Jones River Watershed Association

The Jones River Watershed Association is a non-profit, member-based environmental organization established to protect, enhance and restore the quality of the natural resources in Southeastern Massachusetts, in particular the Jones River and Cape Cod Bay, for present and future generations, while cultivating effective stewardship of our regional environment through science, advocacy, and education.

We began our work in 1985 in response to the terrible impacts of water diversions out of the basin. Since that time, we have maintained an increasingly consistant level of effort to educate others and ourselves about this small coastal ecosystem and its relationship to the globally significant Gulf of Maine. Because of the small but essential steps taken over the years to conserve land, study the river, and address the politics that impact our local environment, we have a chance to restore the vital natural resources important to all of us.

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 April 24, May 8     7 pm     Jones River Landing

This six-part lecture series will be held every other Thursday at Jones River Landing at 7pm from January through May. Please check back here or for updates to the schedule. Next up:

April 24: Review and Discussion (a.k.a. “Now what?”)

This session will be a review of information from the previous lectures and will feature an open discussion about the next steps that coastal homeowners can undertake to adapt to sea level rise and climate change in and near to their own back (or front) yards.

 April 1May 31     Elm Street Bridge, Kingston

To get started, email Volunteers are needed seven days a week to count the fish as they move up the fish ladder at the Elm Street Dam in Kingston. Shifts are for 10-minute intervals, which on the weekends can be done anytime between 7–11 am, 11am–3pm, or 3-7pm. During the weekdays, due to bridge construction, shifts can only be done between 3–7pm.

Posted on    March 27, 2014  

DFW Fisheries Sampling Report – Preliminary Data Summary
Sampling Report – Preliminary Data Summary (PDF) January 2014

DMF Technical Report: River Herring Spawning and Nursery Habitat Assessment, Silver Lake 2008-2009

DMF TR-54 (PDF) August 2013

All Reports in the series are available for download in PDF format at: or hard copies may be obtained from the Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station, 30 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930 USA (978-282-0308).


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 Sunday, January 26     2:30 pm– 5 pm     Jones River Landing    Cape Cod Bay Watch

Reports in 2013

2013 Progress Report (PDF)

DMF TR-54 (PDF) River Herring Spawning & Nursery Habitat Assessment, Silver Lake 2008-2009

Final Feasibility Report (PDF) PowerPoint Presentation Forge Pond Dam Fish Passage Improvement Feasibility Study & Preliminary Design 2012-2013

Final Economic Evaluation Report (PDF) Economic Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits of the Forge Pond Dam Fish Passage Improvement Alternatives 2013

SWMI Final Report (PDF) Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) Monponsett Pond and Silver Lake Water Use Operations and Improvement