State Government Press Releases

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03/24/2021
Anglers must take precautions and practice social distancing PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that Rhode Island trout stocked lakes, ponds, rivers and streams will open for fishing at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7. DEM will be filing an emergency...
03/26/2021
PROVIDENCE Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced $35,000 in Produce Safety Improvement Grants for seven projects that help farmers and food producers implement food safety practices and comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (...
03/22/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that permits for the spring turkey hunting season will be available beginning April 1. Hunters are encouraged to purchase their permit online at www.dem.ri.gov/huntfish. The 2021 spring turkey season will be...
03/19/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the state's plan to guide forest management priorities over the next decade. The Rhode Island 2020 State Forest Action Plan (SFAP) describes forest resources,...
03/18/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is actively recruiting lifeguards, park rangers, facilities attendants and other key staff to fill seasonal employment positions at state beaches, parks, and campgrounds during the 2021 recreation season. Rhode Island...
03/15/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Agriculture and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are notifying the public about a New England cottontail rabbit from Patience Island that tested positive for tularemia (Franisella tularensis)...
03/15/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is urging Rhode Islanders to refrain from any open-air burning today as there is an elevated fire danger. DEM's Division of Forest Environment's Forest Fire Program is advising residents that critical fire weather conditions exist in Rhode...
03/12/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a virtual public comment hearing next week on the draft medical waste license for the proposed Medrecycler-RI Inc Medical Waste Treatment Facility on 1600 Division Road in West Warwick. Due to the Covid-19 emergency, which...
03/10/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH) and Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA), has embarked on a project to encourage a green cleaning and disinfecting approach...
03/09/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a virtual informational workshop next week on draft regulations to limit the sale of freshwater invasive plants. Aquatic invasive plants are a widespread problem in Rhode Island's freshwater lakes. More than 100 lakes, and...