The grant will fund a 1-year pilot project to identify vulnerable areas (i.e., eroding river bank) adjacent to town infrastructure (e.g., water, sewer, roads) between the EBSCO dam to the Town Wharf. The project will also complete a feasibility assessment for using "nature-based solutions" to combat erosion of the river bank that threatens infrastructure, and provide long-term stabilization of the bank. The project will also assess the possibly of constructing a public access area for launching non-motorized boats behind Town Hall (25 Green Street), as part of stabilization of this area of river bank.
Finally, the project will design and prepare environmental permits to advance some of the stabilization techniques selected. Future grant applications will seek to secure funding for their implementation.
Documents prepared as part of this project will be posted on the Ipswich River Watershed Association's website, as they become available.