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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

Governor Raimondo, DEM Director Coit, ALPC and Partners Celebrate Preservation of Lial Acres, 100th Farm in Rhode Island Protected by ALPC from Development

Governor Gina Raimondo today joined DEM Director Janet Coit, members of the RI Agricultural Land Preservation Commission (ALPC) and others at an event in Warren to celebrate the preservation of Lial Acres. (More info)

DEM Announces Availability of Guidance Tools for Village Development and Transfer of Development Rights

DEM announces the release of Village Guidance: Tools and Techniques for Rhode Island Communities and the Rhode Island Transfer of Development Rights Manual. (More info)

DEM Says Now Is the Time to Plan to Treat for Winter Moth Caterpillars

DEM reports that winter moth eggs will start hatching once temperatures begin to warm this month. (More info)

DEM Accepting Applications for Grant Funding to Support Projects to Control Invasive Plants in RI Lakes and Ponds

DEM announces the availability of grant funding to aid projects that control aquatic invasive plants in freshwater lakes and ponds. (More info)

DEM Cautions Anglers About Cold Water Danger and Urges Them to Put Safety First on Opening Day of Trout Fishing Season and Throughout the Year by Wearing a Life Jacket

With the 2015 trout fishing season opening on Saturday, April 11, DEM reminds anglers – particularly those fishing from a boat – that even on a warm day water temperatures can hover in the low to mid 50s. According to a U.S. Coast Guard report, a boating accident is five times more likely to be fatal if the water is colder than 60 degrees. (More info)

DEM Announces Opening of Goddard Park Golf Course

DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation announces that the golf course at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick opened today for the 2015 golfing season. The opening of the course was delayed this year due to impacts from the harsh winter. (More info)

DEM Stocks 80,000 Trout in Advance of April 11 Opening Day of Trout Fishing Season

DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife announces that the 2015 Opening Day of Trout Season will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. (More info) [List of Stocked Waters[

DEM Issues Draft Document Assessing Quality of State's Waters and Listing of Impaired Waters

DEM announces that it will hold a public workshop on Thursday, April 9 to present updates to the List of Impaired Waters. (More info)

DEM Recruiting to Fill Seasonal Positions at State Parks and Beaches, with Online Applications Being Accepted

DEM is continuing its efforts to fill a variety of seasonal employment positions at state parks, beaches and campgrounds this summer. There are still many jobs available throughout Rhode Island for residents 16 years of age or older. (More info)

DEM Reports Localized Mortality Events Involving Waterfowl As a Result of Severe Winter Conditions

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife has been receiving reports of bird mortality events throughout the state, primarily involving Canada geese. Wildlife biologists from the Division have inspected the dead geese at several locations and attributed the deaths to malnutrition as a result of the severe winter. (More info)

DEM'S Division of Agriculture Announces Upcoming TV Series About Farming in Rhode Island to Air on RI PBS Starting March 22

DEM announces that "Harvesting Rhode Island", a five-part pilot television series promoting Rhode Island-grown specialty crops, will air on RI PBS beginning this Sunday, March 22. (More info)

DEM Awards $28,250 in Grants for Community-Based Earth Day Cleanups

DEM, in partnership with Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and the JR Vinagro Corporation, has awarded 58 grants totaling $28,250 to organizers of local Earth Day cleanup projects. This grant program is designed to highlight Earth Day 2015 and the value of the environment, and recognize the importance of people improving the quality of life in their communities. (More info)

DEM Files Regulations for Rhode Island Recreational Striped Bass Fishery for 2015

DEM today filed new regulations governing the Rhode Island recreational striped bass fishery for 2015. They establish a bag limit of one striped bass per person per day, at a 28-inch minimum size. The season will be open year-round. (More info)

DEM Director Coit and Attorney General Kilmartin File Superior Court Complaint Against Rhode Island Recycled Metals, LLC and AARE, LLC for Ongoing Environmental Violations

DEM Director Janet Coit and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin filed a complaint in Superior Court yesterday against two companies for environmental violations arising from a scrap metal recycling operation along the Providence waterfront on Allens Avenue. (More info)

Rhode Island State Conservation Committee Releases the 2014 Update to The Rhode Island Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook

The Rhode Island State Conservation Committee, under the direction of DEM, has approved the adoption of updates to the Rhode Island Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook. (More info)

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