Watershed News

Paddle-a-thon a Success!

Paddle-a-thon a Success!

Volunteers and event attendees were slowly leaving the Fairgrounds. The tables were being broken down, boxes packed, and boats reloaded. The Seacoast tent and the event banner were the only remaining monuments of the Paddle-a-thon. Still, the success and overall fun of the day was evident in the smiles of those leaving. After months of work, time, and effort by…
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Good in the Hood

Good in the Hood

Upon arrival of the Ipswich Ale Brewery’s Good in the Hood Block Party, that took place on Sunday the 11th, I knew I was in store for a hot, but lively day. I could hear the music as I began to make my trek over, as I could not walk fast enough to get my hands on one of the…
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New to the Beginning

New to the Beginning

I have paddled the Ipswich River many times, but never the entire river. Being a Middleton resident, I’m most familiar with the stretches of river from Bostik Inc. near Boston Road to Thunder Bridge at East Street, and down on into Topsfield. I’ve meandered through Ipswich and out into the estuary. I’ve put in at Ipswich River Park up in…
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Ipswich River and Mass Audubon Pull Together

Ipswich River and Mass Audubon Pull Together

A partnership between Ipswich River Watershed Association and Mass Audubon Society to remove invasive Pepperweed from the Ipswich River estuary and adjacent areas of Plum Island Sound was formed several years ago to combat this alien invader. Under the regional leadership of Liz Duff of Mass Audubon, staff from Ipswich River have led volunteer work crews each spring and early summer…
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This Old Ash

This Old Ash

Middleton Stream Teamer Pike Messenger recently pulled a truck up to our Riverbend headquarters with a unique cargo: a gigantic cookie. This “cookie” is a slice taken from a massive white ash tree (fraxinus americana) that had been taken down in Topsfield this April. After counting its rings, Pike determined that the ash had reach the impressive age of approximately…
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Starting National Rivers Month Off Right

Starting National Rivers Month Off Right

In the gazebo at the Ipswich River Park in North Reading, seventeen volunteers gathered for the annual River Clean Up. This year’s Clean Up was the 27th organized by Butch Conary, a Reading resident and dedicated friend of the river. Butch, the Reading/North Reading Stream Team, and the Ipswich River Watershed Association joined together Saturday, June 3rd, for a great…
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Nature Festival

Nature Festival

As I was packing up my table and all the little items that had been on display for hours I heard the high pitched scream of a child throwing a tantrum because his parents were making him leave Mass Audubon’s Nature Festival. This basically sums up how much all the kids loved this annual festival that took place at the…
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Ipswich Community Members Discuss Restoration of River Bank

Ipswich Community Members Discuss Restoration of River Bank

In late May, Ipswich Conservation Agent Alicia Geilen and Ipswich Watershed Association Planner Kristen Grubbs co-presented findings of the Ipswich River Bank Resiliency Project at two public meetings. Before a mixed-grade crowd of Ipswich High School students, the project team explained how a vulnerability analysis of the town, conducted as part of the Great Marsh Resiliency Planning Project, demonstrated the…
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