Which areas are protected wetlands?

Wetlands are protected under state law (the MA Wetlands Protection Act and its regulations) and/or under the local by-law (the Town of Rockport Wetlands By-law and its regulations). Any work taking place within 100 feet of a wetland (e.g. beach, coastal bank, stream, marsh, vernal pool, etc.) requires prior review and approval to ensure that no adverse impact will occur in these areas. Rivers and perennial streams are protected by state law to 200 feet from the mean annual high water mark. This is called the Riverfront Area and there is a maximum of 10% disturbance in the outer 100 to 200 feet, and in most circumstances, no additional disturbance is allowed beyond this. 

Please note: This disturbance is the maximum allowed in extreme cases and is not considered a right of the applicant.

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1. Where can I purchase sediment control products?
2. What is the procedure for obtaining approval from the Conservation Commission? My project may be in an area regulated by the commission jurisdiction.
3. What information is needed to present a project? If approved by the Conservation Commission, are other approvals needed?
4. What are the laws and rules that regulate wetlands in Rockport?
5. How do I find out if my property is in a location that has activities regulated by the Rockport Conservation Commission?
6. Can I clean out my stream?
7. Do I need to file for permission to do landscaping?
8. How long does it take to begin a project once my application has been submitted?
9. Do I need to hire an engineer or wetland scientist?
10. What do I do with the department of environmental protection file number?
11. What does abutters' notification mean?
12. What happens if I do not file an application?
13. Which permit application should I use for my project?
14. Upon submitting my application, how long does it take to be put on the agenda?
15. Which areas are protected wetlands?
16. Why can’t I just fill in the little swamp in the backyard?
17. Why do I have to file with the Conservation Commission?
18. Why do we bother protecting wetlands anyway?
19. Can the Conservation Commission give me advice on what I can and cannot do on my property?