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The Jones River is the largest river draining to Cape Cod Bay. The river historically supported prolific runs of diadromous fish, which spawned in Silver Lake, at the river’s headwaters. Today, Silver Lake is the City of Brockton’s main water supply reservoir. The Jones River is dammed several hundred feet downstream of where it originally flowed from Silver Lake; this created what is now known as Forge Pond. Brockton regularly diverts water from Monponsett Pond (in the Taunton River Watershed) and Furnace Pond (in the North River Watershed) to Silver Lake. Flow through Forge Pond and into the Jones varies depending on these diversions and on Brockton’s intake for water supply. This water management, along with cranberry bogs and other forces, impacts water quality and streamflow in the Jones River.
DER’s River Instream Flow Stewards have monitored streamflow at several sites, including just downstream of Forge Pond Dam, since 2003. In 2011, DER helped the Jones River Watershed Association and partners to remove the Wapping Road Dam, significantly improving the opportunities for fish passage in the Jones. Restoration of more natural streamflows in the watershed became a DER Priority Project in 2012.
Flow restoration efforts since 2012 have included the following:
Towns: Brockton, Halifax, Kingston, Pembroke
Major Watersheds: Jones River, Taunton River, North River
Partners: Towns of Brockton and Halifax, Jones River Watershed Association, Monponsett Watershed Association, Taunton River Watershed Alliance, NOAA Restoration Center, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, MassAudubon, Massachusetts Bays Program