Why are Wetlands Protected?

Reasons for Wetland Protection

Wetlands are protected for public interests that are provided by these natural resources. When a permit is in front of the Conservation Commission (7 member board appointed by the Board of Selectmen), the members consider these interests as shown below:

  • Protection of public and private water supply
  • Protection of groundwater supply
  • Flood control
  • Prevention of storm damage
  • Prevention of pollution
  • Protection of land containing shellfish
  • Protection of fisheries
  • Protection of wildlife habitat