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A Residential Guide to Stormwater

Training provided by the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center in partnership with the SNEP Network on May 12th, 2021


What people do in and around their homes can impact stormwater runoff and the water quality in your nearby rivers, lakes and ponds. In this training hosted by the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center, residents will learn stormwater-friendly landscaping and horticulture tips and techniques and how to treat your yard like a small ecosystem. The chemicals and pesticides you use in and around your home can be detrimental to your own plants and habitat as well as to downstream water quality. The training will also provide information on how to design, size, construct and maintain residential rain gardens and rain barrels. Rain garden site assessment, soil analysis, plant selection and safety measures are all critical elements to consider when constructing a rain garden on your home.


Lee Ann Freitas, Botanical Center Director, Providence Parks Department

Amelia Rose, Director, Groundwork Rhode Island

Steve Ricci, Director of Field Operations, Groundwork Rhode Island

Jake Gorke, Ranger, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Sara Canuel, Education Director, Woonasquatucketer River Watershed Council