Rhode Island Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Rhode Island’s dam safety program has 1.6 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 416.9 state regulated dams.
- Rhode Island has 87 high hazard dams.
- None of the state regulated dams in Rhode Island have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Rhode Island’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $189,966.
- Rhode Island has reported $428 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Rhode Island has 12 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Rhode Island has approximately 5 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- There are 8 public-use airports in Rhode Island.
- 156 of the 757 bridges in Rhode Island (20.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 255 of the 757 bridges in Rhode Island (33.7%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Rhode Island received $71.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Rhode Island has 40 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 38th in the nation.
- Rhode Island’s ports handled 8.4 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 35th in the nation.
- Rhode Island has 1 freight railroad covering 19 miles across the state, ranking it 50th by mileage
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Rhode Island motorists $350 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $467 per motorist.
- 70% of Rhode Island’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Rhode Island has 6,401 public road miles.
- Rhode Island’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 7,867 per capita, ranking it 46th in the nation.
- Rhode Island’s gas tax of 33 cents per gallon has not been increased in 3 years.
- Rhode Island has 20,161 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
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