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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM Announces Annual Reclassification of Shellfish Waters and Seasonal Closures That Take Effect at Sunrise on May 23

DEM announces that as a result of improved water quality conditions, two areas that have been closed to shellfish harvesting will now be open for shellfishing beginning this Saturday. (More info)

DEM Conducting Lifeguard Certification Testing May 20 and 21

DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation is administering conditional Non-Surf and Surf Lifeguard Certification tests on May 20 and May 21, and again next month. (More info)

DEM Environmental Police and Boating Safety Advocates Participate in National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22

DEM Environmental police officers from the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Law enforcement and boating safety advocates across the US and Canada are teaming up during National Safe Boating Week to promote safe and responsible boating and urge boaters to wear life jackets each and every time they are on the water. (More info)

DEM to Hold Public Workshops on May 20 and May 26 on Proposed Freshwater Fishing and Hunting Regulations

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold public workshops in Tiverton and Warwick in late May to discuss the proposed 2016-2017 freshwater fishing seasons and the 2015-2016 hunting seasons and bag limits. (More info)

DEM Announces Opening of Three Weekly Farmers' Markets at State Parks; Other Markets Operated by DEM Will Open in July

DEM announces that three farmers' markets located in state parks are now open on a weekly basis. For the first few weeks, the popular markets primarily will offer bedding plants, hanging plants, cut flowers, meat, early vegetable crops, honey, and maple syrup. As traditional local summer crops become available, more vendors will participate. (More info)

DEM Announces Weekend Opening of State Beaches Beginning on Saturday, May 9

DEM announces that state beaches in South County will be open weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning on Saturday, May 9. (More info)

Governor, DEM Seek Nominations for Climate Change Science and Technical Advisory Board

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and DEM Director Janet Coit are seeking nominations for the newly-created Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Science and Technical Advisory Board. (More info)

DEM Announces 2015 Dates for the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit; Registration Now Open

DEM invites Rhode Islanders to reconnect with the great outdoors, get active and have fun by joining the 2015 Great Outdoors Pursuit. (More info)

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 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'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)

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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