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WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP  

 

Unified vision statement established that integrates water supply, water conservation, water 
recycling, runoff management, wastewater facilities planning, and infrastructure planning using 
a regional watershed approach.   

 

Green infrastructure deployment to enhance infiltration, evapotranspiration, treatment, or 
capture and reuse of stormwater  

 

Watershed permitting strategy for multiple facilities (e.g., active nutrient water quality trading 
under a watershed-based permit)  

 

Ecosystem enhancements for improved hydraulics or water quality, including:  

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Riparian reforestation to enhance pollution mitigation functions 

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Stream channel restoration for increased hydrologic stability   

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Critical land acquisitions (e.g., conservation easements, buffer-zone purchases)   

 

Climate impact resilience principles incorporated into planning for new, repair, and replacement 
of infrastructure.  

The NBC held an extensive stakeholder process for comment on evaluation of alternatives in triple 
bottom line analysis for the Phase III CSO Abatement project. With seven Stakeholder meetings held 
between March and December 2014, the diverse group was able to assess the water quality and 
financial impacts and benefits of the Phase III project.  Due to financial implications, the original project 
was changed.   

The NBC has a holistic, integrated protection approach to manage significant potential sources of 
contaminants in the watershed that improves surface water quality.  

The NBC has an integrated program to address wet weather issues, including such sources as regulated 
stormwater, unregulated runoff, CSOs, SSOs, peak flow, and source water protections.   

The NBC has systems that add value to the urban landscape with resilient, adaptable, affordable and 
environmentally sensitive water infrastructure that continues to provide basic services but also 
enhanced recreational, aesthetic, and environmental value.  

 The NBC sponsors an annual Earth Day Clean-up Program, awarding approximately $10,000 annually to 
about 20 local river and watershed groups to help them cleanup rivers, lakes and streams.    

The NBC has an extensive water quality monitoring program to monitor river and estuarine receiving 
waters and to educate stakeholders and regulatory agencies about water quality improvements.   

The NBC has a well-established, award-winning Stormwater Mitigation Program to reduce the impact of 
stormwater on the NBC sewer system.  The sewer connection permit process requires property owners 
to investigate stormwater mitigation measures, along with Best Management Practices (BMP), to 
manage stormwater runoff on site.  These measures must be detailed to NBC in a Stormwater Mitigation 
Plan, which must be implemented by the developer.  

The NBC has created a wetlands treatment system within the City of Central Falls to treat CSO 
overflows.  Solids are collected and removed and wetlands provide additional treatment and habitat. 
The new Operations building incorporates green infrastructure with a rooftop garden, and LID