In 2010, the Ipswich Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to begin exploring the environmental, technical, logistical and economic factors surrounding the removal of the Ipswich Mills Dam. In 2017 the Town was granted funds from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to support conceptual designs for removing the dam and visual renderings of what a free flowing river would look like at the site. The feasibility study was completed in 2019 and will set the stage for the Town’s decision regarding the dam.
The project lead was the Horsley Witten Group, and funding was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF) through a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the MA Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)
- Ipswich Mills Feasibility Study Fact Sheet
- Ipswich River Watershed Association site
- Dam Removal Feasibility Study Final Report
- Public Presentation December, 2018
- IRWA Presentation to Board of Selectmen 5/16/16
- ICAM video about the project