Soil Erosion & Stormwater Management

Land development has a profound influence on the quality and quantity of the state’s waters. Every time it rains, the rainwater that is not absorbed into the ground or evaporated (called runoff) carries contaminants from lawns, streets, buildings and parking lots and deposits them directly into our streams, ponds, and Narragansett Bay.

RIPDES DRAFT Annual Reports – 2020, 2021, 2022

To view the 2022 RIPDES Draft Annual Report (Year 19), click here

To view the 2022 RIPDES Attachments (Year 19) click here

To view the 2021 RIPDES Draft Annual Report (Year 18), click here

To view the 2021 RIPDES Attachments (Year 18), click here

To view the 2020 RIPDES Draft Annual Report (Year 17), click here

To view the 2020 RIPDES Attachments (Year 17), click here


Soil Erosion and Sediment Control at Construction Sites

Excessive quantities of soil may erode from land that is undergoing development for housing developments, commercial construction, filling, and road improvements.  Much of this soil erosion is the result of poorly planned and implemented site grading and surface water runoff controls.  This runoff and resulting erosion may result in conflicts and/or damage with neighboring properties and their owners, and can make costly repairs to drainage structures, roads, and embankments necessary.  The resulting sediment can clog storm drains and road ditches, muddies streams, leaves deposits of silt in ponds and waterways, and is considered a major water pollutant.

The Town of Bristol has adopted the Soil Erosion, Runoff & Sediment Control Ordinance in an effort to prevent soil erosion, excessive surface water runoff, and sedimentation from occurring as a result of development within the town by requiring proper provisions for storm water disposal and soil erosion during and after construction, in order to promote the safety, public health and general welfare of the town. 

Soil Erosion, Runoff & Sediment Control Ordinance
Soil Erosion, Runoff and Sediment Control Permit Application Forms
RI Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Handbook

Feasibility Studies, Plans & Reports

Review annual stormwater reports, watershed reports and feasibility studies.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

The Town of Bristol has an active program of mapping, inspecting, and monitoring its stormwater drainage system components including catch basins, manholes, pipelines and outfalls.  Connections to the municipal storm drainage system are regulated by Town ordinance (see Chapter 13, Article VIII of Bristol Town Code), and illicit connections of non-stormwater flow to the system are prohibited.  Town staff will investigate reports of suspected pollutant discharges or non-stormwater connections to the stormwater drainage system.  Please contact the Department of Public Works at 253-4100 to report a suspected illicit connection. 

URI Watershed Watch Program

For the 9th year, the Town of Bristol has partnered with the volunteers from Save Bristol Harbor in cooperation with the URI Watershed Watch Program to monitor the water quality in the Bristol Harbor Watershed and nearby coastal waters.

Educational Resources

Learn More Below

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Stormwater Information
Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual
RI Low Impact Development Site Planning and Design Guidance Manual
Stormwater Management Guidelines for Individual Residential Lots
Rhode Island Stormwater Education Information
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Nonpoint Source Pollution Information
University of Rhode Island NEMO Program
The Center for Watershed Protection
RIDEM Bristol-Kickemuit
River Watershed Plan
RIDEM Barrington-Palmer-Warren
Rivers Watershed Plan

Contact Us

Address: 235 High Street, 1st Floor, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Edward Tanner

Zoning Officer

Phone: (401) 253-7000 ext. 128
Fax: 401-396-5466