Despite Crabs, Rising Sea Levels, and Man, the Great Marsh Can be Protected to Shield Coastal Communities

October 24th, 2017 @   - 

by John Muldoon.

Poor old Ipswich. It’s at the mouth of a river, where it gets the last leftover water that 330,000 people have already drawn from. “We suffer the consequences of every decision that made upstream,” said Wayne Castonguay, director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association. Yet the town is right beside the ocean, which means it’s the first to feel the impact of rising sea levels.

But, like other communities between Cape Ann and southern New Hampshire, Ipswich has the Great Marsh for protection. While the marsh is beset by man, green crabs, ocean acidification, and rising sea levels, all is not lost, a symposium was told at the weekend.

Hosted by the Ascension Church in Ipswich as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, the event was attended by over 160 people who came to hear about challenges faced by the river, marsh, clams, Crane Beach, and green crabs.

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