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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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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.

DEM Fears Spread of Rabies Following Bite By Calf

Jul 26, 2013
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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.

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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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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Two young falcons will be released back into the wild in Pawtucket this Saturday.  The two got away from their nest which sits atop Pawtucket City Hall. 

The Department of Environmental Management picked up two juvenile peregrine falcons that were found on the ground in Pawtucket last week.

The birds, one male and one female, are siblings, and about seven to eight weeks old.

Wildlife experts say juvenile falcons can often get away from their nests when learning to fly.

The Department of Environmental Management has confirmed the presence of a bacterial disease known as psittacosis in a flock of birds owned in Pawtucket.

Psittacosis is a bacterial infection that most commonly affects psittacine birds such as parrots, parakeets, and cockatiels.

A flock of those birds in Pawtucket has been confirmed as being infected with this disease.

Though the birds are privately owned, the Rhode Island D.E.M. is concerned that other birds might have been exposed at the pet shops where they were bought in South County.

Public Called Upon to Track Wild Turkey's Population

Jun 7, 2013
Brian Tefft / RI DEM

The Department of Environmental Management is asking Rhode Islanders to keep their eyes out for wild turkeys. The call is intended to track the health of the state’s turkey population.

The state Department of Environmental Management says a baby raccoon found in Coventry has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found May 29th in a rural area. 

A family brought it into their home where it had contact with several adults and one child.  Nine Rhode Islanders and two individuals from Connecticut who had known contact with the animal are now being treated for rabies exposure.

The state Department of Environmental Management will distribute mosquito larvicide to Rhode Island communities starting Tuesday.  Cities and towns use the product to kill mosquitos in catch basins, where they most commonly breed.

The state has been supplying cities and towns with mosquito larvicide ever since West Nile virus emerged 14 years ago.  They use an environmentally-friendly product that comes in a briquette, about the size of two ice cubes. Town officials put one in each storm water catch basin and it kills larvae for six months.

Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

May 16, 2013

A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.  The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.

Fishermen Look Ahead to Changing Climate

Apr 3, 2013
Bradley Campbell

Recreational fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in southern New England.  But fishermen are keeping an eye on how climate change will alter their industry.

The Department of Environmental management has reached a settlement in a case over pollution at the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Smithfield. The settlement was a long time coming, and the clean-up will take even longer.

Maple Syrup Production up in RI

Mar 4, 2013

Maple Syrup production in RI is in full swing says Pete Susi, Deputy Chief of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture. 

With some tapping their trees as early as January, producers now face a fickle spring as good maple syrup flow requires below freezing nights and warm days.

Despite weather fluctuations production is already up two to three times from last year says says Gibby Fountain a producer, of Sugar Hill Sugarhouse, a farm in Richmond.

DEM Looking into Narragansett Bay Pollution

Feb 27, 2013

Shell fishermen are banned from fishing in the Upper Narragansett Bay. The Department of Environmental Management has found high levels of bacteria in the water.

DEM’s Chief of Surface Water Protection, Angelo Liberti, says it’s due to a portion of the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment plant in East Providence being taken offline. "And with the last rain event, they had some trouble balancing their treatment flow through their system which resulted in the release of partially treated wastewater.”

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