Wetlands are valuable resources, and one of the most useful tools we have for protecting those resources is the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. The local agency responsible for enforcing this act is the local Conservation Commission. At the state level, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has this responsibility. If you are looking for a tutorial on this law or on the workings of a conservation commission, BEAT’s tutorial is the place to start. BEAT can help you to understand the Wetlands Protection Act, the role of your local Conservation Commission, your rights as a citizen or property owner, and the processes related to this law.