DEM en RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys <p>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.</p><p>That helped.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>The wild turkey population is estimated at about 3,500, a number that’s grown in the past two years.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:58:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 35151 at RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys Ocean State To Receive Millions To Help Local Fishermen <p>Rhode Island will receive nearly $2 million in relief funds to help fishermen hit by sharp cuts in catch limits.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:48:38 +0000 Catherine Welch 34408 at The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Ken Ayars, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture. They talk about the state of local farming, the changing definition of farming and how farms contribute to the local economy.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 33617 at The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy RI DEM Partnering With URI To Start Fisheries Institute <p>A newly created fisheries institute in Rhode Island will develop and take on new innovative and practical research projects. The institute is partnership between the Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:44:05 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 33436 at RI Lakes And Ponds Stocked For Winter Fishing <p>The state Department of Environmental Management is stocking six Rhode Island ponds with brook trout for the winter fishing season.&nbsp; According to a press release, the agency is stocking six ponds with 1,000 brook trout. This is on top of the 2,000 trout that were stocked last month.</p><p>Anglers are required to carry a current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp. The daily bag limit currently stands at two fish per day.</p><p>Anglers are forbidden from wearing felt-soled footgear, as it promotes the spread of invasive species.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:03:30 +0000 Flo Jonic 27274 at RI Lakes And Ponds Stocked For Winter Fishing Trout Being Stocked in Rhode Island for Fall Fishing Season <p>The state Department of Environmental Management has begun stocking approximately 6,000 brown and brook trout for the fall freshwater fishing season.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>A current fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older wishing to catch a fish.&nbsp; License fees cost $18 for Rhode Island residents.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:53:07 +0000 Flo Jonic 22830 at Trout Being Stocked in Rhode Island for Fall Fishing Season More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE <p>Test results from two mosquito pools in Rhode Island have come back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is the second time EEE has been confirmed in the state this year.</p><p></p><p>The samples came from traps set in Tiverton and Westerly.&nbsp; The Department of Environmental Management says the findings aren’t surprising for this time of year, and it’s likely that EEE is present in other parts of the state.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:05:20 +0000 Catherine Welch 21428 at More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE RI Mosquitoes Test Positive for EEE <p>For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in Rhode Island have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a virus characterized by the sudden onset of&nbsp; headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. &nbsp;A second mosquito batch has tested positive for West Nile Virus.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:43:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 21194 at Cooling Centers Open for Public <p>The State Department of Environmental Management has listed the local communities that have opened public cooling centers.&nbsp; The centers are meant for those seeking some relief from the heat and humidity.&nbsp;</p><p>RIEMA spokesperson Annemarie Beardsworth states that there are various public venues people can turn to for a break from the weather.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:28:43 +0000 Talia Ghazal 18126 at DEM: Mosquitoes Are Out in Full Force This Weekend <p>If you’re going outdoors this weekend, as many of us will, you’ll want to protect yourself against mosquito bites. The state Department of Environmental Management is reporting the largest crop of mosquitos in at least 21 years.&nbsp;</p><p>The reason: heavy rains last month.&nbsp; The warm, dry air mass that’s with us now is slowly killing the mosquito population, but the DEM’s Alan Gettman said they’ll be bad this weekend, particularly at fireworks shows.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:28:11 +0000 Flo Jonic 17854 at