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Current News- revised 9/2/14

September 2014

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

September 2 West Nile/EEE Status Update

August 2014

Fishermen in Newport Celebrate Grand Opening of Lobster Shack Kitchen at State Pier Nine in Newport

Rhode Islanders Invited to Fish for Hope as Part of Third Annual Galilee Fishing Tournament and Seafood Festival

DEM, Senator Jack Reed and Others to Join Fishermen in Newport for Grand Opening of Lobster Shack Kitchen on August 29

All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Wednesday, August 27th , 2014

August 26 West Nile/EEE Status Update

August 18 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces Winners of the 2014 Great Outdoors Pursuit

August 12 West Nile/EEE Status Update

August 5 West Nile/EEE Status Update

July 2014

August is Designated as Forest Pest Awareness Month to Coincide With Emergence Period for Asian Longhorned Beetles

July 28 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces That Kickemuit River Will Re-Open to Shellfish Harvesting at Sunrise Thursday, July 24

DEM Announces That $3.2 Million in Grant Funds Are Available for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control

DEM Announces Free Saltwater Fishing and Free Parking at State Beaches on Bay Day This Sunday, July 27

Generous Donation from Local Sportsman Allows DEM to Replace Equipment Used for Hunter Education Training Programs That Was Stolen in June

DEM to Test Lifeguards for 2015 Season in August

July 21 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM to Offer Third Annual "Women's Day at the Range" on Saturday, August 2 at Great Swamp Shooting Range

DEM Announces That Wright's Dairy Farm in North Smithfield Has Been Named State's 2014 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year

July 15 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM to Tag Trees in Popular Parks and Recreation Areas That Are at Risk for Infestation of Invasive Forest Pests

July 7 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Advises Public That Dangerous Rip Currents, High Surf Expected from Hurricane Arthur Late Friday and Saturday

DEM Announces Start of Demolition and Site Restoration Work at Rocky Point

Contact Recreation Advisory Lifted, Shellfish Closure Remains in Kickemuit River Following Sewage Discharge from Bristol Sewer System

June 2014

12 Bows Were Stolen from DEM Facility and Unsuspecting Individuals May Have Purchased the Bows on Craigslist

June 30 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Shellfish Closure Enacted in Kickemuit River Following Sewage Discharge from Bristol Treatment Facility

Governor Chafee and DEM Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Galilee Boat Ramp Following Reconstruction of Popular Recreational Boating Facility

Governor Chafee, DEM to Host June 27 Grand Opening of Galilee Boat Ramp Improvement Project in Narragansett

DEM Announces That Applications Are Currently Being Accepted for Removal and Disposal of Derelict and Abandoned Vessels and Other Obstructions

First Mosquitoes Trapped Test Negative for WNV and EEE

DEM Environmental Police Officers to Conduct Operation Dry Water Boat Patrols June 27 to June 29 to Enforce Boating Under the Influence Law

DEM Asks Public to Be Aware of White Spotted Pine Sawyer - an Asian Longhorned Beetle 'Look-Alike'

DEM to Conduct Lifeguard Certification Testing June 18 and June 19

DEM Receives $250,000 from NOAA to Remove Marine Debris Caused by Superstorm Sandy from Rhode Island Waters

DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation Announces Availility of Revamped App for iPhone and Android Users

DEM Asks Public to Report Wild Turkey Brood Sightings

DEM to Offer New Streamlined Wastewater and Wetlands Application and Permit for Single Family Residential Lots

DEM Applauds First-Place Finish of Rhode Island Wastewater Operators in Regional "Operator Challenge" Competition

Rhode Island Paint Recycling Program Begins This Month

May 2014

Rhode Island and Multi-State Alliance Releases Plan to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road

DEM's Seasonal Bay Line Telephone Information Line Is Now Open

DEM Announces Annual Reclassification of Shellfish Waters and Seasonal Shellfish Closures That Take Effect on May 24

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife to Offer Freshwater Fly-Fishing Workshop on Saturday, May 31

DEM Says Winter Moth Caterpillars Are Defoliating Trees Throughout Rhode Island

Governor Chafee, RI DEM Announce $6.3 million in Recreational Development Grants (List of Grants)

DEM Announces Public Meetings on May 14 and May 29 to Discuss Water Quality Restoration Plans for Six RI River Segments

DEM Director Janet Coit Receives Environment Council of Rhode Island's John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Award

DEM Accepting Applications for Grants to Control Aquatic Invasive Species in Freshwater Lakes and Ponds

DEM to Kick Off the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit on Sunday, May 18 at Lincoln Woods State Park

DEM Announces Weekend Opening of Select State Beaches Beginning on Saturday, May 10

DEM and URI Announce Formation of RI Marine Fisheries Institute

DEM and URI Form New Partnership to Promote Sustainable Fisheries

DEM Announces Opening of Four Weekly Farmers' Markets at State Parks Beginning on May 2; Other Markets Operated by DEM Slated to Open in Late July

