Restoration

Learning about Stormwater at UNH

Learning about Stormwater at UNH

Ipswich River's Environmental Planner Kristen Grubbs joined a fascinating field trip to the University of New Hampshire’s Stormwater Center on July 10th. The trip was organized by planner Joe Cosgrove at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission and was one of multiple workshops held for the towns in the Merrimack Valley Stormwater Collaborative. The group of municipal public works staff, engineers,…
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Looking for River Herring Habitat

Looking for River Herring Habitat

A century ago, the Ipswich River and its tributaries supported large spawning runs of migratory fish including river herring, two closely related species (alewife and blueback herring) that numbered in the millions as they entered the watershed in the spring. Those ecologically and culturally important fish runs have diminished to total annual returns of only a few hundred fish (both…
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Summer Staff Power Field Efforts

Summer Staff Power Field Efforts

Summer has not officially arrived yet, but our summer schedule is in full swing with some ambitious projects under way. We have welcomed three new staff members for this busy season and they have quickly assimilated into our team, taking the lead on data collection for our regional barriers survey and helping out with just about everything else. Kayla Dorey…
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Regional Stream Crossing Report Complete

Regional Stream Crossing Report Complete

We are very pleased to announce that the multi-year effort to survey and score our region's road-stream crossings based on design criteria for fish and wildlife is complete. The project report summarizes the results from analysis of over 700 culverts and bridges located throughout the 258 square mile PIE-Rivers Region. This project simply would not have happened without an enormous amount of…
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Emily Korman: Field Crew Leader

Emily Korman: Field Crew Leader

My name is Emily Korman, and I am a senior at Boston University, studying Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Earth Science. I work alongside Cassie Traggert as a Field Crew Leader for the Ipswich River Watershed Association, which was generously made possible by a grant from the ALCES Foundation and donations honoring long-time Executive Director and River…
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Shannon Gentile: Summer Intern

Shannon Gentile: Summer Intern

My name is Shannon Gentile and I’m a junior at Boston College studying environmental geoscience and general education. This summer I’ve been volunteering at the Ipswich River Watershed Association. After having learned about watersheds at school, I was eager to learn about the watershed I grew up in: the Ipswich River Watershed. I can recall spotting a barred owl flying…
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Federal Grant Awards to Help Prepare for Future Storms

Federal Grant Awards to Help Prepare for Future Storms

Earlier this year our staff helped develop two separate grant proposals to the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. This funding opportunity, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), was seeking projects that would help protect human communities from future extreme weather events while benefiting the environment. One proposal, submitted by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), addresses a…
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Rethinking Outdated Dams

Rethinking Outdated Dams

On May 7th the New York Times published an opinion piece highlighting the public safety risks and ecological harm caused by outdated, “deadbeat” dams. The article, written by Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, puts a spotlight on the growing river restoration movement focused on removing dams that do more harm than good. We were very encouraged to see river restoration get some…
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Towards a Free-flowing Ipswich River Presentation

Towards a Free-flowing Ipswich River Presentation

Interest in river restoration has grown exponentially over the last decade in Massachusetts. Beth Lambert from the MA Division of Ecological Restoration will discuss river ecology; describe how dams impact river ecosystems; and share examples of dam removal projects in the Ipswich River watershed and around the state. Beth Lambert manages the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program for the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration,…
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