This video is part of PREP-RI, an online module series developed to increase the capacity of municipal officials and staff to make effective decisions supporting resilience in Rhode Island.
Water resources supply drinking water, support recreation, provide habitat, and drive the economy in the Ocean State. Stormwater runoff is the leading cause of pollution in Rhode Island waters, contributing to beach closures and the contamination of shellfish beds, as well as increased flooding. Sea level rise and more frequent, heavy rainfall associated with climate change exacerbate these negative impacts. With gray stormwater infrastructure already at capacity, communities have learned to mimic natural hydrology through the use of low-impact development and green infrastructure. This module describes how communities may accommodate growth while avoiding, reducing, and managing the impacts of stormwater runoff, preserving community character, saving money, and maintaining a high quality of life.