The Commission is responsible for administering the Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Ch. 131, Section 40) as well as the Town of Stow Wetland Protection Bylaw which was adopted by Town Meeting in 1983. Under these laws, the Commission is required to review and issue permits for any proposals to alter or develop land within 100’ of wetlands and within 200’ of rivers and ponds. This permitting process helps protect the town’s drinking water and wildlife habitat, and helps prevent storm damage, pollution and flooding.