Community Assistance Projects
Community Assistance Projects offer in-depth technical, financial and training assistance to municipalities, tribes and non-profits in the SNEP region. We solicit responses from SNEP communities that need in-depth assistance with established stormwater and restoration programs to advance their practice to the next level. Project tasks include stormwater planning and financing, climate resilience, low-impact development, green infrastructure, by-law review, and field assessments and engineering.
- 2020 Community Assistance Projects (full list of projects here)
- 2021 Community Assistance Projects (full list of projects here).
- 2022 Community Assistance Projects (full list of projects here).
Community Assistance Project List
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Town of Wareham, MA
The SNEP Network engaged Wareham in a pilot Leadership Exchange with other communities and experts to guide Wareham’s redevelopment process with a focus on climate resilience, stormwater management, green infrastructure, and economic development opportunities. ‘
- Wareham Leadership Exchange StoryMap
- Webinars and Podcasts
- Wareham Leadership Exchange and Sustainable Redevelopment – Final Report
- Wareham Final Project Overview Slides
- Leadership Exchange Case Studies
- Wareham Leadership Exchange and Sustainable Development Financing Assessment
Town of Bourne, MA
SNEP Network partners and consultants worked with Bourne to develop a comprehensive coastal resilience action strategy and develop sustainable, scalable financing options to support long-term project implementation.
- Network Narratives: Coastal Resilience and Climate Finance
- Planning to Action Climate Toolkit (Throwe Environmental)
- Coastal Resilience Financing Assessment (SNEP Network)
- Bourne Final Project Overview Slides
- “Bourne turns to Feds for help with Cleanup of Estuaries,” The Enterprise
- Bourne Phase II Final Report: Climate Resilience Investment System & Implementation Plan
Pleasant Bay Alliance
The project expanded the collaborative capacity of Pleasant Bay Alliance communities (Brewer, Chatham, Harwich, & Orleans, MA) for stormwater management efficiencies, including an interjurisdictional approach to capital projects.
Pleasant Bay Alliance Regional Stormwater Management Bylaw Review Report
Pleasant Bay Alliance Stormwater and Community
Resilience Funding and
Town of Portsmouth, RI
SNEP Network assistance for climate resiliency planning and financing in Portsmouth included town council leadership development, prioritizing and estimating costs for capital needs, and creating a financing strategy including a 5-year Climate Resiliency Capital Improvement Plan.
Portsmouth, RI Climate Resilience Planning and Financing Strategy Report
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (MA)
The SNEP Network is working with the tribe to develop a Climate Resilience Strategy that prioritizes short-term, midterm and long term hazards and establishes a pathway toward funding and financing to address these hazards. The Network is also providing guidance for the for the restoration of Native Cranberry bogs and short-term issues related to flooding of a playground and housing development
Town of Mansfield, MA
SNEP Network is working with the town to conduct a municipal organizational capacity assessment to address critical environmental needs and assess staffing requirements to fully build out the program overtime to support the planning, stormwater management and resiliency needs.
Final Report: Making Space for Climate Resilience- A Capacity Assessment for the Town of Mansfield, MA
OCA Selectboard Presentation PDF September 2022
City of Newport, RI
The SNEP Network is assisting the City of Newport with developing a climate resilience strategy that includes working with a core
group of stakeholders to help assess and prioritize high priority projects and steps needed for implementation, as well as provide recommendations on sustainable funding and financing mechanisms necessary for project implementation.
Final Report: Newport, RI Climate Resilience and Financing Prioritization Report
Town of Warren, RI
The SNEP Network evaluated alternatives to mitigate inland flooding of the Warren Boulevard neighborhood using SWMM modeling, facilitated engagement with affected property owners, and presented recommended actions.
Town of Bristol, RI
The SNEP Network supported the creation of a Master Plan Concept Design to enhance park elements while addressing stormwater and erosion issues. The Master Plan was presented at a public meeting, and improvements will be installed by the town over time.
Mashpee Wampanoag and the Town of Mashpee, MA
The SNEP Network is working jointly with the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Town of Mashpee to evaluate and implement interim measures to address nutrient pollution in Santuit Pond. The Network is also assisting with capacity building to plan and manage water quality issues related to stormwater on a watershed scale which includes participation in the the stormwater planning training series.
City of Providence, RI
The SNEP Network is assisting Providence, RI with the development of a conceptual plan, pollutant tracking, and cost estimates for nature based stormwater retrofit options for York Pond watershed area. The assistance includes participation in the stormwater planning training series.
Providence Planting Program/ City of Providence Forestry Division / PVD Tree Plan (RI)
The SNEP Network is assisting with identifying best practices approaches and solutions to address future or existing clashes between street trees and infrastructure to further the comprehensive and equity focused strategic PVD tree plan.
Town of South Kingstown, RI
The SNEP Network is assisting South Kingtown, RI in the development of a conceptual plan, pollutant tracking, and cost estimates for nature based stormwater retrofit options for a selected drainage area within Saugatucket River watershed. The assistance includes participation in the stormwater planning training series.
Town of Warren, RI
The SNEP Network is assisting Warren, RI with the development of a conceptual plan and cost estimates for stormwater based stormwater retrofit options in the stormwater collection system that discharges to the Haile Farm Preserve detention pond. The assistance includes participation in the stormwater planning training series.
Town of Westerly, RI
The SNEP Network is assisting Westerly, RI in the development of a conceptual plan, pollutant tracking, and cost estimates for nature based stormwater retrofit options for a selected drainage /sub watershed area. The assistance includes participation in the stormwater planning training series
Town of Charlestown, RI
The Network supported the development of a Conservation Design Ordinance for new subdivisions, and created training and educational material to support adoption. Network partners and consultants also participated in public hearings.
Town of Mendon, MA
The SNEP Network developed the Town Hall Campus Green Infrastructure redesign, including concept-level site planning to incorporate environmentally-sensitive design and development of educational content. The Network also created a design, permitting, and implementation workflow, and a budget for grant applications.
Providence Stormwater Innovation Center (Providence, RI)
SNEP Network assistance facilitated the creation of non-proprietary, “plug-and-play” designs, including a tree filter (no storage) and a tree trench (with storage). Designs will be installed at Roger Williams Park, with plans for research, training, and education.
- Providence Stormwater Innovation Center
- Real-time Monitoring Report
Roger Williams Park BMP Monitoring Report
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (Providence, RI)
The Network created conceptual designs and renderings for church parking lot green infrastructure retrofits, and provided construction support to the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC.) WRWC River Rangers will install the retrofits.
Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)
The SNEP Network supported a hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) study of the Upper Nemasket River Corridor, informed by 40 years of flood data and field assessments. The SNEP team will evaluate and model proposed interventions and community-driven restoration projects.
Allen’s Pond Sanctuary (Dartmouth, MA)
The SNEP Network provided technical assistance to monitor, model, and map salt marsh migration, and supplied engineering guidance for infrastructure removal. The project was leveraged to secure additional funding.