State Government Press Releases

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04/22/2020
Governor and DEM Director urge Rhode Islanders to 'be proud of the aggressive steps we've taken to protect our environment for future generations' PROVIDENCE This week, as Rhode Island joins the world in marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the...
04/20/2020
PROVIDENCE As the weather is getting warmer, state public health and environmental officials are urging residents to continue practicing social distancing when outdoors and to take additional precautions to avoid direct contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease. Rhode Island has the...
04/17/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding residents to safely enjoy the outdoors by taking the necessary precautions of gathering only in small groups of five or less and practicing social distancing. DEM environmental police officers are coordinating with local...
04/13/2020
Registration opens today for popular Energy-Saving Trees Program, which helps Rhode Islanders save energy and money PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the RI Tree Council, RI Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Arbor Day Foundation, is...
04/10/2020
Environmental police patrolling areas, monitoring for compliance PROVIDENCE With sunny skies and mild temperatures forecast for the coming weekend, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding residents to safely enjoy the outdoors by taking the necessary precautions of...
04/06/2020
Ponds in State Parks and some other stocked waters off limits PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that certain Rhode Island lakes, ponds, rivers and streams that allow anglers to adhere to social distancing rules are now open to fish for trout. While...
04/03/2020
Opening of state campgrounds delayed until at least May 1st PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds Rhode Islanders that state parks, beaches and campgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. "Restricting access to public places where any...
03/31/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces the temporary closure of Rhode Island state parks and beaches due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. To protect public safety, all state parks and beaches, along with their parking areas, will be closed beginning Friday,...
03/27/2020
*** UPDATE: Starting immediately, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. *** PROVIDENCE Together with partners, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has developed a list of...
03/26/2020
*** UPDATE: Starting immediately, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. *** PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding Rhode Islanders that many diverse...