Stormwater innovation Center
Roger Williams Park is home to the Stormwater Innovation Center (SIC). The Innovation Center has been developed by a partnership between the City of Providence Parks Department, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, The Nature Conservancy, the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute, Restore America's Estuaries, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the SNEP Network, and the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center.
The goal of the SIC is to demonstrate to communities throughout Rhode Island and Southeast New England strategies for improving urban water quality and associated wildlife habitat through the use of innovative green stormwater practices. A wide range of green infrastructure has already been implemented in Roger Williams Park, to reduce stormwater contaminants from entering the ponds and degrading water quality.
The Stormwater Innovation Center will use these structures and practices to provide hands-on training for municipalities, engineers, construction companies and scientists who will learn from the successes and failures of their design, implementation, and maintenance.
We also aim to educate the community about stormwater, green infrastructure and its effects on water quality through different volunteer monitoring programs and neighborhood arts festivals.