Watershed News

Professional Development Opportunity for Educators

Professional Development Opportunity for Educators

This summer we will again be contributing to a week-long professional development institute for middle and high school educators being offered by the Museum Institute for Teaching Science. The theme of this year is, "Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes." Our portion of the training will focus on the ecological impacts of man-made barriers to water flow…
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Greenscapes Program Teaches Students about Watersheds and Water

Greenscapes Program Teaches Students about Watersheds and Water

Fifth graders in North Andover, Essex, Andover, Peabody, and other area communities recently enjoyed an interactive in-school program, presented by the Greenscapes North Shore Coalition. Students learned how development and the built environment affects the natural water cycle, what happens to water when it enters a storm drain, how water flows through their communities and their local watershed, and how…
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Students Use Ipswich River Data to Study Drought

Students Use Ipswich River Data to Study Drought

We are fortunate to have students from Salem State University working with us to understand the impact of the severe drought of 2016 on river life. Students; Rob Bollmann, Kelsey Bernard and their professor, Dr. Lynn Fletcher, are working are comparing macroinvertebrate specimens to see what changes might have occurred as a result of the severe drought last summer. Mary…
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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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Volunteers Monitor “Bugs” to Track River Restoration Progress

Volunteers Monitor “Bugs” to Track River Restoration Progress

Okay, technically most are not true bugs, but benthic macroinvertebrates are an important part of a healthy river ecosystem and excellent indicators of habitat conditions. Benthic macroinvertebrates (macros) are organisms that live out part of their life cycle on the bottom (benthic) of streams and rivers. They are an important part of the food chain and good indicators of overall…
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Communities Take a Closer Look at Private Well Restrictions

Communities Take a Closer Look at Private Well Restrictions

As a result of recent drought conditions and public water supply restrictions, there has been a proliferation of new private wells across the Commonwealth. Residents and businesses often use their private wells for “non-essential outdoor water use”, defined as those uses that are not required for health or safety reasons or for agricultural purposes. The impact of non-essential use of…
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Thank You for a Great 2016

Thank You for a Great 2016

Just as every drop of water in our watershed counts, every gift counts, too! For 2016, you helped raise $91,285 for your watershed in year-end gifts. Thank you so much! Thanks to your donations we will: Form a new taskforce with our legislators and municipal officials to fix the river; Implement a new Community Engagement Plan and hold a bigger…
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Herring Images Help Create Recognition Software

Herring Images Help Create Recognition Software

  • January 13, 2017
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For the last few years, we have been developing a video monitoring system as part of the annual herring count. Visual counts by volunteers are the primary way that we monitor the river herring population as they pass through the fish ladder on their annual spawning migration. Counting fish is a universal tool in fisheries management and video systems can…
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River Givers: Local Siblings Give Back to River They Grew Up On

River Givers: Local Siblings Give Back to River They Grew Up On

  • January 11, 2017
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By Cassie Tragert With the holiday season coming to a close, Ipswich River Watershed Association is grateful for all the generous contributions people have made to help protect the river we love. The help we received from the next generation of river stewards, Grace Evans (17) and Ben Evans (19), was particularly inspiring. The Evans grew up exploring and enjoying…
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Brisk Survey Work to End 2016

Brisk Survey Work to End 2016

We are nearing the end of our two-year-long project to identify bridges and culverts that are barriers to wildlife and are not designed to handle floods. This winter we continue to work with our project team to develop preliminary designs for the replacement of the highest priority structures. The project will come to a close this spring and will serve…
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