WRWA News Brief April 16, 2020
Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from WRWA! We want to let you know that, although the River Center is closed due to the Covid 19 emergency, our staff members are all still working from home and carrying on with the important business of the Watershed Alliance.

So much has changed since we wrote to you a month ago. Between the time our member letter went to press and when it arrived in your mailbox, our world changed in ways we could not have imagined then. Our new reality is working from home, trying to stay healthy and strong, and trying to support each other in new ways that are still evolving. In these bewildering times we look to each other for reassurance. 

Most of the public programs the Westport River Watershed Alliance for the spring have been cancelled or postponed:

Electronic Recycle day has been postponed to Wednesday, Sept 16, from 9-11 am.

The May Beach Cleanup will also not occur until the fall, date to be determined.

Lastly, in agreement with recommendations made by the Town of Westport, the Westport River Watershed Alliance has made the tough decision to cancel River Day 2020 . The health and welfare of our community must be our top priority and we look forward to seeing you at WRWA events later in the future. We regret not having the opportunity to offer this signature event, but with respect to public health concerns we do not feel that there is sufficient “distancing” possible.

On the good news side:

Our spring Merit Scholarship program has been completed with a Heath Scholarship awarded to three deserving local high school seniors. See article below.

As we know more, we will communicate with you. Your support as members is vital, now more than ever before. If you have already donated, thank you so much. If you haven't yet, please join us. We will get through these tough times, as we have in the past, together. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.

Best wishes for the days ahead,
Stay strong, safe & healthy!

Cheers,

Deborah
Westport River Watershed Alliance
Announces Merit Scholarship Winners
Each year, WRWA offers a $1000 merit award for graduating seniors living in the watershed. WRWA has a proud 40-year record of environmental stewardship and the merit award offers an opportunity for us to honor students who have demonstrated their concern to protect our watershed environment.

This year’s merit award winner, Adam Charest, is senior from Westport. Adam currently attends Westport Junior/Senior High School and plans to attend the University of Massachusetts in the fall as microbiology major. Adam would like to “help mankind and the environment” in his future career.
There were so many deserving applicants this year that the committee was able to secure funds to offer 2 additional $500 scholarships to the next two highest scoring applicants. Jillian DaSilva (photo at right), who attends Tiverton High School and Julia Kelly (pictured below), who attends BMC Durfee High School in Fall River were both granted this honor. Jillian plans to attend University of Rhode Island for marine biology and wants to work towards combating pollution in our waterways. Julia will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for environmental engineering and environmental Studies. She hopes one day to work for the Environmental Protection Agency.  
The Westport River Watershed Alliance Merit Award was created to celebrate the lives of William and Ruth Heath and Margo C. Boote. William and Ruth Heath were committed to environmental issues and protection of the natural world, as well as to social justice and global peace and harmony. Margo C. Boote was very involved in her community and the world around her. She not only portrayed an active commitment to the environmental mission in her actions, but also had a deep spiritual connection with the environment as was shown in her poetry.


WRWA’s mission is to restore, protect, celebrate, and sustain the natural resources of the Westport River and its watershed which encompasses six towns: Dartmouth, Fall River, Freetown, and Westport in Massachusetts, and Little Compton and Tiverton in Rhode Island. WRWA accomplishes its mission through education, advocacy, and community outreach. 

For more information visit: www.westportwatershed.org or call the Westport River Watershed Alliance office : 508-636-3016.
Your membership is vital to WRWA's continuing mission,
"Working together to protect and preserve the Westport River Watershed now and for future generations."

Please consider renewing your membership or becoming a new member. Visit www.westportwatershed.org to make a donation.
Or send your check to
WRWA
PO Box 3427
Westport, MA 02790

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