2014 Annual Meeting and Oyster Stew Supper
This year's event will be on February 11, 2014 at 6:00pm. We do hope you can join us at
St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport MA.
The Oyster Stew Supper will include a time-tested delicious Oyster Stew, Cornbread and fresh baked Apple Pie topped with delicious Adamsville Cheddar Cheese. Doors will be open at 6:00 pm.
Reservations for the dinner are $15 per person. Please mail your check made payable, to the WFA at PO Box 83 Westport Point MA 02791. Remember to include your name and the number of guests that will be attending. This is a ticketless event. Your name will be on a reservation list at the door when you arrive. Reservations must be made in advance and received by February 7th, 2014.
The Annual Meeting portion of the evening is free and open to the public and is scheduled to begin just after the supper around 7:30.
So please plan to join us for a terrific evening, enjoy a delicious meal, learn more about our organization our plans for moving forward in 2014.The Annual Meeting is the perfect opportunity to catch up with members and friends learn about upcoming WFA sponsored projects and fundraising events all of which are great opportunities for you to get involved and volunteer your time and talent.
Dear members and friends Happy New Year!
The WFA Board of Directors would like to take this time to extend their thanks and gratitude to you for your support of the Westport Fishermen’s Association. Your contributions and generosity helped to support, the free exhibits and events we were able to make available to the public at the Horseneck Point Life Saving Station and Visitor Center. Your donations helped us to be able to award the Merit Scholarships to a graduating Senior and three Continuing Education Scholarships to deserving students, continuing their efforts of higher education. Most importantly, your membership supports our efforts to sponsor Marine Wildlife Educational and Preservation Programs, and our on-going efforts of Advocacy to help preserve, protect and improve the water quality of the beautiful Westport River, marshes, tributaries and all surrounding waters.
Because your continued support is vital to the success of our non-profit organization,we would like to remind you that your payment for your WFA 2014 membership renewal is now due. A renewal form and return envelope have been mailed out to you along with an invitaion to our Annual Meeting and Oyster Stew Supper. Please note, the deadline for membership renewal is March 31, 2014. If you have already submitted your 2014 renewal and dues, there are no additional fees for this year. You may disregard this notification and thank you for your generosity.
We are committed to come up with a solution that will improve on the fish passage and overall health of the river at Forge Pond.
This past year we kicked off our annual meeting with guest speaker Douglas Watts, the author of the book "Alewives", who continues to work with us on our efforts and thoughts for improvement in the area of fish passage at the Forge Pond Dam location.
We are working to ensure the state is aware of the situation and that the Mass Fisheries and Wildlife will investigate the feasiblity and options for solutions to the ongoing problem of fish passage at the site whether it be a state of the art fish ladder or removing the dam in an effort of river restoration. We continue to check in with the status and priority of the project and will be working toward community engagement through education moving forward in 2014. Stay tuned
Moving forward the WFA will continue to be committed to co- funding phase II of the study to catalog nitrogen sources impacting the Westport River with the Community Preservation Committee.
The WFA supplemented the project with a $10,000 pledge. This Phase II study compliments the first part of the work that was compiled by the Umass Dartmouth's SMAST and brings that part of the work to attend to the nitrogen loading problem to a close.
The WFA will advocate that the Town will have to work out the details for solutions. Also the WFA joined with the Coalition for Buzzard's Bay in petitioning DEP to set the TAMDL's (total allowable maximum daily limits) for tributaries entering the river. These benchmarks are necessaryin order to know the extent of measures that will be needed to restore and keep the river healthy.
This past year we finalized the long term lease agreement with the MA DCR
The lease agreement allows us to manage and keep open and available to the public the Historic LifeSaving Station and Visitor Center for the next 25 years.
The WFA hosted a terrific event with community friends and sponsors sharing in the celebration. DCR officials and our local town and state representatives recognized our efforts and outlined the benefits and importance to preserving the maritime history and community treasures such as the life saving station and visitor center for future generations to enjoy.