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When the blessing of rain becomes a challenge

The town of Westerly has been very proactive in seeking funding to manage their stormwater issues ...

... with resilient solutions that balance benefits to both the town’s built infrastructure and to the critical environmental services described above. Westerly is partnering with the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District to design and manage these projects and educate the public about the benefits. For example, the Canal Street wastewater pump stations will receive upgraded retaining walls to ensure their protection against flood damage. Springbrook Road will receive a raingarden design which allows the stormwater to slow down and soak into the ground without impacting the neighborhood. A Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project along downtown Main Street is underway to showcase the many benefits of this approach, including streetscaping and beautification, water quality improvements, flooding improvements, and revitalization of the area.

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