About the Conservation Commission

Community Preservation Committee Hearing

Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 44B, Sec. 5(b)(1), and the Town of Wrentham  General Bylaws Article 7.110 Sec. 2C, the Wrentham Community Preservation Committee will be conducting a Public Informational Hearing:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting Room, Wrentham Town Hall

79 South Street, Wrentham, Massachusetts 

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comments regarding the needs, possibilities and resources of the town regarding community preservation. The Committee is required to consult with existing municipal boards, including the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Recreation Director and the Housing Authority in conducting such studies. The Community Preservation Committee is vested with the authority to make recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of local Community Preservation funds derived from the Community Preservation surcharge on local property taxes and annually allotted state Preservation Trust Fund resources.

In anticipation of submitting warrant articles for Town Meeting, the Community Preservation Committee will consider proposals for projects that may be eligible to be funded in whole or in part by the Town of Wrentham’s Community Preservation Fund. Local non-profit organizations, town boards, and individuals who may be qualified to receive Community Preservation Act funds related to Open Space, Historical Preservation, Housing, Recreation and Municipal Planning are invited to attend. 

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.

Agent

Darryl Luce

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

Phone Number:

(508) 384-5417

Fax Number:

(508) 384-6553

Email:

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Additional Information: 

The following link will leave the Wrentham webpage:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Water Resources & Wetlands

Other:

2015 Town of Wrentham Open Space and Recreation Plan

Water Powered Mills of Wrentham

Worth Knowing

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.

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