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Elm Street Dam Removal and River Restoration

Improving the resiliency of natural resources and infrastructure in and along the Jones River

  • 5

    Miles Access to Riverine Habitat

  • Kingston, Massachusetts

    Kingston, Massachusetts

A shining example of how dam removal can be accomplished

Elm Street Dam was constructed as part of the adjacent Kingston Water Department Building and was located 10 feet downstream from the recently reconstructed Elm Street Bridge. The dam spillway was an important aesthetic feature as a “waterfall” for an adjacent events facility, but it substantially impaired ecological resources in the Jones River and required ongoing dam safety inspections and maintenance.

Removing the dam required coordination with a diverse and committed group of stakeholders. The Jones River Watershed Association (JRWA) convened a diverse project team, including the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (MassDER) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and engaged with stakeholders to identify and address opportunities and constraints.

Elm Street Dam was successfully removed in 2019. Our contribution began in 2014 and included multiple phases of engineering design and permitting support. Project completion was a milestone event for JRWA and will benefit a suite of diadromous and resident fish, including alewife, blueback herring, American eel, brook trout, rainbow smelt, and other species.

Meet Our Team

Michael Chelminski, Principal, Environmental Services

Dam removal reflects a wonderful synthesis of engineering and natural resource restoration. And the fish like it too - what could be better?
Michael Chelminski Principal, Environmental Services Read More

Dennis Reip, Principal

Finding the problems with something is the easy part; finding the right solutions is what matters.

Michael Chelminski

Principal, Environmental Services

Dennis Reip


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