State Government Press Releases

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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...
03/09/2021
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has alerted the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) that the Zebra mussel, a highly invasive aquatic invertebrate, may have been distributed to pet shops in Rhode Island. Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), regarded as one of...
03/01/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife announces the publication of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Rhode Island, a compilation of three decades of inventorying and monitoring of dragonflies and damselflies inhabiting the state. This is the first...
02/26/2021
March 31 deadline set for Specialty Crop Grant applications PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that more than $150,000 in farm viability grants is available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds are...
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...