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Raise Your Paddles!

Raise Your Paddles!

The Paddle-a-thon is back and you’re invited! Join a community of enthusiastic river paddlers at Ipswich River Watershed Association's second Paddle-a-thon, Saturday, June 17 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Register to paddle today! Join us for a morning Social Paddle of 8 miles (roundtrip) or paddle on your own from a different location. Enjoy lunch from Baja Taco Truck and beverages generously…
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A Big Year Ahead!

A Big Year Ahead!

To help commemorate our 40th anniversary, we have big plans for the river in 2017. Guided by our new Strategic Plan and galvanized by the tragic consequences of the 2016 drought and renewed development pressure, we hope to make significant progress on the major issues facing the river. Chief among these issues is water withdrawals. Although we have made steady…
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Summer Positions Now Available!

Summer Positions Now Available!

The Ipswich River Watershed Association is offering two great opportunities this summer to conduct environmental education outings for youth on the Ipswich River. We are seeking a Seasonal Environmental Education Apprentice to plan and present river-focused educational programs to school and community youth groups. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to organize youth groups on canoe outings and present…
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Stand Up for the Ipswich River as it Should Be!

Stand Up for the Ipswich River as it Should Be!

Please include the Ipswich River in your year-end giving. Join Diane, shown here standing in the DRY riverbed at Winthrop St in Hamilton, and stand up for the Ipswich River as it Should Be! Give what you can, support what you love and choose the river as it should be (see bottom photo)! Go to www.ipswichriver.org/donate/ to make your tax-deductible gift now or…
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New Dry River Video Offers Ways to Take Action

New Dry River Video Offers Ways to Take Action

  "The water should be knee deep at this time of year, or even waist deep. We're standing at one of the most popular canoeing places on the entire river. There will be no canoeing today," says Executive Director Wayne Castonguay. Watch this short video to learn more the Ipswich River Drought of 2016, including action you can take to…
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It’s Time to Fix the River Once & For All!

It’s Time to Fix the River Once & For All!

Although we’ve made good progress towards our vision for a clean and healthy river, this year’s epic drought has shown that more progress needs to be made. Consider this: our river recorded its lowest flow ever on each day since May 20 through today. Several stretches are completely dry and many of the river’s major tributaries are dry. Never before…
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This Story Says it All

This Story Says it All

The following originally appeared on Wicked Local Ipswich on September 16, 2016, written by William Sargent, after an exploration of our drought-stricken watershed with Executive Director Wayne Castonguay. Sargent has published a number of books of science and nature writing, including some that focus on our area, including "The House On Ipswich Marsh: Exploring the Natural History of New England."…
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River In Crisis

River In Crisis

Following nearly two years of below average precipitation and a severe drought this spring, our Ipswich River is in terrible condition. The river has been experiencing record low flows for the time of year every day since late May and on August 8th, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) determined that the river’s flow was the worst on record for…
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New Education Program Reaches Across the Watershed

New Education Program Reaches Across the Watershed

This spring and summer, young people across the Ipswich River watershed will participate in outdoor activities with school programs, summer camps, their local YMCA, youth organizations and town recreation departments. Many of them will also  learn about their local river and watershed, thanks to Ipswich River Watershed Association’s new River and Watershed Education program. Recently, on an outing to Foote Brothers…
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