State Government Press Releases

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07/24/2020
PROVIDENCE – With the forecast calling for temperatures in the mid-90s both days this weekend and a 75% parking restriction still in effect at Misquamicut and Scarborough state beaches, state and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up again to limit crowds, manage traffic, and crack down on...
07/22/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that all 127 mosquito pools collected from 30 traps set statewide on July 7 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Results from traps set on July 13 and...
07/21/2020
PROVIDENCE – United States Senator Jack Reed and the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announce that a $623,729 grant has been awarded to the Town of Bristol for the expansion of transient boating facilities at the Bristol Maritime Center. The grant is funded under the US Fish and...
07/21/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach UNHEALTHY levels for Washington and Newport Counties during the afternoon and into the evening on Monday, July 20th. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone...
07/17/2020
With parking reduced by 75% at Misquamicut and Scarborough state beaches and a heat wave in the forecast, state and local law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy weekend. Packed beaches since the start of summer have worsened traffic and illegal parking in Narragansett, South Kingstown,...
07/16/2020
Partners Pledge to Develop Action Plan to Cut Toxic Diesel Emissions PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that Rhode Island is one of 15 states and the District of Columbia pledging to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for medium- and...
07/15/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 35 mosquito samples from 22 traps set on Monday, June 22 and 138 samples from 22 traps set on Monday, June 29 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
07/13/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management is announcing that at around 7 AM, a US Coast Guard helicopter located the body of a swimmer who went missing last night about a half-mile off Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. The victim, Matthew Smith, 64, of Fitchburg, MA, drowned.
07/13/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking Rhode Islanders to monitor their beech trees for signs of leaf damage from Beach Leaf Disease (BLD). Early symptoms of BLD include dark striping on the tree's leaves parallel to the leaf veins and are best seen by looking...
07/09/2020
Providence, RI (July 9, 2020) – Launched last May and seeing over 75,000 uses throughout the summer 2019 season, Rhode Island's groundbreaking and effective statewide initiative of offering complimentary, environmentally-safe sunscreen dispenser stations provided by Raw Elements USA®, a certified...