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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM Promotes Growth of Local Farm Economy with Latest Grant Awards

DEM announced today the award of farm viability grants to six Rhode Island-based groups working to support local farmers; the grants, totaling $244,109, are made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and will support efforts to increase specialty crop production and grow the marketplace for these crops in Rhode Island. USDA defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops, including floriculture and turf grass. (More info)

DEM Division of Law Enforcement Seeks Information from Public About September 22 Fatal Boating Collision Off Napatree Point

DEM's Division of Law Enforcement would like to speak with anyone who has pertinent information or video related to a fatal boating collision that occurred last month in the waters off Westerly near Napatree Point. (More info)

DEM Issues Reminder to Plan for Snow Disposal Sites in Advance of Winter Season

In advance of the winter season, DEM is reminding state agencies, municipalities and businesses to begin planning for potential snow disposal sites. Finding a suitable place to store the snow collected from roadways, parking lots and sidewalks can pose a significant challenge. DEM has developed guidelines to assist these agencies with identifying, preparing and maintaining appropriate disposal sites for snow and ice. (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)

Numerous Violations of State and Federal Marine Fisheries Laws Found as a Result of DEM Investigation Into Illegal Striped Bass Fishing Activity

Over the past two months environmental police officers from the DEM's Division of Law Enforcement conducted a multi-day operation targeting illegal striped bass fishing activity. The effort uncovered numerous violations of state and federal marine fisheries laws. (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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