The Great Marsh Coalition hosts a variety of events throughout the year to bring policy makers, scientists, students and the general public together from field trips to symposia to learn from each other in service to the Great Marsh.

Please dive into links from our past Great Marsh Symposia to learn more about Great Marsh restoration, research, monitoring, recreation, art, and more.

Great Marsh Symposium 2022

The future of roads through the Great Marsh: Balancing access with natural resource protection 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 8:30AM to 1:00PM
The Essex Room at Woodman’s of Essex


SYMPOSIUM AGENDAClick here for slides presented

Overview of roads through the Great Marsh
Wayne Castonguay – Executive Director, Ipswich River Watershed Association
Kathryn Glenn – North Shore Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

The planner & engineer perspective
Peter Phippen, Selectman, Town of Essex
Frank Ventimiglia, Operations Manager, Town of Ipswich

The NGO perspective
Kate Bowditch, President, Greenbelt
Cynthia Dittbrenner, Program Director for Coast & Natural Resources, The Trustees
David Moon, Community Science and Coastal Resilience Manager, Mass Audubon
Neil Shea, Restoration Program Director, Ipswich River Watershed Association
Facilitated by Annie Harris, Executive Director, Essex National Heritage Commission

The resident perspectiveClick here for the recording
Voices from people who live, work, and/or play down low lying roads around the Great Marsh

The youth perspective
North Shore high school students representing the student group, Climate Café

Group discussions

Where do we go from here?

Lunch with the presenters

During the breaks and lunch, we will be featuring artworks curated by Artists for the Great Marsh as well as maps created by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Thanks to our generous event sponsors, Essex Heritage, Greenbelt, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Mass Audubon, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission/MassBays Partnership, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and The Trustees.