State Government Press Releases

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03/25/2020
*** 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) announces a delay in the opening of the golf...
03/20/2020
Flushing cleaning wipes causes clogs and can lead to overflows in wastewater collection systems PROVIDENCE With new reports of damaged pump stations and overwhelmed screening facilities in Rhode Island wastewater collection and treatment systems, the Department of Environmental...
03/19/2020
PROVIDENCE Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is pausing walk-in service at the offices with the most frequent lines and crowds. DEM encourages its customers to use online, telephonic, or mail-in services whenever possible. Across the...
03/16/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is urging all Rhode Islanders to refrain from flushing disinfectant wipes including those labeled "flushable" and instead, to dispose of them in the trash. This morning, the Burrillville Sewer Commission alerted DEM that equipment...
03/13/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the award of $569,500 in matching grants for three projects to mitigate water pollution from stormwater and nonpoint sources and reduce flooding. The grants are made possible through federal funding from the...
03/13/2020
PROVIDENCE The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is encouraging anglers, boaters and hunters to purchase their 2020 fishing and hunting license and renew their boat registration through DEM's Licensing and Registration portal. This online service provides customers with streamlined, on-
03/11/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, chaired by Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, announces that the 5th annual Quahog Week returns March 23 to March 29. The week-long celebration shines a light on our favorite local clam, the hard-working...
03/10/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is actively recruiting qualified lifeguards and rangers to fill seasonal employment positions at state beaches, parks, and campgrounds during the 2020 recreation season. Rhode Island residents, ages 16 and older, are...
03/02/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced grants are available to communities and private businesses that own and/or operate boating facilities available to the public. The grants, funded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act (CVA),...
02/28/2020
PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today the award of more than $3.33 million in grants to help communities and local organizations protect valuable green space throughout the state. Seventeen projects will receive matching grants to protect 904...