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AIR QUALITY ALERT - HEALTH ADVISORY - FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

DEM is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels today, Friday May 27, during the afternoon and late into the evening hours. The region continues to see warm weather and favorable conditions for ozone formation, which could last possibly into Saturday. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Additionally, fine particles are expected to reach moderate levels. (More info)

DEM Announces Annual Reclassification of Shellfish Waters, Seasonal Closures in Effect This Weekend

DEM today announced the reclassification of several areas of the state's shellfish harvesting waters. Areas in Sakonnet Harbor, Kickemuit River, and the East Passage have been reclassified based on water quality monitoring results. The changes take effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 28 - along with seasonal shellfish closures. (More info)

Rhode Island Waters Stocked With Trout for Memorial Day Weekend

DEM is stocking 20 ponds and rivers across Rhode Island with some 6,000 trout in advance of Memorial Day weekend - a popular time for recreational fishing. (More info)

New Regulations on Composting Operations, Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Now in Effect

DEM today announced it recently amended regulations on composting facilities and recycling of food waste. The amendments, under Solid Waste Regulations Number 1 (General Requirements) and Number 8 (Composting Facilities), follow a new composting law that took effect earlier this year. (More info)

DEM Conducting Lifeguard Certification Tests Beginning This Week

DEM announced today it is administering conditional Non-Surf and Surf Lifeguard Certification tests beginning this week; lifeguard positions at all beaches and pools in Rhode Island require certification and special training in first aid, CPR, and lifeguard training. (More info)

National Safe Boating Week Kicks Off This Weekend

DEM joins partners across the U.S. and Canada to kick off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday (5/21) - as part of the North American Wear It! Campaign. (More info)

RI Beach Season Has Begun

DEM today announced several popular beaches are now open during weekends. Scarborough North and Roger Wheeler State Beaches in Narragansett, and Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. The beaches at Lincoln Woods State Park (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Goddard Memorial State Park (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) are also now open on weekends. All state beaches will be open daily, beginning Saturday, May 28. (More info)

DEM, Partners Host Tour of New Fishways Along Saugatucket River This Week

DEM - in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other partners - will tour the newly reconstructed fishways along Saugatucket River in South Kingstown this week. The project enhances passage for river herring and access to historic spawning grounds. (More info)

Governor, Moffit, DEM Announce Grant Awards to Local Food Businesses During Rhode Island's Fifteenth Annual "Ag" Day

As part of her continued efforts to grow Rhode Island's green economy, Governor Raimondo joined First Gentleman Andy Moffit, DEM and other partners today to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Agriculture "Ag" Day in Rhode Island; as part of the event, over $200,000 was awarded to 16 local farmers and food businesses as part of the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act (LASA) grant program. (More info)

DEM Confirms Presence of Fungal Disease Affecting Bats in RI

DEM announces that white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that is an often fatal to bats, has been confirmed for the first time in Rhode Island. A tri-colored bat hibernating in Newport County has tested positive for the presence of the disease, and soil samples collected from two other locations in Newport County confirmed the presence of fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), which causes the disease. There is no evidence that the disease poses a threat to humans, domestic animals, or other wildlife. (More info)

DEM Announces Grant Opportunities for Marine Pump-Out Facilities

DEM today announced $300,000 in available grants to communities and private businesses that own and/or operate boating facilities available to the public; the grants, funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act (CVA), support construction and maintenance of marine and land-based pump-out facilities to assist boaters with properly disposing of sewage. Since 1994, DEM has awarded nearly $2 million in CVA grants. (More info)

DEM Adopts Regulations to Curb 'Stockpiling', Illegal Sale of Atlantic Striped Bass

DEM announced today it has enacted new regulations to help prevent the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic striped bass. The new rules require recreational anglers to clip the right pectoral fin of striped bass 34 inches or larger at the time of harvest. (More info)

DEM to Host Fly-Fishing Clinics Beginning April 16

DEM announced today it is hosting a series of fly-fishing clinics, beginning tomorrow. The sessions range from free, introductory classes for children to advanced instruction for experienced anglers. (More info)

DEM Reminds Residents to Remove Backyard Food Sources as Black Bears Emerge from Hibernation

DEM reminds residents to remove any backyard food sources that may attract black bears as they emerge from hibernation in search of food. (More info)

DEM Accepting Applications for Seasonal Employment

DEM is now accepting applications for seasonal employment at state parks, beaches and campgrounds across the state. Various positions are available and Rhode Island residents, ages 16 and older, are encouraged to apply. (More info)

RI Adopts Region's First Minimum Care and Housing Standards for Animal Care Facilities

DEM today announced Rhode Island is the first state in New England to adopt detailed housing and care standards for animal care facilities licensed by the state. The new rules... go into effect Thursday, October 8, 2015, and apply to pet shops, kennels, municipal pounds, animal shelters and rescues, and animal brokers. (More info)

DEM Cautions Dog Owners to Be Alert For Signs of Parvovirus

DEM is alerting dog owners in the state of an unusually high number of cases of canine parvovirus being reported to the RI State Veterinarian's office. (More info)

DEM Asks Public to Notify Department If They Suspect Presence of Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle

DEM is coordinating a public outreach program for the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). ALB is an invasive insect that came to the United States in wooden shipping crates from China and Korea more than 16 years ago. It affects hardwood shade trees such as maple, ash, birch, willow and elm by boring into the core of the tree and eventually killing it. This beetle has the potential of wiping out thousands of the state's trees if it goes undetected. (More info)

RI DOH, DEM Issue Blue-Green Algae Advisories for Nine Ponds

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) and DEM have issued health advisories for nine different ponds because of blue-green algae blooms; South Easton Pond in Middletown, St. Mary's Pond in Portsmouth, Watson Reservoir in Little Compton, Warwick Pond in Warwick, Sisson Pond and Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth, Melville Pond in Portsmouth, Paradise Pond in Middletown, and Blackamore Pond in Cranston. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid recreational activities in these bodies of water. (More info)

DEM Asks Poultry Owners to Assist in Preparations for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

DEM is requesting all poultry owners to assist in preparations for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Although the disease has not been found in Rhode Island, DEM is taking steps now to control HPAI should it spread to the Ocean State. (More info)

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