Watershed News

Volunteers Power Herring Count

Volunteers Power Herring Count

The 2017 Ipswich River herring count is off to a great start! Volunteer counters have begun seeing herring at the Ipswich Mills Dam fish ladder over the weekend of April 15th and volunteers from the Nor’East Chapter of Trout Unlimited saw several herring at the Willowdale Fish Ladder near Foote Brothers Canoe. Last year, volunteers counted about 100 river herring…
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STEAMing the River

STEAMing the River

Streams of Ipswich residents and families had more than one way to explore the Ipswich River at Tuesday night’s 1st Annual District-wide Ipswich K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Showcase. Attendees wandered from project to project through the Ipswich Middle School gym, learning about ways students can work together with citizens and organizations to solve community problems, using…
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Climate Cafe

Climate Cafe

Ipswich resident Sarah Brown stands in front of a microphone at the First Church in Ipswich, and asks a group of adults to think about climate change. She waits. Everyone in the room has been given information, they’ve been prompted, but where they go from there is their choice. After the moment of quiet contemplation, Sarah and her fellow Climate Cafe…
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Ipswich River Recognized as a Trailblazer!

Ipswich River Recognized as a Trailblazer!

At last night’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala “A Toast to the Trailblazers” held by the Essex National Heritage Area Commission, The Ipswich River Watershed Association came in second place in our category Preserving This Special Region. “This was an amazing surprise, especially considering how many incredible organizations we have that make our region so special. Thanks to all of you…
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A Statehouse Statement

A Statehouse Statement

Advocacy is key to any environmental mission. Letting our representatives know what is important to us, as individual constituents and communities is the first step to enacting change to policy. To those who wish to help the cause, we at Ipswich River Watershed Association strongly urge you to write, call, or email your local and state officials. If you have…
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The Ladies of Maple Street

The Ladies of Maple Street

Sunday March 26th-- it was a cold morning, winter not being quite through with New England, but the sun was shining brightly. Liz Cameron set her dissolved oxygen test to bask in its light as the testing began. Some river testing days, she admits, she has to put the bottle in her jacket to induce the precipitate to settle. The…
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Students Look Beneath Boxford

Students Look Beneath Boxford

An underground storage tank in Boxford leaks oil out into the groundwater, infecting the well of a nearby home. Simultaneously, a busted septic tank seeps its contents into the local pond. At least, they do on the Envision 2000, the Greenscapes Program’s aquifer model. Red dye dropped into the model stands in for pollutants, and the model shows pollution’s movement…
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Ipswich River Gets Spring Loaded

Ipswich River Gets Spring Loaded

With snow still mounded in stubborn piles, Topsfield Center was not necessarily evocative of spring last Saturday. Regardless of the chill, those who had sprung forward ready for the season made their ways between the Emerson Center, Gould Barn, and the Commons following the only leaf-green to be found: the signs for the GrowSpring EXPO. On the upper floor of…
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In Safe Hands

In Safe Hands

In 2013 the town of Middleton started the process of returning 16 parcels of conservation land to town ownership. This land, located throughout the town of Middleton belonged not to the town, but to the state, under control of the Division of Capital Assets Management (DCAMM). Much of the land abuts the Ipswich River, and though there are marked out…
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Your Watershed Association is Needed More Than Ever!

Your Watershed Association is Needed More Than Ever!

    In last weeks Boston Globe, it was reported the the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is suffering from deep budget cuts negatively affecting its ability to do its job to protect our waters from pollution. This follows similar stories in recent weeks at the federal level at the Environmental Protection Agency with the president’s promise to slash its…
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