The Commonwealth's primary tool for the protection and promotion of public use of its tidelands, great ponds and navigable rivers and streams is MGL 91, the Public Waterfront Act. The oldest program of its kind in the nation promotes and protects the rights of the public in these waterways and filled tidelands by ensuring that private uses serve a proper public purpose.

Specifically, the Waterways Program preserves pedestrian access along the water's edge for fishing, fowling and navigation and, in return for permission to build on Commonwealth tidelands, for general strolling.

2012 Waterways Program Plan  pdf format of 2012 Waterways Program Plan
doc format of                             2012 Waterways Program Plan

Recommended Content

People also viewed...

You recently viewed...

Personalization is OFF. Your personal browsing history at is not visible because your personalization is turned off. To view your history, turn your personalization on.

Learn more on our .

*Recommendations are based on site visitor traffic patterns and are not endorsements of that content.