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Z.

Seasonal Wetland means areas subject to flooding which form temporary confined bodies of water during periods of high water table and/or high input from spring runoff or snow melt or precipitation.  Isolated lands subject to flooding are seasonal wetlands.

AA.

Sedimentation Control means the prevention or reduction of the collection or concentration of sand, soil, or rock fragments by the action of water, wind, ice, or gravity.

BB.

Select species of amphibians means species of amphibians which depend on seasonal wetlands for breeding habitat including: mole salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum, A. jeffersonianum, A. laterale, and A. opacum); four-toed salamanders (Hemidactylium scutatum); eastern spadefoot toads (Scaphiopus holbrookii); American and Fowler’s toads (Bufo a. americanus and B. woodhousii fowleri); spring peerpers (Psuedacris crucifer); gray tree frogs (Hyla versicolor); and wood frogs (Rana sylvatica).

CC.

Stream means a body of running water including brooks and creeks which moves in a definite channel in the ground due to the hydraulic gradient.  A portion of a stream may flow through a culvert or beneath a bridge.  A stream may be intermittent.  A stream does not necessarily drain an upgradient wetland and does not include those sections of a stream which are upstream of another resource area.

DD.

Temporarily Confined Bodies of Water means bodies of water with little or no flow that periodically become dry to such extent that they cannot support fish populations.

EE.

Vegetated Wetland means areas which are wet meadows, marshes, swamps, isolated wetlands, or bogs.

FF.

Vernal Pool means a confined basin or depression which, at least in most years, holds water for a minimum of two (2) continuous months during the spring or summer.  See Seasonal Wetland.

GG.

Watercourse means a stream wholly or partially man-made.

HH.

Wildlife means any non-domesticated native mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, mollusk, arthropod, or other invertebrate other than a species of the Class Insecta which has been determined by the Commission to constitute a pest whose protection under the Ordinance would be a risk to the inhabitants of Holyoke.

III.

Procedures

A.

Time Periods  Time periods shall be the same as under the Act.

B.

Action by the Conservation Commission Where the Ordinance states that a particular action is to be taken by the Commission, that action is to be taken by a quorum as defined in the Act.  Where the Ordinance states that the Commission is to receive a Request or Application, Commission means an individual designated by the Commission to receive such Request or Application.  

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