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2017 Poster Contest Winners

"Green Infrastructure in Providence"
Great New Video from the Rhode Island
Land and Water Partnership







Land Water Connection  Passing on Clean Water

Our Goal: Protecting Drinking Water at Its Source

Our Water Is Ranked #2 In The Nation!



Safe Medication Disposal
is such an important issue,
both to keep our waters clean
and safe and to protect our
communities from drug abuse.
 Bring your unused medications
to the permanent safe disposal
box at the state police barracks.
Scituate Police Headquarters
116 Main Street
Hope, RI 02831

Our summer rain garden workshop presentations are now available online!
Rain Gardens, Stormwater,
and the Scituate Reservoir
Rain Gardens and Native Plants

Scituate, Foster, Glocester,
and Johnston Residents:
Learn more about our
Moswansicut: Clean Not Green
workshops and events!

Protect your water by disposing of medications properly.
Find a drug collection
location near you!

NRICD Activities/Workshops

North Scituate Town Hall
Rain Garden
Press Release
Plant List
Observer Article
(May 1, 2013)

Scituate Reservoir Watershed
Long-Term Restoration Project
Next to Route 6/116 Junction

When You're Fertilizing
The Lawn, Remember ...
Windows Media (WMV/1631K)

When Your Car's Leaking Oil
On The Street, Remember ...
Windows Media (WMV/1850K)

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The Scituate Reservoir is a critical source of drinking water and provides over 60% of Rhode Islanders with drinking water. The Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program is a partnership between Providence Water and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District. It was formed to educate landowners in the watershed of the Scituate Reservoir about the connection between land use and water quality and how they can help protect this precious resource.

The Scituate Reservoir Watershed is made up of the land that water flows across or under on its way to the Scituate Reservoir.  How the land is used will directly impact the quality of the water.  The more highly developed the land is – the more pollutants that are likely to enter the reservoir.   But before the water makes its way to the reservoir, much of it passes through the groundwater that feeds the wells of residents living in the watershed.  When residents work together to protect water resources, everyone benefits – from your own family drinking your tap water, to your next door neighbor, to most residents, restaurants and businesses across RI, as well as future generations.

Providence Water owns about 33% of the land surrounding the reservoir, and the vast majority of that land is managed forest land.   Keeping land forested is the best way to protect drinking water at its source, as opposed to heavy treatment later in the distribution process. The remaining 67% of the land is owned by municipalities and residents living in Scituate, Glocester, Foster, Western Johnston and a small portion of Cranston and Smithfield, RI. Providence Water wishes to recognize and thank these landowners for employing good stewardship techniques on their land, as the entire state benefits – our water is ranked #2 in the nation!

The Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program's outreach theme for 2014 is "Woods to Water: Drinking Water's Great Adventure." This year's theme was inspired by a new partnership formed this year with The Forest Guild, made possible by funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Through this partnership, third and fifth grade students from Providence's William D'Abate Elementary School were included this year's elementary school Poster Contest and Water Festival. In the spirit of connecting Rhode Island's urban and rural communities, the 2014 curriculum follows the trail that a single water droplet takes from the Scituate Reservoir to a home in Providence, with an emphasis on the important role that forests have in keeping Rhode Island's drinking water clean.

Forests purify ground and surface waters. In fact, forests serve as a primary way of protecting and managing public drinking water supplies. Forested buffers protect streams and ponds by filtering sediments and some nutrients that can degrade water quality and aquatic habitats. Forests are critical in sustaining the natural balance of the water cycle and protecting watersheds. Forests serve to protect us from frequent flooding and replenish groundwater resources. This is because the majority of rain and snowmelt soaks into the forest canopy and floor rather than quickly draining to the nearest surface water body.

For more about the forest in the Scituate Reservoir, click here.

Gina DeMarco, District Manager
Northern RI Conservation District

Richard Blodgett, Land Management Specialist
Providence Water
401-521-6300 ext. 7316


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Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program -- Funded by Providence Water Supply Board
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