Vernon Conservation Commission
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.
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2022 Statewide Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers
On Saturday, October 22, 2022, 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.
Participants 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 River. 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. RBV surveys have been conducted in Vernon for 20 years, giving volunteers the opportunity to learn scientific principles and contribute to an effort that benefits all residents.
Volunteers will meet at 9:00 AM at the Red Barn at Valley Falls Farm, opposite 345 Valley Falls Road in Vernon. An overview of the RBV program will be provided, followed by group field training. We 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 waterproof gloves. Bring a water bottle – snacks will be provided.
No experience is necessary to participate in this survey, but volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. If you would like to join in this effort, please pre-register by calling Tom Ouellette, Vernon RBV Coordinator, at 860-965-6180. A rain date for this project is Sunday, October 23 – registrants will be notified of any schedule changes.