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Public Scoping Meetings for Wood-Pawcatuck Rivers Watershed Flood Protection Project to be held January 26, 2023

Pawcatuck River, Rhode Island, courtesy of National Park Service

NRCS and the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District (project Sponsor) are holding two Public Scoping Meetings on January 26, 2023, to discuss the proposed Wood-Pawcatuck Rivers Watershed Flood Protection project in Washington and Kent Counties, Rhode Island.

  • An agency planning meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. for agencies, organizations, watershed associations, etc. to participate in the planning process at the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association Headquarters at 203 Arcadia Road in Hope Valley, RI. 
  • A public meeting will be held for interested members of the general public at 6:00 p.m. at the Chariho Middle School Auditorium at 453 Switch Road in Wood River Junction, RI.  

At both meetings, representatives from the Southern RI Conservation District, NRCS, and their consultants will provide information on the Watershed and Flood Protection program, planning activities to date for the Wood-Pawcatuck Rivers, the various alternatives being considered for flood control, answer questions and concerns about the planned activities, and seek public input.

Federal funding has been received to assist the local sponsors in developing the plan but has not yet been secured for the design or construction of these projects. For more information, please contact Darrell Moore, NRCS State Conservation Engineer, at 401-822-8812 or

NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with conservation districts and the people of Rhode Island to improve and protect soil, water and other natural resources. For more information, visit

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Darrell Moore at 401-822-8812 or by January 19th; or dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunication relay services.

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Wood-Pawcatuck watershed map, Rhode Island.

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