IPSWICH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 4.87 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: PO Box 576 Ipswich MA 01938 USA

Mission: Protect wildlife, keep the Ipswich River flowing and provide clean, safe water
Results: This year we will help residents in 9 towns to Greenscape - to have beautiful landscapes that protect our water, saving time and money. For the last few years we have spent a lot of time speaking for the river at meetings to shape sustainable water management for decades to come. We are leading a new partnership to restore the Ipswich, Parker and Essex Rivers and the Great Marsh; we will accomplish more by working together. We recently put in a new canoe dock at our headquarters, expanding public access to what many people say is the most beautiful part of the river. Members can use our canoes for free!
Target demographics: The 330,000 people who get their water from the Ipswich River and its surrounding watershed, as well as all the people who enjoy walking or paddling along the river.
Programs: Our major programs include: Cleaning up polluted stormwater runoff, Education and Outreach, Fish and Habitat Restoration, Greenscapes, Policy and Advocacy, River Restoration, Science and Monitoring, Stream Teams and Water Conservation.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Kerry Mackin and the Ipswich River Watershed Association have done a remarkable job over the past decade of raising awareness of the plight of depleted rivers and streams in Massachusetts. They have kept pressure on the MA Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to do a better job of protecting rivers and streams. Their leadership has inspired and supported those working in other watersheds.

The Ipswich River today is flowing better thanks to IRWA's efforts.

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My own Watershed Association (NepRWA) has benefited from legal precedent set by IRWA.

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Get them more funding!

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Wayne Castonguay, our current Executive Director, continues to keep the pressure on and build momentum for positive change.

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

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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Kerry retired recently but Wayne Castonguay is a dream come true. We couldn't have found a better leader.