Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership

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Ipswich River Resiliency Project team members examine several areas of coastal bank erosion along the Ipswich Riverwalk trail near Town Hall and along Water Street near the Green Street bridge.

 

Please join us to learn more about the assessments of the Ipswich River bank from the Ipswich Mills dam to Town Wharf. We hope you will contribute ideas about ways the Ipswich community can support restoring and protecting the river bank, and keeping it healthy for the future. There will be a time for questions & answers.

Public Meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7pm at Ipswich Town Hall, Room A

For more information about the public meeting, please contact: Alicia Geilen, Ipswich Conservation Administrator, aliciag@ipswich-ma.gov, 978-356-6661

The Project

The Town of Ipswich and its partner, Ipswich River Watershed Association have been awarded a 2016 Coastal Resiliency Grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. The grant funds will support a one-year pilot project to identify vulnerable areas along the Ipswich River between the Ipswich Mills dam downtown to the Town Wharf on Water Street. A team of coastal geologists and engineers has been hired by the town to inspect erosion and other areas that have deteriorated due to both tidal and inland flooding. The focus of the study will be areas of the river bank adjacent to town infrastructure such as water, sewer, and roads.

The project will also consider the long-term impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and heavier storms, in its recommended improvements, prioritizing “nature-based solutions” to combat the erosion and provide long-term stabilization of the bank. The Ipswich River Watershed Association will partner with the Town to further public education on these topics, through signage and public presentations next spring. Additionally, the team will assess the feasibility of constructing a public access area for launching non-motorized boats behind the Ipswich Town Hall.

Partners in the project include: the Town of Ipswich, the Ipswich River Watershed Association, the Horsley Witten Group, and Coneco Engineers.

January 2017 Update

Contractors Horsley Witten and Coneco have completed their assessments of the Ipswich River bank on municipal land between the Ipswich Mills dam and Town Wharf. To view their findings, click on the below reports:

February 2017 Update

A letter describing the project was sent from Ipswich Conservation Administrator Alicia Geilen to residents of the project area neighborhood on February 16, 2017.


For more information, contact:
Alicia Geilen, Ipswich Conservation Administrator, aliciag@ipswich-ma.gov, 978-356-6661
Kristen Grubbs, Planner, Ipswich River Watershed Association, kgrubbs@ipswichriver.org, 978-412-8200