State Government Press Releases

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04/06/2020
Ponds in State Parks and some other stocked waters off limits PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that certain Rhode Island lakes, ponds, rivers and streams that allow anglers to adhere to social distancing rules are now open to fish for trout. While...
04/03/2020
Opening of state campgrounds delayed until at least May 1st PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds Rhode Islanders that state parks, beaches and campgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. "Restricting access to public places where any...
03/31/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces the temporary closure of Rhode Island state parks and beaches due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. To protect public safety, all state parks and beaches, along with their parking areas, will be closed beginning Friday,...
03/27/2020
*** UPDATE: Starting immediately, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. *** PROVIDENCE Together with partners, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has developed a list of...
03/26/2020
*** UPDATE: Starting immediately, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. *** PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding Rhode Islanders that many diverse...
03/25/2020
*** UPDATE: Starting immediately, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. *** PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces a delay in the opening of the golf...
03/20/2020
Flushing cleaning wipes causes clogs and can lead to overflows in wastewater collection systems PROVIDENCE With new reports of damaged pump stations and overwhelmed screening facilities in Rhode Island wastewater collection and treatment systems, the Department of Environmental...
03/19/2020
PROVIDENCE Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is pausing walk-in service at the offices with the most frequent lines and crowds. DEM encourages its customers to use online, telephonic, or mail-in services whenever possible. Across the...
03/16/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is urging all Rhode Islanders to refrain from flushing disinfectant wipes including those labeled "flushable" and instead, to dispose of them in the trash. This morning, the Burrillville Sewer Commission alerted DEM that equipment...
03/13/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the award of $569,500 in matching grants for three projects to mitigate water pollution from stormwater and nonpoint sources and reduce flooding. The grants are made possible through federal funding from the...