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Riparian Buffer Restoration:

A grant from the U.S. Forest Service and collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) made it possible for the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council to hire a consulting firm, Kleinschmidt Associates, to:

  • Identify potential riparian sites along the river
  • Inventory and prioritize riparian restoration opportunities
  • Select appropriate demonstration site
  • Implement demonstration site restoration

The results of this project are available on the RI DEM website.

Since this study was completed the Watershed Council has undertaken buffer restoration projects at a number of sites along the river and is planning more. Below are photographs of some of these projects.

Three buffer restoration projects. The photograph on the left shows plantings being placed behind the Smithfield DPW. The middle photograph shows volunteers planting along the riverbank at Riverside Park. The third photograph is of Cutler Brook in Glocester, the site of a planned riparian buffer restoration project designed to reduce the amount of road runoff that ends up in the brook.

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