DEM TO HOST NOVEMBER 23RD PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON UPDATED DRAFT FRESHWATER WETLAND RULES

 

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a virtual public workshop next week to review updated draft Rhode Island freshwater wetland rules. DEM has been working in collaboration with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to develop revisions to its freshwater wetlands rules as required by changes to state law intended to strengthen wetlands protection by establishing state standards for freshwater wetland buffers and setbacks and to provide a clear and predictable regulatory framework that includes permit streamlining. 

 

A virtual public workshop will be held on Monday, November 23 on the revised draft rules which have been updated following comments and input received during and following an earlier workshop held in September 2019.  The purpose of the workshop is to present an overview of the revised draft rules and provide an opportunity for questions.  DEM expects to initiate the formal rule-making process later this month. Due to the Covid-19 emergency, which prevents the Department from holding public meetings in-person, the public workshop will be held virtually in accordance with Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-05.

 

WHAT:             Virtual Public Workshop to Discuss Updated Draft Freshwater Wetland Rules

WHEN:             Monday, November 23 at 10 AM

WHERE:           Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85405401189?pwd=YkZtVzlGYlo3cWcyby9Gc2tCSWFaZz09   

Meeting ID:                 854 0540 1189 

Passcode:                    964538

Join by Telephone:      929-205-6099 

 

To join the public workshop using your phone for audio, click on "Join by Phone" and follow the information on the screen to dial in. All participants will be muted upon joining the meeting. Following a presentation on the draft revised rules, DEM will take questions with instructions provided to participants.

 

The full text of the draft rules is available on the DEM website at: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/water/permits/pn-wetland.php

 

For questions about the workshop or more information, contact Sue Kiernan, Deputy Administrator of DEM’s Office of Water Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thousands of National Guard troops will be staying in Washington, DC for awhile. Politico reports that as many as five-thousand soldiers could remain stationed in the nation's capital through mid-March to deal with possible demonstrations around the Senate's impeachment trial of former President Trump. The trial is scheduled to start February 8th. The House impeached Trump on one article of inciting an insurrection after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to interrupt the certification of Joe Biden's election win.        Mexico's President says he's tested positive for the coronavirus. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says his symptoms are mild and he's getting medical treatment. He says he plans to keep working as he battles the virus.       President Biden could repeal another of former President Trump's policies as early as Monday. Multiple sources say Biden plans to end Trump's ban on transgender people enlisting in the military.        Two prison inmates are on the loose in Arizona. Inmates John Charpiot and David Harmon escaped from the Arizona State Prison Complex about 60 miles outside Phoenix on Saturday. Harmon is serving a 100-year sentence for kidnapping and second-degree burglary meanwhile Charpiot is serving 35 years for child molestation and sexual abuse. Governor Doug Ducey and the U.S. Marshals are offering a 35-thousand dollar reward for information leading to their capture.       Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is heading back to the Super Bowl for the 10th time. Brady and the Bucs beat the Packers 31-26 in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field to punch their ticket. Brady will be seeking his seventh Super Bowl ring after winning six during his historic run with the New England Patriots.