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CITY OF HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS

WETLANDS PROTECTION ORDINANCE

REGULATIONS

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 10 2005

I.

General Provisions

A.

Introduction These Regulations are promulgated by the Holyoke Conservation Commission pursuant to the authority granted to the Commission under Section 2-2 of the City of Holyoke Wetlands Protection Ordinance.  These rules and regulations complement the Ordinance and shall have the force of law upon their effective date.

B.

Purpose

1.

Interests The Holyoke Wetlands Protection Ordinance sets forth a public review and decisionmaking process by which activities affecting areas subject to protection under the Ordinance are to be regulated in order to contribute to the following interests: (collectively, the "interests protected by this Ordinance"):

a)

Protection of public and private water supply

b)

Protection of groundwater

c)

Flood control

d)

Erosion and sedimentation control

e)

Storm damage prevention

f)

Water pollution prevention

g)

Protection of wildlife habitat

h)

Protection of wildlife

i)

Protection of endangered species

j)

Protection of endangered species habitat

k)

Protection of fisheries

2.

These regulations serve to implement the Holyoke Wetlands Protection Ordinance by establishing standard definitions, uniform procedures, design specifications, and performance standards by which the Conservation Commission may carry out its responsibilities under the Ordinance.

C.

Statement of Jurisdiction

1.

Areas Subject to Protection under the Ordinance

a)

Any freshwater wetland including marsh, wet meadow, bog, swamp, bank, isolated wetland, vernal pool, or seasonal wetland;

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