• Massachusetts DEP Using Aerial Photography to Map and Prosecute Wetlands Violations
  • March 30, 2004 | Author: R. Jeffrey Lyman
  • Law Firm: Goodwin Procter LLP - Boston Office
  • In December 2003, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the first two prosecutions under its extensive new wetlands protection initiative. Harbingering a likely national trend, DEP used state-of-the-art computer technology to compare aerial photographs taken over time to detect wetlands violations and bring enforcement actions. Using this technology, DEP expects it can now more effectively deter future violations of wetlands laws, impose stringent fines for past violations, and target areas for wetlands remediation.