Title 5 & Watershed Permitting: Revised Notice of New Public Hearings with Extension of Comment Period

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.

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is proposing to amend the State Environmental Code, Title 5, 310 CMR 15.000, and promulgate new regulations, titled Watershed Permit Regulations, at 314 CMR 21.00, pursuant to its authority at M.G.L. c. 21A § 13, G.L. c. 21 § 27, and Section 2A of Chapter 259 of the Acts of 2014. MassDEP is proposing to amend the Title 5 regulations to enhance protection of embayments and estuaries—particularly on Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts—from nitrogen pollution originating primarily from wastewater. 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:


The recordings of three previous public hearings are available on MassDEP’s YouTube channel and website.

MassDEP will conduct two additional public hearings:

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

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

Oral comment 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 dep.talks@mass.gov 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
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