State Government Press Releases

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07/18/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that beginning next month, it will administer surf and non-surf lifeguard certification testing for the 2020 season. Certification is required for lifeguard positions at all Rhode Island beaches. The...
07/17/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 146 mosquito samples from 29 traps set on Monday, July 8, have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). To date, in Rhode Island, there have been no...
07/17/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is hosting a 'Bioluminescence Night' at Beavertail State Park, in Jamestown, next week. The event will include an outdoor viewing of the movie Surf's Up, stargazing, and illuminated jellyfish and other local sea creatures.
07/16/2019
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning will hold a public hearing this week to gather public input on the adoption of the updated Rhode Island Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The...
07/16/2019
Paddlers in kayaks and canoes, along with non-boating volunteers, are needed to collect seed pods from this noxious plant, which threatens to cover the pond. PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is recruiting volunteers to help harvest seed pods from...
07/11/2019
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the summer 2019 issue of Wild Rhode Island Explorer, a free quarterly children's magazine produced by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, is now available online and in public libraries throughout the state. Last fall, DEM...
07/10/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced that 139 mosquito samples from 20 traps set on Monday, June 24, and 70 samples from 19 traps set on Monday, July 1, have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
07/05/2019
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising the public that a timber harvesting project will get underway later this summer in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. The project aims to salvage oak species affected by repeated defoliations from forest...
07/05/2019
PROVIDENCE In anticipation of a stretch of actual beach weather on the Fourth of July and the upcoming weekend, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is encouraging residents to buy their state beach passes online or in advance so they can "beach more, wait less." Independence Day...
07/02/2019
PROVIDENCE With the approach of the Fourth of July bringing warmer, sunnier weather, boats will soon be dotting Narragansett Bay and other Rhode Island waterways. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and US Coast Guard urge boaters to be responsible and not operate their boats under...