Another Stormwater Bioretention Basin To be Installed Right In Front of Top Of The Bay Restaurant At Oakland Beach
Last night, the Warwick City Council approved the application for a RI Community Development Disaster Relief Recovery Program block grant in the amount of $80,000 to construct another stormwater run- off bioretention basin. The bioretention basin is to be constructed on the corner piece of city property that abuts the parking lot of the Top of The Bay restaurant (at corner of Oakland Beach Ave/across from beach parking lot, see photos below).
Will this new stormwater run-off bioretention basin be anything like the ones currently located along Suburban Parkway? (see photos below).
These bioretention basins are supposed to allow pollutants to settle out of storm water runoff before draining into Warwick Cove or Brush Neck Cove. The problem, since day one of the completion of several basins along Suburban Parkway, is that they don't completely drain and form small ponds. (see photos below)
This is an ongoing issue that still has not been properly addressed, and the "pond" basins are also a stinking, eye sore, as well as hazardous (pets/small children). How about a border wall of shrubs planted around those things? How about some environmental beautification as well?
You can clearly see from the photos that several were not constructed properly as the drain pipes are at a higher elevation than the bottom of the basin, so no wonder why they don't completely drain.
Is this what's coming to the corner lot right there at a high foot trafficked restaurant and beach going area? Will it be fenced in? What about the view from the Top of The Bay Restaurant balcony? Will there be shrubs surrounding it? Will it be constructed properly so that a mosquito attracting stink pond doesn't form?