Ipswich River staff and summer intern, Shannon
Gentile, gather at the face of the South
Middleton dam on the Ipswich River. This aging dam is slated to come down by 2016 as part of an effort to reduce safety and property risks while restoring fish access to over 56 miles of upstream habitat. Federal Grant Awards to Help Prepare for Future Storms - Earlier this year our staff helped develop two separate grant proposals to the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. This funding opportunity, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), was seeking projects that would help protect human communities from future extreme weather events while benefiting the environment. One proposal, submitted by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), addresses a...
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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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARiverbend, the home of Ipswich River Watershed Association, is a great place to visit.  The 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.

We recently acquired an additional 4 acres of land along the banks of the river increasing the size of Riverbend to 23 acres! Check out our new trails and explore the remnants of what was once one of the most renowned formal gardens in Massachusetts!

Members use our boats for free anytime!

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River Conditions

River Flow Levels at the South Middleton USGS Gage

USGS Water-data graph for site 01101500How 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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