Conservation Commission

Sub Committee(s)

413-548-1022 x 3  concom@leverett.ma.us 

Conservation Commission Agent: Adam Kohl - leverettconcom@gmail.com

Mailing address: PO Box 300, Leverett, MA 01054

Meeting Schedule: The Conservation Commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm online via Zoom. Please see the Town Events Calendar for exact dates, times and agendas. The agenda may change to reflect unforeseen business.

No meetings currently scheduled.

Members

7 of 7 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • David Powicki, Chair. 2022.
  • Ralph Tiner. 2022.
  • Gail Berrigan. 2023.
  • Jono Neiger. 2023.
  • Joan Deely. 2024.
  • Julia Firl. 2025.
  • Seth Heminway. 2025.

The Leverett Conservation Commission is responsible for matters related to conservation planning and land management. The Commission helps update the five-year Open Space and Recreation Plan, administers State Wetland and Riverfront Protection statutes, and helps with the acquisition of open space.

What are the financial implications of land protection? Read more here: https://masswoods.org/sites/masswoods.org/files/pdf-doc-ppt/cost%20of%20community%20services%20for%20four%20towns.pdf

Wetlands Protection in Leverett

It is illegal for anyone in Leverett to dredge, fill, modify or alter any of these resource areas without first filing for and receiving a permit from the Conservation Commission to do so. The protected resource areas include rivers, streams, brooks, ponds, vernal pools, wetlands and flood plains. Anyone whose property is within 100 feet of a wetland or within 200 feet of a perennial brook stream or river and who wishes to build, grade, clear, or do any work that would alter the resource area must contact the Conservation Commission before doing so. Any work permitted by the Board of Health such as repair or construction of disposal systems or wells which fall within a resource area must also receive a permit from the Conservation Commission. Applications for building permits which require the signature of the Conservation Commission must either demonstrate that the work to be done is not within a resource area or file under the Wetlands Protection Act.

Leverett enforces the the State Wetlands Protection Bylaw (MGL 310 CMR 10). There is not a local wetlands bylaw in Leverett. To view mapped wetlands in the Town of Leverett you can use the interactive Mass Mapper online tool here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massmapper-interactive-map.

Wetlands Forms Available Here

Wetlands Interactive Map

Priority Resources Map

USGS Topographic Maps

**Applications for permits under the Wetlands Protection Act must be received at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to allow time for site visits and the required newspaper advertisement. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact the agent at concom@leverett.ma.us.**

Protected Open Space in Leverett -view map here

Previous meetings:

Current Projects

(for copies of project files contact the ConCom Agent)

Conservation Commission Meetings

Additional Info

Update 11/8/2021: At the November 8th meeting the Leverett Pond Notice of Intent (DEP file # 200-0196) and the Request for Determination were continued to the December 6th meeting at the request of the Friends of Leverett Pond because their environmental consultant could not attend on November 8th. Time will be made for public comment regarding these projects at the Dec 6th meeting.

The direct link to "Answers to Commission Questions" can be found here. Full materials related to the Notice of Intent are posted on this webpage if you scroll down to the Friends of Leverett Pond section.

Update 3/26/21: National Grid will before maintance and tree trimming, vegation mowing, and tree removal along the ROW. You can read the notice and view the map.

Update 2/3/21: The replacement of structures along the Eversource Right of Way (DEP File # 200-0195) within resource areas is scheduled to begin February 8, 2021.

UPDATE: Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 the Conservation Agent, Tessa Dowling, will be working remotely. The Conservation Commission and the Agent can still be reached at 413-548-1022 ext. 3 or by e-mailing concom@leverett.ma.us. Upcoming meetings will be held remotely using Go to Meeting.

Eversource/GZA Notice of Intent

2020 Leverett Hydro-Raking Scheduled

Eversource Dec Report for the Montague-Fairmont Priority Structure Replacement Project

Eversource will be conducting vegetation management along its rights of way.

FEMA will be conducting field surveys in the Middle Connecticut watershed from May 2019 - winter of 2020.

Eversource's Yearly Operational Plan for vegetation management is available here:

New England Central Railroad will be conducting vegetation management along their tracks. The Yearly Operational Plan can be found here:

Calendar of Events
Mon, Oct 17, 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom
Mon, Oct 17, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
COA -- SCHEDULED
Fri, Oct 21, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Posted to: Council on Aging
Special Town Meeting -- SCHEDULED
Tue, Nov 1, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Leverett School Gymnasium
Posted to: Select Board
Leverett Public Forum -- SCHEDULED
Thu, Nov 10, 2022, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom
Mon, Nov 14, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall & online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
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