home.

CLF in Action

Stormwater runoff picks up oil, dirt, and toxins while flowing over streets and parking lots into our waters. It is the biggest threat to clean water today. It is also entirely preventable.

CLF is calling on the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to use its authority to 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.

Our focus is on Bailey’s Brook and North Easton Pond on Aquidneck Island and Mashapaug Pond in Providence. A successful outcome will mean that commercial, industrial, and institutional polluters will be required to obtain permits for their runoff. Those permits would control the stormwater pollution those businesses discharge into Mashapaug Pond and the waters surrounding Aquidneck Island. It would also ensure these polluters are paying their fair share of the costs for its clean up.