Balancing Housing Needs with Clean Water

SNEP Network Webinar
March 1st, 2023 from 11:00am-12:00pm EST

Webinar Description:

With the demand for housing outpacing availability, southern New England like many other regions of the country is facing a housing crisis. How communities respond to the demand for housing has significant consequences not only on community character but also residents’ quality of life and the water resources that residents depend upon for their drinking water, livelihood and recreational pursuits. This webinar will explore approaches utilized in Rhode Island to support growth and housing density while also protecting water resources.


-Discuss unintended impacts to water resources resulting from development

-Describe (state adopted) approaches to supporting growth and housing density while also protecting water resources

-Identify the reasons why municipal adoption of certain regulations to protect water and other natural resources is critical

-Describe the impacts of limiting municipal authority to implement smart growth techniques

-Identify where housing density is appropriate


Scott Millar, Director of Conservation and Community Assistance, Grow Smart Rhode Island

Lorraine Joubert, Program Director Rhode Island Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials

Target audiences: local and state policymakers

This webinar has been approved for 1 AICP credit. 


Additional Resources: 

Charlestown Wastewater Management District Ordinance

Charlestown Wastewater Management Program 2022 Annual Report

Jamestown High Groundwater Ordinance,less%20than%20(3)%20feet.

West Greenwich Private Well Testing and Certification ordinance

RI Office of State Planning Density Report

Village Guidance Manual

LID Manual



Mar 01 2023


11:00 am - 12:00 pm