WRWA News Brief May 18
Piping Plover on Horseneck by Molly Sullivan
Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to our calendar contest judging!

There is still time for you to take part in the judging of the photo entries to our 2021 WRWA Calendar contest. Please consider having a look at this video slideshow of the entries and then let us know your six favorites.

Please email your votes to outreach@wrwa.com. Voting ends on June 1st.
Special thanks to all the photographers who sent us all the lovely images.

As many of you know, we found it necessary to cancel our annual Summer Gala due to the health concerns that have consumed us over the past few months. Since this is our most important fundraiser of the year, many supporters have generously donated to help us make up the shortfall. Thank you so much to all who have contributed, and we ask others who would have attended the event to consider "buying a ticket," to help ensure that our science and education programs continue as usual.

Our educators have remained busy during this time, creating virtual lessons and interesting nature videos to keep our students and members engaged. Our latest video features some of our favorite creatures here at the River Center, our seahorses . Our Commonwealth Corps Educator Jess Mattos gives a fascinating talk on the seahorses in this video .

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.

Hoping you and your families stay well, and we look forward to seeing you all again at the River Center or at any of our events when our situation improves.

Sincerely,

Deborah
WRWA Family Saddened by Passing of Kathie Preston
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Kathie Preston. Kathie and her husband John were co-presidents of WRWA in 1983 with Kathie taking the helm solo in 1984. From childhood, she spent every summer in Westport at the Point where she sailed the river and reveled in the natural world. The river especially was her passion. When Kathy and John became year-round residents, they got involved with projects to protect the environment by joining and supporting WRWA’s mission.

Under Kathie’s leadership WRWA received a $20,000 grant to develop the Greenway Plan that inventoried corridors of open space along the river for future protection. She was instrumental in writing the grant that enabled the Alliance to hire its first Executive Director. With board support she spearheaded the first River Day. The numerous issues she tackled were not that different from today: wetland protection, hazardous waste disposal, septic system improvements, stormwater runoff, and dune restoration.

After her leadership at WRWA, Kathie served on the Westport Planning Board for several years. Her life was filled with enthusiasm and commitment to her family, friends, and community. She will be missed.

The Preston family has designated WRWA as one of the recipients for memorial gifts . Donations can be made in Kathie's memory on-line , or sent to WRWA - 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