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(4)

if the resource is bordering a waterbody or waterway, the replacement/replicated area shall have an unrestricted hydraulic connection to the same water body or waterway associated with the lost area;

(5)

the replacement/replicated area shall be located within the same general area of the water body or reach of the waterway as the lost area;

(6)

at least seventy-five (75) percent of the surface of the replacement/replicated area shall be reestablished with indigenous, native wetland plant species within two growing seasons, and prior to said vegetative establishment any exposed soil in the replacement area shall be temporarily stabilized to prevent erosion in accordance with U.S. N.R.C.S. methods; and

(7)

the replacement/replicated area shall be provided in a manner which is consistent with all other Performance Standards for each resource area described in these regulations.

d)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 4(a) and 4(b) above, the Commission may issue a Permit allowing work which results in the loss of a portion of Freshwater Wetland when:

(1)

said portion has a surface area of less than five hundred (500) square feet;

(2)

said portion extends in a distinct linear configuration ("fingerlike") into adjacent uplands; and

(3)

in the judgement of the Commission it is not reasonable to scale down, redesign or otherwise change the proposed work so that it could be completed without loss of said wetland.

e)

Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 4(a), (b), and (c) above, no project may be permitted which will have any adverse effect on habitat sites of rare vertebrate or invertebrate species as identified on the most current Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Estimated Habitat Maps on file with the Commission.

C.

Isolated Wetlands

1.

Preamble     Isolated Wetlands are Freshwater Wetlands that do not border on creeks, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, or other water bodies.  Isolated Wetlands are likely to be significant to the interests identified in Section I(B)(1). Isolated Wetlands may be found either in areas with low flat topography or below sidehill seeps.  These areas provide for the temporary storage of water which results from runoff, rising ground water, or where

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