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(1)

The water carrying capacity within the defined channel, which is provided by said land in conjunction with the banks;

(2)

Ground or surface water quality;

(3)

The capacity of the land to provide breeding habitat, escape cover and food for fisheries; or

(4)

The capacity of the land to provide wildlife habitat function.

(a)

No project may be permitted which will have any adverse effect on specified habitat sites of rare vertebrate or invertebrate species as identified on the most current Massachusetts Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Estimated Habitat Maps on file with the Commission.

(5)

The capacity of the land to provide endangered species habitat function.

(6)

The capacity of the land to prevent erosion and sedimentation.

(7)

The capacity of the land to provide aesthetic amenities.

E.

Land Subject to Flooding

1.

Preamble

a)

The Preamble shall be the same as in the Wetlands Protection Act with the following addition:

(1)

Land within one hundred feet (100’) of the Land Subject to Flooding is likely to be significant to the protection and maintenance of the area and therefore to the protection of the interests which Land Subject to Flooding serves to protect.

2.

Definition    

a)

Land subject to flooding is an area with low, flat topography adjacent to and inundated by flood waters rising from creeks, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes or water courses.  It extends from the banks of these waterways and water bodies; where a Freshwater wetland occurs, it extends from said wetland.

b)

The topography and location of land subject to flooding are critical to the protection of the interests specified in Section I(B)(1).

c)

The boundary of land subject to flooding is the estimated maximum lateral extent of flood water which will theoretically result from the statistical 100year frequency storm.  Said boundary shall be that determined by reference to the most recently available flood profile data prepared for the community within which the work is proposed under the National Flood Insurance Program

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