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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM, RI DOH Report Fourth West Nile Virus Finding

DEM and the Rhode Island Department of Health announce that a sample of mosquitoes collected on September 21 in West Kingston has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the fourth finding of WNV in Rhode Island this year. (More info)

DEM Announces Availability of Brownfields Remediation Project Grants

DEM is soliciting proposals for brownfields site redevelopment projects that will support the cleanup of contaminated property and contribute to the state's economic vitality. Five million dollars in grant funding, which supports an estimated 365 local jobs, is available over the next four years through the new Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund. Rhode Island voters approved creation of the Fund with the passage of the 2014 Clean Water, Open Space, and Healthy Communities Bond. The application deadline is October 26, 2015. (More info)

Numerous Violations of State and Federal Marine Fisheries Laws Found as a Result of DEM Investigation Into Illegal Striped Bass Fishing Activity

Over the past two months environmental police officers from the DEM's Division of Law Enforcement conducted a multi-day operation targeting illegal striped bass fishing activity. The effort uncovered numerous violations of state and federal marine fisheries laws. (More info)

Governor Raimondo, DEM Host Dedication Ceremony for New Linear Park on Washington Bridge

Governor Raimondo and DEM are holding a special ceremony today (9/21) to mark the dedication of the new linear park on the Washington Bridge in Providence. (More info)

DEM Monitoring Pawtuxet Cove, Seekonk River Following Reports of Stressed Schools of Fish in These Waters

Scientists from DEM are investigating reports of stressed schools of adult and juvenile menhaden in the Seekonk River and Pawtuxet Cove near the Pawtuxet Falls. (More info)

DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife's Aquatic Resource Education Program Hosts Its Final "Come Clam with Me" Class for the Season

About 30 adults and children will spend a late summer afternoon today at Spink's Neck Beach in North Kingstown, where they will learn to dig for quahogs and see chefs prepare the freshly-harvested shellfish during a cooking demonstration. (More info)

DEM's Aquatic Resource Education Program Offering Freshwater and Saltwater Fly-Fishing Workshops and Fly-Tying Programs This Fall

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold several fishing programs this fall. Hosted by the Division's Aquatic Resource Education program, the programs include introductory workshops on freshwater fly-fishing and saltwater fly-fishing, as well as a series of fly-tying classes. Pre-registration is required for most programs. (More info)

DEM Cautions Dog Owners to Be Alert For Signs of Parvovirus

DEM is alerting dog owners in the state of an unusually high number of cases of canine parvovirus being reported to the RI State Veterinarian's office. Canine parvovirus is required to be reported to the state veterinarian if the diagnosis is made in a dog that originated in an animal shelter, municipal pound, boarding kennel, or pet shop. Several municipal pounds and private veterinarians have reported parvovirus as well as members of the general public. Reports made by the general public are voluntary and are useful for disease surveillance purposes. The virus is considered to be always present in the environment; however, the high number of recently reported cases suggests that there is more of it going around than usual. The majority of the reported cases are in juvenile dogs that have not been vaccinated. (More info)

DEM Approves Plan to Repair Flat River Reservoir Dam

DEM has approved a plan submitted by the Quidnick Reservoir Company, owner of the Flat River Reservoir Dam in Coventry, to make repairs to the dam. The work involves repair of the dam's three low-level outlets. (More info)

DEM Asks Public to Notify Department If They Suspect Presence of Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle

DEM is coordinating a public outreach program for the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). ALB is an invasive insect that came to the United States in wooden shipping crates from China and Korea more than 16 years ago. It affects hardwood shade trees such as maple, ash, birch, willow and elm by boring into the core of the tree and eventually killing it. This beetle has the potential of wiping out thousands of the state's trees if it goes undetected. (More info)

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

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) and DEM have issued health advisories for nine different ponds because of blue-green algae blooms; South Easton Pond in Middletown, St. Mary's Pond in Portsmouth, Watson Reservoir in Little Compton, Warwick Pond in Warwick, Sisson Pond and Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth, 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)

DEM and Arbor Day Foundation Announce New RI Energy Saving Trees Program

DEM, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the RI Tree Council and the RI Nursery and Landscape Association, will be providing 1,000 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this fall. (More info)

DEM, Health Advise the Public to Avoid Contact With Meshanticut Brook in Cranston Following Pump Station Failure

DEM and the Rhode Island Department of Health are advising the public to avoid contact with Meshanticut Brook in Cranston following a pump station failure at the Cranston Wastewater Treatment Facility's (WWTF) Sherman Avenue Pump Station located at 90 Sherman Avenue. An estimated 30,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the brook as a result of the pump station failure, which took place August 14 at 7 a.m. (More info)

DEM Asks Poultry Owners to Assist in Preparations for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

DEM is requesting all poultry owners to assist in preparations for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Although the disease has not been found in Rhode Island, DEM is taking steps now to control HPAI should it spread to the Ocean State. (More info)

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)

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)

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 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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