State Government Press Releases

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11/05/2019
Just published, an authoritative book about the 18 species of amphibians that are native to Rhode Island makes a great gift for nature enthusiasts. Its author is Chris Raithel, a longtime biologist with DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (
11/01/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that all waters of Point Judith Pond that were affected by Monday's emergency closure were reopened to shellfishing at noon today, November 1. The line separating Point Judith Pond and Potters Pond is from the southern end of...
11/01/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that it will begin taking reservations for picnic areas, covered shelters, and recreational fields at Rhode Island state parks for the 2020 season beginning on Thursday, January 2. Reservations will be...
11/01/2019
Foams manufactured before 2003 pose a threat to water supplies and public health and require proper removal and disposal. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reaching out to fire departments across Rhode Island to assist with the removal and disposal of legacy fire-...
10/28/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that effective at noon today, Monday, October 28, and until further notice, all waters of Point Judith Pond are closed to shellfishing. The line separating Point Judith Pond and Potters Pond is from the southern end of...
10/25/2019
$2 million in funding capitalized by the 2018 Green Economy Bond, which was approved by nearly 80% of voters is the essential early money that will help transform often-blighted industrial sites "into productive, cleaner spaces today and into the future." PROVIDENCE As part of continued...
10/23/2019
This week, The Nature Conservancy and the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are constructing an artificial reef near Sabin Point Park in East Providence to improve bottom habitat for fish. The reef will consist of 64 cement Reef Balls, arrayed in four clusters on the Bay floor,...
10/21/2019
PROVIDENCE At a workshop organized by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, Rhode Island's craft brewing industry and state environmental regulators will exchange ideas about making great beer in an ecologically friendly way, connecting the industry...
10/21/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has completed its investigation into the collision between a powerboat and a two-person catamaran sailboat near the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge that resulted in the death of Sandra G. Tartaglino, 60, of Tiverton, on August 11. DEM has...
10/17/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that effective at 1 PM today, Thursday, October 17, and until further notice, all waters of Point Judith Pond are closed to shellfishing. The line separating Point Judith Pond and Potters Pond is from the southern end of...