In addition to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the following state agencies have a major role in the protection, restoration, and preservation coastal wetlands:
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Wetlands Protection Program - This program works closely with CZM on the protection and assessment of coastal wetlands and is the agency that implements the regulations of the Wetlands Protection Act. The MassDEP web site has many links to sources of information on outreach and education, wetland monitoring and assessment, and procedures and requirements under the Wetlands Protection Act, as well as a link to many mapping resources, including maps documenting wetlands loss, eelgrass beds, and flood hazard zones.
- Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) - Working to improve habitat for fish and wildlife and to restore ecological services, DER supports a wide variety coastal restoration projects in coordination with local cities and towns and their citizens. DER provides technical assistance, coordination, and funding for ecological restoration projects.
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Program - ACECs are places in Massachusetts have received special recognition for the quality, uniqueness, and significance of their natural and cultural resources, and typically include extensive wetland areas. An ACEC designation, which is initiated by local citizens and communities, provides increased regulatory protection and is intended to increase and foster stewardship of special places. The goals of the ACEC Program are to identify and designate ACECs, increase their level of protection, and facilitate and support their stewardship.
The following federal agencies also work to protect Massachusetts coastal wetlands:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - The EPA New England Regional Office’s wetlands page includes information on national and local EPA efforts to protect and preserve wetlands, including enforcement efforts and available grants. It also includes general information on wetlands and links to related efforts.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) - The USACE New England District both performs environmental restoration and stewardship work and regulates work and structures located in, under or, over navigable waters of the United States. This regulatory authority extends to projects located in wetlands adjacent to navigable waters and/or isolated wetlands that have a demonstrated interstate commerce connection.
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