State Government Press Releases

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09/13/2019
State officials confirm an Eastern Equine Encephalitis detection in a Block Island mosquito sample; urge all Rhode Islanders to take personal precautions against insect-borne diseases before heading outdoors especially hunters gearing up for deer season. PROVIDENCE The Department of...
09/13/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, will offer a youth waterfowl orientation and training workshop from 4 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, September 26, at the Great Swamp Field Headquarters in West Kingston. The workshop will provide an...
09/11/2019
With last night's aerial application to eliminate mosquitoes in parts of Westerly, Charlestown, and Hopkinton, state officials confirm that spraying has been completed in all four areas of the state that have been assessed to be at critical risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Officials...
09/10/2019
With data from the latest round of trapping and testing, State confirms 5th positive finding of EEE and 2nd West Nile Virus detection. Both detections originated at Chapman Swamp in Westerly, which will be sprayed tonight along with parts of Hopkinton and Charlestown. Fog postponed the spraying...
09/10/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that $5 million in outdoor recreation matching grants is available to help local municipalities and Native American tribes acquire, develop, or renovate outdoor recreational facilities in their communities. The DEM...
09/09/2019
The dispersal of aerial mosquito treatments in four areas that state officials have determined to be at critical risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus will continue Monday night after a successful first phase of the spraying plan Sunday night. On Sunday night and early Monday...
09/09/2019
Favorable weather may allow for the completion of pesticide treatment in two of the four areas that state officials have assessed to be at critical risk for the EEE virus and possibly one more zone. Originating at Quonset State Airport, the first flight took off shortly after 7 PM. The operation...
09/08/2019
Favorable weather may allow for the completion of pesticide treatment in two of the four areas that state officials have assessed to be at critical risk for the EEE virus and possibly one more zone. Originating at Quonset State Airport, the first flight took off shortly after 7 PM. The operation...
09/06/2019
Weather permitting, aerial spraying to reduce adult mosquitoes is anticipated to start at dusk on Sunday, September 8, in four critical risk areas of Rhode Island. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) today announced...
09/06/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) will hold a public workshop this month to discuss changes being considered to state freshwater wetland rules. DEM and CRMC have jointly developed preliminary draft...