CHARLESTOWN — Equipment is in place at Quonochontaug Pond to begin construction of a new boat launch at the breachway. The work, which is expected to begin this week, is being managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
One of the largest of the coastal salt ponds, at 700 acres, Quonnie Pond is a popular destination for tourists and locals and is heavily used, particularly in the summer.
The existing boat launch, installed in 1971, is oriented toward the breachway where currents are often strong. DEM spokesman Michael Healey said the new ramp will have a north-south orientation that will bring boats into the pond where the water is calmer.