RI to Rescind Paddling Restriction Rule

A Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) fishing rule that was designed to regulate boaters’ use of access points on rivers and ponds is being changed.
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ecoRI.com: A Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) fishing rule that was designed to regulate boaters’ use of access points on rivers and ponds is being changed.

The rule was criticized by several groups last year, including the Rhode Island Rivers Council, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and the Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Association.

The rule currently states that any group of 6 people and/or 3 boats is prohibited from going on a paddle without DEM permission. That permission must be obtained at least 3 weeks prior to the outing and, afterward, a report must be filed stating who went on the outing.

Read more about the paddling rule change in Rhode Island.