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Current News- revised 12/31/08

December 2008

RGGI States' CO2 Auction Continues Strong Performance

DEM Encourages Rhode Islanders to Properly Maintain Their Oil Tanks and Furnaces to Prevent Home Heating Oil Spills

DEM Announces Plans to Stock Atlantic Salmon Broodstock in Early January in Anticipation of Ice Fishing Season

DEM Asks Hunters for Help in Keeping Rhode Island Bird Populations Free of Avian Influenza

DEM & Recreational Fishermen Will Reconvene on December 15th to Evaluate New Saltwater Angler Registry Program

DEM Reminds Manufacturers That Now Is the Time to Register under the State's New Electronic Waste Recycling Law

State Lands on Prudence Island Remain Open to Deer Harvesting As Quota Has Not Been Reached

DEM Announces Immediate Closure of State Lands on Prudence Island to Deer Harvesting

Three Shellfish Restoration Sites to Receive One Million Seed Oysters This Week as DEM, NOAA Staff Conduct North Cape Restoration Program's Final Oyster Transplant

DEM to Hold Discussion Sessions on Arborist Licensing Program on December 16 and January 9

Retired DEM Chief of Compliance and Inspection Receives Coveted Environmental Merit Award from EPA

November 2008

With Mating Season Underway, DEM Cautions Drivers to Be Alert for Deer

DEM Announces 2008-2009 Shotgun Deer Hunting Season Dates And Regulations

DEM Announces Main Bait & Tackle in Fall River Will Operate As a RI State Check Station at the Beginning of Shotgun Deer Season

October 2008

DEM Exterior Lead Paint Removal Program Leader Receives Recognition Award from Childhood Lead Action Program

DEM & Recreational Fishermen Join Forces to Evaluate New Saltwater Angler Registry Program

DEM Announces Preservation of Mathewson Farm in Johnston

Rhode Island Joins Northeast States in Petitioning EPA to Control Out-of-Region Mercury Emissions

DEM Announces Preservation of Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Richmond

DEM And Partners to Announce Preservation of 486-Acre Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Richmond on October 22

DEM: October 16 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces Lottery No Longer Required for Prudence and Patience Island Archery Deer Hunting

DEM Announces 2008 Small Game Hunting Season Begins October 18

DEM: October 10 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces That Public is Invited to Climb Fire Tower at Chopmist Forestry Headquarters During October 18-19 Open House

Local Wastewater Treatment Facilities to Hold Public Tours as Part of Water Infrastructure Month

DEM and Motiva Enterprises Testing Geographic Response Plans for the Providence River and Upper Narragansett Bay

Public Invited to Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Sponsored by DEM, Southern NE Giant Pumpkin Growers at Frerichs Farm in Warren on Saturday, October 11

DEM Removes Firewood Suspected of Carrying Asian Longhorned Beetle Larva From Cranston Property

DEM: October 3 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces October 4 Opening of Bay Scallop Season

September 2008

DEM: September 29 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Joins RGGI in Announcing that States' First CO2 Auction Off to a Strong Start

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Agencies to Host October 9 Informational Meeting on Restoring Water Quality in Mount Hope Bay and the Kickemuit River

DEM and Connecticut Environmental Police Investigate Illegal Landing and Sale of Striped Bass

DEM to Hold October 2 Public Meeting in Warwick to Discuss Water Quality Restoration of Buckeye Brook

DEM Urges Rhode Islanders to Take Advantage of Paper/E-Waste Collection Day at Better Shred Processing Plant on September 27

DEM Announces Bid Dates for Home Fuel Wood Program

DEM: September 19 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces Important Information Regarding the 2008-2009 Waterfowl Hunting Season and Abstracts

Draft Discharge Permits for Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick Wastewater Treatment Facilities Subject of Meeting and Public Hearing

Phone System at DEM's Foundry Office Headquarters Hit by Power Surge Over Weekend

DEM Says Five More Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile Virus, and Urges All Rhode Islanders to Continue to Protect Themselves Against Mosquito Bites

DEM: September 15 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Three New Positive West Nile Samples in Two Communities Reinforce Confirmation That Virus Is Well-Established in RI

DEM Cautions West Warwick Residents of Incidents Involving Rabid Wildlife and Dogs

DEM Preserves 69 Acres of Forestland Abutting Big River Management Area in West Greenwich

Public Invited to Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Sponsored by DEM, Southern NE Giant Pumpkin Growers at Frerichs Farm in Warren on Saturday, October 11

DEM: September 4 West Nile/EEE Status Update

August 2008

Rhode Island Receives Additional $85,000 Grant From Usda for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

DEM Announces Immediate Re-Opening of Conditional Area A to Shellfishing on Wednesday, August 27

DEM Announces That Mosquito Sample Taken in Pawtucket Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

DEM Announces Closure of Conditional Area A to Shellfishing on Wednesday, August 27 Due to Sewage Discharge

