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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM: August 18 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM announces that test results from the August 4 trap night, one pool collected in South Kingstown tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), as was reported on August 14. Samples of WNV are expected during the latter part of the summer and into early fall. (More info)

DEM Announces Winners of the 2014 Great Outdoors Pursuit

DEM hosted the grand finale event of the 2014 Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit at Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown on Saturday, August 9. (More info)

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

DEM, in a cooperative effort with the USDA and Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), will conduct forest pest training sessions to increase public awareness of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) throughout the month of August, which has been designated as Forest Pest Awareness Month. (More info)

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

DEM announces that up to $3.2 million in grants are available for local water quality protection and restoration projects that abate nonpoint sources of pollution and improve storm water management. (More info)

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

Thanks to the generosity of a local sportsman, DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife has been able to replace bow hunting training equipment that is used to introduce and teach archery skills to students who participate in its Hunter Education programs. (More info)

DEM to Test Lifeguards for 2015 Season in August

DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation will administer surf and non-surf lifeguard certification tests, beginning on August 4, to certify lifeguards for the year 2015. (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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