The Hamilton Conservation Commission is responsible for protecting the town of Hamilton’s wetlands resources. It does this by working with residents to comply with the state Conservation Commission Act, state Wetlands Protection Actand the Town of Hamilton non-zoning Conservation Bylaw, which contains additional requirements deemed necessary by town residents to protect our local wetland values.

The Commission reviews activities proposed within 100 ft of any wetland, marsh, swamp or bank, that borders any waterway or waterbody, land under those waters, or lands that flood; and activities within 200 ft from larger watercourses. This review process is utilized to contribute to the following interests: protect public, private, and groundwater supply, control floods, prevent storm damage, prevent pollution, and protect fisheries, shellfish, and wildlife habitat.

The Commission consists of up to 7 volunteers each serving a 3-year renewable term and one part-time Conservation Agent.  It serves as a resource to residents on wetlands issues, including through consultations with the agent, site visits, educational events, and informational resources. There are twice monthly public meetings and hearings.


Current Work

THE COMMISSION IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON REVISING THE TOWN’S BY-LAW and continues to seek input in preparation for the annual town meeting in spring 2023. 


Proposed new by-law

Please direct any inquires on this proposed bylaw to [email protected]






Name Term
Lauren Lynch Chair 6/30/2023
vacant Member 6/30/2026
Virginia Cookson Member 6/30/2025
Deborah V. Thompson Member 6/30/2024
Anthony (Sandy) Codding Member 6/30/2024
Kathy Simons Vice Chair 6/30/2024
vacant Member 6/30/2023


Name Contact
Brian Colleran Conservation Agent (978) 626-5247