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The impacts of climate change are often perceived as distant, but the infrastructure being built today will still be in service when the island feels the effects of sea level rise and more frequent and intense storms. Low-lying areas are most vulnerable. Private properties, as well as roads, bridges, and other town facilities, can be inundated with rising water. Closer at hand is the issue of water quantity and water quality, and making sure Jamestown has safe and dependable access to clean water for drinking, harvesting, and recreation.
Issues (Learn More):
- Water Supply System
- Roads & Bridges
- Wastewater Disposal
- Stormwater Management
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- Provide needed services that keep up with technology and meet sustainability goals.
- Work with state and regional partners to monitor climate change data and evaluate the impact on public infrastructure and services. Determine appropriate actions to minimize those impacts.
- Investigate ways to sustainability move towards residential buildout (the maximum number of homes allowed by current zoning), as calculated in the 2014 Jamestown Comprehensive Plan, with respect to water supply and use.
- Work with RI Resource Recovery Corporation to identify long-term solutions for waste management in Jamestown, including ways to increase recycling of items that are not put in bins.
- Develop an outreach campaign that educates residents about critical water supply issues on the island and the need for multi-user, comprehensive approaches to sustaining the local supply for the future. The campaign should highlight how users of the public water supply and those with private wells are hydrologically connected and the influence of each on the town’s overall available water.
- Develop ways to notify the public about water supply reservoir levels and what they mean for water usage.
- Develop a local green and complete streets policy that requires the consideration of transit, walking, and biking on local roadways as well as stormwater best management practices.