The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.
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EEA manages and preserves the Commonwealth’s open spaces, enforces pollution laws, ensures new development projects don’t harm the environment, and promotes eco-friendly energy production and conservation.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.
DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
DOER helps create a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth.
The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The DPU oversees investor-owned electric power, natural gas, and water companies in Massachusetts. In addition, the DPU regulates the safety of bus companies, moving companies, and transportation network companies. We also oversee the safety of natural gas pipelines.
DCS offers grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for the acquisition of conservation and parkland, as well as for park renovation and development. DCS also reviews Conservation Restrictions (CR), administers the Conservation Land Tax Credit (CLTC) Program, and supports Conservation Districts.
DER restores and protects rivers, wetlands, and watersheds in Massachusetts for the benefit of people and the environment.
MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
The Division of Marine Fisheries manages the state’s commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries and oversees other services that support the marine environment and fishing communities.
The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
The mission of the Massachusetts Environmental Police is to protect the environment and natural resources of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through enforcement, education, and public outreach.
The MEPA review process provides meaningful opportunities for public review of potential environmental impacts of certain projects for which certain actions by state agencies are required. It requires state agencies to study the environmental impacts of projects requiring state permitting, financial assistance or land disposition, and to use all feasible measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate damage to the environment or, to the extent damage to the environment cannot be avoided, to minimize and mitigate damage to the environment to the maximum extent practicable.
The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET or the Trust) is a grantmaking organization that supports activities that advance conservation and understanding of marine animals and restoration of critical ecological systems in the Commonwealth.
The Trust does not use any tax dollars to operate. It is entirely funded by the 30,000+ Bay State citizens who purchase and renew one of the Trust’s three environmentally-themed license plates issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles – the Right Whale Tail, Leaping Brook Trout, and Blackstone Valley Mill. These are the only specialty plates sold in Massachusetts that exclusively fund environmental programs.
CZM is the lead policy, planning, and technical assistance agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and implements the state’s Coastal Management Program under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.
MassBays is an EPA National Estuary Program dedicated to protecting, restoring, and enhancing the estuarine resources of Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay.
FBA provides boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas, and sport fishing piers at more than 290 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.
The Office of Grants and Technical Assistance helps those seeking grant, loan, and technical assistance identify appropriate EEA funding and support.
The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology works to support the growth of environmentally responsible manufacturing and production in the Commonwealth by encouraging businesses to better comply with environmental regulations, implement cost effective toxics use reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable practices.
The Water Resources Commission was established in 1956 by the Massachusetts Legislature and is responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing the Commonwealth’s water policy and planning activities to ensure that Massachusetts will have plentiful water to support health, safety, economic development, and ecological vitality for generations to come.
The twelve-seat Commission includes appointees from seven state agencies or offices and five public members.