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December 2012

DEM Preserves Property Along Pawcatuck River in Westerly

DEM Announces Preservation of Pezza Farm in Johnston

DEM Seeking Proposals to Farm Parcels of State-Owned Land

DEM, RI Party and Charter Boat Association, and Narragansett Parks and Recreation Department Join Forces in Collaborative Scientific/Public Outreach Effort

City, DEM Employees to be Honored for Work on Rocky Point, Warwick Station Development District

DEM Offers Guidance for Repair of Damaged Septic Systems Due to Hurricane Sandy

November 2012

DEM and TNC Protect 245 Acres of Forestland Abutting Grass Pond Preserve in Richmond

DEM Reminds Public That All Users of State Management Areas Must Wear Fluorescent Orange Throughout Shotgun Deer Hunting Season, Which Opens on Saturday, December 1

DEM Notifies Public About Escape of Large Exotic Antelope in Hope Valley Area Near Black Farm Management Area

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

DEM Advises Dog Owners About Re-Emergence of Canine Distemper Virus After the Recent Diagnosis of a Raccoon on Prudence Island with the Disease

Rhody Fresh to Unveil Newest Product - Butterkase Cheese - with Narragansett Creamery on Tuesday, November 13

DEM Praises Rhode Island Voters for Approving Environmental Bonds to Preserve Water Quality, Open Space, Farmland, and Boost Recreation Development Opportunities across the State

DEM Announces Re-Opening of Potters Pond and the Fort Neck Pond Area of Ninigret Pond to Shellfishing at Sunrise on Wednesday, November 7

DEM Announces Re-Opening of Quonochontaug Pond, Portions of Ninigret Pond and Portions of Winnapaug Pond to Shellfishing at Sunrise Tuesday, November 6

Misquamicut, East Beach, and Charlestown Breachway Campground Closed to Public Access Due to Impacts from Hurricane Sandy

DEM Announces November 7th Meeting to Discuss Ways to Restore Water Quality in the Blackstone River

DEM Issues Advisory: Residents Urged to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes

HEALTH and DEM Lift Public Health Advisories Related to Cyanobacteria Blooms on All Affected RI Ponds

October 2012

DEM Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Animal Importation Regulations

DEM Offers Guidance to Municipalities on Handling Tree Waste

DEM Announces South Coastal Shore Ponds Were Closed to Shellfishing at Noon Today Due to Coastal Flooding from Hurricane Sandy

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

DEM: October 23 West Nile/EEE Final Update

DEM Stocks 6,000 Rainbow Trout in Ponds and Rivers Throughout Rhode Island for Fall Fishing Season

DEM Announces Opening of Small Game Hunting Season on Saturday, October 20

DEM: October 10 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Seeking Nominations for Appointments to RI Livestock Welfare and Care Standards Advisory Council

DEM to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Animal Importation Regulations on Wednesday, October 31

DEM Announces EEE Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Tiverton

DEM: October 1 West Nile/EEE Status Update

September 2012

Rhode Island-Grown Produce is Still Available at Farmers' Markets and Roadside Stands Throughout the State

DEM and RIDOT Announce Availability of $1.5 Million in Grant Funds for Local Recreational Trails Projects

DEM Soliciting Applications for Targeted Brownfields Assessment Projects - Deadline November 3rd

HEALTH Advises No Contact with Water from Slacks Reservoir in Johnston and Smithfield

DEM Announces Cancellation of September 29th Saltwater Fly-Fishing Workshop at Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown

DEM: September 24 West Nile/EEE Status Update

HEALTH Advises No Contact With Untreated Water from Watson Reservoir Affected by Blue-Green Algae

DEM Announces November 3rd Opening of Bay Scallop Season

Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Sponsored by DEM, Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers to Be Held at Frerichs Farm in Warren on Saturday, October 6

DEM's Aquatic Resource Education Program Offering Saltwater Surf-Casting and Fly-Fishing Workshops, a Fly-Tying Program, and Fly-Fishing Train Safari on Aquidneck Island This Fall

DEM Announces West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Trapped at Chapman Swamp in Westerly

Governor Chafee Announces That the U.S. Small Business Administration Has Accepted State's Offer to Purchase Rocky Point Property in Warwick

DEM Announces EEE Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Warren

DEM Announces West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Charlestown

HEALTH Advises No Contact with Water from Ponds in Cranston and Lincoln

DEM Announces EEE Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Barrington

Rabid Kitten Confirmed in Jamestown; Those Who May Have Had Contact with Cat Colony Advised to Contact HEALTH for Evaluation

DEM: September 10 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Advises Public That Dangerous Rip Currents, High Surf Expected This Weekend on East and South-Facing Shorelines

