Public Hearing(s):

February 11, 2014:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Southeast Regional Office
20 Riverside Drive,
1st Floor Conference Room
Lakeville, MA 02347

February 12, 2014:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Northeast Regional Office
205B Lowell Street
Conference Rooms A-1007 and B-1008
Wilmington, MA 01887

February 13, 2014:
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Western Regional Office
436 Dwight Street
Conference Room B 42
Springfield, MA 01103

Public Comment Period: 
Ends 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2014


NOTE: The February 13, 2014 public hearing in Springfield was cancelled due to a snow storm. The comment period will continue to be open until the close of business, Monday, February 24, 2014.


Pursuant to M.G.L. c.30A, the MA Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) gives notice of its intent to amend the Wetland Regulations (310 CMR 10.00) promulgated under the Wetlands Protection Act (Act) (M.G.L. c.131, s. 40).  The proposed regulations are below.  

Section 50 of Chapter 238 of the Acts of 2012 amended the Wetlands Protection Act to authorize the Commissioner of MassDEP to declare Severe Weather Emergency Declarations, effective August 7, 2012.  Emergency Declarations will be limited to regional or statewide severe weather events.  When issued, Emergency Declarations will allow certain prescribed work to be done without the filing of a Notice of Intent.  Conservation commissions and MassDEP retain all existing authority to issue individual Emergency Certifications authorized by 310 CMR 10.06 if the work is necessary to protect public health or safety and is performed, or is ordered to be performed by an agency of the Commonwealth. The new authority for the Commissioner to issue Emergency Declarations following widespread storm damage is intended to facilitate prompt responses when a comprehensive response is needed to restore power, clear roadways, repair infrastructure, and remove fallen trees.  Emergency Declarations will prescribe mitigating measures required for such work, include any notification or reporting requirements, describe the geographic area of the Declaration's effect, and limit the Declaration’s effective period, which shall not be longer than 3 months, unless extended by the Commissioner.

Public Comments and Hearings:
Comments on all proposed revisions may be presented orally or in writing on the following hearing dates. Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2014 and may be submitted electronically via email to or by direct mail to:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Resource Protection - Wetlands Regulatory Comment Box
One Winter Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02108

Public Hearing Notice: Proposed Wetland Regulation Changes doc format of Proposed Wetland Regulation Changes

Proposed Wetland Regulation Changes, Chapter 238, Section 50 doc format of Proposed Wetland Regulation Changes, Chapter 238 sec 50