NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — Tiverton's town council has voted to ban sea planes from landing on Stafford and Nonquit ponds after concerns were raised over the environmental impact to the drinking water supplies.

The Newport Daily News reports the council voted 6-0 Monday to amend an ordinance and set a $500 fine for anyone who lands planes on the pond.

Stafford pond had been a designated landing site until 2009, but was taken off the list by the Federal Aviation Administration after a resident of the pond who had owned a sea plane passed away.

Town Solicitor Andrew Teitz says the move comes in response to criticism from the Department of Emergency Management that the town was not doing its part to protect the water supplies.


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