Coalition for Water Security

About Us

We all need clean water...

And we need water in our rivers to support fish and other river life and so we can enjoy the recreational opportunities our rivers provide.

The Coalition for Water Security is a group of 16 environmental organizations and their allies formed to address urgent water supply and use issues in Rhode Island, and to serve as the foundation for collaboration in solving environmental problems in the future. The Coalition grew out of discussions sponsored by the Rhode Island Foundation in 2005 about increasing the effectiveness of environmental organizations in Rhode Island through greater collaboration.

Members include: Aquidneck Land Trust, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Clean Water Action, Conservation Law Foundation, Environment Council of Rhode Island, Environment Rhode Island, Grow Smart Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, Narrow River Preservation Association, Rhode Island Land Trust Council, Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Sierra Club Rhode Island Chapter, Save The Bay, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association

Water Management Challenges in Rhode Island

Although blessed with plentiful rainfall, the inefficiencies in Rhode Island's system of water management and consumption result in our not always having the water needed for priority uses such as economic development and environmental protection. Rhode Island has a complex water supply management system - a complex web of authority and regulation involving at least four state agencies (Department of Environmental Management, Public Utilities Commission, Water Resources Board, and Department of Health); 28 large water suppliers; and 450 small water suppliers, as well as industrial and residential water users. Throughout the state, pipes and connections need replacement and escalating summer water use requires careful management to maintain adequate stream flow and habitat protection. The Coalition for Water Security is working with state agencies, waters suppliers, and watershed organizations on three critical initiatives: