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Boston Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission enhances the quality of life in Boston by protecting water and land resources.

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Protecting and restoring our natural environment and ecosystems is central to our mission. We know when people have clean parks and water, they are healthier and happier.

Need to know

Boston recently passed a local wetlands ordinance. Please refer to our filing section below, for new submission requirements and further information.

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Boston Conservation Commission
BOSTON, MA 02201
Meeting Minutes

Wetlands regulations

The Wetlands Protection Ordinance gives the City greater authority to protect its wetlands. Our wetlands are crucial to controlling flooding and protecting Boston's neighborhoods and green spaces. Developing regulations is the first step that will help Boston preserve its natural areas for years to come.

We've already implemented administrative and procedural regulations for the Boston Wetlands Ordinance. We have also created a list of common questions and answers about the ordinance.

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About our work

Protecting Wetlands

Wetlands are vital to the City's natural environment. They provide a habitat for fish, shellfish, and wildlife. Wetlands maintain groundwater and water quality. They also mitigate the impacts of flooding, storm damage, and pollution. We also seek public access to wetland resource areas where it's appropriate. In protecting Boston’s wetlands, the Conservation Commission administers the:

Flood plains

Anything that falls within a flood plain can affect wetland health. That's why we review projects that fall within them. A flood plain is the area of land inundated during floods. 


The commission also works to foster a connection between the people of Boston and the City’s natural areas. We do this through environmental education. We also maintain natural, open-space properties, known as Urban Wilds, that are open to the public.

Commission Info

3 year
Total Seats:

Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
John P. Sullivan Jr. 11/4/2019 11/1/2022 Active
Michael Wilson 11/4/2019 11/1/2022 Active
Michael Parker 11/4/2019 11/1/2022 Active
Anne Herbst 11/4/2019 11/1/2022 Active
Alice Richmond 11/4/2019 11/1/2022 Active
Aldo Ghirin Active
Kannan Thiruvengadam 10/7/2021 Active
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