Why should my project be reviewed by the Conservation Commission?

Marshes, streams and ponds aren’t the only wetlands governed by the law. Some wetland resources lack standing water. Wetlands are any lands where the soil is saturated for a significant portion of the growing season. Just because water pools occasionally in the early spring does not automatically make an area a wetland. Conversely, an area may be a wetland even if there is never standing water there. Even if a project isn’t  in a wetland, a projectnear a wetland can degrade that wetland by increasing siltation and runoff. For this reason the Commission has jurisdiction over all work, including landscaping and brush-cutting, in any wetland resource area and within 100 feet of a wetland.