What resource areas are protected under the act?
Protected wetland resource areas include rivers, streams, brooks, ponds, lakes, vegetated wetlands, banks, floodplains, and vernal pools. The riverfront area is an area which extends 200 feet from the banks of rivers and most brooks, streams and the ponds through which these features flow. The regulations also provide a buffer zone which extends 100 feet from the edge of most wetlands.

Rivers, streams, brooks, ponds, reservoirs, wetlands, and the underground aquifers in Attleboro are all part of the system that provide water for use by residents. In addition, wetland areas provide habitat and food for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife and act as conduits for the movement of water from one area to another. Wetlands serve as temporary storage areas for water, filtering out pollution, providing containment for floodwaters and allowing the filtered water to be recharged to groundwater.

It is illegal for anyone in Attleboro to dredge, fill, modify or alter any of these resource areas without first filing for and receiving a permit from the Conservation Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection. Anyone who may want to work within 100 feet of a wetland or within 200 feet of a brook, stream or river and who plans to build, grade, clear, apply herbicides or do any work which could alter the resource area must contact the Conservation Commission before doing so. In order to determine whether the provisions of the Wetlands Protection Act apply to a particular land area, a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA) may be applied for. In response, the Commission will issue the Determination of Applicability (DOA), which will inform the applicant whether or not he must apply for further permits to work on the land in question.

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1. What is the Conservation Commission and what does it do?
2. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
3. What resource areas are protected under the act?
4. How do I determine if there is a resource area on my property?
5. What is protected by the Local Wetlands Protection Ordinance?
6. What is overseen by the Stormwater Management Ordinance?
7. When should you consult the Conservation Commission?