Allan F. Jones

Allan F. Jones was a Massachusetts state legislator who introduced the Jones Act. BARNSTABLE – Longtime Cape and islands legislator Army veteran. A veteran state legislator who represented Cape Cod and the islands for more than 20 years, died March 15 at the Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth. Mr. Jones was the husband of the …

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Francis W. Hatch, Jr.

Frank Hatch authored the Hatch Act, Massachusetts’ landmark wetlands protection law, in 1965. Mr. Hatch was the former chairman of the Conservation Law Foundation, and honorary board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Mr. Hatch was the son of Francis W. Hatch and Marjory Kennard Hatch, was born May …

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Jones Act

The Jones Act (enacted as M.G.L. Ch. 139, Sec. 27A) was adopted in 1963 to safeguard shellfish and marine fisheries against the cumulative deterioration of estuaries and coastal wetlands. It was an emergency law designed to restrict dredge and fill operations. The law empowered the Department of Public Works and the DNR to put an immediate temporary …

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