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January 2018
7 Bowhunter Education Course 8 AM to 5 PM at Tiverton Rod & Gun Club, 1529 Fish Road, Tiverton. Registration open now. Pre-Registration with the instructor is required. All courses are free of charge. To register, contact Gene Lavoie at 624-1731 or to learn more about Hunter Education, contact Jessica Pena at 539-0019 or Jessica.pena@dem.ri.gov or visit the DEM Hunter Education page.
17 Come Birding With Me 6 PM at North Scituate Public Library, 606 W Greenville Rd, North Scituate. Looking to learn about sea ducks, but would rather not walk on the beach in January? Don't worry, you can stay cozy and join us at the library instead! Topics covered will include sea duck natural history, identification tips, and current conservation projects. For questions, contact Mary Grande at 782-3700 or Mary.Grande@dem.ri.gov.
20 Come Birding With Me 11 AM at Cross' Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown. Looking to learn about sea ducks, but would rather not walk on the beach in January? Don't worry, you can stay cozy and join us at the library instead! Topics covered will include sea duck natural history, identification tips, and current conservation projects. For questions, contact Mary Grande at 782-3700 or Mary.Grande@dem.ri.gov.
21 Wild Game Cooking Class Noon at DEM Fish & Wildlife Education Office, 1-B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter. Join Chef Andy Lussier of Culinary Connections and Addieville East Farm to sample and learn tips and techniques for dishes featuring wild game. The cost for this class is $30 person. Pre-Registration is required. Read/Download Registration form. For questions, contact Jessica Pena at 539-0019 or Jessica.pena@dem.ri.gov. View flyer
27 Come Birding With Me 10 AM to 11:30 PM at Beavertail State Park, Jamestown. Join DEM's Fish & Wildlife's Outreach Coordinator, Mary Grande, for a family-friendly, stroll around the Beavertail Lighthouse and catch glimpses of sea ducks riding the waves. You'll learn how to identify birds using binoculars and spotting scopes, and about the adaptations that make these feathered friends so spectacular. We will also discuss current waterfowl conservation and research. Binoculars, scopes, and field guides will be provided. Registration for this program is limited to 20 participants. Kindly register here. For questions, contact Mary Grande at 782-3700 or Mary.Grande@dem.ri.gov. (Parking and driving directions provided upon registration.)
27, 28 Hunter Education Course Saturday/Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM at DEM Fish & Wildlife Education Office, 1-B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter. Pre-Registration with the instructor is required. All courses are free of charge. Registration is now open. 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
January 2018: Public Meetings, Hearings & Workshops
3 Monthly meeting of the RI Board of Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities: Wednesday, January 3
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: Friday, January 5 @ 9:00 AM. This meeting will be held in Room 435 of URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS), 120 Flagg Road, Kingston. View information.
9 Review of Water Quality Restoration Study of Buckeye Brook and Tributaries to Warwick Pond: Tuesday, January 9
6:00 PM | Room 101 at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick. DEM will hold a public meeting to discuss study findings and recommended strategies for restoring water quality in Warwick’s Buckeye Brook and Tributaries to Warwick Pond. During the workshop, DEM's Office of Water Resources staff will review findings from the study which began in 2008, as well as recommended pollution abatement activities detailed in the draft study. DEM will also gather feedback on the study to address water quality impairments affecting aquatic life in these waters. Interested parties will have until Friday, February 9, 2018 to provide written comments to DEM. Written comments should be submitted to Skip Viator in DEM’s Office of Water Resources by email at skip.viator@dem.ri.gov or by U.S. mail to DEM’s Office of Water Resources, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908-5767.
11 Review of Draft Imparied Waters Report: Thursday, January 11
3:00 PM | Room 300 at DEM's headquarters at 235 Promenade St., Providence (directions). DEM will hold a public meeting to discuss to present findings of the statewide assessment of water quality conditions, including the draft Impaired Waters Report. DEM representatives will describe the state’s water quality assessment process, general findings of this assessment including new waterbody impairments added to the Impaired Waters List and the proposed removal of others. The state’s priorities for completing the federally mandated water quality restoration studies will also be discussed. View the full five-part draft Integrated List. Interested parties will have until Friday, February 9, 2018 to provide written comments to DEM. Written comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Scott, Deputy Chief, DEM Office of Water Resources by email at elizabeth.scott@dem.ri.gov or by U.S. mail to DEM’s Office of Water Resources, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908-5767.
11 Pollinator Working Group: Thursday, January 11
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM | NRCS Conference Room, 60 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI. Each meeting includes discussion of recommendations and opportunity for public comments.View agenda.

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