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  • Lifeguard Certification
    Lifeguard Certification Testing Starts Next Week
    DEM to administer surf and non-surf lifeguard certification testing for the 2019 season. Certification is required for lifeguard positions at all Rhode Island beaches.
  • Emerald Ash Borer
    Emerald Ash Borer Found In Rhode Island
    State will join federal quarantine covering much of the eastern US enacted to prevent the spread of this destructive, invasive pest – which attacks only ash trees – to uninfested states.
  • jellyfish
    Clinging Jellyfish Found In Point Judith Pond
    DEM, Rhode Island Department of Health advise that the small jellyfish with a painful sting is known to inhabit back bays and coastal ponds but not ocean beaches or other sandy areas.
  • mosquito advisory
    Weekly Mosquito Advisory
    Mosquitoes are trapped weekly by DEM and tested at the RIDOH State Health Laboratories for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).
  • Bay Day
    Governor's Bay Day
    Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an Executive Order announcing that the 30th Governor's Bay Day celebration will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
  • Great Outdoors Pursuit
    The Pursuit challenges families to visit state parks and other outdoor areas throughout the summer and participate in activities, ranging from birding to fly-fishing and archery.
  • Arcadia Natural Resources and Visitors Center
    The Center will serve as an important hub for the area’s abundant recreational opportunities.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) serves as the chief steward of the state’s natural resources – from beautiful Narragansett Bay to our local waters and green spaces to the air we breathe. Our mission put simply is to protect, restore, and promote our environment to ensure Rhode Island remains a wonderful place to live, visit, and raise a family.


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Providence, RI 02908-5767
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