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Water

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. Our nationally known NEMO and National NEMO programs focus on the use of green infrastructure (GI) as a strategy to reduce pollution, flooding and erosion associated with urban runoff. We also have several applied research projects and specialized websites providing information and tools to help analyze your landscape with respect to common water resource problems. And don’t forget to check out our Land and Climate section, since GI has now become recognized as an important climate resilience strategy.


 

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CT NEMO Program (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)

Created in 1991, the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program educates local land use decision makers about the impacts of land use on natural resources, particularly water resources. NEMO addresses natural resource management through the promotion of comprehensive local land use planning and "low impact development" (LID) site design, also known as “green infrastructure.”

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National NEMO Network Program

The National NEMO Network is a confederation of programs that educate local land use decision makers about the links between land use and natural resource protection. Network programs are patterned after the original UConn NEMO Program, but each program is a unique entity, typically operated as a multi-organizational consortium.

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Eagleville/IC-TMDL

What does an "IC-TMDL" mean, and how does one respond to it? This website describes the Eagleville Brook watershed TMDL, the first impervious cover TMDL in the country, and the results of a project designed to answer these questions.

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DIY Site

This website guides you through a process using impervious cover as a framework to protect your community’s water resources, whether it’s in response to an “IC-TMDL,” a part of your MS4 municipal stormwater program, or just because it makes a boatload of sense.

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N-Sink

N-Sink is a web-based geospatial decision support tool that allows users to explore the nitrogen (N) removal potential of various landscape elements like wetlands and waterbodies. N is increasingly being identified as a major water quality problem in coastal areas. N-Sink currently exists in prototype form, and is being developed by the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute and UConn CLEAR.

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