State Government Press Releases

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02/26/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing today that the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has approved Rhode Island's recommendations to remove impairments from parts of three waterbodies from USEPA's List of Impaired Waters under Section 303(d) of the...
02/19/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is accepting applications for new and renewed commercial fishing licenses through Monday, March 1. A limited number of new commercial fishing licenses for the harvest of shellfish are available this year for Rhode Island...
02/15/2021
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the University of Rhode Island (URI) is hosting a webinar this month to provide information about the spotted lanternfly, an exotic pest that targets various plants and trees. Native to China, the spotted...
02/15/2021
Marine and landside pump-out facilities diverted more than 600,000 gallons of sewage from entering Narragansett Bay in 2020. Applications for 2021grant funding are due by March 12. PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced grants are available to...
02/12/2021
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Parks and Recreation is conducting an online survey to gather public input on food trucks at Rhode Island State Parks. The Department is seeking feedback from park-goers to better understand their...
02/10/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that proposals to lease certain parcels of state-owned land in South Kingstown, Tiverton, and Coventry for farming purposes are now being solicited by the state. Use of the parcels will be restricted to the raising and...
02/03/2021
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is conducting an online survey to gather input on how the public uses and values state lands. Feedback from the survey will be used to shape the future of nature-based recreation in Rhode Island including fishing,...
02/01/2021
Main Camp at Burlingame Restricted to Tents-only PROVIDENCE To protect public health and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has made several operational changes at Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown for the 2021 season. DEM's...
01/28/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), announces that construction of improvements to the freshwater boat ramp at Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park will begin next month. The existing boat ramp will be...
01/27/2021
PROVIDENCE Over the past year, Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Wildlife Outreach staff have been developing a series of educational resources for K-8 educators, organized thematically into learning kits. The materials Rhody Critter Kits contain lesson plans, activities, videos,...