What laws apply to wetlands in Reading?

Wetlands are protected by the Federal Clean Water Act, the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act, and the Wetlands Protection Section of the Reading General Bylaws. In Reading, these laws are administered by the Conservation Commission.

There are also special provisions for wetlands in laws pertaining to drinking water supplies, endangered species habitat, hazardous materials, solid wastes, pesticide application, mosquito control, building codes, and other matters. The Conservation Commission works in partnership with the boards and officials who administer these related laws.