Fishermen’s Association joins CPC to support Westport River nitrogen study

Upper Westport River. Upper Westport River.

The push to repair failed systems is driven in part by concerns over elevated nitrogen levels in the Westport River.

The push to repair failed systems is driven in part by concerns over elevated nitrogen levels in the Westport River.

The Westport Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has voted unanimously to continue to support the completion of the final phase of the Estuaries Report on nitrogen loading in Westport waters.

CPC members said they reasoned that work done in Phase 1 “had a limited shelve life and that if Phase 2 is not completed this year, the report would lose its currency.”

The Westport Fishermen’s Association, WFA, voted at an emergency meeting to assist the town by providing $10,000 of the $30,000 needed to complete the study.

“The WFA felt it was important to complete the report so that the town can start addressing nitrogen loading problems,” board members said.

The Westport Estuary Project, Bread and Cheese Study is an effort to find the most effective and cost efficient solutions to the nitrogen issue that will also be acceptable to and supported by the community, said  Jack Reynolds, WFA president

The Estuaries Project through phase 1 has already defended the nitrogen problem in the river and will now, through the results of phase 2, focus on working with the communities of the watershed to identify and implement solutions aimed at restoring the river to sustainable good health.

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