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Current News- revised 12/31/03

December 2003

RI Marine Fisheries Council to Meet at URI Bay Campus on Monday, January 5th

DEM Issues 2004 Commercial Fishing Licensing Regulations

DEM Announces That Weekly Trip Limit Permit Program for Scup Will Begin on January 1

DEM Says It's Not Too Soon to Apply for Summer Jobs

DEM Announces Borders Property Purchase in Foster

Preservation of Borders Property Will Provide Opportunities for Open Space Preservation and Agricultural Uses in Foster

DEM Investigation of Irregularities in the North Cape Lobster Restoration Program Results in Indictments of Four Fishermen by the Statewide Grand Jury

DEM to Stock Trout and Atlantic Salmon Broodstock for Ice Fishing Season Beginning Monday, December 15

DEM, Attorney General's Office Settle Metals Recycling Case

DEM Announces Increase in Commercial Summer Flounder Possession Limit

DEM Acccepting Applications for New Round Of Grants to Help With Start-Up Costs for Alternative Forest-Based Businesses

Sneech Pond Conservation Easement Will Protect 105 Acres of Land Within Two Public Drinking Watersheds in Cumberland

DEM Announces That Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins Selected as Vendor for New Visitor Center on Route 295 in Lincoln

November 2003

DEM Announces Dates, Rules for Shotgun Deer Seasons on the Mainland and Block Island

DEM Asks Hunters to Assist in Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance in Deer

Yearly Quotas Reached; Commercial Tautog and Black Sea Bass Fisheries Closed Until 2004

DEM and Woonasquatucket Watershed Council to Host Public Greenspace Project Meeting Tuesday November 25th in Johnston

DEM Reopens Purchase Period for Bonus Muzzleloader Late Season Antlerless Deer Permits

DEM Announces Changes to Commercial Fisheries Regulations

Carcieri Announces Interim DEM Director

November 10 Meeting of RI Marine Fisheries Council Cancelled

DEM Cautions Drivers to Be Alert for Deer

DEM, Rural Land Coalition, Invite Small Forest Owners to a Free Workshop November 8 on Cultivating Mushrooms for Profit

DEM Accepting Applications from Communities for Open Space Recreation and Development Grants

October 2003

DEM Constructing New Covered Bridge With Handicapped Fishing Access at Entrance To Lincoln Woods

DEM Announces Another EEE-Positive Pool of Mosquitoes

DEM Announces Temporary Road Closures in Lincoln Woods

DEM Now Accepting Applications for Permits to Hunt Geese in South Shore Management Area Fields

RI Marine Fisheries Council to Meet at URI Bay Campus on Monday, November 10

DEM and DOT Announce $2.48 Million in Greenways and Recreational Trails Grants

DEM & DOT to Present Greenways and Trails Grants

DEM Announces That Three More Pools of Mosquitoes Test Positive for EEE

DEM and Woonasquatucket Watershed Council to Host October 21 Greenspace Project Meeting for Glocester Residents

DEM Announces Three Additional EEE Isolations in Tiverton

DEM Assistant Director Borden Named Chairman of New England Fishery Management Council

DEM Announces That EEE Has Been Found in Glocester And Lincoln

DEM Announces That Threat to Blackstone River From Last Week's Sewage Spill in Massachusetts Appears to Have Passed

DEM Announces Prudence/Patience Islands Archery Deer Season

DEM Announces 2003 Muzzleloader Deer Season

DEM Announces Additional Sampling Results for Fecal Coliform Bacteria in the Blackstone River

DEM Announces Additional Sampling Results for Fecal Coliform Bacteria in the Blackstone River

DEM Seeks Participants for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey

DEM Announces Additional Sampling Results for Fecal Coliform Bacteria in the Blackstone River

DEM, Rhode Island Foresters Offering Walks in the Forest on October 16 at Apeiron Institute in Coventry

DEM Announces Additional Sampling Results for Fecal Coliform Bacteria in the Blackstone River

DEM Announces New EEE and West Nile Virus Isolations

DEM to Hold Hearing on Proposed Changes to State Commercial Fishing Regulations

DEM Announces Preliminary Water Sampling Results Indicating That Sewage Discharge from Worcester Plant Is Not Significantly Impacting RI Waters

DEM Notified of Sewage Discharge Into the Blackstone River Due to Power Failure at Worcester Wastewater Treatment Plant

