Boston Conservation Commission
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.
BOSTON, MA 02201
Boston Wetlands Ordinance
The Ordinance protects wetlands, water resources, flood-prone areas, and adjoining upland areas of the City of Boston.Read the Ordinance
About our work
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:
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.
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