Council President's Update on Johnson's Pond

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Coventry, RI.  At its November 29, 2021 meeting, the Coventry Town Council unanimously supported a Resolution to request that the General Assembly provide funding to RI DEM for the purposes of conducting a comprehensive environmental study of Johnson’s Pond and the surrounding freshwater wetlands. This study will review the aquatic, vegetative, and wildlife habitats of the freshwater wetlands as well as review the scope and degree of recreational uses of Johnson’s Pond by neighboring landowners and the general public. This study will aid RI DEM in its role as the sole regulatory and enforcement body of freshwater wetlands, particularly concerning Johnson’s Pond.

     

    The Council encourages all residents of the Town, and particularly those who use and reside along Johnson’s Pond, to reach out to your local legislators [Senate District 21 sen-rogers@rilegislature.gov; Senate District 33 sen-raptakis@rilegislature.gov; (and senraptakis@hotmail.com); House District 25 rep-noret@rilegislature.gov; House District 26  rep-morgan@rilegislature.gov; House District 27 rep-serpa@rilegislature.gov; House District 28 rep-nardone@rilegislature.gov; House District 29  rep-roberts@rilegislature.gov; and, House District 40  rep-chippendale@rilegislature.gov] to voice your support for the General Assembly to fund this study. Active engagement with, and communication to, your state legislators is necessary to encourage them to sign on and support sending the funding to RI DEM for this valuable tool to allow RI DEM to perform critical regulatory functions over Johnson’s Pond and its freshwater wetlands.

     

    Ann M. Dickson

    Coventry Council President