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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM's Division of Forest Environment Producing Wildfire Training Videos in Initiative to Provide Wild Land Fire Training to Rural Fire Departments

DEM's Division of Forest Environment is kicking off a new educational project this summer. By leveraging grant funding from the US Forest Service with local matching funds from the RI State Firefighter's League, along with assistance from the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission, DEM forest rangers are filming and producing a series of wildfire training videos for release on the Division's Facebook page. (More info)

DEM to Test Lifeguards for 2016 Season in August

DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation will administer surf and non-surf lifeguard certification tests, beginning on Monday, August 3, to certify lifeguards for the year 2016. (More info)

Raimondo Signs An Act to Protect the Environment and Support Economic Development

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today hosted a bill signing ceremony, to mark the passage of legislation that protects the environment and supports job growth by streamlining wetlands permitting. (More info)

DEM Monitoring Fish Kill in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers

Scientists from DEM are monitoring a large fish kill of adult menhaden in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers. Based on field observations and water quality measurements, the ongoing incident is being caused by low oxygen levels in the bottom waters. (More info)

DEM, URI Graduate School of Oceanography Scientists Announce Likely Explanation for Salty Brine State Beach Incident

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and DEM Director Janet Coit today praised scientists from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO) for determining the cause of the July 11 combustion incident at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett... It is very likely the incident was caused by the combustion of a build-up of hydrogen gas in the beach sand, due to the corrosion of an abandoned copper cable that was previously used by the United States Coast Guard. (More info)

RI DOH, DEM Issue Blue-Green Algae Advisories for Three Ponds

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) and DEM have issued health advisories for three different ponds because of blue-green algae blooms; Melville Pond in Portsmouth, Paradise Pond in Middletown, and Blackamore Pond in Cranston. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid recreational activities in these bodies of water. (More info)

July 27 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM announces that test results from all 124 mosquito pools, or samples, from 29 traps set statewide during the week of July 13 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (More info)

Raimondo Moves to Protect the Environment, Puts People Back to Work

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today marked the passage of legislation to protect our water supplies and put people back to work with a ceremonial bill signing at the Save the Bay Center. (H 5668 and S 369) Many Rhode Island homes have outdated underground wastewater systems. These systems, often cesspools, are inefficient and ineffective and contribute to public health and environmental hazards. This legislation replaces outdated systems at the point of sale and improves neighborhoods and local infrastructure. (More info)

DEM Announces Reopening of East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area Sand Trail on Thursday, July 23

DEM announces that the East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area Sand Trail was reopened to vehicular traffic beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 23. The reopening of the trail provides access to the campground and back track trail. (More info)

New!!! RI DEM Blue Card Testing and Certification Now Available at the DEM Office of Customer and Technical Assistance Located in Providence

DEM announces that the State's Pistol Revolver Test and Certification, otherwise known as the "Blue Card", will now be available at the Office of Customer and Technical Assistance, DEM Headquarters, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI. The office is located on the second floor at the Beach Street entrance Suite 260. (More info)

Press Statement re: Port of Galilee Fire

DEM's Port Manager and Division of Law Enforcement are working closely with the US Coast Guard, State Fire Marshal's Office and the Narragansett Police Department, who are actively investigating the cause of the fire. We are glad no one was injured, and will provide any support needed to come to a quick resolution. DEM's Emergency Response team is also overseeing any necessary clean-up. (More info)

DEM to Offer Fourth Annual "Women's Day at the Range" on Saturday, August 1 at Great Swamp Shooting Range

DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife will offer the fourth annual "Women's Day at the Range" on Saturday, August 1 at the Great Swamp Shooting Range in West Kingston. The free event is designed to introduce women to the world of shooting sports. (More info)

DEM Cautions the Public That Fawns Are Not Abandoned and Should Be Left Alone

According to wildlife biologists at DEM, white-tailed deer give birth to fawns during the months of May and June. Each year DEM receives many calls about fawns being abandoned by their mother. This is almost never the case and most of these fawns seen are not abandoned. (More info)

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