What does the Conservation Commission do?

The Sherborn Conservation Commission is charged under state law (Wetlands Protection Act) and town by-law (Sherborn General Wetlands Bylaw Chapter 17) with protecting wetlands, streams, and ponds from alterations, including development, that would degrade the wetlands' hydrological and biological functions.

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1. What does the Conservation Commission do?
2. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
3. Why should my project be reviewed by the Conservation Commission?
4. How do I know if there is a wetland on my property?
5. How will the presence of a wetland affect the home I’m building or the landscaping I’m planning?
6. Does the Conservation Commission ever permit construction within 100 feet of wetland?
7. My neighbor’s house is easily within 50 feet of a wetland. Why did the town permit this?
8. What is a vernal pool and why is it special?
9. What can I do to protect the wetlands in my neighborhood?