CT NEMO is providing tools, training and other support to communities facing new stormwater rules under the MS4 general permit. Learn More
Story Maps combine interactive maps with photos, videos, graphics and more. From bears to breakwaters, we’ve got something for you here. Check it out! View Story Maps
High school students across the state are doing amazing conservation projects in their communities.
A CLEAR partnership with Connecticut Sea Grant providing outreach, tools and learning opportunities focused on climate adaptation in Connecticut communities.
See the topography of Connecticut in new and amazing detail!
A "virtual” tour of green infrastructure installations on the UConn Campus. Visit Site
Road Salt Use in Connecticut: understanding the consequences of the quest for dry pavement | View
Getting Started on Your New MS4 Permit | View
Groundwater 101 | View
Connecticut's MS4 Permit: What's New? |
The Bears Are Back: Research, Results and Ruminations About Connecticut's Bears | View
The State of Low Impact Development in Connecticut: Policies, Drivers, & Barriers | View
Living Shorelines in Connecticut: Design Considerations and Site Suitability | View
CLEAR is comprised of the following award-winning outreach and research programs and projects, each focused on providing information, education and other assistance to Connecticut Communities. Read Overview
The Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO) internet mapping site has a mission to encourage, support, and promote informed land use and development decisions in Connecticut by providing local, state and federal agencies, and the general public with convenient access to the most up-to-date and complete natural resource information available statewide. CT ECO is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and CLEAR.
Hands-on training courses for land use decision-makers to introduce new users to geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies.
Provides information on current adaptation research, policy and practice, and serves to promote an exchange of information between municipal officials, researchers, and other professionals.
Educating land use decision-makers and community organizations about the impacts of land use on natural resources, particularly water resources.
Provides land use decision-makers the knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a land use board through a series of workshops.
Provides information and assistance to private land owners and local communities on how to better manage their forest lands.
Tree Warden Outreach
Provides tree wardens, deputy tree wardens, elected and appointed public officials, and community forestry volunteers with education and assistance on tree warden duties, roles and responsibilities and urban and community forestry.
A national network of NEMO programs that educate land use decision-makers and community organizations about the links between land use and natural resource protection.
LERIS is the main research program of CLEAR, and the principal place at the University of Connecticut for conducting remote sensing and GIS research focused on natural resources, landscape characterization and change, and the interaction of the two.
The MS4 Guide is part of a broad outreach effort to provide guidance, training, tools and other support to help MS4 communities and institutions comply with the requirements of the new MS4 general permit.
Changing Landscape is a remote sensing-based land cover study that charts landscape changes in the portions of CT and NY draining to Long Island Sound. The study covers the 25-year period from 1985 to 2010, and includes information on basic land cover, riparian corridor land cover, and impervious cover.
Riparian, or streamside, corridors are known to be environmentally important areas critical to stream stability, pollutant removal, and both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitat.
A collaboration with CT Sea Grant, the Atlas is a high-tech web map with key information related to the state's shellfisheries.
A national precedent-setting Clean Water Act regulation, set right on the UConn campus. Learn how we did it, and how it's doing.
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a non-native insect with the potential to have a devastating effect on the ash trees of Connecticut. learn more
We hope that you find the information, data, tools, training, outreach, and mapping resources of CLEAR useful.
Over 75% of CLEAR's work is supported not by direct state dollars, but by competitive grants acquired from a variety of sources. Hence, our ability to develop and implement our projects is limited, and our work is largely determined by this ever-changing mixture of funding. CLEAR programs and staff are often in a tenuous position, thereby jeopardizing CLEAR's ability to maintain its record of excellence and service to the communities and citizens of Connecticut
If you value our work, we hope that you would consider supporting it through a tax-deductible donation to CLEAR's UConn Foundation account.
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Under Gift Designations, select “Other gift designation not listed above” and in the Gift Designation box, enter:
Center for Land Use Education and Research, 22130.
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Maps as Art is a gallery of screen captures depicting various land cover maps and remotely sensed images that were chosen by CLEAR staff for their visual interest and/or beauty rather than for their research-based or educational value. Why, because we can.