State Government Press Releases

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08/30/2016
Popular program helps Rhode Islanders save energy, money PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Arbor Day Foundation are teaming up once again to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners...
08/25/2016
Public Workshop to be held on Wednesday, September 7 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today a second public workshop on the State's new Farmland Acquisition Program (FAP). FAP, approved by voters as part of a 2014 environmental bond...
08/24/2016
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced 96 mosquito samples from 26 traps set on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Personal protection is the first line of...
08/19/2016
Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer have potential to cause extensive tree damage PROVIDENCE –The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking the public – and in particular, those in regular contact with trees – to report sightings of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (
08/17/2016
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ken Ayars, chief of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Agriculture will be available to answer questions about the State's new Farmland Acquisition Program (FAP). FAP, which was approved by voters as part of an environmental bond in 2014,...
08/15/2016
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that the remaining 168 mosquito samples from 32 traps set on Monday, August 1, 2016 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Last week DEM reported that a...
08/10/2016
Public Reminded to Guard against Mosquito Bites PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) today announced a mosquito sample collected on August 1 in Chapman Swamp in Westerly has tested positive for Eastern...
08/09/2016
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that the remaining 172 mosquito samples from 37 traps set on Monday, July 25, 2016 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Last week DEM reported that a...
08/05/2016
$1.25 Million Available to Clean Up Contaminated Land, Spur Economic Growth, and Create Jobs PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced $1.25 million is available in matching grant funds to support the cleanup of contaminated properties, known...
08/04/2016
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) today announced a mosquito sample collected on July 25 in Pawtucket has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first finding of WNV in Rhode Island this year.