Center for Land Use Education and Research

The UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) provides information, education and assistance to land use decision makers, in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection.


New & Upcoming

Next Webinar - July 10th
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CT DOT’s “MS4” General Permit

Tue, July 10th, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT




CTDEEP recently released an MS4 permit for the Department of Transportation (DOT). While largely similar to the municipal version, there are some significant differences based on the DOT's different role.

This webinar will highlight the details of the DOT permit, how it differs from the municipal permit, how DOT plans to implement it, and how it overlaps with the work municipalities are required to do.

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NRCA Website | Contact Laura Cisneros

Conservation Training Partnerships

  • New Fairfield: July 25-26 (application due June 13)
  • Hartford: July 30-31 (application due June 18)
  • Kent: September 22-23 (application due August 11)

Conservation Ambassador Program

  • July 15-21 (registration closed)

Teacher Professional Learning

  • August 13-15 (registration closed)
Geospatial Training

Geospatial Training Website | Contact Cary Chadwick

  • Introduction to GIS, October 3-5, 2018
Land Use Training

Land Use Academy Website | Contact Bruce Hyde

Advanced Training

  • October 27, 2018, Haddam, CT

Featured Projects

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CT MS4 Guide

CT NEMO is providing tools, training and other support to communities facing new stormwater rules under the MS4 general permit. 

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CLEAR Story Map Gallery

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! 

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New Imagery on the New CT ECO Website

Check out the new, statewide 2016 high resolution aerial imagery on the updated CT ECO website!

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Adapt CT

A CLEAR partnership with Connecticut Sea Grant providing outreach, tools and learning opportunities focused on climate adaptation in Connecticut communities.

CLEAR Program Areas

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Land use is a major determinant of both water quality and water quantity. CLEAR has several projects and programs focusing on the impact of urbanization on water resources.

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Land & Climate

Land use is the bottom line! At CLEAR we have research, tools and outreach programs to help people make more informed land use decisions that protect their natural resources and make them more resilient to a changing climate.

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CLEAR's mapping expertise is focused on remote sensing analysis, development of online geospatial land use tools, and training for professionals and others in the use of various types of geospatial technology.

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Connecting Connecticut high school students, adult volunteers and teachers with conservation efforts at the community level.