Watershed News

The Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan Is Now Online

We are excited to announce that the final Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan is now available online and accessible to all!   The Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan is the product of a two-year adaptation planning effort led by the National Wildlife Federation in partnership with the Ipswich River Watershed Association and municipal task forces from six coastal communities in…
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Precious Resources in Boxford

Tuesday, November 28th marked my second Keeping Water Clean program at Spofford Pond Elementary School in Boxford. At the map station, we show the students how their town lies in the watershed: Boxford’s school sits right on the border between the Ipswich and Parker River watersheds. Pointing out the elevations markers on the map, we explain to the kids how…
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Andover Gets Water Wise

The Bancroft Elementary School in Andover is fairly new, and my impression on arrival to their beautiful and airy foyer was that this was not what elementary schools looked like when I was a child. The school has made physical the ideas around education that are building strength throughout the country: adaptive learning, cooperative working methods and multidisciplinary problem solving.…
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Wilmington’s Youth Speaks for the River

One of our Greenscapes North Shore Coalition partners, Salem Sound Coastwatch, offers a week-long summer institute for teachers to learn, through field work and hands on science, about watershed ecology. Teachers take the course for graduate credit and continue working in the fall to implement their curriculum. They are charged with applying their learning to their standards in project-based learning.…
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Young and Innovative

As part of our Outreach and Education program, the Ipswich River Watershed Association hosts various youth groups at our Riverbend headquarters throughout the spring, summer and fall. In September of this year we welcomed Team Pushy Motion, a group participating in FIRST Lego League, a STEM program that seeks to immerses kids in real-world science and technology challenges. The kids…
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Greenscapes in North Andover

The Greenscapes North Shore Coalition’s “Keeping Water Clean” in-classroom education program reaches hundreds of 5th grade students each year. Through six interactive stations, the students learn about where their town’s water comes from, what it takes to keep it clean, and how water moves over, through and under their community. When clean water is available at the turn of a…
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A Great Marsh Symposium

6th Annual Great Marsh Symposium Rolls Out Final Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan A record number of attendees turned out on November 9th for the 6th Annual Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium, hosted at Woodman’s of Essex by the Great Marsh Coalition. After more than two years of planning work, the Great Marsh Resiliency Planning Task Forces presented the…
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Images on the Water

On Sunday, November 5th our Riverbend headquarters was host to the first annual Images on the Water photography show. Sixteen local photographers presented over 30 images of natural beauty in the Ipswich River watershed. The watershed’s land extends to 21 different communities; 40% of the land area is protected open space. This wealth of natural areas is not only essential…
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Volunteers Bring Out Our Garden’s Fall Beauty

Clean-ups were going on all around the region after the recent storm, and Riverbend was not the exception. We were lucky to have missed any serious damage or debris at our headquarters, but our native plant and rain gardens were well overdue for their fall clean up. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprising considering the warm weather we’ve been having,…
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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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