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IPSWICH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION INC
March 23, 2011

For the past three years I've been volunteering for the Ipswich River Watershed Association as their Herring Count coordinator. We get up to 60 volunteers each spring who spend ten minutes at a time looking for migrating herring at the fish ladder near the downtown dam. Even though most people don't get to see a fish, as the herring run has been drastically depleted, they are the most eager and excited people I have ever met and it's a pleasure to coordinate them and volunteer for such a wonderful organization. The herring run would have been completely wiped out by now if it wasn't for the IRWA's tireless fight to ensure that water flows down the river in even in the driest of summers.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing water flow down the river year round when in the past it has dried up.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do more educational outreach with the local schools. There are a lot of eager kids wanting to know more about the river that they live on if there were funding for such programs.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & coordinate the annual river herring count.