The Conservation Commission has jurisdiction over lands:
100 feet from bordering vegetated wetlands
100 feet from the bank of a stream, water course or interment
Bordering land subject to flooding defined by elevations of 100 year storm
The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to protect, promote, and enhance the quantity and quality of the natural resources within the Town, especially wetlands, wildlife and water resources; through planning, acquisition, land management, regulation, scientific research and public education. The Conservation Commission is an advisory and regulatory committee of the Town.
The Conservation Commission may receive gifts, bequests or devises of personal property or interests in real property in the name of the Town, subject to approval of the Town Manager. The Commission may receive monetary gifts for development of a Conservation Fund, and expend the same, subject to the General Laws and the approval of the Town Manager.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for the implementation of the provisions of MGL Chapter 131, § 40, The Wetlands Protection Act, in protecting floodplains, riverbanks, and other wetlands within the Town of Bridgewater.
The Town of Bridgewater, through local regulations, expands Conservation Commission authority. The D.E.P. can over rule Commission decisions and appeals must be filed in Superior Court.