State Government Press Releases

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05/22/2020
Visitors must continue to abide by rules regarding social distancing, group size to safely enjoy the outdoors. PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that two saltwater beaches will be open to visitors with new restrictions in place beginning on Memorial Day....
05/22/2020
PROVIDENCE As we approach Memorial Day and the start of the boating season, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking boaters to follow COVID-19 social distancing rules and other safety guidelines at marinas and boatyards and while they're on the water. "This year, as we're...
05/21/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that seasonal shellfish area closures will take effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 23, and will remain in place until Tuesday, October 13. Consistent with federal requirements, DEM closes some local waters to the...
05/18/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is actively recruiting qualified lifeguards and facilities attendants to fill seasonal employment positions at state beaches, parks, and campgrounds during the 2020 recreation season. Rhode Island residents, ages 16 and...
05/18/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that all Rhode Island state parks, including Rocky Point State Park and Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, are now open to visitors. Getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature are great ways to relieve stress and...
05/15/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it is administering conditional Non-Surf and Surf Lifeguard Certification tests beginning next week. Lifeguard positions at all beaches in Rhode Island require certification and special training in first aid,
05/14/2020
PROVIDENCE Keenly intelligent, extraordinarily adaptable, and willing to eat almost any available food whether natural, including small animals, birds, insects, and fruits; scavenged roadkill; or easily obtainable human-provided sources such as garbage, pet food, birdseed, and compost Rhode...
05/13/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is inviting Rhode Island farmers and food producers to participate in a webinar on Thursday, May 14 to learn how to apply for direct payments through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The webinar will be hosted...
05/13/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising the public not to assume that finding a baby animal means it needs to be rescued. For example, a fawn lying on the ground hidden in grass or brush should not be considered abandoned; it should be left alone. ...
05/12/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the Rhode Island Resource Conservation & Development Area Council, today announced $100,000 in grants to help farmers "green" their operations and...