April 2014

Rabid Raccoon Confirmed in Providence: Those Who Might Have Had Contact Should Contact HEALTH As Soon As Possible

DEM, Farmers and Aquaculturists to Celebrate Rhode Island Agriculture Day in State House Festivities on Thursday, May 1

Browning Mill Pond in Exeter to be Stocked with Golden Rainbow Trout for Free Freshwater Fishing Days May 3 and May 4

Rabid Cat Confirmed in Lincoln

DEM Congratulates Recipients of the Prestigious Regional EPA Environmental Merit Award

Westerly to Apply Mosquito Larvicide to Swamp Areas on Thursday, April 24 in Yearly Routine

Earth Day Activities at Lafayette Trout Hatchery

Fish Stocking Suspended at Carolina Trout Pond Pending Dam Repairs

DEM Asks Public to Look Out for Invasive Forest Pests as Part of Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 This Week!

DEM's Second Round of Free Pesticide Disposal Program for Businesses

DEM Issues Wetlands Permit for T.F. Green State Airport

DEM & RIRRC Earth Day Grant Helps Fund Community Works RI Cleanup Project

DEM Announces Free Freshwater Fishing Days May 3 and May 4

DEM Issues Expedited Citations to 29 Property Owners in Violation of RI Cesspool Act Requirements

DEM Recruiting Certified Lifeguards for State Beaches and Parks

DEM Announces the Re-Opening of Shellfish Waters in Bristol Harbor Beginning at Sunrise on April 12, 2014

RI's Wildlife Action Plan Update: List of Species to Conserve has been Updated

DEM to Hold State Arbor Day Ceremony at Meeting Street on Friday, April 25

DEM Announces Two Pesticide Disposal Events in April

DEM Accepting Grant Applications for Boat Pump-Out Facilities until May 7th

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

DEM Announces Shellfish Closure in Bristol Harbor Effective Immediately Due to Heavy Rains and Elevated Flows and Bacterial Levels from Bristol Plant

March 2014

DEM Announces New Emergency Closure of Shellfishing Areas in Point Judith Pond and Potters Pond as a Result of Excessive Rainfall and Runoff

DEM Stocks 80,000 Trout in Advance of April 12 Opening of Freshwater Fishing Season

DEM Awards $16,850 in Grants for Community-Based Earth Day Cleanup Projects

DEM To Hold Public Workshops in Tiverton and Exeter on April 1 & April 2 on Proposed Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, & Parks and Management Area Regulations

Goddard Park Golf Course Recognized for Its Commitment to Sustainable Environmental Practices

DEM, NBC Announce Temporary Closure of Phase I Combined Sewer Overflow Tunnel in Order to Complete Connection of the Woonasquatucket CSO Interceptors

DEM Announces Availability of Up to $5 Million in Open Space Grants for Land Preservation Projects

February 2014

DEM & RIRRC Offering Small Grants for 2014 Earth Day Cleanup Projects

Governor Chafee and R.I. DEM Announce $200,000 in Grants to Strengthen Local Food Systems

DEM Announces February 27 Public Meeting to Discuss Ways to Restore Water Quality in Scott Pond

DEM Announces Availability of Farm Viability Grant Funds to Enhance and Promote Rhode Island Specialty Crops

Rhode Islanders Invited to Free February School Vacation Activities at DEM Facilities

January 2014

Boat Registration Renewal, Boater Education Information, and Seasonal Job Applications Available at DEM Booth at Providence Boat Show

DEM Announces New Commercial Fishing License Opportunities and Program Changes

DEM Announces Appointment of Brian M. Moore, P.E. as New Chief of Groundwater and Wetland Protection

DEM and Its Partners Take Action for Wildlife

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife Announces Second Annual Deer Hunt on Black Rock-Rodman's Hollow Property on Block Island

DEM Announces That Reconstruction of Galilee Boat Ramp Is Underway; Project Will Improve Access to Popular Facility

Additional RI Ponds Stocked by DEM for the Winter Fishing Season

December 2013

DEM, ALPC, USDA/NRCS, The Nature Conservancy, and Block Island Land Trust Announce Preservation of Payne Farm

DEM Stocking Trout for Winter Fishing Season

DEM Protects 31 Acres of Forestland Abutting Rockville Management Area in Hopkinton

DEM to Hold January 8th Informational Meeting on Water Quality Restoration Plan for the Ten Mile River

DEM Says Invasive Winter Moths Are Now in Flight

State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, DVM Named RI Veterinarian of the year by RI Veterinary Medical Association

DEM Reports Confirmation of Rabid Fox Found in East Greenwich

DEM to Hold December 9th Informational Workshop and Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Hazardous Waste Rules and Regulations

DEM Seeking Nominations for Appointments to the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Advisory Committee

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