The Westport Fishermen’s Association is hosting their 13th Annual Run for the Water on May 6, 2017. We are featuring a new 10K course length this year, with cash awards and medals for top male and female finishers. The 5K Family Fun Run/Walk returns, with fun prizes for top individuals, families and teams. Free t-shirt for all pre-registered entrants. Post race feast too!
You are invited to this year’s Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting on February 14, 2017. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and take the chill off the winter by joining us for a delicious dinner at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport MA. Doors open at 6:00 pm, stew is served at 6:30 and the Annual Meeting follows immediately after the dinner.
The evening’s feature presentation will be a screening of “The Last Bay Scallop?” by Nantucket filmmaker John Stanton. Westport’s scallop harvests have already been decimated. Now, the waters around Nantucket that host the last commercially viable bay scallop fishery on the East Coast may also face the same fate due to loss of the scallops’ eel grass habitat, Harbor pollution, particularly excess nitrogen that fosters algae overgrowth, is the main culprit. See how fishermen and scientists alike are fighting to protect this island’s cultural and economic staple and what lessons Westport can learn from them.
A mix of really interesting classic small wooden boats, from sailing dinghies and old dories to canoes and kayaks, will be on display at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station on October 15th and 16th. The station is located at 241 East Beach Rd in Westport. Come on down to check them out! You can vote for your favorite entry in two categories and the winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
We’ll have model boats there too, along with a marine equipment flea market, refreshments and more. At noon on Saturday, the Dharma Voyage rowers will be demonstrating their prowess out on the water with their pilot gigs.
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Order your clambake tickets now for Sept 11, 2016
This traditional event at the Little Compton Game Club is a great opportunity to catch up with WFA members and friends. You can play some family games (corn hole, horseshoes, bocce and more) and check out the latest data from our salt marsh study while the bake cooks. Clam chowder is served at noon, followed by the classic seaweed and rock bake at 2 pm.
Click on the Clambake link to order your tickets now. Deadline is Sept. 6th.
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.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association will once again host its 8K Beach Run and 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at the DCR Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport MA on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The race gun will sound off at 10:00 am.
Come out to run a beautiful, flat and fast 8K course with ocean and river views or walk or run a 5K loop for fun. All proceeds will support WFA’s efforts to protect and preserve the Westport River and its tributaries as well as our scholarship and education programs.
Complimentary T-Shirts for the first 150 pre-registered runners. Cash prizes for top finishers and other awards for best time in different age groups. Post race celebration will include The Back Eddy‘s famous pulled pork sandwiches. Raffle prizes for lucky participants will also be offered, compliments of our sponsors.
Entry fee is $25 before May 2nd with a $5 discount for WFA members. Late/race day registration is $35.
The 12th annual “RUN FOR THE WATER” will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at Horseneck Beach Reservation, Westport, MA.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association will again host this annual 8K Road Race and 5K Family Fun Walk/Run. Be sure to save the date and plan to join us! Come out and run a beautiful flat and fast 8K course or walk or run a 3 mile course for fun while supporting our efforts to protect & preserve the Westport River and its tributaries and our scholarship and marine education programs.
More details to come.
WFA Run For The Water Wrap Up
This year marked the 10th anniversary of our 8k (4.97 miles) Road Race & 5k Family Fun Walk / Run at the DCR Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport MA.
On Saturday May 10th, 2014 200 plus runners came out to Run for the Water. As the damp fog lifted across the parking lot, the weather held, and the sign in and same day registration lines were feverously busy as we began to approach race time. The WFA board of directors, volunteers and Coordinator were thrilled that Race Director Jonathan Paull, had recruited the UMASS Dartmouth rugby team, whom he coaches, to help out with pre race duties, especially to help get all of the day of registrants and participants signed in so the race could start as scheduled at 10:00am, there was little to no delay between our last registration and the start.
This year we had an increase in participation in the 5k family fun walk/run categories and it was great to see families and community friends who were not competing in the event come out in support of our efforts to help make it a successful community event. All commented on what a great course and beautiful scenery the state reservation offers to help make it the perfect location for our event. The Race went off without a hitch, runners and walkers all made it across the finish line to enjoy a delicious lunch and to take place in the post race award ceremony and raffle.
This year’s winners of the cash prizes for the Top 3 overall Male and Female runners were Daniel Croteau and Karen Quinn for 1st place, James Hughes and Annie Arnzen for 2nd place and Fred Borges and Amanda Donovan who took 3rd. In addition we awarded 36 prizes for 6 age group categories. For more details about the race results and to see photos of the event visit https://www.racemenu.com/events/36401-WFA-10th-Run-for-the-Water .
The WFA would like to thank all of the participants for taking part in this event and helping us to get over the 200 mark. The proceeds from your registration fees helps to support our advocacy work for the protection & preservation of the Westport River and the overall improvement of water quality of our surrounding waters, marine education programs and help us to be able to award scholarships for higher education.
As well we would like to thank all of our volunteers and this years race sponsors for their generous contributions that make our Run For The Water a success on race day. The 2014 Run For The Water Sponsors who helped to offset all of the expenses that occur in preparation for such an event were: BayCoast Bank, Bradshaw Insurance, Lapointe Insurance Agency, Even Keel Realty, Westport Chiropractic, Back Eddy, SSTAR, Emond Lobster Sales, Lafrance Hospitality Alonso Medical, Cumberland Farms, Honeydew Donuts, Crystal Springs, Internal Medicine & Cardiology Associates, Stop & Shop, CountryWoolens, Rod Davis Landscaping, Graphix Plus, New England Promotions, Westport Police Association. Many thanks to all of you!