The Town of Wareham has an estimated 54 miles of coastline and extensive inland wetlands. The Conservation Commission has the responsibility of protecting Warehams coastal and inland wetland resource areas through the implementation of the MA Wetlands Protection Act, and the Town of Wareham Wetland Protective By-Law. The Commission regulates and monitors various projects and activities which may impact any wetlands or waterbodies. The Commission also investigates reported violations of illegal construction and destruction of wetlands. An ongoing goal of the Conservation Commission is to try to insure that proponents of perspective projects comply with wetlands protection regulations. The Commission will also continue to update and improve its means of protecting Warehams valuable wetland resource areas through local by-law revisions and public education.
The Conservation Commission is also involved with the preservation of Open Space and wildlife habitat. With increasing development pressure, it is clear that in order to maintain wildlife corridors and recreational Open Space, certain properties need to be preserved. The Commission has been, and will continue to be, involved with efforts aimed at permanently protecting land through direct acquisition, or through Conservation Restrictions. This means the Commission must promote coordination with various Town Officials, and other organizations that may be involved with such efforts.