Westport River Watershed Alliance
News Brief August 17, 2020
August field on the East Branch
Dear Members and Friends,

Last weekend we would have celebrated our Summer Gala, but we had to cancel this, our most important fundraiser, due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis. Many of our most generous and dedicated members came to our aid, by donating to offset the monetary loss of cancelling the Gala. We are so grateful to all of you for your continuing support during this tough time. You can view a video here, thanking our donors, with some beautiful aerial views of the Westport River.
It's hard to believe we are already half way through August! It has not been a normal summer for any of us, and we at the Watershed Alliance have been doing our best to continue our important work. We had many family groups come to our special Summer Edventure sessions, and we are continuing our Open Saturday hours into September and October.
River Center Open Saturday Hours will be on Saturday, September 12 & 26, and Saturday, October 10, and will require pre-registration. Please email us directly if you would like to schedule a visit to our amazing Resource Room. You might want to bring something special to see on our projection microscope!

You can view a wonderful new video about fresh water life, created by our education staff and featuring our interns Bailey and Malia at nearby Sawdy Pond. This is part of our continuing series, "The Wonders of the Watershed."
Your membership is more important than ever as we all strive to emerge intact from the terrible disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please contribute to our membership drive, and if you have already renewed your membership, a BIG thank-you from all of us at the Watershed Alliance.

Sincerely,

Deborah
Water Quality Monitoring Results Every Week
Throughout the Summer
Click here for water quality monitoring test results from various locations all along the River. We publish this data weekly during the summer on our web page, so you will know where it is safe to swim and engage in other activities.
The Beauty of Westport
High Quality Photos
For Sale through WRWA

WRWA has enjoyed the generosity of local artists for many years as they provide their beautiful images to our organization for the annual calendar and for sale at the Annual Summer Gala.

Their photo donations will help to raise funds for WRWA during this time when we have had to cancel many of our important fundraising events, and it serves to remind us all of the beauty and power of nature. We are fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful place! 

We have seasonal selections for sale on our web page at www.westportwatershed.org. You can also view our larger catalog by contacting Steve at outreach@wrwa.com or call 508-636-3016 x 1003.

Prints can be ordered in various sizes, with optional mounting and framing.
Electronics Recycling Postponed,
Beach Clean-Up Will Be Held October 3rd
Our Electronics Recycling event scheduled for September has been postponed until Spring, due to the difficulty of social distancing while unloading and moving materials. We hope to reschedule this popular and beneficial event to early next spring.

We are still planning on conducting our annual "Coastsweep" beach clean-up at Cherry & Webb conservation area on October 3. Volunteers can contact us at outreach@wrwa.com to sign up to help clean the beach!
Our Family Edventures were fun and educational this summer, even with masks!
Thank you to all who participated.
Please save us your Lees receipts!

WRWA is grateful to be a part of Lees Market Community Partners Program. You can drop off your receipts to the River Center at 493 Old County Road, Westport, or mail to PO Box 3427, Westport MA 02790
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

Thank you!

Thank You to our 2020 Corporate Sponsors