Month: June 2016

News

Lifesaving Station Summer Hours

The Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station summer hours begin on June 25th.  The HPLSS is located at 241 East Beach Rd in Westport, MA and will be open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 PM. Stop in to explore one of the last remaining of the 69 lifesaving stations built along the coast by the Humane Society of Massachusetts. These stations were constructed to provide volunteers with easy access to a rescue boat to help save passengers and crew on shipwrecked vessels.

Completed_Station_and_Visitor_Center

 

A group of WFA volunteers has started meeting to develop more information and programming for the LSS. If you are interested in helping out with this effort or in serving as a docent to help share the LSS’s maritime history on one or more weekend days during July and August, then email [email protected].

Events, News

State Hearing on Proposed Nitrogen TMDL for Westport River

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room of the Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road, Westport, MA regarding the proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen inputs into the Westport River.  DEP staff will discuss and respond to any public comments on the TMDL report.

A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” and an outline of a cleanup plan designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody. A TMDL establishes a maximum amount of pollution that a water body can accept and still meet water quality standards. The waterbody segments of the Westport River watershed are listed on the 2014 Massachusetts Integrated List of Waters (Category 5) as impaired.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association supports the proposed TMDLs as a first step in addressing a very serious problem that is degrading the river’s water quality.  After this public hearing, DEP will hopefully finally issue the official TMDLs. Then the Town needs to develop an action plan that prioritizes its next steps in reducing the excess nitrogen flowing into the Westport River that is coming primarily from septic systems, lawn and agricultural fertilizers and stormwater.