Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? You might want to check out the River Day Celebration on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 493 Old County Road in Westport.

It's a free event organized by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, a nonprofit group  committed to protecting the river and educating young people about its importance.

Deborah Weaver is Executive Director of the WRWA. She stopped by Townsquare Sunday to discuss River Day and the work done by the Alliance.

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The Westport River Watershed Alliance is continuing its mission to protect and preserve the watershed, now and for future generations. Its vision: a healthy watershed where people, wildlife and the river thrive.

The alliance was formed in 1976, and was formerly known as the Westport River Defense Fund.

"We continue to do long-term water testing in the river, with results being submitted to the state," Weaver said. "We also are embedded in local schools, providing hands-on learning in science and environmental studies, both in the classroom and around the river."

"We also work with the town of Westport on best practices for environmental protection, including water quality and protection of drinking water," she said.

Westport River Watershed Alliance Facebook page
Westport River Watershed Alliance via Facebook

Weaver said River Day is a celebration of the river itself, the work done by the Alliance, and the history of Westport.

There will be nonprofit vendors on both sides of the river, explaining the work they do, and providing activities for children.  Also, Native tribal members called the Eastern Medicine Singers will do a drum-and-song circle at 11 a.m.

"Visitors will also get the chance to meet an amazing man, Chief 2 Running Elk, who is a direct descendant of Paul Cuffee of Westport, a noted New Bedford Whaler and businessman, who started the first schools in Westport," Weaver said.

WRWA is also bringing in some “wandering artists” to engage people as they juggle, sing and entertain, as well as mini horses from Archangel Equestrian.

If you would like your organization featured on Townsquare Sunday, please email the host at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com.

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