Department of Environmental Management

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.