MassDEP is evaluating the most recent precipitation-frequency statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the goal of updating the Wetlands regulations to accommodate the use of newer data in the permitting process.
Guidance for the review of projects proposed to control aquatic-vegetation growth, under provisions of the Wetlands Protection Act.
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.
Guidance for homeowners and local officials on authorizing emergency work in the event of a sudden or unforeseen emergency.
Guidance for beach-nourishment projects to maintain habitat, stability, and ecological health.
Guidance for conservation commissions to manage flooding problems caused by beaver and muskrat activities.
Creating and maintaining vegetated buffers along waterbodies to control pollution, protect habitat and water quality, and benefit the property owner.
Conservation Commissions may use this guidance to 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.
Guidance for dam-removal projects to benefit the ecological health of the waterway.
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.
Use this form to delineate the boundary of a Bordering Vegetated Wetland.
These revisions establish requirements for structures in areas particularly vulnerable to damage from coastal storms.
Best management practices for controlling erosion and sedimentation.
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.
Assisting conservation commissions and other municipal officials in protecting wetland resources through effective enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act.
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.
This manual is intended to assist conservation commissions in evaluating the hydrologic impacts of proposed activities on wetland function and statutory interests.
Increasing the effectiveness of wetland replication to meet performance standards for mitigation projects.
Guidance to identify important wildlife habitat in wetlands and ways to protect it while evaluating proposed projects in wetlands.
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.
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.
Criteria for maintaining river and stream continuity, to enable environmentally-critical movement of fish and wildlife through river and stream corridors. March 2012.
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.