DEM: August 26 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Recent Fish Kills in Narragansett Bay Are Likely Due to a Combination of Factors, According to DEM

Avian Influenza Detected in Small Number of Wild Mute Swans in Rhode Island

DEM to Host Grand Finale for Great Outdoors Pursuit

Governor Carcieri and DEM Announce $1.28 Million in Historic & Passive Park Recreational Development Grants

DEM: August 15 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces 2008–2009 Hunting Regulations

DEM Asks Nurserymen, Pesticide Applicators, Arborists to Notify Department If They Suspect Presence of Asian Beetle

DEM Will Hold Hearing on Proposed Waterfowl Season and Falconry Regulations on Thursday, August 28

DEM Announces That Moniz Dairy Farm in Tiverton Has Been Named Rhode Island's 2008 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year

DEM: August 8 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM to Host 4th Great Outdoors Pursuit Event

DEM Testing for Next Year's Lifeguards

DEM: August 1 West Nile/EEE Status Update

July 2008

August 23 Workshop Will Provide Volunteers with Free Hands-On Training on Caring for Wildlife Injured in Oil Spills

DEM Awards $183,985 in Federal Funds to Add Seven New Boat Sewage Pump-Out Facilities

DEM, City of Warwick to Continue Joint Effort to Remove Sea Lettuce Washing Ashore on Conimicut Beach

DEM, Save the Bay to Host August 5th Informational Meeting on Restoring Water Quality in the Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay

DEM: July 25 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Auction Process Goes Live Today

DEM to Host 3rd Great Outdoors Pursuit Event in Conjunction with Governor's Bay Day

DEM: July 23 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - July 19

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - July 18

DEM: July 14 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces Availability of $2.5 Million in Open Space Grants

DEM Announces Availability of Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Funds for Rural Community Fire Departments

DEM Hosting International Group's Wildlife Rehabilitation Course in October

West Nile/EEE Status Update - July 7

DEM Seeking Coalition Partners in Preparation for Upcoming EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant Application

June 2008

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 27

DEM Celebrates Opening of Division of Law Enforcement's State-of-the-Art Marine Base in Wickford

DEM to Celebrate Opening of Division of Law Enforcement's State-of-the-Art Marine Base in Wickford on June 26

DEM Schedules Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Installer Exam for September 11; Application Deadline September 5

DEM Schedules Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Class I, II, III & IV Designer Exams

DEM Announces Appointment of Joseph Dias as New Chief of Planning and Development

First Mosquitoes Trapped Test Negative for WNV and EEE

State, Federal and Local Officials Mark Completion of $4.6 Million Town Pond Environmental Restoration Project in Portsmouth

DEM to Host Public Informational Meeting June 25th on Use of Federal Brownfields Grant

State, Federal and Local Officials to Mark Completion of $4.6 Million Town Pond Restoration Project in Portsmouth Monday Morning

DEM Seeks Families Interested in Free or Low-Cost Local Summer Fun to Play the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit

DEM Announces Availability of Grant Funds for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control

DEM Says Spring Turkey Hunt Was "Outstanding"

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 10

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 9

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 8

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 7-9

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

DEM'S Bay Line Opens for Summer Season

May 2008

DEM Cautions Hopkinton Residents about Fox Bite Incidents

DEM Announces Agreement With Narragansett to Proceed With Project to Abate Stormwater Pollution to Narrow River

DEM Seeks Information on Wild Turkey Brood Sightings

DEM Offers Tips on Co-Existing With Black Bears as Public Sightings Increase

DEM Launches the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit - An Initiative to Re-Connect Children and Their Families With the Outdoors

DEM's Parks and Beaches Ready For Memorial Day Weekend

DEM to Conduct Lifeguard Testing Thursday and Friday

DEM Announces Regional Public Meeting Thursday, May 29, to Present Final Scituate Reservoir Greenspace Plan

DEM Announces Annual Reclassification of Shellfish Waters and Seasonal Shellfish Closures

DEM Announces That Changes To Beach Pond Include Closing Swimming Area

DEM to Hold Public Workshop on Thursday, May 28 on Proposed Hunting and Freshwater Fishing & Parks and Management Area Regulations

DEM Asks Campers and Other Vacationers to Use Only Local Firewood to Prevent Import of Invasive Wood-Boring Insects

DEM's Sergeant Frances Ethier Receives Award of Excellence from Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

DEM Stocks River Herring in the Blackstone to Help Establish a New Fish Population in the River

DEM Wants to Hear From Businesses That Had Underground Storage Tanks Tested by Whitco/Ameritest

DEM Issues Amended Requirements for Sewage Collection and Treatment

DEM to Hold Public Hearing May 14 on Proposed Amendments to Marine Fisheries Regulations Governing Monkfish and Lobsters

