CMG partnered with CMG Advisor Philip Conkling and COO Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation to create a film aimed at curbing stormwater pollution and promoting green infrastructure in Rhode Island. When it rains during a storm, polluted water that contains oil, grease, fertilizer, ani- mal waste and other contaminants runs down parking lots, sidewalks, and streets and into our rivers and bays. Reducing stormwater pollution and building better infrastructure are imperative to keeping our beaches, ponds and oceans clean and open to use. Conservation Law Foundation and the Rhode Island Stormwater Coalition are working to curb stormwater pollution and build green infrastructure in Rhode Island.
The film was shared through a large network of concerned organizations to help drive constituent action toward better stormwater pollution management. Viewers were asked to sign a petition to local officials to keep Rhode Island's waters clean through improved stormwater management and green infrastructure creation. The video campaign ran for 2 weeks and received 15,000 views on Facebook, 400 views on Youtube - and the petition garnered the support of more than 300 individual residents and 12 Rhode Island organizations. The campaign also inspired the director of the Ocean Project, William Mott, who also manages World Oceans Day, to ask local Rhode Island senators to pass a resolution officially recognizing World Oceans Day in Rhode Island, which they did on June 2, 2015.