State Government Press Releases

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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...
05/30/2013
All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Thursday, May 30th, 2013. Providence, Rhode Island, May 29, 2013 - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island in southern...
05/29/2013
Water is Critical to Counteract Stressed Trees PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management reports that winter moth caterpillars are prevalent throughout Rhode Island and are causing defoliation on oak, maple, ash, basswood, elm, beech and fruit trees. According to Bruce Payton,...
05/24/2013
Major Repairs Have Been Completed at Facilities Damaged by Hurricane Sandy PROVIDENCE - Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer outdoor recreation season, and Rhode Island's state beaches and parks are ready for the crowds. Although some of the beaches and parks managed by...
05/24/2013
Fuss & O'Neill has been Retained by DEM as an Independent Oversight Contractor to Monitor and Oversee Closure of the Site PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management announces that the removal of construction and demolition debris from the site of the former Trans-Load America (...