The Conservation Commission protects Egremont's land, water, and biological resources. The Commission's authority derives from the Commonwealth's Conservation Commission Act (MGL, Chapter 40, § 8C) for open space and the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL, Chapter 131, § 40) to protect wetlands and waterways through permitting. The Commission can research local land areas for conservation and passive outdoor recreation under an Open Recreation and Resource Plan consistent with the Town's Master Plan.
The Conservation Commission reminds residents that any work they may wish to undertake on their property, which might be within proximity to rivers, streams, wetlands, or even intermittent water flows, vernal pools, or wet areas, should contact the Commission using the Project Review Form available to download on this page under Documents. Most, but not all, local contractors, tree services, excavators, etc., are familiar with the requirements under the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) and will ensure all necessary approvals are obtained before commencing work. However, the property owner is ultimately responsible for all the due diligence. If you are uncertain whether or not your project is subject to the WPA, email the Commission, and we will assess no cost or burden to you.