Rhode Island awards $515K to protect wastewater facility from coastal erosion

June 27, 2023
The loan will help the Town of Narragansett’s wastewater treatment facility to restore a 600-foot-long rip-rap barrier.

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank announced a $515,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan to the Town of Narragansett to protect its wastewater facility from coastal erosion.

“With sea level rise and more frequent and severe coastal storm events, critical infrastructure like Narragansett’s Scarborough Wastewater Treatment Facility need to be hardened to the impacts of climate change,” said Jeffrey Diehl, CEO of Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. “We are pleased that this $515,000 loan will allow Narragansett to better protect their wastewater treatment facility which is so important to residents, businesses, and the environment.”

The funds will be used to better protect the town’s Scarborough Wastewater Treatment Facility from coastal erosion. The town will restore a 600-foot-long rip-rap barrier which extends seaward from the shoreline of the treatment facility. The project will include the placement of appropriately sized rip-rap boulders on the existing barrier to restore the structure to its original dimensions.

“The Town of Narragansett thanks RI Infrastructure Bank for providing financing for this important project to prevent coastal erosion at our Town’s primary wastewater treatment facility,” said Town Manager James Tierney. “This is a smart resilience investment in a facility located directly adjacent to our coast.”

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