VERNAL POOL ECOSYSTEMS PROTECTION
PROPOSAL TO AMEND:
THE INLAND WETLANDS
AND WATERCOURSES REGULATIONS
OF THE TOWN OF EAST HADDAM
Bryan L Goff
Town of East Haddam, CT (revised J.L., 2/4/03) (JV Revised 5/20/03)
Vernal pools provide sanctuary and habitat that is crucial to the survival of several sensitive species. Both vertebrate and invertebrate species use vernal pools for reproduction, including mating and egg laying. Many populations of these species are currently declining and are listed by the State of Connecticut as Endangered or Of Special Concern. Current State, Federal and Town regulations do not specifically address vernal pools. The proposed amendment to the current Town of East Haddam Inland Wetlands and Watercourses (EHIWW) regulations will more effectively identify and protect vernal pools and their associated ecosystems.