DEEP: Vernal Pools

Vernal Pools
{A Connecticut Vernal Pool} {Vernal Pool Egg Mass}
Pursuant to the Connecticut Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act the term 'watercourses' means "rivers, streams, brooks, waterways, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, bogs and all other bodies of water, natural or artificial, vernal or intermittent, public or private, ..."  Therefore, Connecticut's municipal inland wetlands agencies have jurisdiction over regulated activities that are likely to impact or affect all vernal watercourses.  Under Connecticut law, vernal pools, which contain a specific ecology, are one type of vernal watercourse. 
A variety of online resources exist which review vernal pool ecology, describe the animals that breed in and use vernal pools, provide materials to assist with field assessments and local mapping projects, and discuss other state and federal laws.  Below are examples of such resources:
Content last updated March 2, 2018