The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are partnering to improve the coastal access trails at Black Point, a popular destination for anglers, hikers, birdwatchers, and […]
DEM planning prescribed burns on Dutch Island and Prudence Island in 2023
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RIDOH and DEM recommend avoiding contact with Upper Melville Pond and Turner Reservoir
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Upper Melville Pond in Portsmouth and Turner Reservoir in East Providence due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals. While toxin production is variable during blooms, the sample from Turner Reservoir did have a potentially harmful level of a cyanotoxin.
People should be careful not to ingest water or eat fish from the ponds. All recreation, including fishing, boating, and kayaking, should be avoided. Animals who may ingest pond water are especially at risk from exposure to the algal toxins, so owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Skin contact with water containing blue-green algae commonly causes irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, and/or throat. Common health effects associated with ingesting water containing algal toxins include stomach-ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Rarer health effects include dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage. Young children and pets are at a particular risk for health effects associated with algal toxins. People who have had contact with pond waters and experience those symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.
If you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes. Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water. Do not let the animal lick its fur. Call a veterinarian if your animal shows any symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning, including loss of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or any unexplained sickness that occurs within a day or so after being in contact with water. People are cautioned that toxins may persist in the water after the blue-green algae bloom is no longer visible.
Blue-green algae blooms may also be affecting other waterbodies in Rhode Island. People are advised to avoid contact with waterbodies that exhibit bright green coloration in the water or at the water surface and/or dense floating algal mats that form on the water’s surface. The water may look like green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese.
For more information and a list of current and historical advisories, go to www.dem.ri.gov/bluegreen Please send reports of suspected blue-green algae blooms, along with photographs, if possible to DEM.OWRCyano@dem.ri.gov.
DEM restocking more than 20 freshwater areas in time for Memorial Day Weekend
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will be stocking more than 20 freshwaters across Rhode Island with hatchery-raised trout before Memorial Day weekend, a popular time for recreational fishing.
On May 19, DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) began a supplementary stocking of the following waterbodies:
o Alton Pond, Richmond/Hopkinton
o Barber Pond, South Kingstown
o Breakheart Pond, Exeter/West Greenwich
o Browning Mill Pond, Exeter
o Carbuncle Pond, Coventry
o Eight Rod Farm Pond, Tiverton
o Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond
o Upper Melville Pond, Portsmouth
o Mooseup River, Coventry
o Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
o Pawcatuck River, Bradford/Hopkinton/Westerly; Burdickville Access, Hopkinton/Charlestown; Lower Shannock Access, Charlestown, Richmond Landing, Westerly; Bradford, Westerly
o Pawtuxet River North and South Branches, Scituate/Cranston/Coventry/West Warwick
o Peck Pond, Burrillville
o Roundtop Ponds, Burrillville
o Shippee Saw Mill Pond, Foster
o Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown
o Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton
o Spring Grove Pond, Glocester
o Upper Rochambeau Pond, Lincoln
o Willett Pond, East Providence
o Wood River Barberville Access (KG Ranch Road), Richmond/Hopkinton; Hope Valley Fishing Area (Dow Field), Hope Valley; Grantville (Route 95), Richmond/Hopkinton; Woodville, Richmond/Hopkinton
o Wyoming Pond, Hopkinton/Richmond
Daily updates on stocking locations can be found on DEM Facebook, the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Facebook, or by calling DFW at 401-789-0281.
A 2022 fishing license is required for anglers 15 and older. A trout conservation stamp also is required of anyone wishing to keep or possess a trout or to fish in a catch-and-release or “fly-fishing only” area. Trout stamps are not required for persons possessing trout taken from a lake or pond that shares a border with Rhode Island, persons over the age of 65, persons with 100% disability, persons fishing from their own domicile, and persons possessing trout caught in privately owned ponds. Fishing licenses can be purchased online on DEM’S new Rhode Island Outdoors (RIO) portal.
Visit our website for more information on DEM’s new Freshwater Regulations.
For more information on DEM programs and services, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Follow DEM on Facebook, Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM), or Instagram (@RhodeIslandDEM).
National Safe Boating Week returns May 21 – 27, will highlight urgency of always wearing life jackets
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