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Applying the Massachusetts Coastal Wetlands Regulations

Applying Massachusetts Coastal Wetlands Regulations: A Practical Manual for Conservation Commissioners NOTE: MACC is offering credit towards one elective unit of its Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners certificate training program.

When: December 20th, 2017
9am - 12 noon
Where: The Harborview Room, Old Jailhouse Building
3195 Main St.
Barnstable, Massachusetts 
United States
Contact: Rebecca Haney

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CZM and MassDEP have released Applying the Massachusetts Coastal Wetlands Regulations: A Practical Manual for Conservation Commissions to Protect the Storm Damage Prevention and Flood Control Functions of Coastal Resource Areas, otherwise known as the Coastal Manual. The Coastal Manual provides direction to Conservation Commissions and applicants to address the impacts that proposed projects may have on the storm damage prevention and flood control functions of coastal resource areas. The guidance helps interpret the existing Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) Regulations, clarifies how coastal resource areas are delineated, expands on the description of their functions, and guides applicants and Conservation Commissions on how to apply and meet performance standards. In addition, the manual explains in detail how Commissions should use the best available tools, data, and information for a complete and accurate project review. This guidance is the end product of a collaborative effort of experts from CZM and MassDEP, with additional input from a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from federal and local government, a consulting firm, a nonprofit group, and a law firm. Supplements to the manual include theData Checklists for the Delineation of Resource Areas (PDF, 147KB) to be used out in the field to help identify the boundaries of each resource area, and a List of Adjudicatory and Court Decisions that are referenced in the Coastal Manual and help guide current MassDEP policies. The manual and the accompanying materials provide the most up-to-date state practices and consistent and reliable technical information to improve decision-making at the local level.


CZM and MassDEP are holding training sessions to provide an overview of the Coastal Manual and explore details on many of the topics covered.  Training workshops for interested parties, including Conservation Commissions, consultants, and design professionals, are scheduled as follows:

  • Cape Cod and Islands Region - December 20, 2017,  9 a.m.-noon at the Harborview Conference Room, Old Jailhouse Building, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable
  • South Shore Region - January 11, 2018,  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Kingston Town Hall, Selectmen Room, 26 Evergreen Street, Kingston

For more information about these workshops, contact CZM’s Coastal Geologist, Rebecca Haney at or (617) 626-1228.



SPECIAL NOTE:  MACC will offer credit towards ONE elective unit of our Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners certificate training program for people attending this training workshop conducted by CZM and MassDEP and participating in MACC's Fundamentals program.   Proof of attendance is required for credit.   Please contact Michele Girard at for more information or call 617-489-3930. 


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