Project Benefits - Environmental
Protecting our natural environment and promoting system resiliency were central concerns expressed during the public planning processes for the Historic Newport Spring Project and the City’s adopted Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Tree, Park and Open Space Master Plan. The Historic Newport Spring Project site plan will meet these goals by:
- Supporting stormwater management: The City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan highlighted stormwater management as an important area of focus to protect public safety and property, as well as the city’s water supply. The City of Newport has worked for years to mitigate stormwater runoff in a variety of ways, perhaps best demonstrated through the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project. Given its location on the sloping area between Broadway and Thames Street, the Historic Newport Spring site is a clear continuation of the City’s efforts, building upon its successful stormwater mitigation efforts to protect businesses and residences from runoff and flooding. The park site plan includes natural elements, water permeable surfaces, and mature tree plantings, all of which will promote drainage instead of flooding, which likely will happen if the site is commercially developed.
- Removing pollution source from water supply: Highlighted in the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan is that, “The chief threat to the quality of the water supply is non-point source pollution.” The site’s long history as home of a gas station and automotive service center has sadly led to its contamination. A key priority of the Project, with much success to date, has been remediation work at the site to remove actual and potential sources of water, land, and air contaminants.