Mills, Dams, and Reservoirs (Massachusetts)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Massachusetts

Applies to States or Provinces Massachusetts
Name Mills, Dams, and Reservoirs (Massachusetts)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Energy Storage, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Primary Website

Last Review 2015-01-09


This chapter of the Massachusetts General Laws outlines procedures to settle disputes regarding the construction and operation of dams on non-navigable waters. Dam construction or alteration is allowed on non-navigable waters with a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection, but others affected by the dam can file civil suits and potentially obtain monetary compensation for damages to land. Existing dams are not affected by this section; however, material alterations to dams that may cause further damage to others' land (e.g., raising the dam, altering the machinery or method of water flow) may also result in a civil suit. Construction and operation of dams on navigable streams or across the outlets of great ponds is not permitted without a license from the Department of Environmental Protection. All dams must be registered with the Department. The regulations accompanying this legislation, in 321 CMR 10.00, contain criteria for the design and construction of new dams.

Policy Contact

Department Department of Conservation and Recreation
Address 251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA, 02114

Phone 617-626-1250
Fax 617-626-1351

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 253

Authority 2: 321 CMR 10.00