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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


Departments: Conservation Commission

210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2759
FAX 781-740-0239
Hours of Operation:
M-W-Th 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tues 8:30am-7:00pm
Fri 8:30am-1:00pm
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Important Documents & Links

Qualified Professionals for Elevation Certificates and LOMAs

Flood Insurance Rate Maps - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Foundry Pond Dam: Site Reconnaissance, Preliminary Evaluation and Opinion of Probable Cost for Dam Removal (PDF, 16MB - large file)

Do you as an abutter meet the "prior participation" standard? (PDF)


Conservation Commission

The Hingham Conservation Commission is a seven member board appointed to 3 year overlapping terms by the Board of Selectmen under Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Commission is entrusted with the stewardship of over 1000 acres of conservation land and addresses natural resource issues of the town and region.

Empowered to administer the State Wetland Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131, section 40), the Rivers Protection Law, and the Town of Hingham's Wetlands Protection Bylaw, the Commissioners review numerous projects that fall within their jurisdiction. After review, Orders of conditions are issued to applicants which are intended to protect the natural resource interests of the community.

A Conservation Officer and a full time secretary staff the Conservation Office. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30AM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday 8:30 A.M. to 7:00PM , and Friday 8:30AM to 1:00PM

The Commission generally conducts a public meeting the first and third Monday of each month at the Town Hall beginning at 7 P.M.  However, please contact the Conservation Office to confirm meeting dates and locations and deadlines for submission of applications/filings.

The Falls at Foundry Pond

The Falls at Foundry Pond

Members Term Expires
Scott McIsaac, Chair 2015
Alan McKenna, Vice Chair 2015
Eldon Abbott 2016
Michael Ide 2016
John J. Morrissey 2017
Robert Mosher 2017
Abby Y. Piersall, AICP, Conservation Officer  
Cathy MacDonald, Secretary  
Regina Hickey, Part Time Wetlands Clerk  

2013 Annual Report

In 2013 the Commission said goodbye Linda Defreitas, whose seven years of administrative support was greatly appreciated. Cathy MacDonald and Erica Larner joined the Conservation team.

The Conservation Commission continued to evaluate projects subject to the MA Wetlands Protection Act and the Hingham Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The Commission acted on 118 applications and projects during 2013. These included:
• 1 Emergency Certification
• 3 Enforcement Orders
• 38 Orders of Conditions
• 31 Determinations of Applicability
• 38 Certificates of Compliance
• 6 Administrative Reviews
• 2 Orders of Resource Area Delineation
The Town acquired 3.06 acres of land and conserved an additional 1.98 acres to create the Sidney's Pond Conservation Area on Rockland Street through the Community Preservation Act. This conservation land is located in the Weir River Area of Critical Environmental Concern and is the site of a historic ice business.
The Commission's dedicated volunteers continued to help maintain and improve trails, fields and natural resources on Conservation lands. Various student groups, Boy Scouts and resident volunteers worked to clear trails, improve facilities and develop interpretive materials on conservation lands. The Commission, in partnership with the Harbormaster and the DPW received a grant from the MA Department of Coastal Zone Management to develop preliminary designs to improve the quality of stormwater entering Walton's Cove on Downer Avenue.
In order to simplify permitting and reduce costs for Hingham residents and business owners, the Commission updated its regulations to include an administrative review process.

Eldon Abbott
Charles Berry, Chair
Daniel Coughlin, Vice Chair
Michael Ide
Scott T. McIsaac
Alan E. McKenna
Nina T. Villanova
Abby Piersall, Conservation Officer