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Join the Treasure Hunt for Connecticut’s Healthiest Streams!

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Vernon Conservation Commission will again sponsor the annual Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV). Volunteers are needed to help with this important investigation of water quality in the Tankerhoosen River watershed.

Volunteers will search for insects, worms and other small animals that live in riffles, or areas of fast moving water, along the brooks that feed the Tankerhoosen. The variety and numbers of animals found will indicate the relative cleanliness and health of the river system. Vernon’s survey results will be compiled along with those for other rivers by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop a view of water quality statewide.

No experience is necessary to participate in the survey. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 AM at the Tolland County Agricultural Center (TAC) at 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) in Vernon. An overview of the RBV program will be provided, followed by group field training. Volunteers will then split into teams to investigate predetermined survey sites. The project will be completed by 2:00 PM.

Participants should wear knee high boots or hip boots, and may bring dishwashing or other waterproof gloves. Bring a water bottle – snacks will be provided. To register contact Tom Ouellette, RBV project coordinator, at


Welcome to the Vernon Conservation Commission

We're glad you stopped by to see what is going on in the town of Vernon. You might be asking yourself what is a Conservation Commission and what do they do?

A Conservation Commission is an official body of the municipality, created by vote of the local legislature, with its members appointed by the chief executive officer. The enabling legislation for the operation of Connecticut conservation commissions can be found in Chapter 97, Section 7-131a of the Connecticut General Statutes. Its duties and discretionary abilities stem from its purpose:"...the development, conservation, supervision and regulation of natural resources, including water resources within its territorial limits."

With the technical definition out of the way, we're a group of citizens who value our natural resources and are working to protect them for future generations to enjoy. We're all volunteers that live in Vernon and share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural resources. 

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at:

Town Commission resume/application





Conservation Commission




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