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RI - DEM Announces $3.33 Million in Green Economy Bond Funding to Help Communities, Local Groups Protect Open Space

DEM Announces $3.33 Million in Green Economy Bond Funding to Help Communities, Local Groups Protect Open Space Portsmouth Press

Seventeen projects will receive matching grants to protect 904 acres of open space and farmland across Rhode Island. The funding is made possible by the 2016 Green Economy Bond, which was passed overwhelmingly by Rhode Island voters, and invests $35 million in preserving open space, improving recreational facilities, and cleaning up lands and waters.

“The open space grants we’re awarding today – and the Beach, Clean Water, and Green Bond proposed in my budget – will help support the health and vitality of our lands, waters, and communities for generations to come,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Investing in our natural resources benefits communities’ quality of life, promotes health and wellness, protects drinking and recreational water, and helps Rhode Island become a more resilient place.”

Rhode Island’s historic parks, bikeways, and green spaces provide opportunity for public enjoyment – in addition to improving the health of the environment, strengthening the state’s climate resilience, and supporting the economy. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation in Rhode Island generates $2.4 billion in consumer spending and supports 24,000 local jobs. Since 1985, over 11,000 acres of land have been protected.

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