Watershed News

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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Upcoming Nature Photo Show at Riverbend

Nature is a source of inspiration for artists--and it could be said that nature is the original artist. With its diversity and ingenuity, nature presents itself continually as a source of fascination and challenge. An artist could spend a lifetime trying to do justice to the loveliness and intricacy of a tree. Imagine the time it would take to capture…
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Ipswich Environmental Symposium

Executive Director Wayne Castonguay joined several environmental experts in presenting at the Ipswich Environmental Symposium held on October 21.  Organized by Northeastern Professor Dr. Don Cheney, the symposium was designed to increase public awareness of the issues facing Ipswich’s key environmental resources, particularly climate change. Wayne presented on the impact of climate change on the Ipswich River and its watershed…
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October 27th: A Good Day to Appreciate Open Spaces

"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune." - Theodore Roosevelt Our twenty-sixth president understood what an amazing gift America’s natural resources are. During his presidency, he created the United State Forest Service and…
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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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Pumpkin Festival

On a beautiful Saturday morning I went to Fuller Meadow, the very place where I had attended first and second grade (although, that having been some time ago, the school has changed a bit). Tables were set up in the cafeteria and Halloween music (Thriller, anyone?) played from the stage. The annual Middleton Pumpkin Festival is another throw-back to my…
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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

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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