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  • Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation: Four New Legal Fact Sheets Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation: Four New Legal Fact Sheets
    A number of questions were raised at Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation, a conference held by UConn CLEAR’s and Connecticut Sea Grant’s Climate Adaptation Academy in late 2015. The Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program at Roger Williams University School of Law reviewed the questions, which came from the audience […]
    Posted on March 27, 2017
  • Just Take a Screenshot!
    At CLEAR, we work hard to provide geospatial data so that most everybody can view and access the maps and information.  Inevitably, it is never exactly what everyone wants (sigh, I wish it was).  One question that I am repeatedly asked is about printing or exporting.  How do I print just one area of a pdf? […]
    Posted on March 23, 2017
  • All New CT ECO Website (that’s the one with maps)
    The Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO) website has become a central place to view and access Connecticut’s environmental mapping information along with aerial imagery and elevation.  My head has been buried in the sand for the past few months (sorry if I didn’t reply to your email), but I’ve been working on the HUUGGE […]
    Posted on March 23, 2017
  • CLEAR, 20 Years Online CLEAR, 20 Years Online
    Websites have come a long way since the inception of the Internet. While the Internet can be traced back to the 1960s, 1991 is considered the year the World Wide Web went live. In 1995 the last usage restrictions were lifted, clearing the path for the internet to become what we now know it to be today. […]
    Posted on March 7, 2017
  • UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy Adds Two New Education Programs in 2017
    Founded in 2011, the Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) is designed to provide high school students with a structured informal learning experience focused on the environment, natural resources and geospatial technologies. In case you haven’t heard about it yet, let me get you caught up. The NRCA is all about making connections. Connecting young adults […]
    Posted on February 19, 2017
  • Sunrise, sunset and the Equation of Time Sunrise, sunset and the Equation of Time
    The days are finally getting longer. It is always a slow, subtle and most welcome change from the days of leaving for work in the dark and arriving home again in the dark. Since the winter solstice on December 21, 2016 when the North Pole is tilted furthest from the sun the amount of daylight […]
    Posted on January 31, 2017
  • Deny the Deniers
    Last fall I thought about using this title to write about denying federal aid for climate change related disasters to states with administrations that deny climate change. To those governors and legislatures who take no or little action to prepare for sea level rise, increased precipitation events, more intense storms, droughts, etc. that science tells […]
    Posted on January 20, 2017
  • 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

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