The CLEAR Blog is a place where CLEAR faculty, staff and partners let their hair down and talk about the things that are important to them, whether work-related or in the wider world out there. Any opinions expressed in our blogs are those of the author and not the opinion of CLEAR or the University of Connecticut.

  • Black Lives Matter
    CLEAR unequivocally stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and related efforts to address inequality in how we treat, include, reach out to, think about, understand, support, and listen to members of the Black community.  
    Posted on June 19, 2020
  • Teen-Adult Power = BIG Collective Environmental & Community Impacts! Teen-Adult Power = BIG Collective Environmental & Community Impacts!
    When we think of environmental education (EE), we might think of connecting youth to nature, increasing student academic achievement, and developing the next generation of environmental stewards. These are all excellent and proven benefits of EE. But EE that specifically empowers youth and adults towards environmental action in their community can also lead to direct […]
    Posted on May 9, 2020
  • The Climate Change Denier Awards
    With the spotlight on the COVID-19 virus and the social and economic devastation it is causing, it’s easy to overlook the many other challenges that are still ahead. One such challenge is our response to climate change. In the interest of diverting attention from the present troubles, the Climate Deniers Awards have been created. While […]
    Posted on April 10, 2020
  • 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 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
  • 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 ( 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

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