R.I. Infrastructure Bank awards stormwater grants to 3 towns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has awarded funds for stormwater management projects in East Providence, Pawtucket, and Little Compton.

The bank awarded $632,100 from the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant Program.

Funds will go towards Agnes Hennessey Elementary School Stormwater Improvements in East Providence, Slater Park North Parking Lot Improvements in Pawtucket, and stormwater improvements on Taylor’s Lane in Little Compton.

All three projects will involve the installation of features to reduce stormwater runoff, increase green space, and improve public access to recreational space, the bank said.

“With the increased frequency and severity of intense rain and flooding events due to climate change, implementing new stormwater management infrastructure is critical to improving resilience and reducing impacts on nearby ecosystems,” C.E.O. Jeffrey Diehl said. “We are pleased to make this grant funding available for these worthy projects that will reduce stormwater runoff, benefit the environment, and improve quality of life.”

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