Soil Erosion & Stormwater Management
2016 Feasibility Assessment: Municipal Stormwater Management Program and Enterprise Fund
Study As a follow up to the 2012 Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study also funded by the RIDEM and in partnership with the Town of Bristol and the team of Horsley Witten Group, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. and Blue Sky Engineering (the “Consulting Team”), further development towards establishing a more formal stormwater management program in Bristol and the feasibility of adopting a stormwater management enterprise fund (SMEF) was completed.
A SMEF is a funding mechanism that charges a fee based on the size of impervious area (i.e., parking areas, driveways, building roofs, etc.) on a parcel that generates stormwater runoff.
The study was guided by a Project Management Team consisting of the Town Administrator, directors of the Departments of Community Development, Public Works, Water Pollution Control, Treasury, and a representative from RIDEM. A Steering Committee composed of representatives across key segments of the Bristol community was formed to provide feedback to the Project Management Team and, ultimately, the Town Council. Read the final Feasibility Assessment report here.
2012 Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study
The RIDEM in 2012 funded a preliminary feasibility study for the Town of Bristol to consider adoption of a stormwater utility as a potential funding mechanism for the Town’s stormwater management program.
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. The 2009-2017 Bristol Harbor Monitoring Results and report can be found below.
Bristol Stormwater Management Program
The Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) Program enacted Phase II Stormwater regulations that require operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to implement programs and practices to minimize pollution from stormwater runoff. The regulations require MS4s within urbanized or densely populated areas, such as the Town of Bristol, to develop storm water management programs and to obtain RIPDES Phase II storm water permits. Bristol’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) was first adopted by the Town Council in March 2004 and was amended in September 2008. The goal of the SWMP is to reduce adverse impacts to water quality, aquatic habitat and human health by instituting the use of controls on the unregulated sources of storm water discharges that have the greatest likelihood of causing continued environmental degradation.