Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Draining the city: Stormwater management under Phase II in Providence, RI
by Sheehan, Michelle, M.A., Tufts University, 2008, 107; 1456635
Abstract (Summary)

Water pollution from diffuse sources remains a problem after decades of point-source pollution regulation under the Clean Water Act. To address this, the EPA has recently attempted to regulate municipal stormwater discharges, which deposit pollution collected from diffuse sources on our streets and sidewalks, into water bodies. Unfortunately, this legislation provides no direct source of funding. Phase II of the program, which applies the regulations to small cities, has come into effect just when many municipalities are experiencing budget crises. While full realization of the goals of Phase II cannot be met without a substantial outlay of time and money, cities without such resources can take measures to pave the way for future implementation.

This thesis provides an analysis of Phase II implementation in Providence, Rhode Island. A dense city with an industrial history, aging infrastructure, and a tight budge, Providence faces many challenges in creating an effective stormwater program. This thesis explores zoning changes, redevelopment, the infiltrative capacity of existing green space, and creative partnerships as a way for Providence to lay the foundation for a robust stormwater program as outlined by Phase II.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Krimsky, Sheldon
Commitee: Russell, Rusty
School: Tufts University
Department: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Environmental science, Urban planning
Keywords: Best management practices, Infiltration, Rhode Island, Riparian buffers, Stormwater
Publication Number: 1456635
ISBN: 9780549710219
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