- MassDEP to Review Recent Studies on Precipitation Rates in Massachusetts
As part of the Commonwealth's climate-change resiliency effort, MassDEP is evaluating the most recent precipitation-frequency statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the goal of updating the Wetlands regulations (310 CMR 10.00) to accommodate the use of newer data in the wetlands permitting process. These statistics apply to stormwater peak runoff rates, calculation of 10-year floodplains, and isolated lands subject to flooding. In the interim, existing values from the US Weather Bureau Technical Paper 40 (TP40) should continue to be used. November 2015.
- Guidance for Aquatic Plant Management in Lakes & Ponds
Guidance for the review of projects proposed to control aquatic-vegetation growth, under provisions of the Wetlands Protection Act.
- Airport Vegetation Management GEIR
Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act's (MEPA) guidance for the development and review of airport vegetation removal projects in wetlands to comply with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
- Emergency Repairs to Structures, Roads, and Facilities Located in Wetland Resource Areas or Buffer Zones, and Waterways
Guidance for homeowners and local officials on authorizing emergency work in the event of a sudden or unforeseen emergency.
- Beach Nourishment: MassDEP's Guide to Best Management Practices for Projects in MA file size 2MB
Guidance for beach-nourishment projects to maintain habitat, stability, and ecological health.
- Beaver and Muskrat-Related Activities - Guidance for Implementing G.L. c.131, s.80A
Guidance for conservation commissions to manage flooding problems caused by beaver and muskrat activities.
- The Massachusetts Vegetated Buffer Manual file size 5MB
Creating and maintaining vegetated buffers along waterbodies to control pollution, protect habitat and water quality, and benefit the property owner.
- Applying the Massachusetts Coastal Wetlands Regulations: A Practical Manual for Conservation Commissions file size 6MB
This guidance document was developed by the Office of Coastal Zone Management and MassDEP to help Conservation Commissions evaluate projects proposed in coastal resource areas for their potential to impact the storm damage prevention and flood control interests of the Wetlands Protection Act. It gives Commissions tools, data, and information to delineate the coastal resource areas, determine resource area functions, assess potential project impacts, and evaluate whether the project meets, or can be conditioned to meet, the performance standards. The manual also includes a separate attachment, Data Checklists for Delineation of Resource Areas , which can be printed and carried out to the field to record information about landform features and characteristics. August 2017.
- Dam Removal and the Wetlands Regulations
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Guidance for dam-removal projects to benefit the ecological health of the waterway.
- Delineating Bordering Vegetated Wetlands Under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act file size 5MB
A detailed manual for determining boundaries of vegetated wetlands bordering waterbodies, including hydrological and botanical indicators, and a guide to delineating BVWs in the field. If you need a separate copy of the "Bordering Vegetated Wetland Delineation Field Data Form," incorporated into the appendices of this document, see "Permits and Forms" on the Wetlands Protection page.
- MA Basic Building Code Regulations Revisions - May 2008
These revisions establish requirements for structures in areas particularly vulnerable to damage from coastal storms.
- Complete Erosion and Sedimentation Control Guidelines: a Guide for Planners, Designers, and Municipal Officials file size 4MB
Best management practices for controlling erosion and sedimentation.
- Eutrophication and Aquatic Plant Management Generic Environmental Impact Report (GEIR) - DCR
Lake management techniques for control of nutrients and aquatic-plant growth effectiveness and ecological impacts, and additional resources for identifying invasive species and other aquatic-nuisance issues.
- Enforcement Manual for Wetlands file size 2MB
Assisting conservation commissions and other municipal officials in protecting wetland resources through effective enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act.
- Farming in Wetland Resource Areas Manual: 1996 Edition file size 6MB
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Provisions of the Wetlands Protection Act Regulations that cover exempt and regulated agricultural activities, the permitting process for regulated activities, and resources for farmers, regulators, and the general public.
- Hydrology Handbook for Conservation Commissioners file size 2MB
This manual is intended to assist conservation commissions in evaluating the hydrologic impacts of proposed activities on wetland function and statutory interests.
- Inland Wetland Replication Guidelines
Increasing the effectiveness of wetland replication to meet performance standards for mitigation projects.
- Massachusetts Wildlife Habitat Protection Guidance for Inland Wetlands file size 2MB
Guidance to identify important wildlife habitat in wetlands and ways to protect it while evaluating proposed projects in wetlands. The included Simplified and Detailed Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Forms are also available separately under "Permits and Forms" on the Wetlands Protection page.
- Massachusetts River and Stream Crossing Standards
Criteria for maintaining river and stream continuity, to enable environmentally-critical movement of fish and wildlife through river and stream corridors. March 2012.
- National Climate Data Center Precipitation Frequency Atlas
Precipitation data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- West Nile Virus Application of Pesticides to Wetlands Resource Areas and Buffer Zones, and Public Water Systems (Guidance BRPG01-02)
Guidance to determine if mosquito control work (e.g. application of pesticides) is exempt or requires an Emergency Certification under the Wetlands Protection Act, and whether application of pesticides to a public water source for mosquito control can go forward.