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Earth Day Project 2013

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Published on Apr 24, 2013

On April 20th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Providence Parks Department and its partners the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, the Environmental Protection Agency and Save The Bay planted rain gardens at Roger Williams Park and conducted a cleanup along the Roger Williams Park ponds. As part of an Amgen Foundation grant to Save The Bay through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Volunteers from Amgen's manufacturing facility located in West Greenwich and their families worked with Save The Bay to plant the rain gardens with native shrubs and wetland plants and picked up trash and debris from the edge of the ponds. The volunteers planted nearly 1000 plants that are native to Rhode Island grown by local nurseries through the Rhody Native program. The rain gardens are designed to treat runoff from paved areas before entering the ponds to improve the water quality of the ponds and to restore a natural shoreline.

The goal of the rain garden project is to improve the water and habitat quality of these urban ponds that provide recreational and educational opportunities for the residents of Providence and the region. The Roger Williams Park ponds are part of the Pawtuxet River watershed, the third largest tributary to Narragansett Bay. Improving the water quality of these ponds will provide benefits to aquatic life living in the ponds, the Pawtuxet River and Narragansett Bay. The Pawtuxet River is the site of a recent migratory fish passage project through a dam removal at the mouth of the river and the Roger Williams Park ponds are targeted for a future herring run restoration project. As water is an important resource for Amgen and the communities where the biotechnology company operates, the Amgen Foundation seeks to support efforts that create sound communities where our staff members live and work.

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