Branford Clean Energy Task Force
The Branford Clean Energy Task Force was formed to assist the town in purchasing 20% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2010. Its main activity is to enroll Branford residents in the CTCleanEnergyOptions Program to earn free solar panels for the Town of Branford. Click here to learn more.
Vernal pools are seasonal waterbodies that typically
dry out for part of the year. They therefore provide
a unique type of habitat that is used by amphibians
and invertebrates that require standing water for short
periods of time, usually weeks to a few months, including
wood frogs, several species of salamanders, and fairy
shrimp. Some of these species must use vernal pools
for some part of their life cycles, and are therefore
termed obligate vernal pool species. They cannot survive
without vernal pools.
Because vernal pools dry out during part of the year,
they have been particularly vulnerable to loss to development.
Since we can't protect what we don't know about, the
Conservation and Environment Commission, with support
from Branford's Inland Wetlands Commission, engaged
Dr. Noble S. Proctor, a Branford resident and world-renowned
naturalist, to conduct a town-wide survey of vernal
pools in 2002. Dr. Proctor found and characterized more
than 50 vernal pools.
Visit this website for pollution profiles of New Haven
County and Branford. Find out what local companies are
releasing what pollutants, and learn how our community
rates on air, water and land pollution. Click
20% by 2010
In 2005, the Conservation and Environment Commission
voted unanimously to work with citizens of Branford,
the Board of Selectmen and the RTM to enlist Branford
in the 20% by 2010 Clean Energy Campaign. This statewide
campaign is sponsored by the CT Clean Energy Fund and
SmartPower, a partnership whose purpose is to encourage
and assist communities in the purchase and support of
here for up-to-date information about Branford's
enrollments in the 20% by 2010 Clean Energy Campaign.
Frogwatch USA is a frog and toad monitoring program
managed by the National Wildlife Federation in partnership
with the United States Geological Survey.
here to see and hear frogs that live in Connecticut.
An Underwater Tour of Long Island Sound
here to see an underwater tour of Long Island
Sound hosted by the Long Island Sound Resource Center