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Here is a link to maps of RI showing Senate and House districts. Take a look and see what districts are in your watershed.
Here are the two websites with district numbers, names and emails:  Representatives and Senators

The 2017 State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed technical report is now available.
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program brought together more than 50 practitioners from universities, organizations, and agencies in a bi-state effort by Massachusetts and Rhode Island to collaborate on the 2017 State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed technical report. This report presents and tracks 24 indicators in order to: evaluate key stressors to Narragansett Bay and its watershed; assess the chemical, physical, and biological conditions, describe past and recent trends; look ahead to potential future changes; and identify data and research essential to advancing our understanding of these changes. 

The Rapid Benefits Indicators (RBI) Approach: A Process for Assessing the Social Benefits of Ecological Restoration
Marisa Mazzotta, Justin Bousquin, Claudette Ojo, Walter Berry, Caroline Druschke, Kristen Hychka, Rick McKinney, Dave Martin, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Atlantic Ecology Division
Presented at the June 14, 2017 RIRC Meeting

EPA SNEP PROJECT: Integrating Ecosystem Services Functions and Values into Land-Use Decision Making in the Narragansett Bay Watershed
Presentation by Stefanie Covino, Project Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon and Robert M. Griffin, Ph.D., Economist, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

State of Our Watershed:  A Status and Trends Report on Narragansett Bay and its Watershed
Presentation by Tom Borden, Program Director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program at the December 14, 2016 RIRC Meeting 

RI DEM Office of Compliance and Inspection:  Routing of Incoming Telephone Calls
Handout from presentation by David Chopy at June 2016 RIRC Meeting

RI Coastal Resources Management Council: Regulatory Program and Restoration Partnerships 
Presentation by Caitlin Chaffee, Coastal Policy Analyst, and Jeff Willis, Deputy Director at the May 9, 2016 RIRC Meeting

Overview of Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) Construction Activities, Monitoring Initiatives and Findings 
Presentation by Thomas Uva, NBC Director of Planning, Policy, and Regulation at the April 13, 2016 RIRC Meeting

Water Quality 2035 Presentation from March 9, 2016 Meeting
Water Quality 2035 Handout from March 9, 2016 Meeting

Fish Run Presentation from September 9, 2015 Meeting

Meeting Schedule

January 9
3:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
February 13
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
March 13
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
April 10
4:00 PM
RI Statehouse Library
May 8
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
June 12
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
July 10
4:00 PM
August 14
4:00 PM
September 11
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
October 9
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
November 13
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C
December 11
4:00 PM
DEM Conference Room 280C



Water Quality 2035: Rhode Island Water Quality Management Plan, October 13, 2016
State Guide Plan Element Report #121
Two-page Summary (Flyer) of Water Quality 2035

Rivers Council Member Agencies

RI Department of Administration

RI Department of Environmental Management

RI Coastal Resources Management Council

RI Economic Development Corporation

RI Water Resources Board

RI League of Cities & Towns

Other Watershed Related Agencies & Nonprofit Organizations

USEPA Watershed Academy

USEPA Impaired Waters and Total Mass Daily Loads Guidance Page

USEPA Handbook for Developing Watershed TMDLs (Draft, December 15, 2008)

USEPA Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

USEPA Region 1 (New England)

USNPS John H Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

USNPS Rivers and Trails Assistance Program

American Rivers (Washington DC)
American Rivers Dam Removal Program

Food and Water Watch (Washington DC)

Center for Watershed Protection (Maryland)

River Network (Oregon)

RIWRB-USGS Water Use & Availability Reports

RI Bays, Rivers & Watersheds Coordination Team

RIDEM Water Quality Restoration Plans (TMDLs)

RIDEM Dam Inventory

RIDEM F&W Strategic Plan for the Restoration of Anadromous Fishes

RIDEM-CRMC RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual

RIDEM-CRMC RI Low Impact Development Site Planning and Design Guidance Manual

UCONN CLEAR First Impervious Cover TMDL in the Nation Report

Providence Water Supply Board

Narragansett Bay Commission

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Narragansett Bay Watershed Counts

RI Habitat Restoration Team Rivers Working Group

URI Coastal Institute

URI Watershed Watch

Narragansett Bay Watershed Counts (Indicators Project by URICI & NBEP)

RI Natural History Survey

RI Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP):
    Main Documents web page
    Project Fact Sheet
    Final Report Volume 1:  Summary Report
    Final Report Volume 2:  Technical Report 

RI Sea Grant

Audubon Society of RI

Save the Bay

Save the Bay Dam Safety & Removal Analysis & Recommendations

Coalition for Water Security

RI Blueways Alliance

Watershed-Drainage Basin Wikipedia Entry
River Wikipedia Entry
RI Rivers Wikipedia Entry
Narragansett Bay Wikipedia Entry

Stream Biology, Ecology & Hydrology Educational Resources
Stream Biology, Ecology & Hydrology Reading List
Stream Biology, Ecology & Hydrology Links
Stream Flow

RI Watershed Maps (URIGIS)

USFWS RI National Wildlife Refuge Complex

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service RI

USGS Water Science Glossary of Terms

USGS Natural Processes of Ground-water and Surface-water Interaction

USGS RI Gauging Stations Real Time & Historical Streamflow Data

Conversion equations for flow:
1 cubic foot per second = 0.6463 million gallons per day
1 cubic meter per second = 22.824 million gallons per day
1 million gallons per day = 1.5472 cubic feet per second
1 million gallons per day = 0.0438 cubic meter per second

Approximate Average Long Term Flow of Selected RI & MA Rivers
in millions of gallons per day

1 Blackstone, 970, Worcester & Burrillville to Pawtucket
2 Pawcatuck, 618, South Kingstown to Westerly
3 Taunton, 596, Taunton to Warren/Bristol/Tiverton
4 Pawtuxet, 343, Western Central RI to Cranston/Warwick
5 Ten Mile, 96, North Attleboro to East Providence
6 Woonasquatucket, 77, Smithfield to Providence
7 Usquepaug, 74, Exeter to Charlestown (Headwaters of Great Swamp)
8 Hunt, 57, North Kingstown to East Greenwich
9 Wood, 50, West Greenwich to Charlestown (Tributary of Pawcatuck)
10 Moshassuck, 36, Lincoln to Providence
11 Saugatucket, 22, North Kingstown to South Kingstown
12 Chipuxet, 21, Exeter/N Kingstown to S Kingstown (Headwaters of Great Swamp)
13 Beaver, 19, Exeter/Richmond to Charlestown (Tributary of Pawcatuck)
a Kickemuit in East Bay and Narrow in West Bay are significantly tidal.
b Data is for approximating relative order of magnitude only.

Twenty-three principal river stressor categories grouped into four themes

Impervious surfaces
Livestock density
Wetland disconnectivity

Organic loading
Nitrogen loading
Phosphorus loading
Pesticide loading
Sediment loading
Mercury deposition
Soil salinization
Potential acidification
Thermal alteration

Consumptive water loss
River fragmentation
Flow disruption
Dam density
Human water stress
Agricultural water stress

Non-native fishes - number
Non-native fishes - percent
Fishing pressure
Aquaculture pressure

Source: Global threats to human water security and river diversity by C.J. Vorosmarty et al. Nature, September 30, 2010, Volume 467, Pages 555 to 561.

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