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March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

I have been a volunteer river monitor with the Ipswich River Watershed Association for at least 15 years, as well as being connected through a local "stream team" that was started under its auspices. It has been blessed with top notch leadership and a flow of excellent people who worked well together within tight budget constraints. They have met challenge after challenge, including several moves, a landmark legal case challenging the lack of enforcement of water withdrawal restrictions by the State of Massachusetts at the same time that they have fostered ever-improving scientific studies to identify baseline data for optimum environment for Ipswich River wildlife. Despite the many pressing demands of the organization, they are always helpful when needed for individual questions or stream team support.

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I have benefited from training for river monitoring, been helped with stream team issues, and worked directly with many Ipswich River Watershed Association personnel over the years and been very impressed with their professionalism and helpfulness.

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I really can't see the need for change in this organization, although if I could I would give them lots more money!

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

Since recently moving into my town and the Ipswich River watershed, IRWA has afforded me the opportunity to get involved with several efforts. Our local stream team has a number of efforts in the works to promote the visibility of and access to the river. I am looking forward to the chance to collect some water quality data on the river. Given the amount of data that the organization holds, I'm excited about ways to share, present and distribute these data.

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I've met a number of great fellow members. I've learned quite a bit about the issues that threaten the health of the river. The organization is currently working hard to promote several dam removal efforts, all of which would benefit the river's health.

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have the organization develop a geographic information system that can publish data and maps on the web.

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

The Ipswich River Watershed Association is the gold standard of watershed associations. The Association's advocacy work has resulted in tangible improvements in the Ipswich River and has initiated a state-wide discussion on river health that has the potential to dramatically improve ecological conditions for rivers and streams in Massachusetts from the North Shore to the Berkshires. Staff at the Association are experts in their field and bring a genuine enthusiasm for watershed protection that is infectious.

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Ecological Restoration

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Build capacity to hire a full-time restoration coordinator or two

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

I volunteered with the Ipswich River Watershed Association after my sophomore year of college and it has made a significant impact on my career goals. Working with a nonprofit has been the most fulfilling job experience I've had so far and I credit this to the dedication of the staff at IRWA, especially Kerry Mackin and Trish Aldrich. Their enthusiasm for their work is contagious. IRWA has made amazing progress in protecting the Ipswich River and raising awareness in the local communities. I am impressed with the wide range of programs offered by IRWA throughout all four seasons and their emails are always a pleasure to open, unlike other mailing lists I am on. Overall, IRWA is an organization that is actually DOING something and they must continue to be supported.

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I discovered a rope swing in the Ipswich River and I wouldn't have been able to enjoy refreshing swims in a beautiful setting without the work IRWA is doing.

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I can't think of any changes to make to this organization.

March 4, 2011

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March 4, 2011

Kerry Mackin is a (if not the) leading voice speaking up for the need to reduce the adverse impact of human activities that alter streamflow patterns and volumes, not only in the Ipswich River system (which has unfortunately served as the "poster child" example of dry streambeds and dead fish) but elsewhere in the Commonwealth where these problems occur. Fortunately, largely due to Kerry and IRWA's efforts, streamflow conditions in the Ipswich and its tributaries are being restored to levels more closely resembling natural conditions, and the fish and other aquatic and water-dependent organisms are benefiting as a result.

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