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Advocacy Alert: Drought Legislation

Photo: Ipswich River Executive Director Wayne Castonguay testifies before the MA Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture at their public hearing, held in Lenox, MA on October 30. Wayne spoke in favor of the Drought Legislation, which would allow the state to impose common sense water conservation requirements on non-essential water use during droughts. We really…
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Volunteer Appreciation Day

October is for haunting For tricks and treats and ghouls. For witches on their broomsticks, And ghosts that yell out BOO! But the scariest thing we can imagine...is the river without you! -A poem for our Ipswich River volunteers   Our volunteers are essential to the success of our mission. We are very lucky to have a group of dedicated…
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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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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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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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Celebrating 40 Years on the River

It was gratifying that, after months of preparation for the day, Sunday, September 10th came to us sunny and warm. Green cool shade, sparkling sunlight and soft breezes showcased North Reading’s Ipswich River Park to perfection. As volunteers arrived and began setting up the displays, food, raffle prizes and activities, all looked forward to a beautiful day along the Ipswich…
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Advocacy Alert: Huge Opportunity for Change!

On Tuesday, September 12th, MassDEP will hold a public meeting regarding a petition that Mass Rivers Alliance filed in March. The meeting will take place at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms B, C and D, Boston, MA 02114, at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. An issue of critical importance to the Ipswich River watershed needs your…
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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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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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How to Paddle-a-thon 2017

Want to canoe or kayak on the river? Would you like to help support the health and longevity of the river while you do? Join the Ipswich River Watershed Association for our second annual Paddle-a-thon. What does it mean to participate in Paddle-a-thon? Step one is to REGISTER! Let us know you’ll be participating in this awesome fundraiser for the…
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