Controversy Surrounds Johnson’s Pond Emergency Action as Town Lawyer Questions Timing

Coventry, Rhode Island – The owners of Johnson’s Pond are claiming that emergency action is necessary to address concerns about the pond’s dam. However, the town’s lawyer is questioning the timing of this claim. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is currently involved in a legal dispute with the owners over lease terms. The owners, Soscia Holdings, have expressed their concerns about the dam, citing reports from their consultant, Soscia Architects and Engineers, Inc. They argue that the spillway is in poor condition and poses a risk of failure. On the other hand, the … Read more

Owners of Johnson’s Pond Lawsuit Dismissed Over Rhode Island Dam Law

COVENTRY, R.I. — The lawsuit filed by Soscia Holdings, the owners of Johnson’s Pond, against the state has been dismissed, according to recent reports. The lawsuit was initiated two years ago after the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) began enforcing a law that required dam owners to obtain a permit before adjusting a pond’s water levels. Johnson’s Pond was among the six bodies of water affected by this law. The law, which was signed by Governor Dan McKee last summer, was introduced in response to concerns raised by residents about the pond’s low … Read more