Roger Williams Park is Providence's most important greenspace, with more than a million visitors each year. The centerpiece of the park is a network of urban ponds--100 acres of fresh water valued for fishing, boating, and the scenic beauty they provide. The ponds, however, are polluted by urban runoff from nearby roads, shoreline erosion, waterfowl and other sources. NBEP is working with the City of Providence to begin restoring the ponds through innovative stormwater management. Last year, U.S. EPA awarded funding for the project which was matched by the City. Now we're working with a steering committee of stakeholders and technical experts, which is developing a restoration master plan to guide the two-year project.
See a video clip of our partner, the Urban Ponds Project, rallying for a clean environment at Roger Williams Park last spring!
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Learn more about why it is bad to feed wild birds and why we are managing the resident Canada goose population in the park by clicking here.
Click on the image above to view the map of the restoration sites.
Click here to read an article by Mary Grady about the project.
Read the Providence Journal cover story on the RWP Ponds Project
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view this 1831 map of the area where Roger Williams Park now stands.
Click on the image above to view map of land use in the Roger Williams Park watershed.
Click on the image above to view the impervious cover in the Roger Williams Park watershed.
Click on the image above to view the data sets used to produce the above maps.