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The primary role of the Wetlands and Water Resources Unit is to ensure all projects scheduled for construction receive the applicable Federal and State wetland permits prior to advertising for construction bids. Staff prepare and/or review wetland permits and wetland/stormwater mitigation designs, delineate wetland boundaries in the field, conduct habitat evaluations, and determine wetland functions and values in accordance with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) methodologies.

Staff review proposed projects, provide technical and regulatory advice on wetland and water quality issues, recommend design changes where possible to avoid and minimize impacts and determine the proper mitigation based on the extent of the impact relative to the feasibility of the mitigation.

In order to meet the Department's advertising goals and to facilitate expeditious environmental agency reviews, this unit regularly conducts early environmental coordination meetings with the ACOE, U.S. Coast Guard, Massachusetts DEP, and local Conservation Commissions to review projects and discuss policies and procedures related to wetland and water quality protection. Wetlands staff also ensures all projects are in compliance with the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) through early identification of rare species habitat and streamlined interagency coordination.

The unit is engaged in various research efforts designed to study the effects of transportation projects on the environment. Through the use of Best Management Practices and context sensitive designs, the Wetlands and Water Resources Unit is committed to minimizing the effects of transportation projects on the environment, and where practicable, improving existing conditions of water quality, wildlife habitat, and landscape connectivity.

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