DEM and RIRRC's Green Zone to Boost Businesses Recycling

Governor Carcieri, DEM, and Farmers to Celebrate Rhode Island Agriculture Day in State House Festivities on May 6

DEM, Health, and RIVMA to Host Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, May 3

April 2008

DEM, Health Gear Up for Mosquito Season; Personal Protection and Larviciding Key

Westerly to Apply Mosquito Larvicide to Swamp Areas on Monday, April 28, in Yearly Routine

DEM, Health, and RIVMA to Host Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, May 3

DEM Plans Five Quahaug Transplants, Seeks Shellfishermen to Participate

DEM Announces That Four Weekly Farmers' Markets at State Parks Will Open in Early May; Offers Free Brochure

Nominated by DEM, Former Rep. Ginaitt Honored by EPA

DEM to Hold Arbor Day Ceremony on Friday, April 25

DEM Says Leave Lion's Mane Jellyfish Alone

DEM, RIRRC, Assisting Middletown Office Park in Its Efforts to Become a Model "Green" Office Center

DEM to Present Conservation Design DVD Workshops for Those Interested and/or Involved in Conservation Development

DEM and Motiva Enterprises Developing Geographic Response Plans for the Providence River and Upper Narragansett Bay

State 2008 Air Quality Alert Program Enters Busy Season

DEM Announces Great Swamp Shooting Range Now Open Seven Days a Week

March 2008

DEM and Health Urge Rhode Islanders to Leave Young Wildlife Alone; "Help" Actually Hinders — and Rabies Remains Prevalent

DEM Begins Reconstruction Project at Newport's Pier Nine

DEM Announces April 12 Opening Day of Fishing Season

DEM Announces Appointment of Robert Paquette as New Chief of Parks and Recreation

DEM Joins Federal and Local Partners to Showcase Major Grant for Transient Boating Facility Improvements in Newport

DEM to Hold Fisheries Hearing on Thursday, March 27

DEM, Senator Reed, Congressman Kennedy to Join Newport and Federal Officials to Announce Plans for New $1.46 Million Transient Boating Facility at Newport Harbor Center

February 2008

DEM Partners With Better Shred in Pilot Recycling Project

DEM to Hold Hearing Thursday, March 6, on Proposed Amendments to Organic Certification Regulations

DEM, EPA Announce New Three-Year Performance Partnership Agreement to Boost State's Environmental Protection

DEM Issues Draft Document Assessing Quality of State's Waters and Listing of Impaired Waters

DEM Issues Preliminary Deer Season Tally

DEM to Hold Two Public Hearings Thursday, March 6 Regarding Animal Health Issues

DEM Announces February 26 Public Hearing on Amendments to Marine Fisheries Regulations

January 2008

DEM, Partners, Seeking Local Grant Applications for Community Tree Programs

Ice at State Parks Still Unsafe for Skating

DEM Announces Western Greenwich Bay Shellfish Management Area to Re-Open February 1 on Certain Days and Hours

DEM Preserves Significant Forestland Parcel in Charlestown

DEM Institutes Online Commercial Recycling Reporting; Offers Assistance to Businesses to Increase Recycling Rates

DEM Accepting Grant Applications for Pumpout Facilities

DEM Announces Plans to Stock Atlantic Salmon Broodstock in Anticipation of Ice Fishing

DEM to Present Training Workshops for Those Interested and/or Involved in Conservation Development

December 2007

DEM Announces Changes to Commercial Fishing Licensing Regulations

DEM Says Commercial Fishermen Can Use Their 2007 Licenses through Mid-January

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

DEM Offers E-Mail Notification of Upcoming Marine Fisheries Meetings; Broad Mail Notification to Be Discontinued

DEM, Health, Lift Earlier Advisory for Ten Mile River and Its Impoundments

DEM Announces That Applications for 2008 Aggregate Landing Permit Program for Scup and Summer Flounder Are Available

DEM Acquires Third "Marsh Walker" for Habitat Restoration and Mosquito Control

DEM Reports State's First Case of Rabies Found in a Coyote

DEM Announces That New Dam Safety Regulations Will Take Effect on Thursday, December 20

DEM Says It's Not Too Soon to Apply for 2008 Summer Jobs

DEM Clarifies Greenwich Bay Shellfishing Closure

Decorated Rhode Island Egg to Be Displayed at White House

November 2007

DEM to Hold Public Meetings in South County to Discuss Water Quality Restoration of Point Judith Pond and Indian Run Brook

DEM Announces Shotgun Deer-Hunting Dates and Regulations

DEM'S New Camping Reservation System Off to Good Start

DEM, EPA, Towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett Mark Completion of Landfill Cap Construction Activities at the Former Rose Hill Regional Landfill in South Kingstown

DEM Notified That Salmon Have Been Stocked in Beach Pond

DEM, EPA, and Towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett to Mark Completion of Phase II Rose Hill Landfill Cap Construction


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