State Government Press Releases

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06/08/2021
Large Influx of Menhaden into Narragansett Bay Drawing Increased Number of Fishing Vessels to State's Waters PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising the public that its Divisions of Law Enforcement (DLE) and Marine Fisheries (DMF) are closely monitoring...
06/04/2021
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach UNHEALTHY levels during the afternoon and into the evening on Saturday June 5th. The alert is being issued statewide. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone...
06/02/2021
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is cautioning 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.
05/28/2021
PROVIDENCE – Looking for fun outdoor activities this summer? The Department of Environmental Management's (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife has you covered! From fishing days and archery lessons to hunter education and virtual wildlife conservation programs, there's something for everyone. DEM's...
05/28/2021
PROVIDENCE – With the unofficial start of summer arriving, state public health and environmental officials are urging residents to safely enjoy the outdoors, as long as they take the necessary COVID-19 precautions by adhering to public health guidance and to take additional precautions to avoid...
05/26/2021
PROVIDENCE – In anticipation of a pleasant stretch of weather over Memorial Day Weekend, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is encouraging residents to buy their state beach parking pass in advance at www.riparks.com/beachpass. Individuals may purchase resident, non-resident, or...
05/25/2021
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the reclassification of two areas of the state's shellfish harvesting waters. As a result of continued water quality improvements in Narragansett Bay, the lower two miles of the seven-mile-long Providence...
05/24/2021
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) are inviting Rhode Island public and private dam owners and municipal officials to participate in a webinar to learn about the development of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The two-...
05/21/2021
PROVIDENCE— In observance of National Public Works Week (NPWW), the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is saluting the decades of investments and construction of wastewater collections and treatment systems in the Ocean State and the hundreds of men and women who run and maintain the...
05/20/2021
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is administering conditional Surf Lifeguard Certification tests today and next week in Narragansett. Lifeguard positions at all beaches in Rhode Island require certification and special training in first aid, CPR, and...