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Title 5 and Watershed Permitting: New Public Hearings with Extension of Comment Period

I would like to share that a Public Hearing Notice was published in the Massachusetts Register by the Massachusetts Secretary of State on November 11, 2022. Through this revised Notice, MassDEP is providing an extension of the comment period until 5 p.m. on January 30, 2023.

This Revised Notice of Public Hearings with Extension of Written Comment Period is available in alternative languages (Español -- Tiếng Việt -- Chinese -- Kreyòl Ayisyen -- Português -- Khmer) on MassDEP's website at:

MassDEP’s proposed regulations at 314 CMR 21.00 provide a watershed permitting approach to control nitrogen and other pollutants from entering the embayments and estuaries. The proposed amendments and regulations are available on MassDEP’s website at:

Public Comments and Hearings

MassDEP conducted three public hearings: November 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.; December 1, 20 22 at 1:00 p.m.; December 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The recordings are available on MassDEP’s YouTube channel and website at

Extension of Comment Period and Additional Public Hearings:


MassDEP will conduct two additional public hearings:

Remote Only, January 24, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Register for the remote session at:

Remote Only, January 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Register for the remote session at:

Oral Comments will be accepted at these hearings.

All submitted written comments must include the name and contact information of the person providing the comments. Please submit comments by e-mail to and include Title 5 & Watershed Permit in the subject line. Written comments may also be submitted by mail and should be sent to MassDEP, Bureau of Water Resources – Division of Watershed Management, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114, Attention: Title 5 & Watershed Permit.

MassDEP provides some language access interpreter/translation services to limited English proficient individuals free of charge. If you need an interpreter to participate in this meeting, services can be found at the following link: MassDEP intends to provide some Spanish, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean Creole interpretive services at the public hearings. Please provide 72 hours advance notice if additional translation services are requested.



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