EPA chips in to combat water quality problems at Roger Williams Park

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence Parks Department is getting nearly a half million dollars to tackle storm water pollution in the ponds at Roger Williams Park.

There are 105 acres of ponds at the park, and the city said over the years storm water runoff and invasive fish species have been damaging water quality.

So the Environmental Protection Agency has given Providence $425,000 to develop wetlands and rain gardens to reduce storm water runoff.

It will also manage the overabundance of waterfowl that the city said contribute to the growing amount of harmful algae that's eroding shorelines.

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