State Government Press Releases

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08/03/2020
Extended testing hours will be available Thursday and Friday, and additional testing days will be added to accommodate lifeguard certification candidates PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that surf lifeguard certification...
08/03/2020
New Grant Round Features Increased Focus on Projects in Environmental Justice Areas PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced new funding opportunities for the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, known as brownfields, across Rhode Island....
07/31/2020
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that new freshwater fishing regulations take effect statewide on August 2. The changes are as follows: The minimum size of all trout or charr species, taken from the waters of the state, shall be eight inches,
07/31/2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. 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 Saturday, August 1, online here or at local sales agents. Deer permits are sold as antlered deer (...
07/30/2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Over the past several days the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has received reports from more than 100 Rhode Island residents who have received unsolicited packets of seeds from China. DEM is working in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant...
07/30/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today the award of an additional $1.4 million in grants to help communities and local organizations protect valuable green space throughout the state. To complement the $3.33 million previously awarded in...
07/30/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach UNHEALTHY levels during the afternoon and into the evening for today, Thursday July 30th. The alert is being issued for Washington and Newport County. The poor air quality will be...
07/29/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that a grant is available to assist a local hospital to protect human health by reducing harmful emissions and noise pollution from idling ambulances and emergency vehicles. Funding for the grant is provided from...
07/29/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today awarded $4,360,600 in matching grants to 13 municipalities and community organizations for climate resilience projects across Rhode Island. The grants will fund 14 projects to restore and improve the climate resilience of...
07/25/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that it has closed the snack bar at Scarborough South State Beach in Narragansett after learning that an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The vendor that runs food concessions at state beaches...