The city of Newport, Rhode Island, has agreed to settle alleged sewer and stormwater violations in a proposed consent decree lodged in federal court. Env’t R.I. v. City of Newport, No. 08-265 (D.R.I. lodged 8/11/11). Under the settlement’s terms, the city will spend approximately $25 million to reduce stormwater discharges to Easton’s Beach, eliminate illegal discharges of sewage to Narragansett Bay from its wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection systems, purchase and distribute rain barrels to residents to capture stormwater for reuse, and take other actions to encourage low-impact development. The city will also pay a $170,000 civil penalty to be split between the federal and state governments. The proposed consent decree is subject to public comment and court approval.