Living With Wetlands

Largely due to fear and misunderstanding, wetlands have been viewed as nuisance areas and have suffered severe degradation or elimination as a result. It is only in the last few decades that we have come to understand the value and importance of wetlands and have begun to protect them accordingly.

In Massachusetts, the Wetlands Protection Act (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 131, §40) ensures the continued health of wetlands by prohibiting unauthorized work in and around them.