Administering Wetland Protection Laws

The Conservation Commission is responsible for reviewing and permitting all projects in or near wetlands, ponds, and rivers in the City of Framingham under the following laws:

  • Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act
  • Framingham Wetlands Protection Ordinance

A permit must be obtained for any work that consists of dredging, filling, removing, or altering within 125 feet of wetlands and vernal pools, or 200 feet of perennial streams.

Additional Responsibilities

In addition to protecting water resources, the Conservation Commission:

  • Owns and manages over 405 acres of open space with trails in Framingham;
  • Sponsors environmental education and engagement programs throughout the year;
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of the City's Open Space Plan and;
  • Administers the City’s Pond Management Program of testing and treating in 6 major ponds for nuisance aquatic vegetation.

Additional Resources

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners