Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Environment/Energy: Waterways and Wetlands

G36 Division of Watershed Management

G37 Bureau of Resource Protection

G38 Office of Dam Safety

G39 Office of Waterways

G40 Riverways Program

G41 Division of Ecological Restoration


G36 Division of Watershed Management
Bureau of Resource Protection
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-292-5673
Fax: (617)292-5696
www.mass.gov/dep/about/organization/aboutbrp.htm

Office of Watershed Planning and Permitting
627 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel: 508-792-7470
Fax: 508-791-4131

Wastewater Treatment Training Center
627 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel: 508-767-2781

The Division of Watershed Management is charged with monitoring and regulatory activities that affect water quality and quantity within the state's major river basins, combines the four water resource programs within the original BRP (Wetlands and Waterways, Water Pollution Control, Watershed Management, and Drinking Water) and focuses on building local and regional coalitions to bring about the next major increment of water quality improvement.  The division's Board of Certification issues permits for wastewater treatment facility operators. The Training Center also offers education courses and seminars for treatment plant operators.


G37 Bureau of Resource Protection
Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-292-5500
www.mass.gov/dep/about/organization/aboutbrp.htm

Formerly the Division of Wetlands and Waterways Program, the Bureau of Resource Protection ensures the protection of inland and coastal wetlands, tidelands, great ponds, rivers and floodplains. It regulates activities in coastal and wetlands areas, and contributes to the protection of ground and surface quality, prevention of flooding and storm damage and protection of wildlife habitat. The Bureau administers and enforces: the Wetlands Protection Act (Chapter 131 s 40); the Public Waterfront Act (Chapter 91), which is designed to protect public rights in Massachusetts waterways; the Inland and Coastal Wetlands Restrictions Acts; and the 401 Water Quality Certification Program.


G38 Office of Dam Safety
Department of Conservation and Recreation
John Augustus Hall
180 Beaman Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
Tel: 508-792-7716, ext. 600
Fax: 508-792-7718
www.mass.gov/dcr/pe/damSafety/
E-mail: dam.safety@state.ma.us

The Office of Dam Safety regulates for public safety over 2,900 public and privately-owned dams across Massachusetts through mandated safety inspections, operation and construction permitting, and managing the repair of identified deficient municipally owned dams.


G39 Office of Waterways
Department of Conservation and Recreation
349 Lincoln Street, Building 45
Hingham, MA 02043
Tel: 781-740-1600, ext. 4
Fax: 617-727-2950
www.mass.gov/dcr/

Major responsibilities of the division include the design and construction of waterway improvements, flood control facilities, and shore protection projects as well as the dredging of waterways. It is also responsible for the Dam Safety Program and the condition of state piers.


G40 Riverways Program
Division of Ecological Restoration
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 021114
Tel: 617-626-1540
Fax: 617-626-1505
www.mass.gov/dfwele/der/riverways/index.htm

The department coordinates this program, which purchases and preserves river land. The program also helps community groups to develop watershed organizations to preserve their rivers.


G41 Division of Ecological Restoration
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114-1236
Tel: 617-626-1540
Fax: 617-626-1505
www.mass.gov/dfwele/der/

Formerly the Wetlands Restoration Program the mission of the Division of Ecological Restoration is to help citizens voluntarily restore the state’s coastal wetlands through planning, education and outreach, project implementation and monitoring.


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