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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM Announces Free Freshwater Fishing Days May 2 & May 3

DEM announces that Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 are free fishing days in Rhode Island. During those two days, all Rhode Islanders and visitors can fish in freshwaters without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp. The free fishing weekend does not apply to saltwater fishing or saltwater licenses. (More info)

Shellfish Area 'A' in Upper Narragansett Bay to Re-Open Two and One-Half Days Early as a Result of Acceptable Post-Storm Monitoring Data

DEM announces that Conditional Area A in upper Narragansett Bay will re-open to shellfishing beginning at sunrise Saturday April 25, two and one half days earlier than the scheduled April 28 at noon re-opening. (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)

DEM Calls on Rhode Islanders to Celebrate Earth Day 2015

On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the Department of Environmental Management is encouraging Rhode Islanders to mark the occasion by joining a local clean up, taking easy steps to improve the environment, or simply getting outdoors and enjoying nature in state parks and management areas. (More info)

Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, DEM Director Coit, Recognize Importance of Water Quality on Earth Day

Governor Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge Elozra and DEM Director Janet Coit joined together today to celebrate Earth Day by awarding $3.3 million in grants that will improve water quality throughout Rhode Island. Rhode Island's Governor for a Day, Khatima Bulmer, also attended the grant announcement. (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 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 April 8 for the 2015 golfing season. The opening of the course was delayed this year due to impacts from the harsh winter. (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)

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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