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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM, Health Advise Rhode Islanders to Protect Themselves from Getting Mosquito Bites

West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes trapped in the Great Swamp in West Kingston. DEM and the RI Department of Health are advising Rhode Islanders to take steps to protect themselves from being bitten. (More info)

September 15 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM announces that test results from the remaining 97 mosquito pools, or samples, from 34 traps set statewide during the week of September 2 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. (More info)

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Found in Turner Reservoir and Central Pond in East Providence

The Department of Health and DEM are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Turner Reservoir and Central Pond in East Providence because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the reservoir and pond. (More info)

DEM to Hold Third Round of Free Pesticide Disposal Events for Businesses and Farmers in September

DEM's Division of Agriculture will be hosting three obsolete pesticide collection events in September. The program, called the Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program, provides farmers and other commercial entities with a no cost alternative to dispose of obsolete pesticides. (More info)

DEM Seeks Seasonal Staff for Positions at State Parks and Campgrounds This Fall

DEM is seeking applicants to fill 20-30 seasonal positions at state parks, campgrounds, and the Goddard Park golf course this fall. (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)

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

DEM, in partnership with the Fishermen in Newport, hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event on August 29 at State Pier Nine in Newport for the new Newport Lobster Shack Kitchen. (More info)

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

DEM announces that demolition and site restoration work begins at Rocky Point this week. This work is the first step in the creation of a new coastal state park at Rocky Point that will benefit Rhode Islanders for centuries. (More info)

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

DEM announces that applications are now being accepted from harbormasters and other public entities for funding to cover the costs of removing, disposing and/or selling derelict and abandoned vessels and other obstructions in the tidal waters and tidal lands of the state. Funding will be provided through the Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal Commission. (More info)

Rhode Island Paint Recycling Program Begins in June

Paint recycling just got easier in the Ocean State. PaintCare, a Washington, DC-based product stewardship organization for the paint industry, and DEM are pleased to announce the start of a new paint recycling program in Rhode Island. (More info)

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

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that Rhode Island is one of eight states to release a collaborative Action Plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards, and encourage a consumer market primed to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. (More info)

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