Thursday, April 11, 2013
In advance of the freshwater fishing season, about 80,000 trout have been stocked in Rhode Island ponds and streams.
When is opening day? Release courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces that the 2013 trout and general freshwater fishing season will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on Opening Day. About 80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds are being stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for the start of the fishing season. During the first two days of the fishing season, Cass Pond in Woonsocket, Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket and Ponderosa Park Pond in Little Compton will be open for …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt calls lack of maintenance funding "class warfare."
There's 2.6 million in the state's FY 2013 budget to restore World War II Memorial Park to its former glory, but nothing for upkeep. Yesterday, RI Department of Environmental Management DEM Director Janet Coit and DEM Associate Director Larry Mouradjian laid out the facts and the numbers for the Budget Commission, asking them for their aid in figuring out either a less ambitious plan that would require less maintenance, or some sort of revenue stream for the park that would fund its care. The original plan laid out in June when the RI House approved the restoration included the removal of the remains of the now-drained, man-made swimming pond known locally as “Social Ocean” (re-filled briefly for Autumnfest) and the construction of a …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Due to unhealthy air quality levels on Friday, regular RIPTA services will be free.
Friday, August 31, 2012
All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Friday, Aug. 31. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island today. A very humid air mass with southwest winds will be present, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight. Residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions by imiting car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Woonsocket, Lincoln venues will open in July.
The Department of Environmental Management announces that four farmers' markets located in state parks will open on a weekly basis beginning this week. For the first few weeks, the popular markets primarily will offer bedding plants, hanging plants, cut flowers, early vegetable crops, honey, and maple syrup. As traditional local summer crops become available, more vendors will participate. “The growing demand for local food is sending consumers flocking to farmers’ markets and farm stands across the state,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Greater access to locally grown products is also improving the nutritional health of Rhode Islanders. What a win-win this is for all involved – the public who have an opportunity to buy the freshest …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Fish in freshwaters without fishing license or trout conservation stamp Saturday, Sunday.
Grab your pole, some nightcrawlers, head to Cass Pond and don't worry about the paperwork this weekend - DEM reports Saturday and Sunday are free fishing days in RI. During those two days, all Rhode Islanders and visitors can fish in freshwaters without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp. The free fishing weekend does not apply to saltwater fishing or saltwater licenses. For the third year, DEM fish hatcheries are offering anglers the chance to catch a coveted golden rainbow trout. Lucky anglers who catch a golden trout during the free fishing weekend and throughout the season will be given a free golden trout pin. If you're in the mood for traveling, there's a better-than-usual chance of landing a golden rainbow trout at a …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
State Police, DEM, DOT responded to scene, cleared by 10:35 a.m.
State Police responded to a construction truck rollover on Rte. 99 this morning that chewed up the road, spilled diesel fuel and blocked traffic for about five hours. State Police Capt. Ernest Quarry said a company truck operated by Cosco rolled on Rte. 99 north at 5:15 a.m. today, due to what he said they suspect was operator error. State Police are still investigating the cause, he said. The Valley Breeze has posted a photo of the scene. There was a lot of equipment on the truck, Quarry said, and the rollover spread it across the road. One piece of equipment, an auger, or construction drill, did some damage when it left the truck. "We suspect the auger chewed up the roadway pretty bad," Quarry said. The truck also spilled diesel fuel …