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    WRWA & Green Futures Watershed Walk at Boiling Spring – November 4

    The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) has scheduled a watershed walk in the Boiling Spring area of Fall River on Saturday, November 4 at 9 a.m.  WRWA Executive Director Deborah Weaver will team up with Green Futures member Roger Garant to lead the walk through conservation land in the northernmost area of the Westport River watershed.  

    Much of the eastern part of Fall River is forested conservation land, and connected to the 14,000 acre Bioreserve that extends into the Freetown State Forest.  The Boiling Spring got its name for the manner in which the underground waters bubble up to the surface.  The resulting stream is a tributary of the Westport River.  These areas of protected land make a real difference for the watershed, with the natural, undeveloped terrain keeping the waters free of pollution.

    Parking for the Boiling Spring walk will be on Quanapoag Road near the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford.  The walk will start promptly at 9 a.m., and appropriate dress and good hiking shoes are recommended.  The walk is free and open to the public.

    If the weather is questionable, call 508-636-3016 on the morning of the walk, or check the Westport River Watershed Alliance Facebook page prior to the walk for cancellation information. For further information, email WRWA at outreach@wrwa.com.

    Roads in the Bioreserve vary from excellent to vehicle destroying. Here’s the smoothest, paved way to the trailhead:
     From Route I-195, travelling east take Exit 11 to Reed Rd. Go left, north, on Reed Rd. Travelling west on I-195 take Exit 11B onto Reed Rd. and continue on Reed Rd. heading north.

    Stay on Reed Rd. which becomes North Hixville Rd. after approximately 1 1/2 miles. Continue north on North Hixville Rd. through Hixville and continue to follow North Hixville Road for approximately 1 1/3 miles. Upon passing the sign for the Road and Gun Club of New Bedford, on your right, take the next right which will be Copicut Road. Note the Copicut Chicken Farm on your right as you make the turn onto Copicut Road.
    Travel approximately 2 miles on Copicut Road. Turn right onto Quanapoag Road which is not paved. Travel approximately 1,500 feet where you will see our vehicles parked along the south side of the road.

    NEW – 2018 WRWA Calendar

    The new 2018 WRWA calendar is in! This edition comes with Westport River tides and heights.  The colorful photos for the new calendar were taken by local photographers as part of our annual photo contest.


    Calendar with shipping $23  

    Calenders are $20 and available at WRWA’s office, or at the following retail locations: Lees Market, Partners Village Store, Dedee Shattuck Gallery.  For out-of-towners, contact us and we can mail you one.


    Westport Point Poems

    This paperback book by Richard Dey, a former commercial fisherman and resident here, spans some four decades and includes poems based on offshore lobstering and swordfishing out of Westport Point as well as on sailing a Beetle Cat on the Westport River. Many of the poems were first published in magazines ranging from Poetry to Sail. In endorsing the book, Westport resident and former editor of The New York Times Book Review Charles McGrath says, “He writes with a sturdy New England eloquence and makes poetry from what many of us take for granted: this sandy, rocky coast; the changeable offshore waters; the stubborn, deep-souled people who live and work here.”  Proceeds from the sale of the book have been generously donated to WRWA.

    $17 to purchase book with shipping

    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.