Who we are
The Conservation Commission is a seven member board appointed by the Board of Selectmen to administer the Wetlands Protection Act under M.G.L. Ch. 131 Section 40 and the Bylaw for Wetland Protection, Article 16 in the Town of Wrentham Bylaws. Members serve a three year term and may be reappointed. The Commission is supported by two part-time staff members, an agent and a secretary. The Commission is charged with regulating activities per the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Wrentham Wetlands Protection Bylaw.
The eight interests of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act which serve to preserve and protect Massachusetts wetlands are:
- preventing pollution;
- reducing the effects of potential flooding; storm damage prevention;
- protecting groundwater supplies;
- protection of fisheries;
- protection of land containing shellfish;
- maintaining habitats for plants and wildlife; and
- protecting public and private water supplies.
Office Hours for Lee Ann Tavares, Secretary: Building/Inspections/Conservation Department - 350 Taunton Street.
- Monday - Closed
- Tuesday - 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Friday - 8:00 a.m. to noon after a Thursday meeting only
The following link will leave the Wrentham webpage:
ATVs are NOT permitted in Wrentham Conservation Areas
What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is water that runs off impervious surfaces such as rooftops, paved roads, driveways and parking lots. Stormwater carries sediment and surface pollutants such as petroleum products, litter/trash, phosphorus and nitrogen. Stormwater is washed down storm drains. The stormwater flows into one of the many brooks or ponds in the Town where it ultimately ends up in the Charles River, the Taunton River, the Ten Mile River, or the Blackstone River. Wrentham is in the watershed for those four rivers.
Why is Stormwater Runoff a Problem?
Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.