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.
David Fowler will give the context for the formation of the American Society of Civil Engineers Task Committee and its efforts to integrate stormwater management into wetland health. He will present the policy,cultural and economic issues that have been confronted by the group and their process for creating recommendations. This will be a review, a progress report and a call to action in one. Ample time will be given for Q&A.
- David Fowler, Senior Project Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District