DEM Says Two Horses Test Positive for West Nile Virus

September 2003

DEM Announces New EEE and West Nile Virus Isolations

DEM Announces That the Second Industry-Based Yellowtail Survey is Expected to Begin on October 1

DEM Announces Small Game Hunting Season Dates and Limits

DEM, RI Pumpkin Growers, Invite Public to Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Frerichs Farm in Warren

Four Additional Mosquito Pools in Washington County Test Positive for EEE or West Nile Virus

DEM Says Three More Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile Virus or EEE

Companies Donate Time and Equipment to Haul, Dispose of Abandoned Vehicles in Woonasquatucket Watershed

Decaying Matter That Has Caused Offensive Odors in Conimicut Neighborhood is Removed From Shoreline

DEM Announces Dates for the 2003-2004 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

DEM Notified of 5,500-Gallon Sludge Spill at Cranston Wastewater Treatment Plant

DEM, Army Corps of Engineers and Partners Celebrate Completion of $2.6 Million Lonsdale Drive-In Restoration Project

DEM Ends Dead Bird Surveillance for Season; Reallocates Staff to Intensify Mosquito Trapping

DEM Announces Closure of Commercial Striped Bass Fishery for All Gear Types Except Floating Fish Traps

DEM Investigates Source of Odors in Conimicut Point Section of Warwick

Carcieri Releases DEM Report on Fish Kill

Three Horses in Washington County Suspected of Contracting Mosquito-borne Viruses

August 2003

DEM Says Increase in Bird Deaths Normal as Peak Season for Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases Arrives

DEM Briefs Warwick Mayor on Greenwich Bay Fish Kill

Commercial Scup Fishery for Gear Types Other Than Floating Fish Traps to Close on Sunday, August 24

DEM Announces That Abandoned Excavator is Being Removed From Island in Blackstone River

DEM Teams With Other New England State Agriculture Agencies to Promote Local Farm Products Through "Harvest New England" Program

Warren Using DEM's Marsh Walker to Improve Mosquito Control at Belcher Cove

Early Resident Goose Hunting Season Dates, Requirements Announced

DEM Announces That Dutra Farm in Jamestown Has Been Named Rhode Island's 2003 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year

DEM Sets Dates for Soil Evaluator and ISDS Designers' Exams

Feeding Migratory Waterfowl Harmful to Birds and Environment; DEM Expands Ban on Practice

DEM Awards Challenge Grants to Help Launch Forest-Based Businesses

DEM Hosting Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

DEM to Distribute Second Round of Larvicide to Communities on Thursday, August 7 for Mosquito Control

DEM Asks Anglers to Take Care in Disposing of Monofilament Line and Other Dangers to Wildife

DEM Will Hold Hearing on Proposed Waterfowl Season and Falconry Regulations on Thursday, August 14

July 2003

DEM Announces August 6 Public Meeting to Discuss Ways to Restore Water Quality in the Upper Chickasheen Watershed

DEM and Woonasquatucket Watershed Council to Host Greenspace Project Meetings in Providence and North Smithfield

RI Marine Fisheries Council to Meet URI Bay Campus on Monday, August 4

DEM Testing This Summer for Next Year's Lifeguards

Governor Carcieri Announces Statewide Bay Day Celebrations on Sunday, July 27

DEM to Hold July 24 Public Meeting in Coventry on Trestle Trail Bike Path and Equestrian Trail

DEM Accepting Application Requests for Prudence/Patience Island Archery Deer Reservation Lottery

DEM to Hold Public Workshop on July 24 to Discuss Proposed Changes to Draft Stormwater General Permit

DEM, URI Urban Field Center Host Environmental Summer Program for City Youth

June 2003

Volunteers Sought to Help With North Cape Shellfish Restoration Project

DEM Seeks Water Quality Data for State's 2004 Water Quality Assessment Reports and Impaired Waters List

DEM Will Hold Public Workshop on Thursday, July 10 on Proposed Closure of Three Alewife Runs to Fishing

Public Invited to DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife's Ceremonial Re-Opening of Great Swamp Shooting Range Saturday, June 28

RI Marine Fisheries Council to Meet at URI Bay Campus Monday, July 7

DEM Announces Closure of Commercial Striped Bass Fishery for All Gear Types Except Floating Fish Traps

DEM Announces Knight Property Purchase in Western Cranston

DEM Awards $75,000 in Federal Funds to Add Five New Boat Sewage Pump-Out Facilities

