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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

Eight Indoor Winter Farmers' Markets Throughout the State Offer Rhode Islanders a Wide Variety of Local Products

Rhode Islanders now have eight winter farmers' markets available throughout the state where they can purchase a wide variety of locally-grown and produced products. DEM's Division of Agriculture and partners are helping to sponsor the indoor farmers' markets through the "Get Fresh. Buy Local." statewide campaign aimed at promoting awareness of and interest in buying RI-grown specialty crops. (More info)

DEM is Taking the Rhode Island Wildlife Action Plan into Communities Via a Series of Public Meetings

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a series of public meetings throughout the state next month to discuss the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) and how it relates to conservation in Rhode Island and solicit public input on the document before it is finalized. (More info)

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife to Offer Fly-Tying Program in North Kingstown Starting November 17

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering a program this fall for anglers interested in developing and improving their fly-tying skills. (More info)

Vehicle Access to Camp Cronin Fishing Area at Point Judith in Narragansett to be Restricted During Revetment Repair Project

Visitors to the popular Camp Cronin Fishing Area and overlook site at Point Judith in Narragansett, RI, will have to leave their vehicles behind when visiting the site from late October until mid-May 2015 as construction work is underway to complete the Camp Cronin stone revetment and East Shore Arm breakwater repair project. (More info)

DEM Stocking 4,000 Trout in Ponds and Rivers Throughout Rhode Island for Fall Fishing Season

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife has stocked over 4,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout in selected locations in the State this week for the fall freshwater fishing season. (More info)

DEM Asks Government Agencies and Private Businesses to Consider Making Early Preparations in Anticipation of the Upcoming Winter Season by Selecting and Preparing Potential Snow Disposal Sites

DEM is reminding government agencies, municipalities and private businesses to take some time this fall – before the ground is frozen and the first snowflakes appear – to select and prepare potential snow disposal sites. (More info)

Governor Chafee, DEM Director Coit Join Business Leaders at Grand Opening of New Permit Application Center

DEM held a grand opening for its new Permit Application Center (PAC) this morning at its Promenade Street Headquarters in Providence. The effort is an outgrowth of DEM's "Lean Government" initiative that began in 2011, and is aimed at improving business processes to provide better customer service. (More info)

DEM Announces Award of $255,543 in Farm Viability Grants to Enhance and Promote Rhode Island Specialty Crops

DEM has announced the award of farm viability grants totaling $255,543 for projects that will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. (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)

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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