River advocates like Suzanne Sullivan have been fighting to improve the state’s withdrawal regulations for so long that her children picture here in the dry stream bed of Martin’s Brook in Wilmington are now in college! Photo: Suzanne Sullivan New Water Regulations a Major Disappointment - After many years of work to modernize the State’s water withdrawal regulations, the long-awaited final regulations as a result of Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) were issued on October 9, 2014. Unfortunately, despite several legal victories and repeated assurances from state officials that SWMI would improve the situation for the Ipswich River, the final regulations exempt over 85% of the...
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BPOct2012_TA_Katy_boardwalk - CopyIt may be a little cold for a paddle but you can still enjoy time outside along the Ipswich River this winter. Check out some of our favorite river-side hiking trails at Bradley Palmer State Park, Reading Town Forest, Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Greenbelt’s Julia Bird Reservation and our Riverbend headquarters in Ipswich. Get outside and explore your watershed with friends and family this holiday season. We look forward to hosting many river focused events in 2015!

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SONY DSCVolunteering is a great way to make a difference, learn new skills and help the river.

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Visit Riverbend

Native_Plant_Garden_2011_with_sign_lilies_DKRiverbend, the home of Ipswich River Watershed Association, is a great place to visit. Look for our sign at 143 County Rd (Route 1A) in Ipswich. Gardens, trails, dock and property are open from sunrise to sunset for paddling, walking, birding and gaining the peace of mind that comes from a beautiful stretch of water.

Members use our boats for free, anytime! Canoes and kayaks are right by the river, ready to be launched from our dock. First come, first served. Reservations are not required to paddle what many people say is the most beautiful and least frequented stretch of the river.

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River Conditions

River Flow Levels at the Ipswich USGS Gage

USGS Water-data graph for site 01102000How is the River doing today? Check Paddling Conditions.

In order to keep the river healthy and help you enjoy it, our staff and volunteers monitor a range of “indicators” that can help us spot problems with water quality and understand how the river is affected by low flows and land and water-use practices.

See the latest on river conditions and learn how to be part of the effort!

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