Class-By-Class Information
Class Overview
—Introduction to Watershed Protection

Introduction to
Water Quality Monitoring

Conducting a Watershed Assessment

Restoring Anadromous Fisheries

Introduction to Land Protection

Developing and Managing Trails
on Protected Lands

Managing Protected Lands
Vernal Pools and Invasive Species

Field Assessment of the Wolf Hill Property
A "Who’s Who" of Watershed Management
Federal Agencies
Environmental Protection Agency»

Natural Resources Conservation Service»

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration»

US Army Corps of Engineers»
State Agencies
Department of Environmental Management»

Coastal Resources Management Council»

Narragansett Bay Commission»

Rhode Island Water Resources Board»
Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation»

Rhode Island Rivers Council»

Rhode Island Department of Transportation»

Rhode Island Department of Health»

University of Rhode Island»
Non-Government Agencies
Audubon Society of RI»

The Nature Conservancy»

Clean Water Action»

Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group»

Conservation Law Foundation»

Save The Bay»

Watershed Councils»
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Rhode Island Department of Health

The primary mission of the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) is to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island. The Department of Health considers drinking water protection to be an essential and fundamental public health program.

  • Approving new public water sources;
  • Monitoring and inspecting existing sources; and
  • Working with suppliers to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Who your supplier is, and how to contact them,
  • Where your water comes from,
  • How it is treated,
  • What substances have been found in your water, and
  • What your supplier is doing to protect your water.

All water supplies are monitored for potential contaminants. What they test for, and how often, depend on the type of system and how many people drink the water. Transient water supplies are tested for nitrates and bacteria only. These can have immediate health effects. Non-transient and Community water supplies are tested for nitrates and bacteria, along with about 70 other potential contaminants that can have long-term health effects if consumed daily over many years. The number of samples that each system must take per week depends on the number of people they serve.

If contaminants are detected in amounts above certain limits, the supplier is required to take action. The action may be:

  • A change in treatment to reduce the amount of the contaminant detected, or
  • Public notice, if there is any danger to consumers in the short term, or
  • If the contamination is severe, the water supplier may be required to provide bottled water to consumers until the problem is resolved.

Rhode Island Department of Health