State Government Press Releases

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06/25/2014
Applications Accepted Through July 1 PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that applications are now being accepted from harbormasters and other public entities for funding to cover the costs of removing, disposing and/or selling derelict and abandoned vessels and...
06/23/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces test results from the first mosquitoes trapped this season. All of the 104 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 15 traps set statewide on June 9 have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine...
06/20/2014
PROVIDENCE – Safe boating patrols will be stepped up on June 27 to June 29 in a joint operation conducted by the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Law Enforcement. The effort is part of Operation Dry Water, a coordinated national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI)...
06/20/2014
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management wants residents to be on the look-out for Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) in Rhode Island, but also to be aware of the White Spotted Pine Sawyer (WSPS). The WSPS is a native beetle in Rhode Island, commonly mistaken for ALB. The size, shape...
06/18/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Parks and Recreation will administer conditional Non-Surf and Surf Lifeguard Certification tests on June 18 and June 19, and later this month. Lifeguard positions all require certification and special training in first aid,...
06/17/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has received $250,000 through an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess, remove and dispose of disaster debris located in and around Narragansett Bay as a result of Superstorm Sandy. On October...
06/16/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has news for park goers, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts: the free Rhode Island State Parks and Recreation Pocket Ranger® App for iPhone and Android devices has just gotten a complete overhaul, and Amazon Kindle Fire has been added to...
06/13/2014
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 this year's...
06/12/2014
Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Establish Joint Permits to be Held on June 23 PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has developed a new, streamlined application and permit for single family residential lots that need both a wastewater and a freshwater wetlands permit,...
06/05/2014
Local Team's Skills and Training for Wastewater-collections Proficiency Contest Beats Out Other Teams from New England PROVIDENCE — Five Rhode Island wastewater treatment professionals won first place yesterday in a prestigious contest of wits, strength, speed, and endurance designed to test...