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(2)

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 Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Estimated Habitat Maps on file with the Commission.

(3)

Flood damage due to filling which causes lateral displacement of water that would otherwise be confined within said area.

(4)

An adverse effect on public and private water supply or ground water supply.

(5)

An adverse effect on the capacity of said area to prevent pollution of the ground water.

(6)

An adverse effect on erosion or sedimentation control.

G.

Riverfront Resource Area

1.

Preamble: The preamble shall be the same as that found in the Rivers Protection Act.

2.

Definition:  The definition shall be the same as that found in the Rivers Protection Act.

3.

Performance Standards     The performance standards shall be the same as the Rivers Protection Act.

VII.

Buffer Zone

A.

Preamble    

The One Hundred Foot (100’) Buffer Zone adjacent to an Area Subject to Protection (“a resource area”) further protects such areas by providing shade and moisture; by filtering stormwater runoff; by moderating temperature; by providing wildlife habitat; by recharging groundwater; by controlling sediment and erosion; by providing flood control; by preventing storm damage; and by preventing slow intrusion of development and alteration to the wetlands.   

B.

Definition

1.

The 100’ Buffer Zone is the area adjacent to the boundary of the freshwater inland wetland resource areas as provided herein Section I(C)(1) except that area adjacent to the riverfront resource area.

2.

The 100’ Buffer Zone is measured on a horizontal plane from the boundary of the resource area towards the upland for a distance of one hundred (100) feet.

3.

For the purposes of additional protection, the 100’ Buffer Zone is divided into two distinct zones known as the inner 50’ and the outer 50’.

a)

Inner Fifty Feet (Inner 50’)

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