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Tides and Shellfishing
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Please note, after it has rained you must wait a couple of days before you go shellfishing due to inflow via a small opening appropriately called, "The Narrows" from the Mount Hope Bay. We are not a body of water that is open-facing the Ocean and this is always a factor among inland bodies of water. Some water flows back into the River from the Bay when the tide changes. After a rain storm the Fall River Sewerage Treatment Plant contaminates the Mount Hope Bay against shellfishing due to sewerage overflow and run off. Within a couple of days test results have shown this possible hazzard not to be a threat and the water to be clean for shellfishing. The DEM (Department of Environmental Management) telephone number to call is (401)222-2900 to ascertain if you can shellfish.

You may have heard of the popular, "SAVE THE BAY" campaign, we also have a, "SAVE THE KICKEMUIT" campaign and print bumper stickers at request. Please contact Ann Morrill of the Kickemuit River Council at (401) 274-6927 for your free bumper sticker. We would be thankful so shipping and handling charges do not apply. The only request is that you place your "SAVE THE KICKEMUIT" bumper sticker in a viewable area on your car.

The Kickemuit River Council along with the neighborhood Kickemuit Improvement Associations have been and continue to be pro-active in cleaning up and protecting the River. The Kickemuit River is categorized as, "Pristine Waters". This category includes rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments and are generally inaccessible except by trail, with watersheds or shorelines essentially undisturbed and primitive, and water relatively unpolluted. It also includes Significant Wildlife Habitat and Natural Area Rivers, which are rivers, lakes, streams, tributaries, and their associated wetlands that support communities of flora or fauna significant or unusual to Rhode Island. This includes critical habitat with rare or endangered species notwithstanding lower than high water quality conditions. Pristine waters may include Special Resource Protection Watersheds (SRPWs).

The Kickemuit is also considered a Type 1 Conservation Area. Areas included in this category are (1) water areas that are within or adjacent to the boundaries of designed wildlife refuges and conservation areas, (2) water areas that have retained natural habitat or maintain scenic values of unique or unusual significance, and (3) water areas that are particularly unsuitable for structures due to their exposure to severe wave action, flooding, and erosion.