Education & Outreach

Wetland Monitoring & Assessment

Storms & Other Emergencies

Wetlands Information Resource (WIRE)

  • MassDEP's Wetland Information Resource (WIRe)

    The Wetlands Information Resource (WIRE) will allow MassDEP to more easily track permitted impacts, determine responsibility for wetland loss, pursue enforcement, and monitor compliance & mitigation success.

  • eDEP Online Filing

    A secure site for submitting environmental permits, transmittals, certifications, and reports electronically to MassDEP.

Wetlands Regulations

Wetlands Guidance

Wetlands Policies

Maps

  • Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS)
    Through the Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS), the Commonwealth has created a comprehensive, statewide database of spatial information for mapping and analysis supporting emergency response, environmental planning and management, transportation planning, economic development, and transparency in state government operations.
  • Communities with Previously-Registered Wetlands

    Cities and towns that currently have registered wetlands with accompanying restriction orders under either the Coastal Wetlands Restriction Act (c.130, s.105) or the Inland Wetlands Restriction Act (c.131, s.40A).

  • Wetlands Program - Orthophotoquad Map Use & Distribution

    List of possible municipal uses for Wetlands Orthophotoquad Maps.

  • Massachusetts Ecological Integrity Maps and MassDEP Maps Depicting Habitat of Potential Regional or Statewide Importance

     This page describes Massachusetts Ecological Integrity Maps and MassDEP Maps Depicting Habitat of Potential Regional or Statewide Importance.

  • Eelgrass Mapping Project

    The current MassDEP Eelgrass layer is being updated. A paper has been published explaining the methodology of the updates.

  • Wetlands Loss Maps Q&A

    This Q&A describes Wetlands Loss Maps. In order to protect this valuable land, MassDEP began compiling aerial photographs of the state to track the alteration and loss of wetlands. By comparing the photos, MassDEP can more effectively enforce the Wetlands Protection Act to restore already damaged areas and devise better strategies to prevent the destruction of these valuable resource areas. 

  • Wetlands Maps: Mouth of Coastal River

    Massachusetts Mouth of Coastal River Maps: These maps identify the Mouth Of The River (MOR) for coastal rivers in order to provide a clear, consistent, and predictable means of locating all river mouths in the Commonwealth.

Stormwater Policies & Guidance

Permits & Forms

  • eDEP Online Filing

    A secure site for submitting environmental permits, transmittals, certifications, and reports electronically to MassDEP.

  • Wetlands and Waterways Forms

    Chapter 91 Waterways licenses, Wetlands Protection Act permits, Water Quality Certifications, herbicide application, renovation of abandoned cranberry bogs, and permit-specific fee transmittal forms. 

  • Notices of Intent Lookup

    Online database for Wetland Notices of Intent dating back to 2002. For specific information about a particular filing, contact the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office. 

  • Bordering Vegetated Wetland Delineation Field Data Form doc format of BVW Field Data Form

    Use this form to delineate the boundary of a Bordering Vegetated Wetland under the provisions of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and regulations (310 CMR 10.55). For more information see the "Bordering Vegetated Wetland Delineation Manual" under "Wetlands Guidance", above. 

  • Simplified Habitat Evaluation Form doc format of Simplified Habitat Evaluation Form
pdf format of Simplified Habitat Evaluation Form

    Simplified habitat-evaluation form from the Massachusetts Wildlife Habitat Protection Guidance. This form applies when a field evaluation determines that a project will have no adverse effect on the habitat features specified in the form; otherwise the Detailed Habitat Evaluation Form is used.

  • Wildlife Habitat Protection Guidance - Appendix B, Detailed Wildlife Habitat Evaluation doc format of Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Form
pdf format of Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Form

    Detailed habitat-evaluation form from the Massachusetts Wildlife Habitat Protection Guidance, to be submitted when a proposed project triggers habitat-protection provisions in the Wetlands Protection Act regulations.

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