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    Events at the Westport River Watershed Alliance

    WRWA Annual Meeting

    Date: Sunday, March 26
    Location: Bittersweet Farm, 438 Main Road, Westport
    Time: Brunch 11:30 ($20), Annual Meeting and Speaker at 12:30 free


    This year’s guest speaker is George Heufelder, Director of the Massachusetts
    Alternative Septic System Test Center at Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment. George was instrumental in founding the Test Center and initiating its first-of-a-kind electronic performance tracking service for alternative onsite septic systems. His research interests focus on elimination and abatement of nitrogen, phosphorus and contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) using on-site alternative systems technology.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. He is a Class 4 Treatment Plant Operator, a Certified Title 5 Soil Evaluator and Septic System Inspector and he is a Registered Sanitarian in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Brunch will be served between 11:30am and 12:30pm, with the Annual Business Meeting and Speaking Program at 12:30.
    The fee for brunch is $20 per person.  The business meeting and program are free.

    Please pay at the door for brunch.

    Photo Contest Time

    WRWA announces our traditional photo contest for the 2018 calendar.  We are looking for landscape and nature photos that show the unique beauty and diversity of the Westport River watershed in all four seasons (i.e. the river, streams, wildlife, plants, etc.), limit 5 photos per person. To submit an image, send photos to Steve at outreach@wrwa.com.

    Certain image criteria must be met for the image to be used :  

    • Pictures should be submitted as JPGs.
    • Image size should be no smaller than 10 x 8 inches (pixel dimension 3000 x 2400).
    • Image resolution should be 300 dpi or greater, file size 1MB or greater.
    • Deadline for image submission is May 1.
    • Each image should be given a title, with image title matching file name.
    • Artist name should be included for calendar credits.

    Questions about criteria and image submissions can be emailed to Steve Connors. By sending in your pictures you are allowing WRWA to use your pictures to inspire the appreciation and celebration of the watershed’s natural resources. Independent judges will select the 13 best photos (one for the cover!)  Send us your best photos!

    Join our WRWA team

    Become one of our WRWA summer interns!

    The Westport River Watershed Alliance is seeking two qualified candidates to fill a seasonal, summer internship position.  The applicant must be a current UMass Dartmouth or BCC student to apply for this grant funded internship sponsored by Baycoast Bank.  The position is 30 hrs/week at a rate of $11hr, from early June until mid August.  The summer interns will work with school programs, field studies, and assist our water quality monitoring program on the WestportRiver.  For a full description click on the internship link here.

    Scholarship Applications Due April 1

    We are pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors in the Westport River watershed: Fall River, Dartmouth, Freetown, Westport, Little Compton, and Tiverton.  The award was made possible by the generosity of the late Margot C. Boote, and by Bill Heath in memory of his parents Ruth and Bill Heath. Follow this link for application information: Merit Application.

    Mission Statement

    The goals of the Westport River Watershed Alliance are to:

    • promote the environmental integrity of the watershed and its coastal environs.
    • to advocate the wise use and preservation of natural resources in the watershed for the aesthetic, recreational, and economic benefit of the citizens of the area.
    • to educate the general public about the interrelationship of our waters, soils, plants, animals, and people.