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Share your comments on regulations that protect Boston's wetlands

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Public comment is open for Phase II of Wetlands Ordinance regulations that focus on isolated vegetated wetlands, vernal pools and habitat, and land subject to coastal storm flowage.

We are developing regulations to preserve and protect Boston's wetlands for years to come. The Conservation Commission implements administrative and procedural regulations for the Boston Wetlands Protection Ordinance. This ordinance gives the City greater authority to protect its wetlands.

Due to their complexity, the development of regulations has been separated into phases. Phase I regulations outlined the process for submitting an application and receiving a permit. Learn more here.

Phase II (CURRENT)

Community engagement and feedback from stakeholders is critical for shaping an effective and community-supported set of regulations. As part of the process, we are seeking input from the community on the proposed draft regulations.

We want to hear from you.

Submit an online comment

Phase II of the regulations focuses on wetland resources that are either not protected under State law or do not have any standards for projects to follow. The goal is to create a set of performance standards that projects must follow to protect and preserve these resources. 

Phase II will create a set of regulations for:

  • Isolated vegetated wetlands, which are wetlands that are not next to open water.
  • Vernal pools and vernal pool habitat, which are small depressions that seasonally fill with water.
  • Land subject to coastal storm flowage, which is the same as the 100-year floodplain.

Phase III Regulation development

We are beginning Phase III of the development of regulations. This phase will address the climate resiliency, climate equity, and environmental justice components of the Ordinance. 

Why are wetlands important?

Wetlands are vital to the City's natural environment and our residents. They maintain groundwater and water quality, improve air quality, and help lessen the impacts of flooding. As we plan for and try to lessen the impacts of climate change, preserving our wetlands are crucial to the health and wellbeing of all Bostonians.

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For updates on developing regulations, sign up for the Conservation Commission newsletter.

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