(an amazing resource is you're a river-watcher) is the peak streamflow graph below. You can see from 1935 to 2006 nothing topped May 16, 2006:
Herring take three years to return to their native river to spawn, and in 2006 the river actually flowed all summer into fall, allowing the fry to get out, over the dam (under "normal" flow below), and into the ocean. Many previous summers saw the river run dry, so the adults could get out of their breeding ponds and over the dam after they spawned, but the young would get caught in a dry river bed and never make it out.
What can you do to help?Even if you don't live anywhere near the Ipswich River watershed, you can help native fish and wildlife in your own community every day by conserving water!
-take shorter showers
-don't water your lawn
-install rain barrels-plant drought tolerant native plants and grasses
-join your local watershed association, find one in your area on the National Watershed Network. Or even better volunteer at your local watershed association. This was my second year volunteering as the herring count coordinator. The IRWA thanked me with the spiffy new cloth shopping bag! Perfect for meeting Reduce Footprints weekly Change the Earth Wednesday Challenge of ridding my house of plastic shopping bags!