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Westport Bass club sets Stafford Pond tourney date

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Waterfront  /  No Comments

TIVERTON — The first, and so far only, fishing tournament announced to take place on Stafford Pond this season, is one conducted by the Bass Bums, headed by Kevin Clark of Westport. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The number of boats involved will be from 6 […]

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Big engines on Tiverton’s Stafford Pond stir up sediment, study says

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Government & Politics, Waterfront  /  No Comments

Boats gather last spring shortly before 7 a. m. start time of a weekend bass fishing tourney on Stafford Pond.

  TIVERTON — High horsepower boats on Stafford Pond have an impact on the turbidity of water in Stafford Pond, and potentially impact phosphorus concentrations in its waters. So said a study about Stafford Pond water quality recently released by the Stone Bridge Fire District. The study is not conclusive, its author says, but “data are […]

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Court nixes DEM attempt to nullify new Tiverton rules for fishing tourneys

By   /  July 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics, Waterfront  /  No Comments

With prop of other boat closing on his boat, Larry Pimentel, East Providence, points it away, as boats maneuver to land safely amidst wind and rocks at Stafford Pond ramp.

TIVERTON — A surprise legal battle about fishing tournaments on the town of Tiverton’s water supply — Stafford Pond — between the Town of Tiverton and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) began and ended in the space of four hours on Friday, July 12. DEM was the loser in its rushed bid to temporarily […]

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DEM threatens Tiverton with lawsuit about fishing tourneys

By   /  April 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

Seven boats and contestants from Team RI Bassmasters ready to begin fishing on Stafford Pond minutes before the 7 a.m. tourney start time on Sunday, April 21. Photo by Tom Killin Dalglish

TIVERTON — The Town Council Monday night postponed until May 28 consideration of a proposed town ordinance that would regulate fishing tournaments taking place on Stafford Pond. Technically, the council continued until that date, a public hearing that it had began on the the measure at Monday night’s meeting. A second ordinance — one that […]

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Officials clash over Stafford Pond fishing tourney health impacts

By   /  April 15, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

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 TIVERTON — The Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and the Tiverton’s Stone Bridge Fire District are in a head-to-head dispute about the potential dangers posed by fishing tournaments to the quality of the pond water supply. The 16 fishing tournaments scheduled for Stafford Pond over the next seven months will not present a risk […]

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Tiverton sets hearing to regulate Stafford Pond fishing tourneys

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

TIVERTON —  The public will get a chance on April 22 to sound off about fishing tournaments on Stafford Pond when the Town Council holds a hearing on a slew of proposed new regulations that could affect how the tournaments are planned and organized to take place in town. The Tiverton council scheduled the hearing […]

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Letter: It’s about time; Stafford Pond deserves protection

By   /  March 10, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

Stafford  Pond from above (Google Earth image).

To the editor: Thank goodness, finally, Stafford Pond is in the news. For years we have wondered why there was such a lack of concern about the town’s water quality. Town government, particularly the Stone Bridge Water Department, has not made an aggressive effort to stop all recreation on the pond. It is also a […]

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DEM sets meeting with Tiverton officials about Stafford Pond

By   /  February 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  2 Comments

Tournament fisherman  crowd Stafford Pond boat ramp.

TIVERTON  — The scheduling of 16 fishing tournaments on Stafford Pond this summer by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has led to convening of a meeting between town officials, local legislators, and the two DEM representatives involved in making the decision. The meeting, which a DEM spokesman said is not public, is set for 2 […]

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Stafford Pond reservoir is fishing tourney hotspot

By   /  February 6, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  27 Comments

Stafford  Pond from above (Google Earth image).

TIVERTON — Stafford Pond will host 16 bass fishing tournaments between April 21 and Oct. 12 the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced Monday. There will be one in April, three in May, five in June, three each in July and September, none in August, and one in October. This word comes at the same time […]

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