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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 64: Annual report on dams

Section 64. The commissioner of conservation and recreation, in conjunction with the commissioner of fish and game, the division of fisheries and wildlife, and the riverways program, or any successor agencies, shall annually, on or before June 30, submit a detailed report on all dams, whether on public or private property, to the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture and to the senate and house committees on ways and means. The report shall include (1) a comprehensive list of each person, agency, municipality or entity that owns and operates a dam and the location of each dam where such ownership or operation is registered with the department; (2) a list of specific owners who have failed to meet regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, registration and inspection requirements; (3) the hazard classification status of any dams that pose a threat to public health, safety, welfare, property or the environment and when or whether any such dam has been repaired; (4) a comprehensive list of dams that are abandoned as defined in section 44 of chapter 253; and (5) a comprehensive list of dams, the existence, condition or operation of which poses a threat to freshwater animal and plant and resident or migratory fish species habitat or movement.