Wetlands Protection Act and Maynard Wetlands Bylaw


Massachusetts (State) Wetlands Protection Act – in a nutshell

Requires Commission review of (and permit for) any activity proposed within 100 feet of a wetland or within 200 feet of a river.

If you are near a wetland … ask before acting!

Examples of activities include: dumping, cutting, grading, digging, or anything that changes soil, plants, water flow.

Examples of wetlands:

  • waterbody (river, stream, creek, pond, lake, bank, beach, flat)· land subject to flooding (floodplain or regularly flooded area)
  • bordering vegetated wetland (marsh, swamp, bog, wet meadow)
  • riverfront zone

And a riverfront is defined as “anywhere with 200 feet of a perennial stream”.


Maynard Wetlands Bylaw — in a nutshell

  • Has a more stringent definition of an Isolated Land Subject to Flooding
  • Institutes a 50-Foot No Build Zone
  • States that vernal pools need not be certified to be protected
  • Institutes a new application fee structure