A solid success story for MassDEP is the Wetland Circuit Rider Program. Established by the Wetlands and Waterways Program, Circuit Riders promote fair, consistent and environmentally sound wetland permitting by the 351 local conservation commissions in the state. Circuit Riders accomplish these goals by offering technical, administrative, and regulatory assistance on numerous wetland topics to hundreds of commissions, municipal boards, and consultants each year. The program has become a leading State resource for answering regulatory and technical wetlands questions and has received overwhelming support and praise for the Circuit Riders' fair and consistent responses to questions and unparalleled professional outreach work from conservation commissions, municipal staff, and the regulated community alike.
Commissions should look here for upcoming training opportunities for eDEP Wetland Forms and WIRe, through their regional circuit rider, or by contacting Alice Smith, Wetlands eDEP/WIRe Coordinator, at 617-292-5854 or email@example.com. Alice will also respond to eDEP/WIRe-related questions for MassDEP's Central Regional Office. Any other questions should be directed to your regional Circuit Rider or to Nancy Lin at 617.556.1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to Know Your Regional Circuit Rider
Alice Smith is MassDEP's Vulnerable Wetlands Project Manager and works collaboratively with the regional wetlands circuit riders and program staff on a variety of wetlands-related activities. Alice holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She also completed a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a focus on Hydrology and Water Resource Management. You can reach Alice at 617-292-5854 or email@example.com.
Christine Odiaga is the Circuit Rider for the Southeast Regional Office and the satellite office on Cape Cod. She has a BS in Biology and minor in Marine Studies from Northeastern University, and worked as Conservation Agent in two municipalities. Christine did NPDES field work on the Central Artery/Tunnel project for six years, which included revising the Best Management Practices section of the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, and served as President of the Northeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association from 2005-2009. You can reach Christine at 508-946-2836 (in Lakeville) or 508-771-6117 (in Hyannis) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Stinson is a Circuit Rider for the Western Regional Office. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and has also taken Masters level courses in Forestry Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has over 13 years of experience at the conservation commission level as a commissioner, chair and agent for a Western Massachusetts community. Mark can be reached at, 413-755-2257 or email@example.com.
Pamela Merrill is the Circuit Rider for the Northeast Regional Office. Pamela is currently enrolled in the UNH Wetland Certification Program where she is working towards becoming a Certified Wetland Scientist in New Hampshire. She has 5 years of experience working as an agent for 2 North Shore Conservation Departments. Pamela also has experience working in the private sector, working with an environmental consulting company as an Associate Wetland Scientist. Reach Pamela at 978-694-3249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.