Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative

The CI chairs the RI Environmental Monitoring Collaborative (RIEMC), partnering with vice chairs from the RIDEM and the Narragansett Bay Commission. The RIEMC was created by RIGL § 46-31-9 to engage approximately 20 contributing members in the development and implementation of a statewide strategy for environmental monitoring. The whole of RIEMC represents state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the academic community.

The RIEMC’s website (www.rimonitoring.org) informs decision-makers in the RI General Assembly and the governor on the importance of environmental monitoring, the status and trends of 21 monitoring priorities, e.g., water quality, salt marshes, shellfish growing areas, etc., and the fiscal status of these critically important programs. The website, which was launched in 2018, was supported by an EPA Southeast New England Program Healthy Communities Grant to RIDEM and subcontracted to the CI.