Preservation of Knight Property Will Provide Opportunities for Open Space Preservation and Agricultural Uses in Cranston

Quotas Reached; Two Commercial Fisheries to Close

DEM and Woonasquatucket Watershed Council to Host June 23rd Greenspace Project Meeting for Smithfield Residents

Governor Carcieri to Dedicate Chafee Statue at Colt State Park

DEM Announces Federal Prohibition on the Sale, Transportation or Release of Prarie Dogs and African Rodents

DEM, City of Pawtucket Will Hold Public Workshop Wednesday, June 18 to Discuss Possible Alternative Reuses of Tidewater Site

DEM to Hold Public Meeting on June 25 to Discuss Ways to Restore Water Quality in the Sakonnet River at Portsmouth Park and The Cove at Island Park

DEM Asks for Information on Wild Turkey Brood Sightings

DEM to Open Part of Greenwich Bay Shellfish Management Area for Summer Quahaug Harvest

Commercial Possession Limit for Scup Fishery, Excluding Floating Fish Trap Sector, Will Decrease on Saturday, June 14

Rhode Island Charter and Party Boat Captains to Participate in New Coast-Wide Recreational Marine Fishing Data Collection System

DEM Announces Changes to Both Recreational and Commercial Weakfish Fisheries That Will Take Effect on June 22

Scup Limit Reduced for Fish Trap Sector of Fishery

Industry-Based Component of North Cape Lobster Restoration Program Terminated; DEM Uncovers Irregularities by Some Participants

Commercial Possession Limit for Black Sea Bass Will Decrease on June 6

May 2003

RI Marine Fisheries Council to Meet at URI Bay Campus Monday, June 2

Scup Limit Reduced for Fish Trap Sector of Fishery

DEM Announces Annual Seasonal Shellfish Closures and Permanent Closure of 235 Additional Acres in Greenwich Bay

DEM Honors Longtime Environmental Advocate Eugenia Marks With Alfred L. Hawkes Award

DEM Sets June 18 Public Hearing on Proposed Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations

DEM to Distribute Larvicide to Communities on Tuesday, May 20 for Mosquito Control

DEM Announces That All Four Farmers' Markets at State Parks Are Now Open on a Weekly Basis

Commercial Tautog Fishery to Close Effective Friday, May 16

DEM and Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Invite Johnston Residents to May 15 Greenspace Project Meeting

DEM Accepting Grant Applications From Forest Landowners to Help Launch Alternative Forest-Based Businesses

RI Marine Fisheries Council to Meet in New Location Monday, May 12

Laboratory Results Confirm Case of Avian Influenza at Second Rhode Island Location

Westerly to Apply Mosquito Larvicide to Swamp Areas

DEM Says "Orphaned" Wildlife May Not Be Orphaned

DEM Asks Public to Report Any Impacts From Buzzards Bay Oil Spill

DEM Files Emergency Regulations in Support of RI Lobster Dealers and the State's Offshore Lobster Fleet

Public Invited to May 15 Meeting on North Cape Shellfish Restoration Program

April 2003

Laboratory Results Confirm First Case of Avian Influenza in a Rhode Island Commercial Poultry Flock

Personal Protection Urged as Mosquito Season Approaches

Rhode Island Earth Day Committee Recognizes Wakefield Elementary School

Rhode Island Earth Day Committee Recognizes Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation at April 19 Festival

Rhode Island Earth Day Committee Recognizes Smithfield's Sandra Mayer

Local Students Receive Earth Day Committee Award at This Year's Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair (Lincoln, Woonsocket)

Local Student Receives Earth Day Committee Award at Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair (Bristol)

DEM to Conduct Remedial Design Activities at Former Rose Hill Regional Landfill

Governor Carcieri to Join State and Local Officials at Arbor Day Observance in West Warwick Friday, April 25

Mercury Thermometer and Thermostat Take-Back Event Scheduled for April 26 to Protect Health and Prevent Pollution

First Suspected Case of Avian Influenza Detected in Rhode Island Commercial Poultry Flock

DEM Announces Changes to Recreational and Commercial Fisheries Regulations

Rhode Island Earth Day Festival This Saturday at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Volunteers Sought for Earth Day Cleanups on April 19

DEM Announces $13,500 in Earth Day Grants

Governor Announces Shellfish Transplantation

DEM Announces That $1.85 Million in Open Space Funds is Now Available for Local Bikeways and Greenways

