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Clean Water Act Status: RHODE ISLAND
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best States National Average Dirtiest/Worst States
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    RHODE ISLAND contains a portion of 5 watersheds:
    Blackstone
    Cape Cod
    Narragansett
    Pawcatuck-Wood
    Quinebaug
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 21%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 127
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Overall Use 94%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 25
    High 32
    Medium 41
    Low 21
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 8
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 0
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 58
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 54%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impaired Biological Community 45%
    Metals 41%
    Pathogens 29%
    Nutrients 16%
    Salinity/TDS/Chlorides 5%
    More...

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 40
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 75%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 62%
    Impaired Biological Community 25%
    Metals 22%
    Pathogens 20%
    Sediments 18%
    More...

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 29
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 62%
    Nutrients 41%
    Impaired Biological Community 7%
    Toxics 3%
    Unknown 3%
    More...

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 58 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 54%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 40 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 75%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 29 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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