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...
08/20/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that a sewer lined owned by the Naval Station Newport failed today, discharging 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Newport Harbor. Since notifying DEM of the failure of the force main this morning,...
08/15/2019
With a higher-than-average incidence of EEE in both southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut this summer, DEM and the Rhode Island Department of Health encourage all Rhode Islanders to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites including limiting time outdoors. PROVIDENCE The...
08/12/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today is identifying Sandra G. Tartaglino, 60, of 46 Arrowhead Drive, Tiverton, RI, as the victim in the collision between a powerboat and a catamaran sailboat in the Lower Narragansett Bay yesterday. While competing in a regatta, she...
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...