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Monday, November 6 • 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Poster Session. Highlighting Publicly-Accessible Amenities of the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act

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AUTHORS: Alice Doyle, Brian Brodeur – MassDEP GIS Program; Frank Taormina, Susan You – MassDEP Waterways Program

ABSTRACT: The Commonwealth's primary tool for protection and promotion of public use of its tidelands and other waterways is Massachusetts General Law Chapter 91 – the Waterways LicensingProgram.  Originating as a Colonial Ordinance, it codifies the "public trust doctrine," a legal principle which holds that the air, the sea and the shore belong not to any one person, but rather to the public at large.  The oldest program of its kind in the nation, through the Chapter 91 Program the Commonwealth seeks to preserve and protect the rights of the public, and guarantee that private uses of tidelands and waterways serve a proper public purpose. When development that is not water-dependent occurs in these areas, public benefits such as walkways, seating, interpretive signage, and other ‘facilities of public accommodation’ must be provided.  This interactive web map highlights those public amenities so that visitors to the waterfront can enjoy all that the water’s edge has to offer. 

Monday November 6, 2017 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Ballroom Salon IV (3rd Level)

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