Department of Environmental Management

Environment
3:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys

A hen turkey with her brood.
Credit Ben Taft / RI DEM

Back in the 80’s the state started a project to boost a declining wild turkey population by establishing new flocks across the state – from Exeter to Foster, Scituate to Tiverton.

That helped.

But the turkey population has declined in the past few years. So the DEM counts female turkeys and young turkeys to get a sense of population growth. And this is where the public comes in. The DEM is asking residents to report sightings of turkey hens and young turkeys.

The wild turkey population is estimated at about 3,500, a number that’s grown in the past two years.

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Environment
7:20 am
Thu May 1, 2014

DEM To Announce Grant Winners At Agriculture Day

The Department of Environmental Management will host Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the State House today with a number of activities, including the announcement of the 17 grant recipients of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act. 

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Environment
1:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

DEM Issues Expedited Citations To Property Owners In Violation Of State Cesspool Law

If you have a cesspool within 200 feet of a drinking well, a public reservoir, or the coastline, expect to receive a $200 citation in the mail from the Department of Environmental Management. The deadline to replace cesspools with a septic system or to connect to a municipal sewer system has passed.

Cesspools are holes in the ground used to get rid of human waste from buildings. The untreated waste seeps into the soil and contaminates ground and surface waters. A law to phase out cesspools focuses on cesspools within public drinking water supplies or the coastline. 

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Narragansett Bay Commission To Temporarily Close Sewer Overflow Tunnel

When the Narragansett Bay Commission temporarily closes its sewer overflow tunnel, the Department of Environmental Management will revert to its old rules for shellfish closures for the Upper Narragansett Bay in order to protect people's health.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Starting today, the Narragansett Bay Commission will temporarily close a tunnel that’s part of a long-term, massive project designed to meet the federal clean water act. During heavy rains, that tunnel normally stores overflows of sewer and street runoff that are later treated and released into Narragansett Bay. Now the tunnel will be offline for the next three to four weeks.

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On Politics
4:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

RI: Be Careful when cutting business regulations

One of the biggest nostrums these days from conservatives and some elements of the business community is that our governments, at both the state and national levels, should cut down on regulation and oversight of business.

While it makes sense to streamline regulations that hamper small business, in particular, it is also instructive to parse our history for instances where lax regulation caused pain for our people and our economy.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Trout Stocked In State For Winter Fishing Season

Close up of rainbow trout.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Anglers can count on trout to fish over the winter season. Officials with the Department of Environmental Management’s Fish and Wildlife Division stocked approximately 2,000 rainbow trout in several ponds statewide during the first two weeks of December.

Those ponds include Carbuncle Pond in Coventry, Barber Pond in South Kingstown, Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown, and the Wood River with access from Route 165 in Exeter.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Trout Being Stocked in Rhode Island for Fall Fishing Season

Tens of thousands of trout start their lives at the Lafayette Trout Hatchery in North Kingstown.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state Department of Environmental Management has begun stocking approximately 6,000 brown and brook trout for the fall freshwater fishing season.

Trout stocking was delayed this year due to elevated water temperatures. In addition, an infestation of blue-green algae prevented the department from stocking trout in Melville Ponds in Portsmouth.

A current fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older wishing to catch a fish.  License fees cost $18 for Rhode Island residents.

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RI News
9:54 am
Fri July 26, 2013

DEM Fears Spread of Rabies Following Bite By Calf

Gray's Ice Cream, in Tiverton. A Massachusetts resident sustained a bite from a calf in pasture nearby.
Credit John Brown / flickr

A young calf has died of mysterious causes next to a popular Rhode Island ice cream stand.  Anyone who may have touched the animal is being urged to contact health officials.  

Earlier this month in a small pasture next to Gray’s ice cream shop in Tiverton, a Massachusetts resident was bitten by a three-month old steer, named Oreo.

The calf was quarantined; for fear that it might have rabies.

Just ten days later the animal died.

The Department of Environmental Management was unable to test for rabies, but rabies is a possible cause of death.

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RI News
4:25 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

RI DEM: No EEE or West Nile Found, but Protect Yourself Just in Case

Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management is encouraging residents to protect themselves during mosquito season.

The Department of Environmental Management says that the test results from all 180 mosquito pools from 33 traps set statewide during the week of July 8th are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

So far this year, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or EEE in Rhode Island.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Invasive Beetle and Borer: "We're Pretty Much Surrounded"

A male Asian longhorned beetle
Credit UVM / USDA

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is once again urging summer campers not to move firewood from outside the state. That’s to keep from spreading a couple of tree-killing invasive insects, which, so far, haven’t shown up in Rhode Island. But this year, they’re closer than ever.

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