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May 2018
8 Volvo Ocean Race: Race Village Opening Ceremony at Fort Adams State Park from 4-7 PM. Free activities for the entire family! A fee for parking will be charged May 17-20. Learn more
3, 10 & 17 Community Fly Tying Program at Portsmouth Free Public Library. DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program invites participants to learn how to make their own fresh water flies over several weeks to then use them at a private fly fishing event. No experience is necessary, and a fishing license is not required to participate in this program. Families with children 10 and older are encouraged to attend. Equipment will be provided or you may bring your own. Attend one or all - A different fly will be made at each class! Registration is required. Scott.Travers@dem.ri.gov or visit the DEM Aquatic Resource Education page.
9, 23 & 30 Community Fly Tying Program at Brownell Public Library, Little Compton. DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program invites participants to learn how to make their own fresh water flies over several weeks to then use them at a private fly fishing event. No experience is necessary, and a fishing license is not required to participate in this program. Families with children 10 and older are encouraged to attend. Equipment will be provided or you may bring your own. Attend one or all - A different fly will be made at each class! Registration is required. Scott.Travers@dem.ri.gov or visit the DEM Aquatic Resource Education page.
8 Volvo Ocean Race: One Ocean Exploration Zone Opening Presented by 11th Hour Racing at Fort Adams State Park starting at 11 AM. The One Ocean Exploration Zone (OOEZ) presented by 11th Hour Racing is an educational destination offering hands-on opportunities to discover ocean science and the environment. The ocean system connects us all by providing multiple services to our living environment - food, weather patterns, the oxygen we breathe, and vast recreational activities. The One Ocean Exploration Zone is a multi-stakeholder effort to enhance ocean literacy, broaden awareness of stressors facing the marine environment and educate visitors on conservation and sustainability efforts underway from the local to global scale. Learn more
12 Come Birding with Me at Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, West Kingston. Guided hike to search for songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and raptors while learning about habitat management for birds and other wildlife! Registration is limited to 25 participants. More information and registration, click here. This event is part of the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit.
14, 15 & 16 Hunter Education Course 5 PM to 9 PM at Charlestown Police Dept. Community Room, 4901 Old Post Rd. (Rt. 1A), Charlestown. Pre-Registration with the instructor is required. All courses are free of charge. Registration open 4/1/18. To register, contact Scott Travers at scott.travers@dem.ri.gov or for questions, contact Jessica Pena at 539-0019 or Jessica.pena@dem.ri.gov. Learn more about DEM Hunter Education
18 Goddard Memorial State Park Farmers' Market Warwick, Every Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Support local farmers and producers by shopping the farmers market for fresh, local food, plants, honey, and more! For the first few weeks, the 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. Learn more.
19 Introduction to Freshwater Fly Fishing at Addieville East Farm, Mapleville from 9am -3pm. Fishing season is here! And it is the perfect time to learn how to fly fish. Join us for a 6-hour workshop to learn about fly fishing equipment needs, fly tying, fly casting and inform you about the best fishing areas across Rhode Island. Families with children 10 and older are welcome. Lunch and equipment will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Fee: $15.00. For more information and to register, please call 401-539-0019 or email Kimberly.Sullivan@dem.ri.gov. Learn more on the DEM Aquatic Resource Education page. This event is part of the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit
20 Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers' Market Narragansett, Every Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Support local farmers and producers by shopping the farmers market for fresh, local food, plants, honey, and more! For the first few weeks, the 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. Learn more.
19 Kid’s to Parks Day / RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Kick Off! at Pulaski State Park, Chepachet from Noon to 3PM. Join DEM’s Great Outdoor Pursuit team and the Division of Parks and Recreation for a guided hike around Peck Pond, arts & crafts, face painting and more. The first 80 registered Pursuit kids to check in will receive a voucher for one free lunch (limited menu) from Championship Melt food truck. This event is part of the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit.
23 Haines Memorial State Park Farmers' Market Route 103 on the East Providence/Barrington line, Every Wednesday from 2 PM to 6 PM. Support local farmers and producers by shopping the farmers market for fresh, local food, plants, honey, and more! For the first few weeks, the 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. Learn more.
25 Goddard Memorial State Park Farmers' Market Warwick, Every Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Support local farmers and producers by shopping the farmers market for fresh, local food, plants, honey, and more! For the first few weeks, the 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. Learn more.
27 Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers' Market Narragansett, Every Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Support local farmers and producers by shopping the farmers market for fresh, local food, plants, honey, and more! For the first few weeks, the 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. Learn more.
30 Haines Memorial State Park Farmers' Market Route 103 on the East Providence/Barrington line, Every Wednesday from 2 PM to 6 PM. Support local farmers and producers by shopping the farmers market for fresh, local food, plants, honey, and more! For the first few weeks, the 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. Learn more.
May 2018: Public Meetings, Hearings & Workshops
2 Monthly meeting of the RI Board of Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities: Wednesday, May 2
9:30 AM | Room 280 at DEM's headquarters at 235 Promenade St., Providence (directions). This regular monthly meeting focuses on current Board business, such as the disposition of applications by individuals applying for wastewater operator licensure in Rhode Island. Matters before the Board may also include revisions to regulations, requirements for certification to be imposed on individuals or municipalities, and other advisory opinions. The public is welcome to attend. If communication assistance is needed or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation, please contact Traci Pena at 401-222-4700 ext. 2410 or Traci.Pena@dem.ri.gov at least two business days prior to the meeting.
5 RI Marine Fisheries Council Meeting re: Shellfish Advisory Panel: Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30pm This meeting will be held at the URI Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Building, Large Conference Room, S. Ferry Road, Narragansett. View information.
7 RI Marine Fisheries Council Meeting: Monday, May 7 at 6:00pm Pre-hearing workshop at the URI Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Building, Hazard Room, S. Ferry Road, Narragansett, to discuss proposed regulatory amendments which will be subject of a public hearing on June 4, 2018. See agenda/presentation for more information..
17 Public Workshop and Hearing re: RI Hunting Regulations for the 2018–2019 and 2019-2020, RI Freshwater Fishing Regulations for the 2019-2020 Season and RI Falconry Regulations for the season: Thursday, May 17 Workshop held at 5:30 PM; Public Hearing held at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held at DEM's headquarters at 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI, in Room 300 (directions). A copy of all the proposed regulations will be available for examination from April 17, 2018 through May 22, 2018 by mail or at the offices of the Division of Fish and Wildlife located at 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892, weekdays from 8:30 -4:00 PM or by calling the Division at (401) 789-0281. Review electronic copies at:
View Proposed Non-technical Amendments to the RI Hunting Regulations for the Season (250-RICR-60-00-9)
View Proposed Non-technical Amendments to the RI Falconry Regulations for the Season (250-RICR-60-00-7)
View Proposed Non-technical Amendments to the RI Fishing Regulations for the Season (250-RICR-60-00-10)
17 Public Notice And Public Information Session re: Proposed Volkswagen Environmental Beneficiary Mitigation Plan: Thursday, May 17 at 4:00-6:00 PM Held at Rhode Island College, Providence - Gaige Hall, Room 200. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (the Department) invites you to participate in a public informational session regarding the Proposed Volkswagen Environmental Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for Rhode Island’s $14.3 million allocation of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust. The Department along with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) and Office of Energy Resources (OER) will conduct the informational session.View full notice.

Rev. 5/10/2018