State Government Press Releases

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08/21/2019
Information gathered from online survey will help inform the RI 2020 State Forest Action Plan PROVIDENCE, RI The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is conducting an online survey this month to gather public input on issues related to state forests. Feedback will be used to inform...
08/09/2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is surveying lakes, ponds, and rivers across the state this summer as part of an annual monitoring program to identify aquatic invasive species. During a routine survey on June 12 in Barney Pond in Lincoln, DEM staff...
08/09/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 121 mosquito samples from 26 traps set on Monday, July 29, have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). To date, in Rhode Island, there have been no...
08/06/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's (DEM) Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program, in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and others, announces a free saltwater youth fishing event and a kayak fishing workshop for children and adults. ...
08/01/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 119 mosquito samples from 28 traps set on Monday, July 22, have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). To date, in Rhode Island, there have been no...
08/01/2019
Unsafe bacterial counts forced the closure of Winnapaug Pond on July 26 and Point Judith Pond on July 27. These waters are now safe for the harvesting of shellfish and will reopen at sunrise tomorrow, August 1. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island...
07/31/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has organized four community harvesting events in August to remove invasive, sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) plants from Meshanticut Pond in Cranston. Paddlers in kayaks and canoes, along with non-boating volunteers, will...
07/30/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that permits for the deer hunting season, including the "All Outdoors" package, will go on sale starting Thursday, August 1, online here or at local sales agents. Deer permits are sold as antlered deer (buck)...
07/29/2019
The agencies also advise that any shellfish harvested from the pond since Tuesday, July 23, be thrown away. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are announcing that effective immediately, all waters of Winnapaug Pond in...
07/29/2019
The agencies also advise that any shellfish harvested from the closed area of the pond either commercially or recreationally since Tuesday, July 23, be thrown away. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are announcing...