Demolition Work Begins at Eight Rod Farm Management Area in Tiverton/Little Compton

HEALTH and DEM Advise No Contact With Water from St. Mary's Pond - Tap Water is Safe to Touch and Consume

HEALTH and DEM Issue Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Several Bodies of Water

DEM Announces EEE Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Tiverton

Rhode Island Apple Harvest Day Event Set for Wednesday, September 5th at Appleland Orchard in Greenville

August 2012

Rhode Islanders Invited to Fish for a Cause as Part of First Annual Galilee Fishing Tournament and Seafood Festival

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - August 31

HEALTH Advises No Contact With Bailey's Brook, Gardiner Pond, Melville Ponds and Almy Pond

DEM Announces EEE Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Tiverton and West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in North Providence

DEM: August 27 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Announces Town of Portsmouth to Spray Common Fence Point and Island Park Neighborhoods for Mosquitoes

DEM: August 20 West Nile/EEE Status Update

HEALTH and DEM Issue Blue-Green Algae Advisory For Mashapaug Pond

HEALTH Advises No Contact With Untreated Water from Sisson Pond in Portsmouth

DEM, RIDOT, and De La Salle Christian Brothers Hold Ribbon-Cutting for Trail Expansion Project at Black Point Fishing Access Area on Ocean Road in Narragansett

DEM Announces EEE Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Tiverton

DEM: August 14 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM, RIDOT, and De La Salle Christian Brothers to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for Trail Expansion Project at Black Point Fishing Access Area on Wednesday, August 15

Second Pool of Mosquitoes in RI Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

DEM: August 6 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Northeast Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project to Look for Signs of Asian Longhorned Beetle in Three State Parks

DEM Announces That Escobar Farm in Portsmouth Has Been Named RI's 2012 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year

July 2012

DEM Issues Discharge Permit for T.F. Green State Airport

Rhode Islanders Invited to Fish for a Cause as Part of First Annual Galilee Fishing Tournament and Seafood Festival

DEM: July 30 West Nile/EEE Status Update

DEM Accepting Proposals until Friday, August 31 for Federal Boating Infrastructure Grants

DEM to Host Fourth RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Event in Conjunction with Governor's Bay Day on Sunday, July 29

DEM to Test Lifeguards For 2013 Season in August

DEM: July 24 West Nile/EEE Status Update

HEALTH and DEM Issue Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Melville Pond

Following His Arrest by DEM Environmental Police Officers, Commercial Shellfisherman Convicted of Taking Shellfish at Night and From Polluted Waters of the Palmer River

Farmers' Markets in State Parks and State Facilities Offering Rhode Island's Best in Garden-Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

DEM Reports First West Nile Virus Finding

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - July 17

DEM: July 16 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - July 14

DEM Announces Changes to Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Regulations

DEM Accepting Grant Applications for Boat Pump-Out Facilities until August 17th

DEM: July 9 West Nile/EEE Status Update

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

DEM Announces the Re-Opening of Shellfish Waters in Bristol Harbor Beginning at Sunrise (Sunday July 8, 2012)

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - July 7

DEM Announces Shellfish Closure in Bristol Harbor Beginning at Noon Today Due to Reported Sewage Treatment Plant Disinfection Failure

New England Farmland Finder Website Now Available to Link Farmers with Landowners

Rabid Cat Confirmed in North Providence

DEM: July 2 West Nile/EEE Status Update

Rhode Islanders Invited to Great Outdoors Pursuit Event on Sunday, July 15 at Blackstone River Visitor Center, Route 295 North in Lincoln

DEM to Hold July 12th Public Meeting on Water Quality in the Ten Mile River Watershed

DEM Purchases Critical 189-Acre Parcel in Burrillville, Connecting Over 7,000 Acres of Protected Land

June 2012

DEM Advises That Parking, Viewing Areas for July 4th Fireworks at Fort Adams State Park Will Be Limited

First Mosquitoes Trapped Test Negative For WNV and EEE

America's Cup World Series Team Members, Event Organizers, and Local Volunteers Complete New Rain Garden at Fort Adams Park

Rhode Island Governor Passes Paint Stewardship Law

America's Cup World Series Team Members, Event Organizers and Local Volunteers to Complete New Rain Garden at Fort Adams State Park on Wednesday, June 27

DEM Asks Public to Report Wild Turkey Brood Sightings

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries Still Available at Several Local Berry Farms

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 21

Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory - June 20

DEM to Hold Training Workshops for Underground Storage Tank Facility Class A and Class B Operators

DEM is Asking Property Owners to Assist with Surveys for Summer Bat Colonies

DEM to Hold Public Stakeholder Meeting on Animal Importation Regulations on Thursday, June 28

DEM's Seasonal Bay Line Is Now Open

Rhode Islanders Invited to Second RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Event on Sunday, June 10 at Kent County YMCA

May 2012

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

DEM Announces Annual Reclassification of Shellfish Waters and Seasonal Shellfish Closures That Take Effect on May 26

Springtime Reminder: If You Are a Saltwater Angler or Spearfisher Over the Age of 15 - You Need a Saltwater License!

