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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM Arrests Fall River Man for Illegally Importing Dogs Into Rhode Island

DEM Division of Law Enforcement today announced the arrest of Justin J. Wagner, age 30, of Fall River, Massachusetts. Wagner - arrested on Wednesday, February 3 - is charged with importing dogs into the state without valid importation certificates or certificates of veterinarian inspection; he is also charged with operating a pet shop without a license. Wagner is scheduled to be arraigned in Third Division District Court on Monday, February 15. (More info)

Deer Hunting Season on Black Rock on Block Island Is Now Open

DEM announced today deer hunting season at Black Rock/Rodman Hollow on Block Island is now open; the season runs through February 12. (More info)

DEM Promotes Growth of Green Economy with Latest Grant Awards

As part of its efforts to expand the green economy in Rhode Island and support working families, DEM announced today the availability of $380,000 in grant funding to local small businesses under the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) and Farm Viability programs. The grants are designed to increase the competitiveness of Rhode Island products in the marketplace and help local farmers and food partners grow their businesses. (More info)

DEM Funds Cleanup of Wrecked Vessels in Waters off Portsmouth and Westerly

DEM announced today it has awarded grants totaling $29,678 to two Rhode Island communities to fund removal of abandoned vessels from local waters. The grants, awarded to the Town of Portsmouth and the Watch Hill Fire District in Westerly, are the latest in Rhode Island's ongoing efforts to support the cleanup of marine debris that may threaten the environment and navigational safety. (More info)

DEM Stocks Rhode Island Waters with Trout for Winter Fishing Season

Just in time for the winter fishing season, DEM is stocking ponds and rivers across Rhode Island with some 1,400 brown and brook trout. (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)

Governor, DEM Award $3.7 Million to Redevelop Brownfields Sites Throughout Rhode Island

As part of a continued focus on economic growth and putting people back to work in Rhode Island, Governor Raimondo joined DEM today to announce the award of $3.7 million in matching grants under the new Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund. Fourteen projects, spread across the state, will be funded in an effort to clean up contaminated property and promote redevelopment - particularly along the state's urban corridor. According to grantee estimates, these awards will support more than 2,700 jobs. (More info)

Conditional Shellfish Areas in Upper Narragansett Bay to Re-Open Four Days Early as a Result of Acceptable Post-Storm Monitoring Data

DEM announces that Conditional Area A in Upper Narragansett Bay is now open to shellfishing - four days earlier than originally anticipated. The shellfish closure began on Tuesday, December 15 due to 0.98 inches of rainfall recorded at the Narragansett Bay Commission's Fields Point weather station. (More info)

DEM Acquires More Than 90 Acres on Prudence Island

DEM, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Prudence Conservancy, announce the acquisition of nearly 93 acres of land on Prudence Island in Portsmouth. (More info)

DEM Breaks Ground On New "Green" Beach Pavilion at Lincoln Woods

DEM held a special ceremony December 14 to mark construction on a new "green" beach pavilion at Lincoln Woods State Park. Lincoln Woods, located just outside the Providence metro area, is one of Rhode Island's most popular state parks, attracting nearly one million visitors each year. (More info)

DEM Names Dean Hoxsie New Chief of Law Enforcement

DEM announced today Dean Hoxsie, the current Chief of the Narragansett Police Department, has been hired to lead its Division of Law Enforcement, effective next month. Chief Hoxsie has more than 30 years of police experience. (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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