State Government Press Releases

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06/30/2014
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that test results from all 104 mosquito pools, or samples, from 21 traps set statewide during the week of June 16 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Test results are pending at the RI Department...
06/30/2014
PROVIDENCE- The Department of Environmental Management has enacted a shellfish closure in the Kickemuit River as a result of a sewage overflow from the Town of Bristol's Kickemuit River pump station located on Kickemuit Avenue. The discharge was caused by a crack in the force main valve at the...
06/27/2014
PROVIDENCE Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy today joined Governor Lincoln Chafee, members of Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation, federal officials and others at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reconstructed Galilee Boat...
06/25/2014
Reconstruction Project Provides Improved Access for Boaters and Anglers with Disabilities PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will host a grand opening event for the Galilee Boat Ramp Improvement Project at 3 p.m. Friday, June 27.
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...