TRWA hosts its 2017 Annual Meeting

The TRWA held its Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.  Senator Marc Pacheco and Karl Pastore, DCR South Region Director were our guest speakers.  Also, TRWA researcher Patty Levasseur gave an update on the TRWA’s population study of the Assonet Bay Diamond Back Terrapins.  

Priscilla Chapman, David Rosa, Craig Hefferman, T.J. Torees, and Carol Traverse were elected to the TRWA’s Board of Directors.  Approved for 2018 officers were Joe Callahan, President; Priscilla Chapman, Vice President; Richard Shafer, Treasurer; and Stephen Silva, Secretary. Click here for a summary of the meeting.

TRWA’s 2017 Annual Meeting gets underway

Researcher Patty Levasseur talks about the TRWA’s Assonet Bay Diamondback Terrapin Population Study


Announcing the Winners of our Annual Photography Contest

The Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Taunton River Tide calendar.  For our eighth year running, the TRWA has published a yearly calendar with tidal data for the Taunton River along with the winning images of the TRWA’s Calendar Photography Contest.

Berkley resident David Ennis captured the cover spot this year with his image “Bald Eagle on the Taunton River.”  He is the very first TRWA calendar photographer to win the cover spot for a second time; his “King of the Hill” shot of ospreys in territorial displays was featured on the 2016 cover.  An avid photographer, he can be found chasing birds of prey from Middleborough to Dighton.

Other winning images and photographers are:

“Radiant Touch,” Dighton, MA – Karen Brilhante

“No Swimming Today,” Muddy Cove, Dighton, MA – Mary L. Nicodemus

“Spring Thaw,” War Memorial Park, West Bridgewater, MA – Mark Genovese

“Farming by the Taunton River,” Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA – Stephen Oliveira

“Yellow Warbler,” Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson, MA – Bernard Creswick

“Fall River Heritage State Park, Battleship Cove, and the Braga Bridge,” Fall River, MA – Jonathan Huggon

“Ladybugs” Somerset, MA – Deborah Sharples DeCambra

“Watson Pond Sunset Dip,” Taunton, MA – Mark Genovese

“Eastern Garter Snake in a Tree Trunk,” Pocksha Pond, Lakeville, MA – David Ennis

“Fun with cranberries,” Freetown, MA – Mark Genovese

“The Falls at the Corner of Washburn & County Roads,” E. Freetown, MA – Sally Spooner

“Sunset Bridge,” Dighton, MA – Al Martinez


The calendar also features the photographic work of: Cheryl Aguiar, Donna Barry, Don Sheerin, Barry French, Tricia Gordon, Ellen Hansen, Joanne Lachance, Carol Longo, Kaitlyn Machado, Lester Ruth, Renay Szargowicz, Kat Tasca, and Mike Walsh.

Pictures are of the wild life and scenery within the Taunton River Watershed, 562 square miles in all of or part of 43 Southeastern Massachusetts cities and towns.

Calendars are available now print-on-demand through this link. The TRWA is excited to use all the options of this new technology. Calendars can be printed from any month in the year with the tide data from the Taunton River or any other of the 3,500 NOAA tide stations. People purchasing the calendar can even customize their calendar with their own photographs. Half the proceeds from the $19.99 purchase price goes directly to the TRWA to support its ongoing mission protecting and restoring the Taunton River watershed, its tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and wildlife.

The TRWA will be publishing another calendar in 2019 and the submission period for that calendar contest is now open. Click here to jump over to the contest page and download contest submission guidelines.

For 30 years, TRWA has been a voice for the river, an advocate for environmental protection, sustainable development and responsible stewardship of our precious water resources. We are an Alliance of concerned residents, businesses, and organizations united to restore and properly manage water and related natural resources within the Taunton River Watershed.

Bring the whole family to fish at our annual Angler Education Day, Sunday, July 16th

Please join us for the TRWA & Friends of Dighton Rock State Park’s 4th Annual Angler Education Day

A free family fishing event at Dighton Rock State Park, Berkley
Sunday, July 16, noon to 3 p.m.


Activities will include:

  • Instruction in fishing techniques with staff from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife;
  • Seining the river with leaders of TRWA to catch and identify some of the aquatic creatures who live there;
  • More learning about fish species with coloring books.

This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome.  Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided, as well as all fishing gear.

Dighton Rock State Park is located on Bay View Avenue in Berkley.  The Museum will be open to visitors, where you can view the glacial erratic boulder with its mysterious designs of ancient origin.

Angler Education Day is sponsored by  
the Taunton River Watershed Alliance 
          and the Friends of Dighton Rock State Park


Join us at our Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 5th


Join us at our Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 5th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bristol County Agricultural School Auditorium, Dighton, MA.

The evening will feature a presentation on TRWA’s Turtle Conservation Project by biologists Brian Bastarache and Patty Levasseur.turtle_net_assonet

The program will also include recognition of TRWA’s 2016 Water Quality Monitors and a report on recent monitoring results. We will elect officers and directors for the upcoming year and provide updates on other activities. Refreshments will be provided.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium and is open to the public and free of charge.

d_ennis_osprey_coverWinning images from the The Taunton River 2017 Tide Calendar will be displayed and calendars will be available for purchase

Bristol County Agricultural High School is located at 135 Center Street in Dighton.