TRWA Annual Meeting on November 5th

On November 5th we celebrated our 2016 accomplishments at the TRWA Annual Meeting!  Joseph Callahan TRWA president thanked the many members present and gave a brief synopsis of 2016 highlights.  Joe was pleased to extend a warm welcome to our special guests Mayor Thomas Hoye, and the student from Friedman Middle School in Taunton who received a Special Achievement Award.

The membership unanimously approved the proposed slate or TRWA Director nominees and we welcomed Rachel Thibeault of Brockton as out newest Director.  Jen O’Keefe long time TRWA Calendar coordinator volunteer introduced the 2017 TRWA Tide Calendar, and the winners of this years photography contest.  We are always very proud of this useful popular calendar, see our website for information on how to order your 2017 calendar or call our office to see if we still have copies for pick up!

Steve Silva thanked the monitoring volunteers and described the very high level of volunteer support in 2016 which produced our most complete data set in years.  Steve presented a brief PowerPoint presentation (also available on the Monitoring Tab of our website if you click the sample bottles picture) summarizing the extremely high levels of in-stream nitrogen measured; sadly many times over what any reasonable target (sometimes called a water quality criterion) might be for a river that flows to an estuary.  The hope is wastewater treatment plant upgrades currently in the works and better application of nitrogen fertilizers will bring nitrogen in the estuary down to environmentally protective levels in 4 to 6 years.

The featured presentation was the report by Patty Levasseur, the Biologist in charge of the TRWA supported monitoring of “Turtles in Assonet Bay”.  We learned a great deal from this study including where and when to sample and optimum collection techniques.  This information will be invaluable for conduct of a follow-up study in 2017.  The goal of the project is to determine to what extent these turtles are endangered and if they are threatened what measures can help them.

After the meeting members had fun touring the Bristol County Agricultural High School’s fascinating museum and biology exhibits.

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.

Winning 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.