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Spotlight on Environmental Protection

DEM Announces Reopening of Sakonnet Harbor Boat Ramp

The DEM Director is pleased to announce the opening of the newly reconstructed boat ramp in Sakonnet Harbor in Little Compton. (More info)

First Mosquitoes Trapped Test Negative for WNV and EEE

DEM announces test results from the first mosquitoes trapped this season. All of the 64 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 20 traps set statewide on June 15 have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). (More info)

DEM Cautions the Public That Fawns Are Not Abandoned and Should Be Left Alone

According to wildlife biologists at DEM, white-tailed deer give birth to fawns during the months of May and June. Each year DEM receives many calls about fawns being abandoned by their mother. This is almost never the case and most of these fawns seen are not abandoned. (More info)

DEM Announces Restricted Opening of East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area Sand Trail Beginning on Friday, June 26

DEM announces that as of 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, the East Beach Sand Trail will be open for public access from the beginning of the sand trail up to camping area 1. This will allow for camping at 10 sites in camping area 1 (sites 1 - 10) and provide public access to the sand trail for fishermen and those using the 4 x 4 barrier beach. (More info)

DEM Announces Prohibition on the Movement of Firewood Into Rhode Island Due to Invasive Insects Found in Neighboring States

DEM is responsible for the early detection and surveillance of exotic invasive insect pests and preventing the establishment of these pests into the state. The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), an invasive insect, has been detected in Massachusetts since 2008 and caused millions of dollars of damage and loss of trees within the natural environment. Recently another exotic invasive, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), was detected in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. To try to slow the spread of these insects, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), along with Massachusetts and Connecticut, have instituted quarantines where these insects have been found. Due to the spread of EAB throughout our two neighboring states, the movement of all hardwood firewood out of those states is restricted in order to prevent the spread of EAB to other non-infested states. (More info)

Department of Environmental Management Announces That Cottrell Homestead in West Kingston Has Been Named Rhode Island's 2015 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year

DEM announces that Cottrell Homestead in West Kingston has been named Rhode Island's 2015 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee. (More info)

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

DEM announces that Conditional Area A and Conimicut Triangle in Upper Narragansett Bay will re-open to shellfishing beginning at sunrise on Friday, June 26 - three days earlier than the scheduled June 29 opening. (More info)

DEM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Congressional Delegation and Partners Celebrate Completion of the Ten Mile River Ecosystem Restoration Project

DEM Director Janet Coit and Colonel Christopher Barron of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representative David Cicilline and federal, state, and local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ten Mile River Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project. The project restores river herring to the Ten Mile River watershed and provides river connectivity for other resident fish species. (More info)

DEM Asks Public to Report Wild Turkey Brood Sightings

DEM is asking Rhode Islanders to assist its Division of Fish and Wildlife's wild turkey project by reporting any sightings of wild turkey hens with (or without) broods of young turkeys (poults). DEM biologists need the information to evaluate this year's reproduction of wild turkeys, the survival of the young, and the population of the state's wild turkey flock. (More info)

DEM's Angelo Liberti, III Receives Environmental Achievement Award from Save The Bay at Group's Annual Meeting

Angelo S. Liberti III, chief of surface water protection in DEM's Office of Water Resources, is the recipient of Save The Bay's Environmental Achievement Award. (More info)

DEM Applauds First-Place Overall Finish of Rhode Island Wastewater Operators in Regional "Operator Challenge" Competition

A team of five Rhode Island wastewater treatment operators finished first place overall in a prestigious contest of wits, strength, speed and endurance designed to test the knowledge and skills used in wastewater collection practices and repairs. (More info)

DEM's Scott Millar Receives Outstanding Smart Growth Policies/Plans Award from Grow Smart Rhode Island

Scott Millar, DEM's Administrator for Sustainable Watersheds, is the recipient of Grow Smart Rhode Island's Smart Growth Award for Outstanding Smart Growth Policies/Plans. (More info)

DEM, Health Confirm Rabies in Feral Cat from Woonsocket

DEM and the Department of Health are advising people who live in the Rathbun Street area of Woonsocket that a feral cat in the area tested positive for rabies. (More info)

DEM Announces Annual Reclassification of Shellfish Waters and Seasonal Closures That Take Effect at Sunrise on May 23

DEM announces that as a result of improved water quality conditions, two areas that have been closed to shellfish harvesting will now be open for shellfishing beginning this Saturday. (More info)

DEM Announces Opening of Three Weekly Farmers' Markets at State Parks; Other Markets Operated by DEM Will Open in July

DEM announces that three farmers' markets located in state parks are now open on a weekly basis. For the first few weeks, the popular markets primarily will offer bedding plants, hanging plants, cut flowers, meat, early vegetable crops, honey, and maple syrup. As traditional local summer crops become available, more vendors will participate. (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)

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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