337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2353
Fax: (401) 222-3199
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
State government involvement in the management and protection of Charlestown Pond dates back at least as far as 1901. Public Law 881, 1901 authorized the town of Charlestown to "open and maintain a breachway or channel between Charlestown Pond and the ocean" in order to protect the fishery. The breachway was - and is - seen as necessary for the protection and cultivation of quahogs, oysters, mussels, scallops, and other shellfish.
In 1904, the townsfolk asked the General Assembly to appropriate monies for a permanent breachway, arguing that the natural breach was filled in by the tides depositing sand, thereby creating a barrier that separated the pond from the ocean. Also, a permanent breach would prevent the water in Ninigret/Pawaget/ Charlestown pond from becoming brackish and unfit for the cultivation and harvesting of oysters, an industry important to this area. (Rhode island Division of Parks and Recreation websitehttp://www.riparks.com/Locations/LocationCharlestown.
This series contains special Harbor Commission reports, including a Charlestown Pond breachway. report (1929) and a report on an investigation of maritime facilities in Narragansett Bay (1932.)