State Government Press Releases

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08/23/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is assessing the damage left by Tropical Storm Henri which directly hit state beaches, management areas, and several other facilities in the state and began cleaning up today. With temperatures expected to soar to the...
08/21/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that Scarborough South State Beach in Narragansett will be closed weekdays starting Monday, August 23, and open weekends only for the last two weeks of the summer beach season. All beach facilities will close...
08/20/2021
PROVIDENCE With the National Weather Service increasingly confident that Tropical Storm Henri will make landfall on the southern New England coast Sunday into Monday, by which time it might strengthen into a hurricane, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today is announcing several...
08/19/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that three mosquito samples from traps set on August 5 two samples collected in East Providence and one in Warren have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by RIDOH State Health Laboratories. This brings the...
08/19/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that in-person sales of season beach parking passes will end at close of business tomorrow, Friday, August 20. Although by far most beachgoers purchase season parking passes online anytime, some patrons still...
08/12/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that a mosquito sample collected July 29 in Cranston has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by RIDOH State Health Laboratories. This is the first WNV finding of the summer in Rhode Island and was the only...
08/12/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will once again reach UNHEALTHY levels during the afternoon and into the evening on Friday August 13th. The alert is being issued statewide due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Fine...
08/11/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach UNHEALTHY levels during the afternoon and into the evening on Thursday August 12th. The alert is being issued statewide. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone...
08/10/2021
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that all 229 mosquito samples from 49 traps set statewide between July 20 and July 27 have tested negative by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine...
08/06/2021
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the spotted lanternfly (SLF), an exotic pest that targets various plants and trees, has been detected for the first time in Rhode Island. Native to Asia, SLF is most commonly associated with "Tree of Heaven" (Ailanthus...