• Teen-Adult Teams Apply Technology Tools Toward Local Conservation Teen-Adult Teams Apply Technology Tools Toward Local Conservation
    UConn’s Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program just graduated its third year of Conservation Ambassadors, though admittedly, not exactly the way we had originally planned. CTP begins with a two-day workshop where teen & adult teams learn how to apply innovative, user-friendly mapping and web technology to address local conservation issues through hands-on fieldwork. After the […]
    Posted on March 30, 2020
  • CLEAR Bunch #SocialDistancing
    Today we held our regular Tuesday CLEAR staff meeting. For the first time in a while the meeting wasn’t cancelled due to looming deadlines, stress, panic, conflicting meetings or anything else.  Even in these social distancing times, everyone “made” it despite being all over the state, juggling households with small children, “distance learning” efforts, dogs […]
    Posted on March 17, 2020
  • CT Trail Census: New Data Viz
    The Connecticut Trail Census just launched a new data visualization, analyzing use on many of the state’s most popular multi-use trails. In 2019, the most heavily used trails were the Naugatuck River Greenway in Derby, Riverfront Recapture Trail in Hartford, and the Hop River Trail in Vernon. Hop River Trail data also indicated that a […]
    Posted on March 5, 2020
  • NEW CT 3D Lidar Viewer on CT ECO
    The new Connecticut 3D Lidar Viewer marks the first time that 3D elevation points from remotely-sensed Lidar are available in an interactive format over the web.  Lidar is a remote sensing technique to map elevation using a laser sensor on an airplane. The result is millions and millions of points that each have a measured […]
    Posted on March 4, 2020
  • Calling for innovators in landscape conservation!
    In 2020, the planet is facing existential threats from human-induced climate change, species extinction, and rapid population growth – all of which contribute to increasing pressure on and fragmentation of rural and urban landscapes. At the same time, conservation efforts across North America that work to address these challenges are complicated and often inhibited by […]
    Posted on March 4, 2020
  • Environmental Conservation on Display
    What do salamanders, bats, compost and microplastics have in common? They’re some of the many conservation topics that teens and adults enrolled in the UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy (http://nrca.uconn.edu/) have investigated this past year. Participants in the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program and Conservation Training Partnerships will share their community project posters, story maps and […]
    Posted on February 11, 2020
  • New option for taking nitrogen samples
    There wasn’t a cheap and simple way to take field measurements of Total Nitrogen (TN).  Samples had to be sent to a lab – until now! To help reduce water quality testing costs, CT DEEP agreed to allow MS4 communities to use less expensive field tests for nitrate and ammonia to estimate Total Nitrogen.  If […]
    Posted on January 24, 2020
  • Journey of A Climate Corps Student Journey of A Climate Corps Student
    By Sarah Schechter Major Choices I entered UConn as a Natural Resources Major, knowing I wanted to focus on the environment, but unsure of the exact path I wanted to follow. When choosing classes during my orientation session in Summer 2017, it was recommended that I take ANTH 1010: Global Climate Change and Human Societies, […]
    Posted on January 24, 2020
  • Is your water safe to drink? Is your water safe to drink?
    If you are like most people, as long as water comes out of the tap, you don’t give it much thought. If your water is supplied by a water company, stringent testing is required by law, and you will periodically receive results of the testing. If you are one of the 40% of Connecticut residents […]
    Posted on December 23, 2019
  • No coal-tar pavement sealants in Connecticut (for the most part)
    You know what they are – the tried and true sources of stormwater pollution like dog poop, lawns with fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide applications, poorly maintained septic and sewer systems, or improperly maintained construction sites to name a few.  Once in a while something new gets added to the list, here in Connecticut in recent […]
    Posted on November 1, 2019
  • Preparing for Marsh Migration Preparing for Marsh Migration
    With a CLEAR webinar on SLAMM (Sea level affecting marsh migration) this week by Emily Wilson (UConn CLEAR) and David Kozak (CT DEEP), it is timely to provide an update on the marsh migration buffer we’ve been developing in Stonington Borough. A small parcel of land was donated to Avalonia Land Conservancy (ALC) and added […]
    Posted on October 16, 2019
  • The Start of Something Big: UConn Environment Corps The Start of Something Big: UConn Environment Corps
    A UConn partnership led by CLEAR has received a $2.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand and study a new public engagement program that combines teaching, service learning, and Extension outreach. The program is called the Environment Corps and focuses on using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills to address important […]
    Posted on September 24, 2019
  • New Template for Mapping Your Stormwater System New Template for Mapping Your Stormwater System
    A new tool is available to make it easier for communities to create or enhance a map of their stormwater system. The CT GIS Network‘s Standards Committee has collaborated with the CT Department of Transportation (CTDOT)to develop a Stormwater System Mapping Template. The template provides a framework for mapping everything from your catch basins to […]
    Posted on September 4, 2019
  • Teen-Adult Conservation Projects Contributing to Town’s Sustainable CT Efforts Teen-Adult Conservation Projects Contributing to Town’s Sustainable CT Efforts
    Every year, UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy supports ~50 teen-adult partnerships as the teams embark on a common goal: to tackle an environmental issue that is relevant to their community. These intergenerational conservation efforts span an incredible range of topics (e.g., mapping, invasive species, restoration, soils & agriculture, wildlife & fisheries, public outreach, and water […]
    Posted on September 3, 2019
  • Spring- time for…a soil test? Spring- time for…a soil test?
    There’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass in the springtime…after a long winter we all seem to be longing for something green. Our lawns provide a place for recreation, but if not managed properly, they can cause problems for our local waters, and ultimately the Long Island Sound. Perhaps you fertilize your lawn, […]
    Posted on March 27, 2019

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