All State Policies: Rhode Island
Below are short descriptions of relevant state agencies/departments by policy topic, followed by more information on specific policies.
Bolstering CWA Protections
Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Freshwater Wetlands Act, 250 R.I. Code R. 150-15-3
Adopted rules and regulations went through the full rule-making process and was re-filed to go into effect July 1, 2022. The new effective date was proposed in order to allow a more orderly transition to the new rules.
According to the Concise Explanatory Statement for the rules and regulations, “The rules reflect RIDEM’s expanded authority, the required establishment of standards for freshwater wetland buffers and setbacks to strengthen wetlands protection and required enhanced coordination with municipalities in conjunction with the required phase out of duplicative local ordinances.”