Watershed News

Thunder Bridge

Thunder Bridge

At just past 8 AM on a Sunday morning, I pulled into the parking lot of Thunder Bridge beach. Two men stood at the bride, one at the upriver side the other downriver. The fast moving water witnessed in the spring is a thing of the past. Now the water seems almost motionless, the easy flow hidden beneath a glassy…
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Our 40th Birthday Party is Coming!

Our 40th Birthday Party is Coming!

Ipswich River Watershed Association is turning 40 and we’re having a birthday party to celebrate. This free admission event will be filled with fun: a tug-of-war, an obstacle-course tag game and a relay race. There will be paddleboard, kayak and yoga demos. The event kicks off at 12 noon: participants in the canoe parade will paddle their boats from the landing…
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From Salem to the River and Back

From Salem to the River and Back

Within the last two weeks our educational program has visited Salem and Salem groups have come to visit us at our headquarters in Ipswich. There have been 4 different groups of Salem kids that have been a part of our educational program recently. The programs we run usually include some educational lessons and activities that focus on rivers, watersheds and…
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MA DEP Joins EPA in Stormwater Permit Delay

MA DEP Joins EPA in Stormwater Permit Delay

The Massachusetts Office of Environmental Protection recently announced it has aligned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in upholding a one-year delay in the implementation of a stormwater permit for Massachusetts communities. Originally scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017, the 2016 Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems General Permit, known as the “MS4”, updates a previous…
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A Beginners Paddle for Everyone

A Beginners Paddle for Everyone

Since the return of the Beginners Paddling Series this summer we have grown quite a bit. The first paddle this year was a small group of about 4 people, the second in early July was about 8 people and on the latest one about 20 people signed up! We have been able to reach people all across the watershed. Some…
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Invasive Aquatic Plants Threaten Area Ponds

Invasive Aquatic Plants Threaten Area Ponds

Many ponds in the Ipswich River Watershed have been converted to water supply reservoirs, but there are several with unique recreational and habitat value. Lately, we have been spending time on a few of these ponds collecting data that could one day lead to the restoration of the herring fishery.  At the same time, these ponds and maybe the Ipswich…
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Gifts from the River

Gifts from the River

If you were to come to our Riverbend headquarters and ask me about good paddling routes on the Ipswich, I’m bound to recommend one of my personal favorites: Topsfield Rd to Bradley Palmer. I’d advise anyone to make sure to wear and bring sunblock, as it’s a long paddle with not much shade, but the experience makes the heat worthwhile.…
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Education Program Gets Kids on the River

Education Program Gets Kids on the River

Now a month into our educational program for the summer, we have been able to reach kids who rely on the Ipswich River for drinking water, as well as those from all across the watershed. As July just begins, we have already reached around 65 kids with our educational program by hosting field trips to our headquarters and by taking…
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EPA Delays Implementation of Stormwater Permit

EPA Delays Implementation of Stormwater Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it has issued a one-year delay in the implementation of a stormwater permit for Massachusetts communities—just days before the permit was to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The permit, known as the 2016 Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) General Permit, updates a previous stormwater permit from 2003…
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Weed Watchers Needed!

Weed Watchers Needed!

We are pleased to announce that we are beginning a new initiative, monitoring for invasive aquatic plants as part of the statewide Weed Watchers Program.  Exotic, invasive aquatic plants can infest water bodies causing problems for fish and for recreational uses. Infestations at ponds in the watershed area have been documented and many areas are vulnerable. Once established these are…
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