The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce three 2016 recipients of $500 scholarships for undergraduate college expenses beyond freshman year. Dalton Bryant of Westport is a senior at Brown University, majoring in International Relations. He hopes to promote conservation in the field of transportation or alternative energy. Westport native Melinda Tripp will be a junior at UMass Dartmouth, where she is majoring in Marketing. She has worked at the Business Innovation Research Center which helped plan UMass Dartmouth’s Green Innovations Day to promote elimination of waste in the environment. Andrew Ronan, also a rising junior from Westport, has been getting a hands on environmental education in arboriculture at Paul Smith College in the Adirondack Mountains and is continuing on for a Bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management. The WFA applauds these college students for their academic excellence and interest in environmental protection.
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 Westport River salt marsh study is in full swing. One round of field sampling has been completed. To document the marsh losses that seem to be accelerating this
summer, a volunteer will take drone aerial photographs of the specific test sites we have selected for comparison to historical satellite photos dating back to 1938.
Our intern, Molly Weiner, will be staying on a few extra weeks to do additional data analysis and interpretation, so we are looking to raise more funds to continue to pay her a stipend. Donations welcome! Online at www.westportriver.org/donate/ or by mail to WFA, PO Box 83, Westport Point, MA 02791.
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 WFA continuing education scholarship is open to incoming college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants must be sponsored by a WFA member. Additional application criteria and instructions are online at http://westportriver.org/scholarship/ The deadline for submission is July 31, 2016.
The WFA Continuing Scholarship awards will be announced in August and checks will be disbursed at that time.
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.
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].
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 is pleased to announce two local recipients of the WFA Merit scholarship for 2016. Reaghan Tripp and Lily Gelinas have each been chosen to receive a $650.00 award for academic and civic excellence.
Reaghan is a 2016 graduate of Westport High School and she plans to attend Ohio State University. She is the daughter of Amy & Scott Tripp of Westport MA. Reaghan is a National Honor Society member and ranked at the top of her class academically. She also played varsity soccer and basketball and is an active volunteer and mentor in her school, church and community. She is a member of STEEL (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership). Reaghan plans to major in public health with an environmental sciences track, so she can teach others that the key to healthier people is by creating a healthier environment.
Lily Gelinas is graduating from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth this year and will start at Johnson & Wales University in the fall. Her parents are Jennifer and Steve Gelinas of Westport. Lily’s guidance counselor praised Lily’s diligence and effort in her honors track academic program, while participating in volleyball and winter track. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in a wide array of community service projects. She has been a regular volunteer at Westport Fishermen’s Association events. In addition to studying Human Resources, Lily plans to minor in Environmental Sustainability.
The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Reaghan and Lily 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.
Despite cloudy weather, we had a good crowd of enthusiastic runners and walkers at the 12th Annual “Run for the Water” on May 7th. Chris Jordan from Taunton was the Men’s 8K winner with a time of 28:16 and Annmarie Tuxbury from New Hartford CT was the first female, clocking in at 29:27. Top local runners were Bethany Daniels from Dartmouth in 4th place and Westport’s Richard Cole came in 4th in the men’s division. In the 5K event, Trish Gardner and Ian Steen, both of Dartmouth, led the field. Complete race results are here.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund the WFA’s scholarship program as well as the Westport River salt marsh study we are undertaking with the Woods Hole Marine Biological Institute and Buzzards Bay Coalition among other partners.
After the race, participants feasted on delicious pulled pork sandwiches and fixings courtesy of The Back Eddy. The WFA also thanks the rest of our generous sponsors who donated goods, prize money and raffle items that helped make this event a success: D/2 Biological Solutions, J.L. Marshall & Sons, BayCoast Bank, Westport Rivers Winery, Toyota of Dartmouth, Lapointe Insurance, Westport Chiropractic, Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, Bradshaw insurance, Country Woolens, The Bayside Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Crystal Spring Water, Bittersweet Farms Restaurant, Partners Village Store, Ten Cousins Pizza, New York Bagel, and Graphix Plus.
Community involvement and support is key to our work, so we give a special shout out to all our volunteers and to ‘Team Lapointe’, who came out in force to complete the 5K event. Thanks everyone!
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 Westport Fishermen’s Association is working with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center (MBL) and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program to examine rapid salt marsh loss in the Westport Rivers, which flow into Buzzards Bay. We are seeking a college student for 8 to 10 weeks this summer to support this study. With guidance from the project partners, the Salt Marsh Intern will be responsible for performing the core elements of a three-part project: develop a historical timeline of salt mash loss and upland land used changes based on aerial imagery, execute a field sampling plan, and perform laboratory analysis of the samples collected.
Job posting: Salt Marsh Intern PD 2016
April 27, 2016 Update: We are no longer accepting resumes and have begun the selection process. Thanks for your interest.