The Northern Rhode Island Conservation District works in partnership with private land owners, farmers, municipalities, state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental agencies. NRICD is not a regulatory or enforcement agency, but rather provides assistance to those who desire to work as a team to face issues -- watershed by watershed.

News & Announcements

Urban Grower's Leadership Program: Update 6/11

Applications are now closed, and the cohort has been nominated! Texts and emails providing next steps will be going out to our new students shortly. We will be hosting our introductory meetings Saturday, June 22nd from 3-5pm and Monday, June 24th from 1-3pm with childcare provided. Students need to only attend one meeting. Please let us know your childcare needs three days in advance for us to make arrangements. Interpretation provided. Please RSVP or report any issues to Program Manager, Gennifer Keller, at gkeller.nricd@gmail.com.
 

New Event!

Mercy Woods Forestry Walk
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sumner Brown Rd, Cumberland, RI 02864
In Partnership with Groundwork RI
Attendees will learn about GWRI funding for forest management plans/forest stewardship plans for their properties. 

Oyster Mushroom Workshop Postponed

Our indoor oyster mushroom workshop with the RI Mycological Society, which was to be held Saturday, May 25 at the Knight Memorial Library in Providence, is in the process of being rescheduled.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google form below!
Indoor Oyster Mushroom Workshop Interest Form
 

RI Envirothon Winner!

Winner of the 2024 Envirothon is the Wheeler School!
Thank you to all those who made this year's Envirothon possible! Follow RI Envirothon on Facebook for more updates.

Community River Day Celebration

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Join our friends to the South at the Southern RI Conservation District in celebrating the Pawcatuck River and learn about the conservation plans in place for the area. Free to attend, with live music and local food available. Family friendly, all are encouraged to attend!










Floating Wetland Launch

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Project by Below and Above Collective with support from the Stormwater Innovation Center, Providence Parks Department, as well as Roger Williams Park. Rain date is June 16th.
Polo Lake: F.C. Green Memorial Boulevard
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.


From Below and Above Collective:
We are honored to have Lorén M. Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum and Narragansett Tribal elder, who will deliver a Land Acknowledgement at 12:30 PM. Lorén will discuss the vital importance of water for our shared Earth. Following this, we'll come together to plant the floating wetland and anchor it in the pond from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

A constructed floating wetland is a human-made, passive nature-based solution inspired by the way wetlands have been cleaning water for millions of years. Constructed floating wetlands improve water quality by cultivating biodiversity and regenerating the food web by amplifying the natural processes between plants, sunlight, water, and other forms of life, from micro to macro scales.

Over the course of 16 months, more than twenty-five native wetland plant species will grow on a buoyant raft, creating habitat for the web of life below and above the waterline. Below, the roots will work symbiotically with microorganisms to absorb Phosphorus and Nitrogen from the water column. Above, plants will provide nectar, food, and habitat for insects and birds. The structure will also provide shade and oxygen for aquatic organisms like fish, frogs and invertebrate species.


Polo Lake, based on water quality data by the Stormwater Innovation Center, exhibits the highest phosphorus levels among the park's ponds, classified as a nutrient-impaired waterbody by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM).

Phosphorus, an essential building block for all life on Earth, can destabilize waterways when present in excess, as seen in Polo Lake. Stormwater runoff from rainfall or snow melt can carry pollutants such as pesticides, oils, vehicle residue, debris, and heavy metals, but it can also carry excess nutrients in the form of fertilizers, sediment, animal waste, and vegetation that flow on impervious surfaces into waterways. This can cause Cyanobacteria blooms that can harm aquatic life, pets, and humans, while depleting the water of oxygen.

By installing a constructed floating wetland, we aim to enhance the ecological functionality of nutrient cycling, where nutrients are absorbed for plant growth rather than Cyanobacteria growth.

We hope you will join us in learning how cultivating biodiversity can heal our waters, the vital role native plants play as well as the often overlooked, and invisible to the eye microorganisms – the fungal, bacterial, phytoplankton and zooplankton communities – without which life on Earth would not be possible.

Everyone is welcome and snacks will be provided. If you can’t join us on June 15th, you can still visit the structure until October 2025 to witness its life-cycle. Be sure to follow BAC on Instagram for updates and future events. For questions or to join our mailing list, email us at belowandabovecollective@gmail.com. For resources on stormwater management or to learn about the incredible efforts of the Stormwater Innovation Center, please visit their website, stormwaterinnovation.org.

Thank you for your interest and consideration!

NRICD Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 
4:30 p.m.

Marian J. Mohr Public Library
1 Memorial Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919

Spanish Interpretation Provided 

Reunión de la junta directiva del NRICD

martes, 25 de junio de 2024 
4:30 p.m.

Biblioteca pública Marian J. Mohr
1 Avenida Memorial
Johnston, Rhode Island 02919

Interpretación en español proporcionada 

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NRICD Conservation Farm of the Year Awarded to Butterfly Farm in Lincoln
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