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MACC receives funding to develop wetlands enforcement training.

Friday, September 1, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Michele Girard
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MACC Develops New Enforcement Training
Thanks to Funding from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation

We are happy to announce that the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, has awarded MACC funding to develop essential training on the fundamentals of wetlands enforcement and to provide it at no cost to MACC members who are conservation commissioners or their staff working in communities served by the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. These communities include Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend in Nashoba Valley, and Essex, Gloucester, Manchester, and Rockport in Cape Ann.

MACC is offering this training on November 4, 2017, and again on March 24, 2018. Mark your calendars!

Protecting Wetlands: Enforcing the Requirements

An important component of a conservation commission's work is enforcement when wetlands are damaged and regulations ignored. The enforcement process itself is complex, involving law, regulation, and science, and is not set forth in the wetland regulations. The enforcement rules for local bylaws and ordinances add yet another layer of complexity. Most conservation commissions do not regularly undertake enforcement and may be unfamiliar with the options and best practices for enforcement, and how to best obtain compliance after a violation has occurred.

This training will include information on the applicable laws, regulations, and suggestions for developing a good enforcement case. Included in the training will be case studies and participatory scenarios. The following topics will be covered:
 Enforcement options under the Wetlands Protection Act and local bylaws/ordinances

 Enforcement procedures

 Obtaining access to a property

 Compliance monitoring

 Remedies

Instructors will include Rebekah Lacey, Esq., Miyares and Harrington, LLP; MACC Director; and Matt Schweisberg, PWS, Wetlands Strategies and Solutions, LLC, MACC Officer.

This workshop is offered at no cost to MACC member conservation commissioners and commission staff serving in the communities of Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend, and Essex, Gloucester, Manchester, and Rockport. If room permits, others are welcome to attend this training at the standard rates. ** The training locations and dates will be:

November 4, 2017 – Nashua River Watershed Association, Groton, MA 9:00 – 11:30 am

March 24, 2018—Community Room, Rockport Police Department, Rockport, MA 9:00 – 11:30 am

Registration information is available on our website at Contact the MACC office at (617) 489-3930 with any questions.


Acushnet Conservation Commission says...
Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017
We need this training everywhere! Maybe once you've got the bugs worked out you can offer it to the whole state? IT's at least as important as some of the other workshop topics....I'm sure we can figure out where to get the money for it....

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