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  • Major New CLEAR Programs Getting Underway in 2017
    As 2017 gets underway, CLEAR folks are working hard on the early stages of major new projects that cover all three of CLEAR’s traditional program areas, and actually add a fourth!  Each one of these projects will no doubt be the fodder for many blogs to come, but for now, here’s a quick summary of […]
    Posted on January 9, 2017
  • Drought in Connecticut? Who knew? Drought in Connecticut? Who knew?
    Connecticut is not the first place that would likely come to mind if I asked you to come up with a part of the country that experiences drought; the desert southwest and California might typically be first on the list. However, southern New England has received less than normal amounts of precipitation for the past […]
    Posted on November 29, 2016
  • Natural Resources Conservation Academy Inspiring Young Conservation Ambassadors Natural Resources Conservation Academy Inspiring Young Conservation Ambassadors
    Wading hip-deep through rivers, wandering off forested trails to gather wild blueberries, and hiking through tall grasslands. At the end of the day, UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) strives to instill a sense of adventure, excitement, appreciation and wonder for local environments, biodiversity and natural resources in Connecticut teens.   Despite the intrinsic interest in nature by […]
    Posted on October 24, 2016
  • NEMO Program to Help Communities Navigate the New Stormwater Permit NEMO Program to Help Communities Navigate the New Stormwater Permit
      CLEAR’s venerable, award-winning NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) Program is embarking on a five-year program to assist Connecticut communities in complying with the state’s revised “General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems,” or the MS4 permit. Stormwater runoff is a major source of flooding, erosion and […]
    Posted on September 16, 2016
  • A Firsthand Rain Garden A Firsthand Rain Garden
    Stormwater is one of the largest polluters of surface water in our area. When rain falls to the ground and lands on impervious surfaces (such as roads, rooves, driveways, and more), the water collects all of the pollutants on this impervious cover and dumps them in concentrated amounts wherever the stormwater drains to. Often, the […]
    Posted on July 26, 2016
  • MAGIC’s Historical Map Database MAGIC’s Historical Map Database
    The Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) located at the University of Connecticut’s Homer D. Babbidge Library in Storrs, CT offers a vast array of historical maps from around the world, but with a large focus on the Connecticut region of North America on their website http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/ As you delve into this historical map database […]
    Posted on July 21, 2016
  • Connecticut is Bear Country Connecticut is Bear Country
    By Mike Evans, PhD, University of Connecticut Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Connecticut is bear country. It may sound strange, but western CT is home to a growing population of American black bears. While bears may at times look out of place in the 4th most densely populated state, black bears living around […]
    Posted on May 31, 2016
  • New Stormwater Regulations Spur a Look Back New Stormwater Regulations Spur a Look Back
    Our family gatherings often involve interesting discussions (aka arguments) on politics, religion or other fun topics. Occasionally the conversations stray into the environmental arena. Although many in my family argue against “big government” getting in the way of everything, they have had to agree that some federal regulations like the Clean Water act and the […]
    Posted on May 9, 2016
  • Fostering Young Scientists through Conservation Projects that Benefit Connecticut Environments Fostering Young Scientists through Conservation Projects that Benefit Connecticut Environments
    Television, video games, internet, oh my; these days one hardly has to leave their room to find endless entertainment. Today, many have lifestyles that are disconnected from the outdoors and nature. Couple this with the decline of student interest in science, and we are now seeing a shortage of environmentally-conscious and scientifically-informed citizens to tackle […]
    Posted on March 18, 2016
  • Natural Resources Conservation Academy Natural Resources Conservation Academy
    The 2015-2016 Natural Resources Conservation Academy (nrca.uconn.edu) students presented their amazing community projects Monday at the Connecticut Conference of Natural Resources. The students attend a week-long field experience at UConn in the summer and spend the next 7-9 months completing a conservation project in their community. These projects are often a combination of research (many of […]
    Posted on March 16, 2016
  • Seven Signs of Spring in Connecticut Seven Signs of Spring in Connecticut
    Forget meteorological winter or astronomical winter. When does spring really come to Connecticut and how do we know? We all have our favorites – not walking the dog with a flashlight in the morning, red-winged blackbirds calling, piles of snow are melted, snow drops in bloom… As a New England transplant from the mid-Atlantic, the […]
    Posted on March 2, 2016
  • This is Nuts! This is Nuts!
    By Tom Worthley, Associate Extension Professor, Forestry UCONN Cooperative Extension Wow, there were tons of acorns this past fall…literally tons. At least it seemed so, in my yard alone! There really were lots of acorns in many areas, and this phenomenon does occur every now and then, why is that? Why the great abundance of acorns […]
    Posted on January 20, 2016
  • CLEAR’s 2015 Family Update Letter CLEAR’s 2015 Family Update Letter
    Like ugly sweaters and fruitcake, the family update letter is a wonderfully annoying/possibly charming holiday staple. Here is our contribution to that time-honored tradition.  (Note:  In keeping with tradition, this post may have been embellished a bit.): Chet Took his first sabbatical after 28 years at UConn. Scoped out a few promising spots to plant a […]
    Posted on December 22, 2015
  • Connecticut Celebrates GIS Day Connecticut Celebrates GIS Day
    Every year on the third Wednesday of November, in the heart of Geography Awareness Week, the world celebrates GIS Day. GIS Day is a global educational event that encourages geographic information system (GIS) users to participate in events and programs that showcase real-world applications of geospatial science and technology. According to Esri, the official guardian […]
    Posted on December 7, 2015

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