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Executive Order 95-12
March 29, 1995


WHEREAS, the State's effort to regulate septic systems is necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, protection of wetlands is essential to provide habitat to wildlife and protect against flooding; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Environmental Management, which is charged with the protection of wetlands and the regulation of septic systems, has made tremendous progress in reducing delays, clarifying policies, and coordinating reviews; and

WHEREAS, further improvement in these vital regulatory programs would benefit the regulated community, the environment, and public health, safety and welfare;

NOW, THEREFOR, I, LINCOLN ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:

1. There is hereby established an advisory committee to study the programs administered by the Division of Freshwater Wetlands and the Division of Groundwater and ISDS of the Department of Environmental Management. The Committee shall be known as the Governor's Advisory Committee on Wetlands and Septic Systems.

2. The Committee shall consist of 17 members to be appointed by the Governor.

3 . The Department of Environmental Management shall provide staff support to the Committee;

4. The Committee shall examine ways to improve the regulation of septic systems and the protection of wetlands. The Committee shall also examine the timetables, staffing, funding, process for dispute resolution, and licensing as they pertain to these programs.

5. The Commission shall meet regularly and shall issue its interim written report to the Governor by July 1, 1995. It shall issue its final written report to the Governor by October 1, 1995 or sooner if the Committee has reached its final conclusions prior to that date.

Lincoln Almond