Massachusetts abandons plan to limit residents’ ability to appeal certain wetlands decisions

We are happy to relay this news from Clean Water Action

Massachusetts Wetlands and Citizens’ Rights Protected

…Officials in the Patrick administration [announced] today that because of pressure from environmental groups they are abandoning their plan to limit residents’ ability to appeal certain wetlands decisions.

This means that thanks to you, we’ve won.

Our campaign to protect citizens’ environmental rights has been building and together with our Clean Water Action activists and allies, we helped generate nearly 700 public comments for the Department of Environmental Protection’s formal record and to Governor Patrick’s office. The strength in numbers demonstrated in this quick effort to defend citizen participation in protecting vital environmental resources is just what Clean Water Action was founded upon over 35 years ago…

In the last two months of this campaign to protect both Massachusetts wetlands and the rights of Massachusetts citizens:

  • over 37 Massachusetts organizations came together to win on this issue;
  • over 700 citizen activists wrote letters and submitted comments to the governor and the DEP;
  • and The Boston Globe has come out on the citizens’ side in several pieces.
We did a great job as a community committed to protecting public health, environmental resources, and democracy. I thank you heartily. With your help, we can work together in the future!


Becky Smith
Water Organizer
Clean Water Action
Clean Water Fund…

See also:

State Retreats From Planned Limit On Wetlands Appeals, by Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service [link], 30 August 2007

Clean Water Action Massachusetts: “Support The Right of Citizens to Appeal DEP Wetlands Decisions”