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2018 Run for the Water Registration is open

Racers taking off at the 2017 race

The WFA’s 14th annual ‘Run for the Water’ will be held on Saturday, May 5th at Horseneck State Beach Reservation.   This year we will reinstate the 8K course along the full length of the state beach and around the reservation, with cash awards for top male & female finishers. The 5K Family Fun Run/Walk returns, with fun prizes for top individuals. Prizes will also be awarded in other categories for both races.  We will offer complimentary T-Shirts and a post-race feast for all runners! All proceeds will support WFA’s efforts to protect and preserve the Westport River and its marine habitat as well as our scholarship and education programs.

Early bird online registration fee is $20 until March 31st. Regular registration is $25 and Kids 14 & Under are only $15. WFA members are eligible for a  $5 discount. Race day registration fee is 20% more. Register online at www.racemenu.com/wfa14 or download a mail-in form.

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December News Updates – Annual Meeting invitation and more

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is hosting its annual Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting on February 13th at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Rd., Westport.  We invite you to join us for a delicious oyster stew supper, which includes cornbread and assorted beverages. Coffee and tea will accompany dessert of fresh baked apple pie topped with tasty Adamsville cheddar cheese. Click here for event details and to order tickets.

The Winter Newsletter was mailed out to members earlier this month and is now posted here. We also have new style WFA t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Check the winter newsletter for details.

Membership renewals for 2018 are due now. You can pay online or send a check to WFA, PO Box 83, Westport Point, MA 02791. Of course, extra year-end donations are welcome – take advantage of the tax deduction and send in by December 31st.

Happy  New Year!

 

 

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Happy Holidays!

We hope you can take time to appreciate the natural beauty of Westport and its waterways. And if you are in the neighborhood, stop by for some hot mulled cider and cookies during Horseneck Point Lifesaving Stations’s last open days of the year: Wednesday Dec 13th & 20th from 12 to 4 PM.

We are looking forward to 2018 – our 35th year – and still working on issues important to protecting fish habitat and water quality of the Westport River and its environs. Please join us and put your shoulder to the wheel – get involved locally, stay informed about the issues and support the WFA! Membership runs from January to December; so unless you recently joined or renewed, now is the time to send in your 2018 dues. Dues and donation are tax deductible. To honor our upcoming 35th anniversary year, we have a special offer when you renew: make an extra donation of $10 above your normal membership level and receive a free WFA fold up tote bag.

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Fall Newsletter online now

We have now posted the latest WFA Fall 2017 newsletter online. Check out the announcement on a new Clean Water Fund the WFA will sponsor. The intent is provide incentives for Westport homeowners to install or upgrade septic systems that remove nitrogen from wastewater.  The newsletter has more on this and plenty of other news and photos.  Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for current news and plenty more photos from WFA events.

 

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2017 WFA Continuing Ed Scholarship Winners

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce five 2017 recipients of $500 scholarships for continuing undergraduate college expenses. George Sturges of Tiverton, RI is entering his sophomore year at Lehigh University. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and taking additional courses in Sustainable Development. Lily Gelinas is studying Human Resource Management with a minor in Environmental Sustainability at Roger Williams University. Reaghan Tripp is entering her sophomore year at Ohio State University, where she is studying health sciences. Andrew Ronan, a rising senior from Westport, is majoring in Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management at Paul Smith College in the Adirondack Mountains. Last year he developed a recreational plan focused on protecting the natural environment of a nearby property as a capstone project. Westport native Melinda Tripp will be a senior at UMass Dartmouth, where she is majoring in Marketing. In the spring she studied in Thailand, where she volunteered to help preserve the environment by planting mangrove trees. The WFA applauds these college students for their academic excellence and interest in environmental protection.

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Fall Hours at Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station

Labor Day has come and gone, but the fall still has many gorgeous days to enjoy. Come for a visit to the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station during our fall hours on Wednesdays from 12 to 4 pm and by appointment. The Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport! exhibit has been extended through mid October. Our thanks go to the local divers who has extended their loan of shipwreck artifacts: Erik Takakjian, Brad Hotte, Neal Venancio, Moe Leger, Scott Ciardi and John Conway. 

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Continuing Ed Scholarship Deadline is July 31st.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association recognizes the importance of ongoing support for college students and awards up to three continuing education $500 scholarships a year to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Undergraduate students can receive an award for up to four years, and need not be prior year recipients to apply.  The application can be found here: WFA-ContinuingEducationScholarship

The WFA Continuing Scholarship awards will be announced in August and checks will be disbursed at that time.

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WFA 2017 Merit Scholarship Winner

 The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce Connor Brown has received the WFA $650 Merit scholarship for 2017. This award is based on academic and civic excellence.

Connor is a 2017 graduate of Westport High School and he plans to attend the University of Rhode Island, majoring in biomedical engineering. In addition to being President of the National Honor Society, Connor challenged himself with numerous AP courses during his high school career. He is active in the community and a three sport athlete, as well as lifeguard at Horseneck State Beach.  In addition, he performed a field study on the Westport River for his senior biology project, testing for the amount of nitrates and phosphates present in the water.

The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Connor much success in the future. In addition, the WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who contribute to our scholarship fund throughout the year.

In addition to the merit scholarship to graduating high school students, the Westport Fishermen’s Association also awards continuing scholarships to support students throughout their college career. More information is available on the WFA website at http://westportriver.org/scholarship/

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EPA Inaction on Westport TMDLs Prompts Legal Action

The Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) and the Westport Fisherman’s Association (WFA) filed a 60-day Notice of their Intent to Sue U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for their failure of perform their nondiscretionary duty to approve or disapprove the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Westport Rivers Estuary within the statutorily-mandated time period. The TMDL is a CWA-required cleanup plan designed to reduce nitrogen pollution and restore water quality in the rivers.

Read the full notice: PressRelease-WestportTMDLNoticetoSueEPA042717