Restoration

Resiliency Task Forces Explore Adaptation Strategies

Resiliency Task Forces Explore Adaptation Strategies

Task forces working on the Great Marsh Resiliency Planning Project met in Salisbury and in Ipswich last week, kicking off year 2 of the community planning project. The towns of Salisbury, Newburyport, and Newbury are working together, while Rowley, Ipswich, and Essex join forces in the southern part of the region. The project has received preliminary results from the United…
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Make a Difference for the River!

Make a Difference for the River!

Monitoring Program Updates and Trainings We are getting ready to begin another exciting year for our volunteer monitoring programs.  Volunteer monitors are our eyes and ears on the river and collect valuable data on trends in river health. We will begin the 20th year of our RiverWatch program and the 18th year of our Herring Count program. Volunteering is a…
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The Little River: from concrete channel to natural river

The Little River: from concrete channel to natural river

After years of being confined to a concrete channel, the Little River in Gloucester is flowing more naturally again. The major construction phase of the Little River stream restoration project in Gloucester was completed in December.  The project removed the approximately 500-foot long fish ladder built in 1970 and replaced it with a naturalized cobble and boulder-based stream. The City of…
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Public Meeting Explores South Middleton Dam Removal Plan

Public Meeting Explores South Middleton Dam Removal Plan

On the evening of November 30th, 2015, community members assembled in Middleton's Flint Public Library to hear more details about the upcoming river restoration and dam removal project at the South Middleton Dam. The informational meeting, hosted by the Middleton Stream Team and Friends of the Flint Public Library, included a series of presentations by members of the project team.…
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PIE Rivers Annual Meeting Promotes the Power of Partnerships

PIE Rivers Annual Meeting Promotes the Power of Partnerships

What makes a successful partnership? How can we utilize partnerships to accomplish common goals? These important questions were the focus of the first Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers (PIE-Rivers) Restoration Partnership annual meeting. On the morning of December 1, 2015, 17 partners including Ipswich River Watershed and other non profit staff members, federal, state and local municipal officials, North Shore residents and guest…
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South Middleton Fish Surveys

South Middleton Fish Surveys

Some of our staff recently had the opportunity to assist the Mass. Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) with fish surveys near the South Middleton Dam. In doing so, they helped gather some important data in the effort to monitor the effects of the planned removal of the dam on the health of the river. They also got a chance to…
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Removing Dams by Hand

Removing Dams by Hand

Removing old dams for river restoration usually involves heavy machinery, but a few weeks ago I had the chance to participate in a dam removal that was accomplished with good old fashioned muscle, leverage and persistence. When dams are old enough, small enough and far enough off the beaten path, it can end up being easier to do things by hand…
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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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