Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Land Conservation, Wetland Protection and Educational Outreach

The Town of Coventry has succeeded in acquiring 59+ acres of land along the South Branch of the Pawtuxet River for open space, recreation, wetland restoration and enhancement, and educational programs.

The Town and the RI Association of Wetland Scientists received an EPA grant to develop a plan for wetland restoration and education at the Sandy Bottom Road property. The Town submitted an application to the EPA for additional funding to design proposed enhancement and rehabilitation of the site and develop and educational program.

The long term goals are to preserve and enhance wetland values and functions, develop interpretative walking trails, and provide educational activities for students and youth groups, including: continuing water quality testing, identification of wetland ecosystems, wildlife species identification and counts, and calculation of water table depth and fluctuations monitoring.

Additional participants include: the Coventry High School Science Department, the Pawtuxet River Authority, local residents, volunteer professionals, and RIDEM, which has committed to constructing a fishing pier and canoe/kayak launch.

Award Type: 
John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Award
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