The Gloucester Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Rivers Protection Act, and the local Gloucester Wetlands Ordinance. The Commission’s mission is to protect public interests including public and private water supplies, ground water, local flora and fauna and their habitats, and areas for passive recreation. It also looks to prevent or reduce flooding, and prevent erosion and pollution of Gloucester wetlands and waterways.
In ensuring these interests are protected, the Conservation Commission reviews and oversees activities that may alter resource areas or their buffer zones. Resource areas include: any bank, fresh water wetland, beach, marsh, wet meadow, bog, swamp, estuary, creek, river, stream, pond, lake, or vernal pool or any land under water. They also include bordering land subject to flooding (consisting of the 100-year floodplain) and isolated lands subject to flooding.
- Conservation Commission meetings are open to the public and are generally held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. Please see the 2023 Meeting Schedule & Deadlines (PDF). Final meeting details will be posted under Public Notices on the City's website.
Agendas & Minutes
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