Controversy Flares Over Stafford Pond Fishing Tournaments

Photo Illustration/New England Boating 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 7 months will not present a risk of harm to the town water supply or to public health, the DOH said last week.

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