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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM Recruiting to Fill Seasonal Positions at State Parks and Beaches, with Online Applications Being Accepted

DEM is continuing its efforts to fill a variety of seasonal employment positions at state parks, beaches and campgrounds this summer. There are still many jobs available throughout Rhode Island for residents 16 years of age or older. (More info)

DEM Announces Delayed Opening of Goddard Park Golf Course and State Campgrounds Due to Lingering Snow Cover

DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation announces that the opening of the golf course at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick will be delayed this year due to impacts from the harsh winter. (More info)

DEM Announces March 31 Meeting to Discuss Launch of Source Water Protection Initiative For Newport's Drinking Water Reservoirs

DEM will hold an informational public meeting on Tuesday, March 31 to discuss a Source Water Protection Initiative for the Newport Water System's drinking water reservoirs. The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. in the lower level program room at the Newport Public Library, located at 300 Spring Street in Newport. (More info)

DEM Reports Localized Mortality Events Involving Waterfowl As a Result of Severe Winter Conditions

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife has been receiving reports of bird mortality events throughout the state, primarily involving Canada geese. Wildlife biologists from the Division have inspected the dead geese at several locations and attributed the deaths to malnutrition as a result of the severe winter. (More info)

DEM'S Division of Agriculture Announces Upcoming TV Series About Farming in Rhode Island to Air on RI PBS Starting March 22

DEM announces that "Harvesting Rhode Island", a five-part pilot television series promoting Rhode Island-grown specialty crops, will air on RI PBS beginning this Sunday, March 22. (More info)

DEM Awards $28,250 in Grants for Community-Based Earth Day Cleanups

DEM, in partnership with Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and the JR Vinagro Corporation, has awarded 58 grants totaling $28,250 to organizers of local Earth Day cleanup projects. This grant program is designed to highlight Earth Day 2015 and the value of the environment, and recognize the importance of people improving the quality of life in their communities. (More info)

DEM Files Regulations for Rhode Island Recreational Striped Bass Fishery for 2015

DEM today filed new regulations governing the Rhode Island recreational striped bass fishery for 2015. They establish a bag limit of one striped bass per person per day, at a 28-inch minimum size. The season will be open year-round. (More info)

DEM Announces the Re-Opening of Shellfish Waters in Bristol Harbor Beginning at Sunrise Thursday, March 19

DEM has announced that the waters of Bristol Harbor and waters in the vicinity of Hog Island that were closed to shellfishing due to a failure in the disinfection system at the Bristol Wastewater Treatment Plant are scheduled to re-open at sunrise Thursday, March 19. (More info)

DEM to Hold Public Workshop and Hearing on March 30 on Proposed Admendments to Freshwater Fishing Regulations

DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife will hold a public workshop and public hearing in Providence on March 30 to discuss proposed amendments to Section 1.16 of the 2015-2016 Freshwater Fishing Regulations - Permit Requirements for Organizational Group Activities. (More info)

DEM Director Coit and Attorney General Kilmartin File Superior Court Complaint Against Rhode Island Recycled Metals, LLC and AARE, LLC for Ongoing Environmental Violations

DEM Director Janet Coit and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin filed a complaint in Superior Court yesterday against two companies for environmental violations arising from a scrap metal recycling operation along the Providence waterfront on Allens Avenue. (More info)

DEM Reminds Anglers That Fishing in Trout-Stocked Waters is Prohibited from Sunday, March 1 Until Opening Day on April 11

DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife is reminding anglers that Saturday is the last day of the 2014-2015 freshwater fishing season, and that fishing in trout-stocked waters is prohibited from March 1 until Opening Day on Saturday, April 11. (More info)

DEM Announces Availability of Farm Viability Grant Funds to Enhance and Promote Rhode Island Speciality Crops

DEM announces that $150,000 in farm viability grant funding is available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds are from the US Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops are defined by this federally-supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture, honey, hops and turf grass production. (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)

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