rhode island department of environmental management http://ripr.org en RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects http://ripr.org/post/ri-tagging-trees-across-state-threatened-invasive-insects <p>Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.</p><p></p><p>The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 36592 at http://ripr.org RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects Rhode Island In Good Shape To Meet EPA's Carbon Emission Plan http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-good-shape-meet-epas-carbon-emission-plan <p>Rhode Island is in good shape to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to reduce emissions from power plants, according to scientists with the Department of Environmental Management.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The EPA’s proposed plan is to cut emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and an additional 5 percent by 2030. It’s using emissions from 2005 as a baseline. The DEM’s supervising air quality specialist Frank Stevenson said the plan takes into consideration existing regional initiatives to cut carbon pollution. And that’s good news.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:39:18 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 34738 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM http://ripr.org/post/deepwater-wind-secures-first-major-permit-approvals-ridem <p>The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has granted Deepwater Wind its first set of major permit approvals for the Block Island Wind Farm. This marks a significant milestone for the project.</p><p>The DEM has deemed the wind farm and underwater transmission cable in compliance with state and federal water quality regulations. So it issued the company Water Quality Certificates. The DEM also issued a Freshwater Wetland permit for certain onshore construction activities.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:12:54 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 33273 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM Could Johnston Be In The Forefront Of Losing Farmland? http://ripr.org/post/could-johnston-be-forefront-losing-farmland <p>A property in Johnston is the latest target in the fight to save Rhode Island's farmland from development. It's an issue that pits the rights of property owners against concerns about preserving green space. In this case, the application to change the zoning ordinance on the farmland has come to a temporary halt, as the owner considers his options. He's in talks with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management about how to move forward. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to share more details.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza & Elisabeth Harrison 28832 at http://ripr.org Could Johnston Be In The Forefront Of Losing Farmland? Invasive Winter Moths Back In Flight To Mate http://ripr.org/post/invasive-winter-moths-back-flight-mate <p>The Department of Environmental Management said those moths you’ve spotted covering the porch light these past few weeks are an invasive winter moth. These male moths are on the hunt for flightless females.</p><p></p><p>These nonnative invasive moths have emerged since late November and the DEM expects to receive additional sighting reports through the end of the year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:50:18 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 26423 at http://ripr.org Invasive Winter Moths Back In Flight To Mate Searching RI For Evidence of the Asian Longhorned Beetle http://ripr.org/post/searching-ri-evidence-asian-longhorned-beetle <p>Throughout the month of August, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has been searching for evidence of the dreaded Asian Longhorned Beetle. A species so destructive it could defoliate much of New England.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out in search of the beetle with the D.E.M. team.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:45:43 +0000 John Bender 20327 at http://ripr.org Searching RI For Evidence of the Asian Longhorned Beetle UPDATE: West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/update-west-nile-virus-found-rhode-island <p>The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced the first finding of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in the state this year.</p><p>The department routinely checks mosquitoes for both West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis starting in the late spring.</p><p>Alan Getman of the DEM said West Nile Virus has been in Rhode Island for twelve years, and today’s reappearance was not unexpected.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:24:31 +0000 Catherine Welch & John Bender 19656 at http://ripr.org UPDATE: West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island Invasive Beetle and Borer: "We're Pretty Much Surrounded" http://ripr.org/post/invasive-beetle-and-borer-were-pretty-much-surrounded <p>The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is once again urging summer campers <em>not</em> 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.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:38:24 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17612 at http://ripr.org Invasive Beetle and Borer: "We're Pretty Much Surrounded"