Coastal Areas Preserved: Group Aims to Limit Nutrients in Coastal Ponds

Several building lots were acquired near Green Hill Pond to minimize impact of development.

South Kingstown, RI | November 24, 2009

The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island and the South Kingstown Land Trust announced today that they have acquired six building lots near Green Hill Pond in this coastal town.The acquisition eliminates the threat of additional buildings in the Green Hill Pond area.Homes in the area are believed to be largely responsible for the water quality problems in this coastal pond, which does not meet bacteria and other water quality standards, according to State officials.

The six lots were acquired through a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the South Kingstown Land Trust.The funds for this purchase were provided from mitigation funds from the 1996 North Cape oil spill, which polluted South Kingstown beaches with heating oil after a tanker ran aground off the Rhode Island coast, and from individual donors.

“For a small amount of money we removed six septic systems in the sensitive Green Hill Pond watershed,” said Scott Comings, the Conservancy’s South County Real Estate Specialist. “And four of these lots are adjacent to conservation land and are important to migratory and nesting birds.”

”The South Kingstown Land Trust is pleased to work with TNC to avoid further development in Green Hill, and to expand an existing protected area,” said Joanne Riccitelli, the Director of Land Protection for SKLT.

The properties will remain undeveloped and will also mitigate possible impacts from sea level rise and other climate change impacts.Rhode Island’s coast has seen six inches of sea level rise since 1929, and the rate of rise is increasing each year.The Conservancy believes that ensuring that Rhode Island’s coast is as undeveloped as possible will minimize impacts to coastal communities and natural areas. For more information, visit The Nature Conservancy’s website at or the South Kingstown Land Trust’s website at .

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