Accepting Applications for the Conservation Commission

The City of Amesbury is looking for residents with interests in wetlands and rivers protection, open space, ecology, or stormwater management to fill two (2) open seats on the Amesbury Conservation Commission. As an Amesbury Conservation Commissioner, you can look forward to many challenging and rewarding experiences.

The Conservation Commission is responsible for the administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL ch. 131 sec. 40), a state law governing activities in and immediately adjacent to local wetlands, waterways and floodplains, the City of Amesbury Wetlands Ordinance, and the Massachusetts Stormwater Standards. The commission also oversees conservation lands in the city with the guidance and help of the Amesbury Planning Board and Amesbury Open Space, Natural Resources and Trails Committee and local organizations.

The Conservation Commission holds regularly scheduled public meetings each first Monday of the month at 7pm to review applications, issue permits, and conduct other business related to the management of Amesbury’s natural resources.

The commission consists of seven members appointed by the mayor to serve three-year terms, is supported by a Conservation Agent, and employs the services of environmental and engineering consultants who provide peer reviews of projects. Technical knowledge is not needed to become a Commissioner, but a willingness to learn is highly appreciated! Comfort with regulatory based decision-making based on the best science available and the law is essential.

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Questions? Please contact Thomas Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the city at (978) 388-8110 ext. 314 or by email at