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Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership
River Instream Flow Steward volunteers monitor three streamflow gages in the upper Ipswich: Martins Brook at Park Street, Ipswich River at Haverhill Street, and Fish Brook at Mill Road.

River Instream Flow Steward (RIFLS)volunteers monitor three streamflow gages in the upper Ipswich: Martins Brook at Park Street, Ipswich River at Haverhill Street, and Fish Brook at Mill Road.

It is critical that the region’s restoration practitioners have a mechanism for tracking progress toward our ultimate goal of healthier, more productive and sustainable aquatic ecosystems and water resources. We have developed and are currently refining an approach using a suite of metrics that we will use to see how we are doing. Technical oversight for this effort is provided by members of the Restoration Progress Sub-Committee.

We have made an effort to keep each metric simple to calculate, track and understand. Wherever possible we build upon and complement the efforts of PIE-Rivers partners by interpreting and combining results from a variety of sources. We will use these parameters to track general trends and say whether conditions are improving or deteriorating through time and as a result of the Partnership’s efforts.

Restoration Index

The Restoration Index tracks conditions and progress in seven functional categories, each with 2-4 specific metrics. The draft framework was developed in 2013 and can be downloaded here. As more information and metric results for each category become available, they will be linked from the list below. Dates in parentheses indicate most recent data available on each metric.

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