State Government Press Releases

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07/12/2018
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 125 mosquito samples from 35 traps set on Monday, June 25, have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). To date, in Rhode Island, three mosquito...
07/09/2018
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach UNHEALTHY levels statewide during the afternoon and into the evening on Tuesday, July 10th. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. The highest...
07/05/2018
The Fawth of July is going to be a "scawchuh" and beaches and parks will be packed. DEM asks Rhode Islanders to help prevent trash from becoming harmful marine debris by following the "carry-in/carry-out" no-litter rule. DEM also offers tips to minimize waiting times at entrance booths to state...
06/29/2018
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the July schedule of events for the state's popular Great Outdoors Pursuit. The public events include guided hikes, youth and family hunter education workshops, and free admission to Seagrave Memorial...
06/29/2018
PROVIDENCE With Independence Day and the peak of the beach season fast approaching, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is encouraging beach-goers to buy seasonal passes today to help ease traffic tie-ups this weekend and on the Fourth of July. Temperatures are expected to soar into...
06/28/2018
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 53 mosquito samples from 13 traps set on Monday, June 11; 106 samples from 33 traps set on Monday, June 18; and 15 samples from three traps set on Wednesday, June 20 have tested negative for both West...
06/27/2018
Effort is part of "Operation Dry Water" campaign to curb impaired boating PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will join partners across the country this weekend for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign a national crackdown on impaired boating. As the...
06/25/2018
$1.5 million acquisition of "Mercy Woods" tract near Diamond Hill Reservoir will protect drinking water supplies and wildlife habitat, and provide opportunities for public recreation. PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it has helped...
06/21/2018
PROVIDENCE With the start of summer today, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are urging residents to guard against mosquito and tick bites when enjoying the outdoors. In May, the Centers for Disease Control and...
06/19/2018
New Regulations Increase Season Length, Possession Limit PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has extended the season and increased the fall possession limit for the 2018 recreational black sea bass fishery. The new rules add nine days to the beginning...