The Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Project (RI GRIP) is helping three Rhode Island coastal municipalities – Newport, North Kingstown and Warwick – to design plans featuring green infrastructure tools and techniques for reducing the impacts of flooding and erosion, storms and sea level rise. Green infrastructure refers to the use of plants, rocks, sand and other natural landscaping to absorb and redirect water. It is increasingly being explored and implemented for its potential to provide cost-effective community protection. The project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
CRC is coordinating the development of the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP), a state effort focused on providing coastal communities with science, tools and technical assistance so they can make confident policy decisions that reflect long-term commitment to resiliency and adaptation practice – a key approach for ensuring Rhode Island is able to deftly accommodate flooding and erosion, chief impacts of sea level rise and strong storms tied to climate change. This project is an effort of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the state’s coastal administrator, and includes widespread participation among the public, private, academic and community sectors.
Visit the project at www.beachsamp.org
For this project, CRC is working with an array of government, private sector and community partners to help Aquidneck Island and its four communities – Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Naval Station Newport — apply the best available science and public input to the development of a five-year plan to proactively prepare for coastal flooding and storm damage, key aspects of climate change. CRC has worked with the Island for more than a decade on implementing planning programs, such as the state-administered Aquidneck Island Special Area Management Plan , for the management, use and protection of coastal and ocean resources that anchor the Island’s economic, social and environmental health.
Project Sponsors: URI Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Prince Charitable Trusts, Van Beuren Charitable Foundation
This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides tailored coastal exposure assessments to government planning staff and volunteer boards seeking information about the threat of coastal flooding from storms and sea level rise, and erosion, on properties. Site-specific information is compiled in the assessments and reflect current data from state government and University of Rhode Island mapping tools. Some information areas include marsh migration, flood evacuation routes, transportation impacts, and shoreline change maps.