The Island Waters Partnership
Our partnership engages the key organizations responsible for managing Aquidneck Island’s water resources -- The municipalities of Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown, RI, share responsibility for Island watersheds, while the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC), Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) and Clean Ocean Access (COA) are the non-profits with Island-wide environmental missions.
Island Waters: Clean Water for Aquidneck Island
Island Waters is a new collaboration that brings together all three Island municipalities -- Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth -- and three Island-wide, environmentally-focused non-profit organizations, working towards restoring clean water on Aquidneck Island.
Led by the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC), with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this project aims to: reduce nutrient pollution from stormwater and agricultural runoff; restore coastal, surface, ground and drinking water quality; restore habitat and ecosystem functions; and enhance economic opportunity and jobs related to clean water.
As a partnership, we are setting out to achieve these goals here on Aquidneck Island, and through best practices aspire to serve as a model that can be replicated throughout Southeast New England and elsewhere in the U.S.
Clean Ocean Access
Clean Ocean Access is the outreach partner of Island Waters. Their mission is 'action today so that future generations can continue to enjoy ocean activities' and they are contributing invaluable professional expertise and community engagement to this project. Team members include Dave McLaughlin and staff.
Aquidneck Land Trust
The Aquidneck Land Trust is a partner on Island Waters. Team members include Chuck Allot and Alex Chuman.
Town of Middletown
The Town of Middletown is a partner.
City of Newport
The City of Newport is a partner.
Town of Portsmouth
The Town of Portsmouth is a partner.