• 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
  • Harnessing Student Power to Find Greener Stormwater Options Harnessing Student Power to Find Greener Stormwater Options
    If you were out and about in the towns of North Haven, Milford, Hamden, West Haven or Cheshire this summer, you may have seen a team of four young adults writing on clipboards, snapping pictures of parking lots, laying their phones down on the sidewalk, and peering down into storm drains. These four intrepid UConn […]
    Posted on March 8, 2019
  • Apply Now for NRCA Summer Programs!
    Registration is now open for the Natural Resources Conservation Academy’s 2019 summer programs. The Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) is an innovative program in environmental conservation that engages Connecticut high school students, adult conservation volunteers and teachers in conservation efforts at the community level. NRCA’s three interconnected programs (below) benefit participants through education on natural resource […]
    Posted on February 7, 2019
  • New Training! Intro to ArcGIS Online & Storymaps
    The CLEAR Geospatial Training Program (GTP) has just launched a brand new workshop! It is called Introduction to ArcGIS Online and Esri Story Maps and includes presentations, demos, hands-on exploration and hands-on exercises. The morning of the day-long workshop covers ArcGIS Online and the web map in particular. Topics include: Introduction to GIS and ArcGIS […]
    Posted on February 4, 2019
  • CLEARscapes, Just the Facts CLEARscapes, Just the Facts
    The latest edition of CLEAR’s newsletter, CLEARscapes, is now online for your viewing pleasure (embedded below, or link to the pdf here). Our CLEAR newsletter is one way we connect with Connecticut towns and communities, by highlighting all the cool things happening here at the Center. Once or twice a year we publish a newsletter […]
    Posted on January 8, 2019
  • CT GIS Day is November 14 in Hartford CT GIS Day is November 14 in Hartford
    Next week is Geography Awareness Week and the CT GIS Network is celebrating by hosting the annual CT GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14 at the Hartford Public Library. This event is free and open to the public and will include a full day of activities including presentations from mapping professionals from across CT and […]
    Posted on November 7, 2018
  • Projections Matter, Especially on Election Night Projections Matter, Especially on Election Night
    The first thing I teach someone about maps is that they are more than just lines and direction on a page, screen, or device. Maps convey information. Maps tell a story. But maps can also be deceiving. Consider for a minute, election maps. If you’re reading this blog post then you survived, if just barely, […]
    Posted on November 7, 2018
  • A marsh migration buffer takes shape A marsh migration buffer takes shape
    Dodge Paddock Beal Preserve is a small oasis in Stonington Borough and is owned by Avalonia Land Conservancy. With tidal wetlands, coastal grassland and a rocky intertidal area, the area has much to offer visitors. The preserve has been the focus of many efforts involving the land trust, CT Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection, […]
    Posted on October 22, 2018
  • CT’s First Stormwater Utility! CT’s First Stormwater Utility!
    Earlier this summer, New London became the first municipality in Connecticut to establish a stormwater utility which goes into effect January 1, 2019.  This means they will begin charging all property owners a fee for their contribution to the city’s stormwater runoff.  Previously, New London relied on property taxes to fund maintenance of their stormwater […]
    Posted on October 3, 2018
  • The Slow Storm: Tree Mortality in Connecticut from Invasive Insect Pests The Slow Storm: Tree Mortality in Connecticut from Invasive Insect Pests
    Tom Worthley, UConn Associate Extension Professor, Forestry recently wrote a compelling report (below) on Connecticut’s tree mortality rates, and how and why they are dying. You don’t need to go far to see what Tom is talking about. Just outside our windows here at the UConn Cooperative Extension building in Haddam, we were all saddened […]
    Posted on September 6, 2018
  • One CAP Cohort Finishes and Another CAP Cohort Joins the Fold
    I continue to be impressed by our Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP) students. We said goodbye to our 2017-2018 CAP cohort at the 12th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources, where they graduated as our newest Connecticut Conservation Ambassadors. The students presented their work during a poster session, and described the […]
    Posted on June 13, 2018
  • Is there any hope to fix our salt problem? Perhaps… Is there any hope to fix our salt problem? Perhaps…
    Another winter has finally ended, and messy roads and salty cars are quickly becoming a distant memory. Where did all that salt go? The millions of tons of deicing salts that get applied to our roads either wash off into local streams, or move into the local groundwater. Yet another research study has recently come […]
    Posted on May 28, 2018
  • Dealing With Storm Damaged Trees Dealing With Storm Damaged Trees
    On May 15, 2018, late in the afternoon, a striking example of one of those “severe weather events” we see quite often these days passed through my neighborhood in Higganum. Severe winds, downpours, lightning and thunder all were part of a wicked and deadly storm that ripped limbs from and uprooted trees, downed powerlines and […]
    Posted on May 18, 2018
  • Using GIS to Find Birdwatching Hotspots Using GIS to Find Birdwatching Hotspots
    Do you know why May is a New Englander’s favorite month for birdwatching? It is because it’s the peak of spring migration! Neotropical birds are passing through the area on the way to their breeding grounds, or are staying the summer. Plus they are sporting their best and brightest plumage to attract a mate, which […]
    Posted on May 2, 2018
  • What do you do after you scoop? What do you do after you scoop?
    On my drive home last week I saw two of my neighbors walking their dogs. One of the dogs had just done his business and the owner dutifully scooped it up with a doggy doodie bag dangling from the dog’s leash. Excellent, I thought, he knows that dog poop left on the street can be […]
    Posted on April 18, 2018

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