Conservation Commission

The Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (310 CMR 10.0), reviewing, permitting and inspecting projects in or adjacent to Cambridge’s wetlands, floodplains and water bodies.  Related to this, the Commission plays an important role in implementing the Massachusetts Stormwater Management Policy and Standards.  The seven members of the Conservation Commission are appointed by the City Manager to three-year terms and are served by one permanent staff person, the Commission Director.

The Commission Director assists with the interdepartmental review of Environmental Impact Reports and state and federal environmental documents and permit applications for projects that may impact Cambridge or its water supply. The Commission Director regularly provides technical assistance to City departments on natural resources and environmental planning issues, and works with regional, state and federal agencies and community groups to address issues of both short and long-term environmental concern.

In addition to administering the Conservation Commission, the Director is a member of the Fresh Pond Advisory Board, the Open Space Committee, the ABC Stormwater Flooding Board, the Mystic River Watershed Municipal Sub-Committee, the Food and Fitness Policy Council and coordinates both the Open Space Community Preservation Act funds and the Community Gardens Program.

A Conservation Commission member serves as a member of the Fresh Pond Advisory Board and Community Preservation Act Committee.

Fresh Pond (Neville Manor)

Fresh Pond (Neville Manor)

Green Street Neighborhood Park

Green Street Neighborhood Park