State Government Press Releases

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06/24/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces test results from the first mosquitoes trapped this season. Of the 99 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 20 traps set statewide on June 10, 67 pools have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine...
06/21/2013
Publication Available at Numerous Venues Throughout RI Including Bait and Tackle Shops, Marine Supply Stores, Town Halls, Chambers of Commerce PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces the publication of the first annual Rhode Island Recreational Saltwater Fishing Guide,...
06/18/2013
PROVIDENCE – Safe boating patrols will be stepped up on June 28 to June 30 in a joint operation conducted by the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Law Enforcement and US Coast Guard Units from Castle Hill and Point Judith. The effort is part of Operation Dry Water, a coordinated...
06/17/2013
Training Sessions to Be Held in June and July; Tree Surveys to be held in August in Arcadia Management Area, Goddard Memorial State Park, and on Conservation Land in Cumberland PROVIDENCE - Through a cooperative effort with the USDA and Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), the...
06/14/2013
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture reports that strawberry season is underway in Rhode Island. Now through late June, locally-grown strawberries will be available at numerous pick-your-own berry farms throughout the state. DEM Director Janet Coit...
06/13/2013
Residents Advised to Temporarily Refrain from Contact Recreation Along the Woonasquatucket River PROVIDENCE—The Department of Environmental Management is investigating a disinfection system failure at the Smithfield Wastewater Treatment Facility which resulted in the discharge of an estimated...
06/10/2013
Birds from This Flock were Sold to Pet Shops in North Kingstown and Narragansett PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has confirmed the presence of a disease known as psittacosis in a privately-owned flock of psittacine birds in Pawtucket. Psittacine birds are parrots and...
06/06/2013
Public Advised to Vaccinate Pets and Stay Away from Wildlife PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has received positive confirmation of rabies in a baby raccoon that was found in Coventry and submitted for testing on June 4. The animal was initially found on May 29 on John...
06/05/2013
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management is asking Rhode Islanders to assist its Division of Fish and Wildlife's wild turkey project by reporting any sightings of wild turkey hens with (or without) broods of young turkeys (poults). DEM biologists need the information to evaluate...
05/30/2013
All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Friday, May 31st, 2013. Providence, Rhode Island, May 30, 2013 - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in all of Rhode Island in the...