Rhode Island Tracking Program
The mission of the Rhode Island (RI) Tracking Program is to translate environmental and public health data into meaningful information and increased knowledge and apply that knowledge to improve community health.
Rhode Island is 1,214 square miles in size with a population of just over 1,050,000. This puts the state just behind New Jersey in terms of population density. Rhode Island earns its reputation as the Ocean State with over 400 miles of coastline and a maximum elevation of only 812 feet. Dense urban populations and growing suburbs mean that the environment has the potential for major impacts on the health of residents.
Rhode Island has a long history of manufacturing and its waterways were once heavily contaminated with industrial waste. Major strides have been made in cleaning up Narragansett Bay and local neighborhoods, but legacy pollutants remain.
Important events and achievements of the tracking program
RI Tracking Program established with CDC funding
In addition to the set of standard data collected and displayed by all state and local tracking programs, individual programs may host data that are important to their populations.
Tools & Resources:
- Beach ClosuresExternal: The Rhode Island Department of Health tests water quality at public beaches during the summer swimming season and announces beach closures on their website.
- Well Water Testing MappingExternal Tool: provides recommendations for private well testing based on a residential address