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Wetlands Protection Committee
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Wetlands Administrator *
NRC Director
Address:
525 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone:
781-431-1019, X2292
Fax:
781-237-6495
Alternate Phone:
781-431-1019 X 2294
Hours:
*By appointment - Please call to schedule an appointment.
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Name
Title
Term Expires
Richard Howell
Chair
6/30/2019
Peter Jones
Vice-Chair
6/30/2017
John Adams
Secretary
6/30/2019
Robert Collins
Member
4/30/2018
J. Stanley Waugh
Member
6/30/2017
 
 
Please contact nrc@wellesleyma.gov to get on the agenda.

The Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee (often referred to as the "Conservation Commission" in other towns) is a five-member board of volunteers who are appointed by Wellesley's Natural Resources Commission ("NRC").  The NRC, having the powers and duties of a Conservation Commission, has delegated to the Wetlands Protection Committee the power and authority to administer and enforce the provisions of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131 §40) and the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Article 44).  

The Committee holds regular meetings, generally every third Thursday at 7:30 PM, in Lower Town Hall. During their meetings, the Committee reviews proposed projects that fall under the jurisdiction of the (following) state and local wetlands protection laws.


WELLESLEY'S WETLANDS MAP
This website has a link to Wellesley's Wetlands Map, which shows the approximate locations of wetlands, buffer zones and riverfront areas. According to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131 §40) and Wellesley's Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Article 44), all wetland delineations are subject to verification by on-site observations.  The map's wetlands were derived from the following three sources:

MassDEP Wetlands Conservancy Program (obtained through the MassGIS Program of MA EOEA), 1:12000
Town of Wellesley Base Planimetry, 1:400
Other wetlands identified by the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee through survey and aerial photo interpretation

    PLEASE NOTE:   
         THE WETLANDS MAP is provided as a general reference only and
         IS NOT TO BE USED FOR LEGAL OR REGULATORY PURPOSES.  

WETLANDS PROTECTION LAWS

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Bylaw prohibit altering land, water or vegetation in lakes, streams, wetlands, floodplains, or areas within 100 feet of wetlands (and 200 feet of perennial streams) without a permit from the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee.  In addition, the Massachusetts Inland Restricted Wetlands Act (M.G.L. Ch. 131 s. 40A) protects 14 designated wetlands in Wellesley.  For more information, please visit the State's Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") Wetlands website.


WELLESLEY'S WETLANDS PROTECTION BYLAW

PROTECTED INTERESTS AND VALUES include, but are not limited to:
public or private water supply,
groundwater,
flood control,
erosion and sedimentation control,
storm damage prevention,
water pollution prevention,
fisheries,
wildlife habitat, and
recreation

PROTECTED RESOURCE AREAS:
marshes;              wet meadows;            bogs;
swamps;               banks;                           reservoirs;
lakes;                     ponds;                           rivers;
streams;               creeks;

lands under
reservoirs,              lakes,                             ponds,
rivers,                      creeks or                       streams;
any wetlands bordering on any of the above resource areas;
isolated wetlands
        so long as they cover at least 2,500 square feet of surface area;

Land within 100 feet of the above resource areas;

Vernal Pool Habitats;
Lands within 200 feet of perennial streams or rivers;
Bordering land subject to flooding; or
Isolated land subject to flooding.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Wetlands Protection Committee's Staff at (781) 431-1019 ext. 2294 or nrc@wellesleyma.gov.



Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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