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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

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, Reed, Partners Mark Arbor Day with Grant Awards, Tree Planting

DEM - in partnership with Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island Tree Council, National Grid, and the Newport Tree Society - held a special celebration today to mark the 129th anniversary of Arbor Day. A tulip tree was planted on the State House lawn, and 13 Rhode Island communities and institutions received awards as part of the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City and Tree Campus USA programs; urban forestry grants for 10 local communities were also announced. (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 and Arbor Day Foundation Team Up to Help Homeowners Save Energy, Money with Free Tree Program

DEM and the Arbor Day Foundation are teaming up to give away 1,000 trees this spring; the Energy-Saving Trees Program helps homeowners conserve energy, reduce utility costs, and beautify their neighborhood. (More info)

DEM Announces Improvements to George Washington Memorial Campground in Glocester

DEM announced today it has begun construction of new visitor facilities at George Washington Memorial Campground in Glocester. Camping is a popular outdoor attraction in Rhode Island, drawing more than 75,000 people each year. (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 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)

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)

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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