The Jones River Watershed Association works with Kingston and state and federal partners to determine the best way to recreate fish passage and restore the Jones River. In 2011 the Wapping Road Dam was removed. Now, JRWA is working with MA Division of Marine Fisheries to perform a Feasibility Study to determine the most feasible and effective way to restore fish passage to Silver Lake, one of the twelve largest natural lakes in the Commonwealth. JRWA was awarded grants to pursue the engineering of the preferred alternative in 2013. Meanwhile, JRWA has raised issues relative to the negative influence of the Elm St dam, the first obstruction on the river at the head of tide (although it does have a fish ladder to pass some fish).
Of particular concern: the Forge Pond Dam on Jones River below Silver Lake.