In July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that Jones River Watershed Association (JRWA) has been awarded $553,270 in federal funds for the removal of the Elm Street Dam at the head of tide on the Jones River. This is one of nineteen projects nationwide that are being funded through NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants; a program designed to aid communities and conduct projects that protect life and property, strengthen the economy, and conserve as well as restore coastal and marine resources. This federal funding for the Elm Street Dam project is matched by significant contributions from Town of Kingston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Patagonia, and JRWA.

The project is currently in the early stages of the Design & Permitting phase of dam removal. JRWA’s engineering consultant, Stantec, and our partners are currently assessing the surrounding infrastructure, the sediment behind the dam, historical aspects of the site, and other project considerations. This is an ideal stage in the process for public input. Our studies so far provide a great deal of information and context about the project opportunities, but we are not so far down the road that designs are inflexible.

We invite you to a forum to discuss questions, concerns, options, and insights. We are seeking local input in order to conduct the most effective, efficient, and beneficial project that we can.

Please join us on September 14th, 7:00 PM at Jones River Landing, 55 Landing Road in Kingston. We will begin with a short presentation of the project background and status, then move into an open forum for public input.

Project details are also available at jonesriver.org/ecology/dams/elm-street