State Government Press Releases

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06/03/2019
PROVIDENCE The RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) along with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) announce a free seminar that will explore issues related to the liability of redeveloping and reusing polluted industrial...
06/02/2019
PROVIDENCE The Beach More, Wait Less campaign that the RI Department of Environmental Management has launched to spur online and advance sales of season beach passes and reduce waits at beach entrances is working. DEM sold 1,700 season passes before Memorial Day weekend in 2019 versus 370 season...
05/31/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is cautioning the public not to assume that finding a baby animal means it needs to be rescued. For example, a fawn lying on the ground hidden in grass or brush should not be considered abandoned; it should be left alone.
05/31/2019
PROVIDENCE To accelerate growth of Rhode Island's green economy, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the RI Food Policy Council, has awarded $95,949 in grants to 12 local agriculture and food businesses. The awards, funded under the Local...
05/29/2019
PROVIDENCE As Rhode Island's itinerant bear or bears continue to roam throughout the state, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today is reminding Rhode Islanders that the best way to prevent an interaction and to discourage black bears from becoming nuisance animals is to...
05/29/2019
PROVIDENCE With a gorgeous stretch of weather over Memorial Day Weekend, thousands of Rhode Islanders and visitors enjoyed the sandy shorelines at Scarborough State Beach, fished the trout-stocked waters of Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods, and observed a somber display of Boots on the Ground for...
05/24/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it will be administering an additional conditional Surf Lifeguard Certification test next week. This test is being held because several candidates have expressed difficulty in getting to earlier tests due...
05/24/2019
DEM is encouraging residents to buy their state beach pass online or in advance so they can "beach more, wait less." PROVIDENCE From a more expansive menu at six state beaches (East Matunuck, Misquamicut, Roger Wheeler, Scarborough North and South, and Salty Brine) to the chance to rent "...
05/23/2019
Boaters directed to use nearby Sakonnet River Bridge boat ramp in Tiverton PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that the concrete boat ramp at Gull Cove in Portsmouth has reached the end of its useful life and will be removed this summer. Located on the...
05/23/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that seasonal shellfish area closures will take effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 25, and will remain in place until Tuesday, October 15. Consistent with federal requirements, DEM closes some local waters to the...