Region 1: EPA New England

Municipal Technical Assistance Program: An EPA/RI DEM Partnership for Rhode Island Municipalities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is collaborating with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) to offer free technical assistance to interested communities in specific program areas. Technical Assistance will be granted based on achieving the greatest public health or environmental impact, and the availability of EPA's resources.

Interested communities should complete the form below and submit it to EPA for consideration.  EPA will initially acknowledge receipt of your form.  If a proposal is approved, EPA will then contact you with additional information and next steps. The deadline for expressing interest is July 31, 2019. We expect to complete these technical assistance activities by September 30, 2020. 

The following list provides areas of EPA/RI DEM technical assistance available to municipalities:

  1. BROWNFIELDS CLEANUPS:
    1. Brownfields 101
      Working with RI DEM, EPA will offer an in-person brownfields 101 orientation to a community that is new or long removed from Brownfields assistance. (2 communities)
    2. Brownfields Planning Strategies
      Communities with a concentration of multiple blighted properties or a single large brownfields site can be challenged knowing where to begin or how to get over hurdles towards site reuse and community revitalization. Working with RI DEM, EPA will offer communities a strategic planning meeting which will be based on lessons learned and tools developed under the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning and Land Revitalization Programs. (2 communities)

      Depending upon interests discussed in items #1 or #2, EPA can advise municipalities about connections to other Brownfields assistance, such as annual brownfields grant competitions, or EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program which provides independent assistance to communities at no cost through an EPA grant to universities and non-profit organizations. TAB services include facilitating community engagement, and providing assistance such as project financing, health impacts, assessment/cleanup technologies, and redevelopment strategies.
  2. CLEAN INDOOR AIR
    Working with nonprofits and local health departments, assist local housing authorities to adopt and implement smoke-free housing policies, and/or provide training and assistance to asthma and housing advocates on healthy assessment checklists.  (1-2 communities)
  3. COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
    1. Assess impacts of flooding and heat and provide examples of community adaptation planning using the Resilience & Adaptation in New England (RAINE) database. (1-2 communities)
    2. Assist with water on-site hazard mitigation assistance by a team of federal, state, and local officials to work through options to apply for hazard mitigation or other possible federal funding. Possible one-day workshop related to water sector/infrastructure to demonstrate tools, discuss the hazard threat (e.g. flood, drought) and any vulnerable assets, and then propose options for funding of mitigation measures. (1 community)
  4. DRINKING WATER RESOURCE PLANNING
    Where data is available, utilize aquifer mapping or other models to support plans for alternate drinking water sources identification to help with drought management.  (1-2 communities)
  5. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
    Provide training and assistance to local emergency planning committees on Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act, Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) or One Planning. (1 community)
  6. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
    Refer communities interested in benchmarking their energy use with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software to National Grid for Automated benchmarking assistance. Available to answer questions and assist if necessary.  (1-2 communities)
  7. ENVIRONMENTAL FAIRS
    Provide outreach materials on a variety of environmental or public health topics, and staff to support local environmental fairs. (3- 4 communities)
  8. FEDERAL FACILITIES GREEN CHALLENGE
    Provide technical assistance to federal facilities that are committed to reducing their environmental footprint by improving operational efficiencies in the areas of energy, water, waste, green purchasing, transportation, and electronics. (2-4 federal facilities)
  9. GRANT PROPOSAL TRAINING
    Provide training on grant proposal preparation, including development of work plans and budgets, and use of grants.gov. (2 communities)
  10. GREEN CLEANING
    Provide technical assistance to explain the purpose and methods of green janitorial practices for municipal buildings, including schools and office buildings. This will include information on accessing the Rhode Island state green cleaning contract for green products and services. (1-3)
  11. LEAD POISONING PREVENTION
    Provide technical assistance to explain the purpose and methods of green janitorial practices for municipal buildings, including schools and office buildings. This will include information on accessing the Rhode Island state green cleaning contract for green cleaning products and services. (1-3)
  12. MEETING FACILITATION ASSISTANCE
    Assist communities with capacity building through municipal stakeholder meetings related to environmental and public health concerns. EPA will convene broad stakeholder groups and provide meeting facilitation to advance environmental outcomes in communities. (1-2 communities)
  13. PREVENTING CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS FROM REFRIGERANTS
    Provide technical assistance to facilities, including ice rinks, using anhydrous ammonia refrigeration. Outreach and technical assistance shall improve compliance with Chemical Accident Risk Reduction Initiative and could include webinars, tools, trainings, and coordination with local emergency responders. (1-3 facilities)
  14. POLLUTION PREVENTION - PROMOTING RESILIENCE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
    Provide technical assistance, including training workshops, to local emergency planners to help small and medium sized businesses use pollution prevention strategies for resiliency in flood-prone area. The assistance shall combine compliance info, pollution prevention, best management practices and share FEMA/NOAA resources designed for businesses to advance resiliency. (1-3 training events)
  15. POLLUTION PREVENTION - TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT (TSCA) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
    Work with state partners to identify businesses that use TSCA priority chemicals, and business associations to discuss TSCA regulations and its impact to Rhode Island businesses. Work with businesses to adopt chemical and process alternatives, promote source reduction and reduce the use and release of hazardous substances or contaminants. (1-2 businesses)
  16. STORMWATER/WASTE WATER MANAGEMENT
    Region 1 will coordinate with RI DEM to offer technical assistance to Rhode Island communities on stormwater and/ or waste water. Since RI DEM has delegation authority for the NPDES program, all technical assistance would be prioritized by and coordinated with state program assistance delivery (e.g. webinars and other web-based tools) and a goal to promote information exchange between communities:
    1. Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment loan and on-site training for mapping sewer system assets (1-3 communities)
    2. EPA's Bacteria Source Tracking Protocol (1-2 communities)
    3. Basics of Capacity Management Operations and Maintenance (CMOM) (1-2 communities)
    4. Basics of Asset Management (1-2 communities)
    5. Provide technical assistance on Office of Research and Development (ORD) resources for Stormwater management and Green Infrastructure practices support from the Atlantic Ecology Division of EPA ORD/Narragansett lab, e.g. ORD Safe and Sustainable Waters Research Program's "Green Infrastructure Model". (1-2 communities)
  17. TRASH WATER/MARINE DEBRIS ASSISTANCE
    Share information and guide communities on how to reduce plastic wastes in water ways and the marine environment. (1-2 communities)
  18. WATER EFFICIENCY
    Assist with available water efficiency outreach materials, tools and the WaterSense Partnerships. (1-2 communities)
  19. WASTE WISE/FOOD WASTE CHALLENGE
    Provide technical assistance promoting EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy and sustainable food management including food waste disposal compliance with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Food Waste Ban. Focus sectors include groceries, hospitals, colleges/universities, stadiums, K-12 schools, and hotels/hospitality facilities. https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food. (2-4 organizations or geographic areas)

If your municipality or business would like to request further information or express interest in any area(s) of EPA / RI DEM technical assistance, please identify the area(s) of interest and provide contact information (e.g. name, title, email, phone number, etc.) so that EPA may respond to your request:



If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye at kyei-aboagye.kwabena@epa.gov or 617-918-1609.