A workshop to identify opportunities to protect vital wetland and wildlife habitat and promote resilience to flooding in the Root River Watershed and surrounding region through greater interagency coordination
Thursday, May 29, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM with reception to follow
Southeast Technical College
1200 Storr's Pond Road
Winona, MN 55987
Map & Driving Directions
The workshop explored how hazard and emergency managers, floodplain managers, land use planners, and wetland and wildlife conservation managers can work effectively together to meet multiple goals and identify the information needed and funding sources available for joint projects.
- Increase awareness among hazard and emergency managers, floodplain managers, land use planners, and wetland and wildlife managers about each others’ work, and where their work overlaps;
- Identify the obstacles to collaboration among hazard and emergency managers, floodplain managers, land use planners, and wetland and wildlife managers; and
- Identify opportunities for collaboration and the information needed and funding sources available for joint projects.
Project Goals & Survey Results
- Welcome and Introductions: Rebecca Kihslinger – Environmental Law Institute
Floodplain Protection and Restoration: What has been done and where are we going?
- Lower Root River Floodplain Restoration Project: Don Nelson – Area Wildlife Manager, Minnesota DNR
- Root River Floodplain: Rich Biske – Southeast Minnesota Conservation Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy
What We Do: Wetlands and watershed management, wildlife management, hazard mitigation, floodplain management, and community planning
- Wetlands and Watershed Management: Donna Rasmussen – District Administrator, Fillmore SWCD
- Hazard Mitigation: Jim McClosky – Mitigation Planner, Minnesota Homeland Security & Emergency Management
- Floodplain Management: Ceil Strauss – State Floodplain (NFIP) Manager, Minnesota DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources
- Planning and Zoning: Jason Gilman – Planning and Environmental Services Director, Winona County (forthcoming)
CLICK HERE to see the Agenda
CLICK HERE for a list of Advisory Committe members
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