What is a vernal pool?
A vernal pool is a temporary wetland, which fills annually from precipitation, melting snow and rising groundwater. Most years they become completely dry, losing water through evaporation and transpiration. The wet-dry cycle prevents fish populations from establishing but provides a productive, temporary habitat for a wide variety of species including salamanders, frogs and turtles to name a few.

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1. What is the Conservation Commission?
2. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
3. Does Needham have a local Wetlands Protection Bylaw?
4. How do I know if I need a wetlands permit?
5. Can you recommend surveyors and engineers to help with my project?
6. What is a vernal pool?
7. Why are vernal pools important?