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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

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 Director Coit to Recognize Environmental Police Officer and Canine Companion for Certification

Environmental Police Officer Christopher Duguid and his canine companion, Bear, will be recognized for their successful completion of a RI Department of Corrections Training Academy program on Monday, October 20. (More info)

DEM Invites Rhode Islanders to Public Open House at Rocky Point State Park on Saturday, October 25

DEM announces that Rocky Point will be open to the public for the first time in almost two decades on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to explore the grounds and see the progress being made in the redevelopment of Rocky Point as Rhode Island's newest coastal state park at this special public open house. (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)

Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle to Reopen to Shellfishing at Sunrise Saturday, October 11

DEM announces that Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle in the Upper Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise on Saturday, October 11. (More info)

DEM's Aquatic Resource Education Program Offering Saltwater Fly-Fishing Workshop and Fly-Tying Programs This Fall

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold several fishing programs this fall. With stripers and bluefish plentiful in Narragansett Bay, autumn is one of the best times of the year to fish. Hosted by the Division's Aquatic Resource Education program, the programs include an introduction to saltwater fly-fishing workshop and a series of fly-tying classes. Pre-registration is required for most programs. (More info)

October 7 West Nile/EEE Final Update

DEM announces that test results from all 31 mosquito pools, or samples, from 24 traps set statewide on September 22 are confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Due to negligible numbers of mosquitoes collected throughout the month of September, no traps have been set since the September 22 trap week, and no results are pending; therefore, this is the last weekly status update of the season. (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)

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)

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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