State Government Press Releases

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09/16/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that earlier today, a disruption in the wastewater treatment process at the East Providence wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) forced the closure of shellfish harvesting in Upper Narragansett Bay...
09/16/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announce that commercial fishing and charter/for hire businesses, qualified aquaculture operators, seafood processors, and dealers are eligible to apply for an additional $255 million...
09/16/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is issuing the following statement regarding the death of George Wein. Mr. Wein, 95, created the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. The festivals play at Fort Adams State Park, which is...
09/10/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that the most recent round of testing by RIDOH State Health Laboratories has confirmed one new positive isolation (finding) of West Nile Virus (WNV) collected Aug. 30 from a trap in Johnston. DEM collected 82 pools (...
09/10/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that the most recent round of testing by RIDOH State Health Laboratories has confirmed one new positive isolation (finding) of West Nile Virus (WNV) collected Aug. 30 from a trap in Johnston. DEM collected 82 pools (...
09/08/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the RI Tree Council, RI Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Arbor Day Foundation, is providing 1,000 free trees to Rhode Island residents this autumn. Now in its 13th season, the program helps Rhode Islanders...
09/07/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising paddlers and anglers to use caution and wear a life jacket to help ensure they enjoy a safe boating experience. Over Labor Day weekend, DEM's Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) responded to several rescues of...
09/07/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that the most recent round of testing by RIDOH State Health Laboratories has confirmed no new positive isolations (findings) of West Nile Virus (WNV). DEM collected 184 pools (samples) of mosquitoes from 64 traps set...
09/04/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are announcing that a North Providence couple was exposed to rabies by feeding a raccoon that later was tested and found to be carrying the rabies virus. DEM reminds the...
09/03/2021
PROVIDENCE Promoting and increasing outdoor recreation is one of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's core values and missions. A major way DEM accomplishes this is by offering classes, programs, and experiences to connect Rhode Islanders to the great outdoors. The agency is...