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Vernon Conservation Commission


Bolton Lakes Watershed Management Plan

The newly drafted Bolton Lakes Watershed Management Plan is now open for public comment. The plan can be found in the link below:

The goal of the management plan is to provide uniform, thoughtful management of the entire watershed and lakes system now, and to offer recommendations for the future. Hillary Kenyon, a professional limnologist and Certified Lake Manager from Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR) drafted the main body of this plan. In 2020, the towns of Bolton, Vernon, Coventry and Tolland along with representatives of the Friends of Bolton Lakes and the Bolton Lakes Watershed Conservation Alliance comprised a steering committee who collaborated with Ms. Kenyon to complete the plan.

The Directors of FBL remarked, “This body of work is the culmination of many years of research, data gathering and unyielding cooperation from numerous state and local town officials”.
The public will have a two-week period (January 11th to January 25th) to return feedback to the steering committee. Use this link to submit your public comments regarding this document: The steering committee will integrate suitable public comment into the plan, at which point it will be submitted to the Department of Environment and Energy Protection for final approval.

*Friends of Bolton Lakes, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the State of Connecticut.


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