PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Phase one of an effort to restore water quality in 100 acres of ponds at Roger Williams Park in Providence is now complete.
Mayor Angel Taveras was joined Tuesday by representatives from the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to announce the end of the initial phase of pond restoration work.
The $400,000 in improvements include the construction of five major storm water treatment areas, removal of paved surfaces and construction of a new walking path. Over 3,000 native plants were added to help reduce water pollution and restore eroded shorelines.
The city will continue the work over the next five years by reducing storm water from nearby neighborhoods, improving land and road management and increasing public awareness.
The city and EPA funded the project.