What is the Wetlands Protection Act?

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131 S. 40) is a state law prohibiting the alteration of wetland resource areas or the associated 100-foot buffer zone without a permit from the Plainville Conservation Commission. The Rivers Protection Act (MGL Ch. 258 of the Acts of 1996) provides similar protections within 200 feet of a perennial (year-round) stream and is incorporated into the Wetlands Protection Act.

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1. What if I don't know if my proposed project is near a wetland?
2. When do I need to file an application with the Conservation Commission?
3. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
4. What is the Conservation Commission?