North Smithfield, North Providence, and Glocester Residents Invited to Participate in Greenspace Project Planning

DEM Says That 70,000 Trout Are Being Stocked in Advance of April 12 Opening Day of Fishing Season

Rhode Islanders Invited to Participate in Earth Day Cleanups

DEM's Annual Report 2002 Shows Progress and Challenges in Protecting and Improving Rhode Island's Environment

Second Decrease Announced for Commercial Possession Limit of Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder

DEM Announces That Five-Acre Marsh and Pond Restoration Begins at Estuarine Research Reserve on Prudence Island

March 2003

Rhode Islanders Invited to Participate in Earth Day Cleanups

Commercial Possession Limit of Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder Will Decrease March 30

Earth Day 2003 Plans Well Underway

DEM Offers Information to Increase Public Awareness About Coyotes

Deadline for Enrollment in Weekly Trip Limit Permit Program for Commercial Scup Fishery Extended to Monday, April 7

DEM and Woonasquatucket Watershed Council to Host March 26 Greenspace Project Meeting for Providence Residents

DEM Announces April 2 Public Meeting to Discuss Ways to Restore Water Quality in the Saugatucket River Watershed

DEM Steps Up Recruiting for Seasonal Workers at State Parks and Beaches

DEM Releases Deer Season Tally

DEM and Farmers to Celebrate Rhode Island Agriculture Day in State House Festivities

Three Mercury Thermometer and Thermostat Take-Backs Scheduled to Protect Health and Prevent Pollution

Avian Influenza in Connecticut Poultry Flock Prompts DEM to Increase Monitoring and Protection of Local Flocks

DEM Announces Increases to Lobster Gauge and Trap Escape Vent Sizes to Comply With Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

List of Agents Who Sell Hunting, Recreational Fishing Licenses Posted on DEM Website

DEM Wetlands Staff Will Offer Information at RI Home Show

**CANCELLATION NOTICE**

DEM Receives Federal Funds to Implement Cooperative Study of Southern New England Yellowtail Flounder

DEM Issues New 3-Year License to Pond View Recycling, Inc.

DEM Accepting Comments on New Draft Stormwater General Permit

February 2003

DEM to Hold Hearing Tuesday, March 4 on Proposed Changes to Marine Fisheries Regulations

Public Hearings on Draft State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Will be Held on March 6

DEM Announces That Grant Funds Are Available for Nonpoint Source Pollution Abatement

DEM: Deadline for New and Renewed Commercial Fishing Licenses Is February 28, 2003

Decorated Rhode Island Egg to Be Displayed at White House

DEM Says Pulaski State Park Closed to Vehicles Due to Snowstorm

DEM to Highlight Diversity of State Recreational Resources at Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show

DEM Announces Start of a Weekly Trip Limit Permit Program for Scup

DEM Increases Summer Flounder Commercial Possession Limit

Proposed Parking Fee Increases at State Lot G in Galilee Are the Focus of DEM Hearing Set for Tuesday, February 18

DEM Announces That Wild Turkey Permits Are Available for Sale

DEM Bans Birds and Hatching Eggs From States With Known Infections of Deadly Avian Viral Disease

DEM Says Rhode Island First to Offer Seafood Dealers Internet-Based Catch Reporting System

DEM Notes Increased Calls About Coyotes, Says Daylight Sightings Are Normal During Breeding Season

DEM Develops Proposed Plan to Meet National Air Quality Standard for Ozone

January 2003

DEM's William Patenaude to Be Honored by EPA

DEM Announces That Construction of New Research Vessel is Underway

DEM Issues Permit to Russian Fish-Processing Vessel

DEM Reminds Hunters That Late Hunting Season for Canada Geese Begins on January 30

DEM Stocks 200 Additional Atlantic Salmon Broodstock From US Fish and Wildlife Service

DEM Recruiting Now for Seasonal Workers; Many Openings Still Available

DEM to Hold Informational Workshop Wednesday, January 22 on Proposed License for New Transfer Station in West Warwick

DEM to Receive and Stock Several Hundred Surplus Domestic Atlantic Salmon Broodstock From US Fish and Wildlife Service

Commercial Spiny Dogfish Fishery to Close on Friday, January 10

DEM Offers Boat Registration Renewal, Boater Education Information, Summer Job Applications at Boat Show

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