What do these major Rhode Island
projects have in common?

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Deepwater Wind's wind farm
off the shores of Block Island

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Removal of the White Mill Dam
on the Pawcatuck River to re-establish the herring and shad run

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Amazon's state of the art distribution center
constructed off of Route 295 in Johnston

Answer: Scott Rabideau and
Natural Resource Services

Each of these projects were designed by teams of experienced engineers and scientists, but before they could be constructed, CRMC and DEM permits were required. Natural Resource Services, Inc. and Scott Rabideau were retained in each case to assist the design team with the complex state regulatory application process.

Scott Rabideau, President / CEO - NRS Wetlands

Scott Rabideau, President / Principal Biologist

Scott has more than 35 years of experience working as a wetland scientist in Rhode Island, helping landowners navigate wetland regulations set by DEM and the CRMC. He is certified as a Senior Professional Wetland Scientist by the national Society of Wetland Scientists, and he has been qualified as an expert in wetland delineation, coastal ecology, and wildlife habitat assessments in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts superior courts. He is also currently an appointed Special Master by the Rhode Island Superior Court to resolve a decades-long dispute between the DEM and the Bowdish Lake Campground in Glocester.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's degree in business management from Lesley College. He also completed a graduate study in soil science at the University of Massachusetts.

Natural Resource Services, Inc. was incorporated by Scott in 1988 with the original office in Providence. The office was moved to the northern RI Village of Harrisville in 1991 and has been there since that time.

Education and Certifications

  • B.S. Natural Resource Science
  • M.S. Business Management
  • Senior Professional Wetland Scientist #1410, Society of Wetland Scientists


  • Former State Representative, District 60, from 1995-2002
  • RI Judicial Nominating Commission, from 2014-2020
  • Legislative Commission, Freshwater Wetlands Act Review, from 2013-2015
  • The Wildlife Society - Investment Review Committee Member, 2013-2017
  • Trustee of the June Rockwell Levy Foundation

Fast track your project with Scott Rabideau, Rhode Island's expert in wetland permitting