Department of Environmental Management

RI News
3:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

DEM: Raccoon Brought Inside Home Exposed 11 People to Rabies

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.

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RI News
8:12 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Rhode Island D.E.M. Supplies Larvacide to Fight Mosquito Population

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.

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Environment
8:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

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.

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Environment
8:36 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Fishermen Look Ahead to Changing Climate

Steve Medeiros, President of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, says his organization is planning for climate change.
Credit 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.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Groundwater at Davis Superfund Site will take decades to repair

The DEM says the settlement puts polluters on notice.

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.

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RI News
4:12 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Maple Syrup Production up in RI

Credit Jason Deen / flickr.com

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.

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Environment
8:04 am
Wed February 27, 2013

DEM Looking into Narragansett Bay Pollution

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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Environment
7:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Summer job openings at state's parks

Block Island
Credit Kristin Gourlay

The state Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for summer employment. The department is looking for 50 to 100 people for jobs that include lifeguard, parks ranger, and maintenance person.  

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Environment
1:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State seeks input for new shellfish management plan

The state is meeting with local shellfish harvesters this evening at the University of Rhode Island.  The state is working to craft a new shellfish management plan to protect the vital resource.

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Local Features
10:43 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Fishing trip combines science and fun

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island Fish and Wildlife division would like to expand a program that combines gathering fish for scientific data with putting fresh food on the dinner tables of those in need.  An experiment that combined gathering scientific data, teaching young boys to fish, and providing a family with some food was so successful in 2012 that Rhode Island officials are hoping to expand it in 2013.
Supervising biologist with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Jason McNamee credits Dan Costa, port manager for the Division of Coastal Resources with the idea.

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