State Government Press Releases

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08/12/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 170 mosquito samples from 38 traps set on Monday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 29 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). To date, in Rhode Island,...
08/10/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Law Enforcement is investigating a fatal incident that occurred today on the north end of the Brenton Point shoreline in Newport near the Castle Hill Inn. A 25-year-old Providence man was jumping off the rocks with a...
08/07/2020
PROVIDENCE – With hot weather and sunny skies expected this holiday weekend, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding beach visitors that they must wear face coverings while on the pavilions and practice social distancing at Rhode Island state beaches. Rhode Islanders are...
08/07/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife has developed a new online survey on Rhode Island's deer population and is asking the public to report all live deer sightings on the survey in August and September. The Summer Deer Survey is a citizen...
08/06/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with the Woonsocket Harris Public Library to host a virtual, family-friendly program about coyotes on Friday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the Eastern coyote's natural...
08/06/2020
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising Rhode Islanders that a fatal disease affecting rabbits has been detected in North America and is asking residents to report unusual cases of rabbit mortality to DEM. Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) is a highly...
08/06/2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Management, the Office of Energy Resources and the Division of Statewide Planning will today facilitate the first virtual convening of the Mobility Innovation Working Group. ...
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,