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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

Inland Fishes of Rhode Island, a Book Published by DEM's Division of Fish & Wildlife, Available for Purchase at DEM Offices in Providence and West Kingston

DEM announces that Inland Fishes of Rhode Island, a beautiful book depicting the more than 70 species of fish found in Rhode Island's ponds, streams and rivers, is currently available for purchase at DEM offices in Providence and West Kingston. (More info)

DEM Seeks Public Feedback on Proposed Revisions to Regulations on Composting Operations and Anaerobic Digestion Facilties

DEM's Office of Waste Management is seeking feedback from the public on proposed revisions to state regulations regarding composting facilities. The draft revisions to Solid Waste Regulation Number 8 (Composting Facilities) were made in response to recent legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee regarding food residuals recycling. (More info)

Governor Chafee and DEM Announce $3.85 Million in Open Space Grants for Land Preservation Projects Across Rhode Island

Governor Lincoln Chafee and Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit today awarded $3.85 million in local open space matching grants to 15 communities, land trusts and conservation organizations that will protect 1,193 acres of open space and farmland throughout the state. (More info)

Eight Indoor Winter Farmers' Markets Throughout the State Offer Rhode Islanders a Wide Variety of Local Products

Rhode Islanders now have eight winter farmers' markets available throughout the state where they can purchase a wide variety of locally-grown and produced products. DEM's Division of Agriculture and partners are helping to sponsor the indoor farmers' markets through the "Get Fresh. Buy Local." statewide campaign aimed at promoting awareness of and interest in buying RI-grown specialty crops. (More info)

DEM Announces That RI Wildlife Action Plan and Companion Guide Are Available for Public Comment Through December

DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife announces the availability of the full draft 2015 Rhode Island Wildlife Action Plan (RI WAP) on its website for public review and comment. (More info)

Vehicle Access to Camp Cronin Fishing Area at Point Judith in Narragansett to be Restricted During Revetment Repair Project

Visitors to the popular Camp Cronin Fishing Area and overlook site at Point Judith in Narragansett, RI, will have to leave their vehicles behind when visiting the site from late October until mid-May 2015 as construction work is underway to complete the Camp Cronin stone revetment and East Shore Arm breakwater repair project. (More info)

DEM Asks Government Agencies and Private Businesses to Consider Making Early Preparations in Anticipation of the Upcoming Winter Season by Selecting and Preparing Potential Snow Disposal Sites

DEM is reminding government agencies, municipalities and private businesses to take some time this fall – before the ground is frozen and the first snowflakes appear – to select and prepare potential snow disposal sites. (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)

Rhode Island Paint Recycling Program Begins in June

Paint recycling just got easier in the Ocean State. PaintCare, a Washington, DC-based product stewardship organization for the paint industry, and DEM are pleased to announce the start of a new paint recycling program in Rhode Island. (More info)

Rhode Island and Multi-State Alliance Releases Plan to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that Rhode Island is one of eight states to release a collaborative Action Plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards, and encourage a consumer market primed to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. (More info)

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