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.
Model Wetland Conservation Ordinance as Tool for Problem-Solving
Kyle Magyera of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association will provide an overview of a new Model Wetland Conservation Ordinance designed for county, tribal, and municipal governments.
Floodplain Acquisition Programs: Improving Community Resilience and Achieving Habitat Benefits
Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst for the Environmental Law Institute, and David Salvesen, University of North Carolina, will present the findings of our study, focusing on how buyouts can be used to achieve multiple objectives: reducing community vulnerability, creating a public resource, such as a park, and enhancing the value of wildlife habitat and wetlands
- Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst, Environmental Law Institute and David Salvesen, University of North Carolina, Institute for the Environment
- Kyle Magyera, Wisconsin Wetlands Association