Freshwater & Oceans
Wetlands, Wildlife Habitat, and Flood Hazards in the Rock River Basin: 2013 Summer Webinars
Wisconsin professionals promote collaboration to restore wetlands and floodplains and mitigate flood hazards in the Rock River Basin
Scientists and managers have long recognized the utility and efficiency in connecting floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, and wetland management, but government resources are not allocated in such a manner as to foster collaboration among these institutions. Funding is often tied to specific agency priorities and hazard mitigation and habitat conservation staff rarely collaborate. The goal of the Wetlands, Wildlife Habitat, and Flood Hazards in the Rock River Basin webinar series is to identify opportunities for emergency, floodplain, and wetland management agencies to work together to maximize the flood control and ecosystem service benefits of our wetlands, thereby saving financial and environmental resources and building community resilience to climate change. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and other local and state agencies and organizations all have a hand in shaping our landscape and mitigating flood hazards, but there is room to improve the coordination of their efforts in order to maximize shared priorities and benefits.
This webinar series addresses the political and environmental boots-on-the-ground realities of today's Wisconsin conditions. We invite you to save the dates to attend, invite appropriate colleagues, and be part of the give and take of a peer-led webinar series. Webinars will be held on at 3 pm on June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 16. Suzanne Wade, Rock River TMDL education outreach chair and long-time Rock River Basin educator for UW-Extension, moderates.
Click on the title of each webinar below for a link to an archived recording of the event
- June 17, 2013 - Adaptive Management and the Rock River Basin TMDL: What is adaptive management? What are the opportunities for wetland restoration and what are the potential flood mitigation benefits?
- July 15, 2013 - Wetland Restoration in the Rock River Basin: A description of different wetland restoration programs - What are the incentives? What are the results?
- August 19, 2013 - The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Buyout Program: Making the most of the land once the structures are gone - case studies from Wisconsin communities.
- September 16, 2013 - Wetlands as Problem Solvers: Watershed-scale assessment tools to help communities protect and restore wetlands to address watershed needs.
This Webinar Series was organized by the Town and Country RC&D, the Rock River Coalition, and the Environmental Law Institute with generous funding from the McKnight Foundation.