The RIRC strives to succeed at building a statewide community of dedicated groups, citizens and stakeholders who will help secure a healthy future for Rhode Island’s rivers and watersheds.
Our accomplishments include:
- Designating ten watershed councils that encompass 71% of the state.
- Improved official river naming on the state tourism and transportation maps.
- Made recommendations for riparian and shoreline buffers, including reduced taxation for buffer properties.
- Issued dozens of grants to address water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, public area enhancement, and education.
- Developed a conservation organization self-assessment tool in partnership with the RI Land Trust Council.
- Offered a Watershed Stewardship Program to citizens interested in learning how to protect their watersheds.
- Supported the Watershed Science for Educators course offered at the URI Bay Campus.
Support and Empowerment of Watershed Councils
A listing of the grant programs by fiscal year and the grants made along with grant final reports for 2014 and 2015.
Designation, Grant Eligibility, Legal Standing, Notice Rule
An overview of what designated watershed councils are empowered to do along with the grant process.
Education and Public Involvement in River & Watershed Protection
Information about the Rivers Council's Watershed Stewardship Program and Environmental Awareness Days.