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.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at:
Statewide Riffle Bioassessment
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023
Join the Treasure Hunt for Connecticut’s healthiest streams! Each year, generally on a Saturday in the Fall, the Vernon Conservation Commission sponsors 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 along the brooks that feed the Tankerhoosen River. Riffles are rocky sections of fast moving water, usually only 10 to 20 feet long. 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 over 20 years. This also gives volunteers the opportunity to learn scientific principles and contribute to an effort that benefits all residents.
Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. for an overview of the program and group training. People are then split into teams to survey predetermined sites. The project will be completed by 1:00 PM. Participants should wear knee high boots or hip waders and may bring waterproof gloves. Please bring a water bottle and a snack.
More information is available on the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website.
No experience is needed but participants must be at least age 18. The exact date will be advertised in local media and in the minutes of the Conservation Commission. You may also contact Tom Ouellette, Vernon RBV Coordinator for more information or to register, at 860-965-6180.