AYER — The Conservation Commission is researching the 1866 Chapter 91 state law requiring dock licenses for docks built after 1990 in great ponds in Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), which will affect residents on Sandy and Long ponds.
With an impending December deadline for residents to comply, commissioners William Daniels and George Bacon learned about the issue during a recent Department of Environmental Protection seminar. One of the issues with obtaining a license for a dock is that the pond needs a resource management plan, and there’s no way to create one in time to meet the deadline.
The commission had previously planned to hold a public information hearing on the issue during its June 28 meeting, but have decided to postpone the hearing as they gather more information. — Richard Breyer