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Exemption to Wetland Act for herring protection

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:09 am
by DaveC
I ask your support for H-683. A bill which would exempt removing obstructions to herring passage from the Wetland Protection Act

Bill H.683 189th (Current)
An Act relative to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act

By Representatives Gifford of Wareham and Orrall of Lakeville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 683) of Susan Williams Gifford and Keiko M. Orrall relative to resource areas that are primarily used in the growing of aquatic organisms. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Sponsors:

Susan Williams Gifford
Keiko M. Orrall
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

SECTION 1. Section 40 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 7 after the word “enlarging,” the following:

a resource area that is primarily used in the growing of aquatic organisms under controlled conditions and used to protect the physical passage of migrating anadromous and catadromous fish with the minimum work necessary to remove a specific and identifiable impediment to fish passage including the removal of downed trees that impede fish passage, removal of built up sediment and sandbars that impede fish passage, removal of excessive vegetation blocking fish passage, and the maintenance of fish ladders and must only be carried out by the division of marine fisheries, appointed herring wardens or under the auspices of authorized public entities and must not impact other protected interests of this section,

SECTION 2. Section 40 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “riverfront area.” in line 227 the following paragraph:

The term “Resource area” as used in this section shall mean any bank, riverfront area, fresh water wetland, coastal wetland, beach, dune, flat, marsh, meadow or swamp bordering on the ocean or on any estuary, creek, river, stream, pond, or lake, or any land under said waters or any land subject to tidal action, coastal storm flowage, or flooding.

Re: Exemption to Wetland Act for herring protection

PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:14 pm
by DaveC
This bill is now in committee. I ask you ALL to write in support to your local state reps and senators. The bill would provide a formal exemption to the Wetland Protection Act (MGL Ch 131, S. 40) for MarineFisheries, herring wardens, and "authorized" entities (hopefully, watershed associations) to perform hand work in rivers and streams for passage of migratory fish without going through the local Conservation Commissions.

Re: Exemption to Wetland Act for herring protection

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:40 pm
by DaveC
Committee hearing was held on Oct 6 in Belchertown (I suppose they could have gotten a bit further from the coast). Now it needs a vote out of committee and onto the floor. I urge you all to write in favor to your local legislature and the environment, natural resources and agriculture committee.

Re: Exemption to Wetland Act for herring protection

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:13 pm
by DaveC
Bill died in committee.