Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and River Protection Act

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Originator: The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Publication_Date: 20080922
Title: Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and River Protection Act
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Originator: The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Title:
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Georegulations Geodatabase
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Description:
Abstract:
Authorities: M.G.L. c. 131, § 40: Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act; 310 CMR 10.00: Wetlands Regulations.
Jurisdiction: Any wetland, including:
* Any bank, freshwater wetland, coastal wetland, beach, dune, tidal flat, marsh or swamp bordering on the ocean, any estuary, creek, river, stream, pond, lake, or certified vernal pool; * Land under any of the water bodies listed; * Land subject to tidal action, coastal storm flowage, or flooding; and * Riverfront areas in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In addition, a 100-foot buffer zone around any fresh water or coastal resource listed above is subject to jurisdiction.
Applicability: Any construction in or near a wetland resource, including intertidal and subtidal habitat, is subject to the provisions of the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA).
Regulatory Summary: Local Conservation Commissions and the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Wetlands Program administer the WPA (310 CMR 10:00: Wetlands Regulations). The purpose of the WPA is to protect Massachusetts wetlands resources and to ensure that the beneficial functions of these resources are maintained. The resources identified are protected because they fulfill the public interest to protect public and private water supply, protect fisheries, protect groundwater supply, provide flood control, protect land containing shellfish, prevent storm damage, protect wildlife habitat, and prevent pollution. These interests are protected by a "no net loss of wetlands" policy. Projects that affect wetlands are required to avoid impacts where possible, minimize unavoidable impacts, and mitigate for unavoidable impacts. Performance standards define the levels of environmental impacts that cannot be exceeded.
Projects proposed in wetlands resource areas or in the buffer zone around them must obtain a local Order of Conditions. Wetland resources include land under the ocean, coastal banks, coastal beaches and tidal flats, coastal dunes, barrier beaches, rocky intertidal, salt marshes, land under salt ponds, Designated Port Areas, land containing shellfish, and land on the banks of fish runs.
Review Process: Proponents of projects in wetlands or in the buffer zone around them must apply for an Order of Conditions from the municipal Conservation Commission. In addition to the requirements of the WPA, project proponents should check with Conservation Commission officials to determine if there are any local wetlands by-laws applicable to the project. Applicants must also obtain a list of abutters from the Assessors Office so that the abutters can be notified of the proposed project.
The application, called the Notice of Intent (NOI), which describes the type and boundaries of resource areas and the type of work proposed, is submitted by the applicant to the Conservation Commission along with supporting plans. A professional engineer generally must stamp plans. A copy of the NOI is also submitted to the regional office of DEP, which issues a project number for the proposed activity. A legal notice is published in a local newspaper. Upon completion of these steps, the Conservation Commission opens the public hearing of the proposal.
If the project is approved or approved with conditions, the Commission has up to 21 days to issue an Order of Conditions (OOC). Abutters, a group of 10 citizens, or the applicant have 10 days to appeal an approval to DEP. If the proposal is denied, the applicant can appeal the decision to DEP. If the project is appealed, MassDEP will issue a Superseding Order of Conditions (SOOC), either confirming or altering the original Order.
Forms: WPA Form 3 Notice of Intent at <http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/resources/noi.htm>.
Fees: Based on the category of the proposed activity and resources affected (310 CMR 10.03).
Website: <http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/index.htm>.
Contact: MassDEP Wetlands Program (617) 292-5695.
Purpose:
These georegulations data were developed for illustrative purposes to depict the geographic extent(s) of specific laws and policies. They were derived from various sources for planning purposes only and do not necessarily represent contemporary legal spatial positions or orientation(s). All users should verify the location of any boundary of interest prior to use by contacting the controlling legal authority (i.e. Federal, Commonwealth, or town agency) listed in the metadata for guidance.
Supplemental_Information: <http://www.mass.gov/czm/permitguide/regs/maprotectionact.htm>
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Public domain data from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management as the source of these data. You are not permitted to use CZM's name or to suggest that CZM endorses your project or product, without its express written consent. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, CZM cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by any inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers. The user must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of these data with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to these data.
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Contact_Person: CZM Data Manager
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Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114-2136
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Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these data, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop these data may be reflected in the data supplied. The client must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. In no event shall CZM be liable for any damages, whether general, special, incidental or consequential damages, arising out of your use of these data. Your sole remedy for damages is to stop using the data. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CZM and its employees against any claim, loss, liability or expense, including attorneys' fees, resulting from loss of or damage to property or the injury to or death of any person arising out of the use of the data.
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GIS and coordinate files may be downloaded at no charge by following links on the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management website (<http://www.mass.gov/czm/>).

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