Watershed News

Great Marsh Symposium

Great Marsh Symposium

The Great Marsh is not only a source of breath-taking natural beauty and home to an abundance of resident and migratory species--it is our best defense against rising sea levels and destructive storms. After two years of planning by municipal task forces and other regional partners, the Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership will be presenting the final recommendations of the Great…
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Ipswich River Testifies Against State Takeover of Federal Water Pollution Control Program

Ipswich River Testifies Against State Takeover of Federal Water Pollution Control Program

Executive Director Wayne Castonguay joined dozens of environmental advocates at the State House in testifying against House Bill 2777 which would transfer management of some of the federal Clean Water Acts permitting programs from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection(MassDEP).  The Landmark Clean Water Act passed in 1972 has been instrumental in cleaning up…
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A Morning for the Birds

A Morning for the Birds

  Although the final day of September was cold and chilly, the weather failed to deter a group of determined birders who met at the North Shore Community Gardens on Gregory Street in Danvers. Carrying umbrellas and wearing raincoats and boots, this group of eleven braved the soggy conditions without care. Few birds could be seen flying overhead, which may…
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Kristen Maps the River

Kristen Maps the River

We are fortunate to be able to work with many terrific volunteers and one in particular, Kristen Thiebault has been helping us with several projects that we would like to bring attention to. Kristen has been helping us with mapping projects of all kinds using geographic information systems (GIS) software. She is very knowledgeable in this field and has been…
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NEB’s Wonderful World

NEB’s Wonderful World

On Friday, September 29th, we took a trip down the road to our neighbors and long-time supporters: New England Biolabs (NEB). Our Riverbend headquarters and NEB are just a short drive apart, with The Trustees’ Appleton Farms in between. Once you turn off of Route 1A and onto their quiet entrance road, you enter NEB’s special world. The slow twists…
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Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Sues EPA Over Stormwater

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Sues EPA Over Stormwater

The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance recently filed a lawsuit in federal court over the EPA’s recent announcement that they would delay implementation of the State’s new stormwater program which was scheduled to take effect on July 1. The program would have been governed by a new permit for cities and towns, issued under the federal Clean Water Act, with the aim to reduce the…
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DEP Denies Rivers Alliance Petition

DEP Denies Rivers Alliance Petition

As we’ve been reporting on for the last few weeks, the Mass Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued their formal response to the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance petition, requesting the regulation of water withdrawal Registrations. The response, released on Monday, denied the petition. “While this decision was certainly anticipated, we are disappointed that MassDEP did not take this opportunity to finally address one of the biggest shortcoming of the…
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World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day

For our 40th anniversary Senator Bruce Tarr, on behalf of the state senate, presented us with a commendation for our years of service protecting the Ipswich River and its surrounding watershed. We’ve been the Voice of the River, representing its interests and advocating for changes that better protect it. The research done by our organization, through partnerships and with the…
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Welcomed to Riverbend

Welcomed to Riverbend

  It wasn’t clear, leading up to the weekend, whether the Riverbend Open House would need to be an entirely indoor event. Though luck was on our side, we had activities arranged both in and out of doors. Volunteers were ready to lead short paddles from our dock, while up at our Ipswich River office games of pin the tail…
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