State Government Press Releases

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09/28/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that two exotic species of Asian and Eurasian ticks have been detected for the first time on Block Island. The ticks were discovered by Dr. Danielle M Tufts, then an associate research scientists at Columbia...
09/28/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is soliciting comments on the state's Impaired Waters List and will hold a virtual public workshop next month to review statewide water quality findings. A virtual public workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 6 to present...
09/25/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 184 mosquito samples collected from 88 traps between September 3 and 14 have tested negative for both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). To date, in Rhode Island, there has...
09/25/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is warning Rhode Islanders of extreme fire danger as the drought that has gripped the state, and now the New England region, continues following months of below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures. With nine...
09/23/2020
PROVIDENCE Today, in recognition of "Thank a Superintendent Day," the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is saluting Rhode Island's green-certified golf courses and the RI Golf Course Superintendents Association (RIGCSA) for their commitment to employing "green" environmental practices.
09/22/2020
PROVIDENCE With Hurricane Teddy expected to pass New England offshore tomorrow, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is warning Rhode Islanders of the dangerous conditions it will bring to shorelines: winds out of the north at 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 40 knots, seas of five to...
09/21/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a variety of virtual outreach programs this fall, in partnership with several libraries. These programs aim to spread awareness of wildlife management and conservation efforts across the...
09/18/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is notifying bicyclists that the section of the Blackstone River Bikeway underneath the Manville Bridge in Lincoln will be closed for parts of next week starting September 21 to allow the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)
09/16/2020
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 1,200 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this fall. Now in its eleventh season, the program helps Rhode...
09/15/2020
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced EMMA Acres in Exeter has been named Rhode Island's 2020 Outstanding Dairy Farm by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee of which DEM is a member. "This awards program shines an important light on...