State Government Press Releases

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05/12/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that Scarborough North and Roger Wheeler state beaches will be open Saturdays and Sundays only, weather permitting, from Saturday, May 15 until Memorial Day to accommodate early beachgoers. State beaches will...
05/12/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Law Enforcement is investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred late yesterday afternoon in Greenwich Bay off the City of Warwick. A 23' sailboat took on water and sunk, and two victims were recovered and were...
05/07/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, chaired by Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, announces that the 5th annual Quahog Week returns this year from May 17 to May 23. The week-long celebration shines a light on Rhode Island's favorite local...
05/05/2021
Providence - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reports that Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a destructive forest insect from Asia, continues to spread throughout Rhode Island. EAB was first detected in the state in 2018, with small numbers of the pests found in Burrillville, Cumberland,...
05/03/2021
PROVIDENCE Spring has sprung, and for many wildlife species in Rhode Island, that means it's time to raise their young. In May and June, sightings of deer fawns, fox kits, songbird chicks, bunnies, and baby squirrels become more common and generate concerned calls from the public to the...
04/30/2021
PROVIDENCE Governor Dan McKee and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the Rhode Island Tree Council, National Grid, and the City of East Providence held a special Arbor Day celebration today at Hull Street Park in East Providence. Fifteen evergreen and shade...
04/30/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, are Free Fishing Days in Rhode Island. Rhode Islanders and visitors alike can fish in the state's freshwaters on both days for all species of freshwater fish, without a fishing license...
04/29/2021
PROVIDENCE Tomorrow, in observance of Arbor Day, Governor Dan McKee will be joined by Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, the RI Tree Council, the City of East Providence, National Grid and other partners at a special celebration in East Providence to mark the 134th...
04/28/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the Town of Westerly will begin aerial application of mosquito larvicide across 500 acres of Chapman Swamp and nearby swamplands by helicopter on Tuesday, May 4, weather permitting. Spraying will take place...
04/23/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold two virtual public hearings next month on proposed regulations related to the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Due to the Covid-19 emergency, which prevents the Department from holding public meetings in-person, this public...