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Native Gardens Tour
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Westerly

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

RI Families in Nature Hike at Wahaneeta Preserve
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Hopkinton Fall Festival
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ashaway

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Public Square Rosary Rally
Noon - 1 p.m. Hope Valley

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

Master Gardener Kiosk and Soil Test
9 a.m. - Noon Westerly

Fall Stroll-A-Thon
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Westerly

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Public mooring field should be part of dredging plan

The dredging initiative being pressed by our town leaders for Winnapaug Pond appears to solve several major issues. Not only does the dredging have the potential to transfer unwanted sand in the pond to restore Misquamicut beach, but this project could improve the quality of water in the pond and make its use more attractive for water-related recreational and aquaculture activities. This is all good news for our local business development.

Additionally, the dredging plan could remove sand from the pond area adjacent to the town property on the north side of Atlantic Avenue, and open Winnapaug Pond to a sizable public mooring field that is easily accessible to town residents and visiting tourists. The potential development of this new mooring field must be considered as part of the dredging initiative and be blended into the Harbor Management Plan still under discussion. The impact on the Harbor Management Plan could be significant.

The opportunity to enhance public access to a public mooring field, located on a saltwater pond with a breachway open to the ocean, comes only once in a lifetime. It would be very shortsighted to miss this opportunity, especially if it is supported by federal relief funds for storm damage.

Richard Ferris


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