Shades of Green: The Patchwork of Wetlands Regulation in Massachusetts

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The Patchwork of Wetlands Regulations in Massachusetts Author(s): Amy Dain — Publication date: 2008-02-14 Category: Better Government Abstract: “Why can’t I just fill the little swamp in the backyard? That way I have more lawn to enjoy.” This question is listed on the website for Gloucester’s Conservation Commission under “Frequently Asked Questions.” The Commission’s response is that all wetlands, including small seasonal wetlands, help clean stormwater, serve as drainage areas and provide habitat for many species.