DEM Issues Pesticide General Permit

DEM to Conduct Lifeguard Certification Testing May 23 and 24

DEM Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for New Energy-Efficient Pavilion at East Matunuck State Beach

DEM to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Energy-Efficient Pavilion at East Matunuck State Beach on May 21

DEM Issues Notices of Violation to Rhode Island Recycled Metals, LLC, ACR Realty, LLC and SMM New England Corporation

Rhode Islanders Invited to Discover State Parks and Compete for Prizes at the Fifth Annual Great Outdoors Pursuit

DEM Announces Weekend Opening of Select State Beaches Beginning on Saturday, May 12

DEM Director Janet Coit Accepts Tourism Special Recognition Award at Annual Tourism/Hospitality Industry Event

DEM Environmental Police Officers Complete Rigorous Maritime Security Training Program

DEM Still Recruiting Certified Lifeguards for State Beaches in Southern Rhode Island

DEM Announces Opening of Four Weekly Farmers' Markets at State Parks This Week; Other Markets Operated by DEM Slated to Open In Mid-July

DEM Releases New Watershed Plans, Seeks Public Input

DEM Announces Free Freshwater Fishing Days May 5 & May 6

State 2012 Air Quality Alert Program Enters Busy Season

Westerly to Apply Mosquito Larvicide to Swamp Areas on Friday, May 4 in Yearly Routine

April 2012

State Arbor Day Program Held Today at Squantum Woods Park in East Providence (April 27)

DEM Director Coit, Farmers and Legislators to Celebrate Rhode Island Agriculture Day in State House Festivities Today (April 26)

Rules & Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals

DEM to Hold State Arbor Day Ceremony on Friday, April 27

DEM Director Coit, Farmers and Legislators to Celebrate Rhode Island Agriculture Day in State House Festivities on Thursday, April 26

Celebrate Earth Day 2012 this Weekend!

DEM Announces Quahog Transplants to Be Conducted in May

DEM to Offer "Women's Day at the Range" on May 19

$30,000 In Matching Grants for Sustainable Community Tree Programs Available Through DEM

DEM Seeks Public Comment on Draft Pesticide General Permit

DEM Announces That Commerical Striped Bass Tags and Fishing Landing Permits Now Available in the Port of Galilee

DEM Announces 2012 Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations

DEM Cautions Anglers About Cold Water Danger and Urges Them to Put Safety First on Opening Day of Freshwater Fishing Season

Governor Chafee, DEM Announce $4.2 Million in Recreational Development Grants to 23 Rhode Island Communities

March 2012

DEM Awards Certification to Five Rhode Island Golf Courses for Their Commitment to Sustainable Environmental Practices

DEM Warns Public of Increased Fire Danger

DEM Begins Stocking 80,000 Trout in Advance of April 14th Opening of Freshwater Fishing Season

DEM Announces Extension of Comment Period Regarding Water Quality Regulations

DEM to Hold Public Workshops on March 27 and 29 on Proposed Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations

February 2012

DEM Releases Report on RI Freshwater Lakes and Ponds

DEM Announces Preservation of 84.5-Acre Parcel Bordering Arcadia Management Area

DEM Announces Emergency Shellfishing Closure at Noon Today in the Conimicut Triangle and Area A in Upper Narragansett Bay Due to Sewage Overflow From NBC Sewer System

DEM Revises Regulations So That Felt-Soled Foot Gear Is Prohibited Only in State Freshwaters

RI State Veterinarian, DEM Law Enforcement Investigates Ryan's Hope Rescue, an Unlicensed Animal Shelter

DEM Seeks Bids to Construct and Operate a Parking Garage Facility and Public Restroom in Port of Galilee

Rhode Islanders Invited to Try Winter Recreational Activities in State Parks During February School Vacation Week

DEM Issues Notice of Violation to RI Resource Recovery Corporation and Broadrock Gas Services LLC

January 2012

DEM, HEALTH Respond to Mercury Spill at St. Andrew's School

DEM Announces Preservation of 18-Acre Clifford Farm in North Smithfield

DEM Announces That Food and Beverage Service at Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center is Temporarily Unavailable

DEM Files Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief Against TLA Pond View Recycling Facility in East Providence

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