Stormwater Innovation Expo to explore the latest trends in stormwater management technology – What’sUpNewp

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition (RIGIC) will host its fourth annual Stormwater Innovation Expo in partnership with the Providence Stormwater Development Center, the American Planning Association Rhode Island, and The Rhode Island Public Works Association. The event will take place on November 30 from 8: 30AM-3: 30M at the Roger Williams Park Casino (1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907). Attendees will discover new and innovative products and services being used within the construction and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure across Rhode Island and the industry.

When rain hits a hard surface, it becomes stormwater runoff. It flows down our streets plus sidewalks – picking up fertilizer from lawns, animal droppings, automotive fluids, de-icing chemicals, and litter. This polluted water then enters the watershed through a storm drain or directly into a river or even pond. The result is water that is unsafe for human use or for the aquatic ecosystem. Sara Churgin of the particular Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District plus the RIGIC Leadership Team said, “Green Infrastructure refers to landscape building using natural and artificial components to soften hard urban structures in order to slow down and absorb this polluted stormwater. These measures mitigate the impact of human development upon water quality and temperature. ”

The expo will include ample time to peruse vendor exhibits and network with stormwater management professionals. The theme of this year’s event is “leveraging federal, state, and municipal funding and financing with regard to natural facilities and stormwater management. ”

General admission tickets include access to the full day of events as well as lunch and a light breakfast. RIDOT will be covering the admission fee for Rhode Island condition and city and county employees. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available, please email Greg Gerritt at  [email protected] com   regarding information.

New this year – Green Wave Awards recognizing outstanding green system projects in Rhode Island. Nominate a project here:

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RIGIC (a coalition associated with over 50 non-profits, businesses, and government agencies focused on managing stormwater with natural methods) has been very active in Rhode Island, focusing on projects that research plus implement Green Infrastructure.

For more information contact Sara Churgin at 401. 934. 0842 or  schurgin. [email protected] com . Learn a lot more about RIGIC at . Tickets and sponsorships available for purchase at .