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.
Landscape-scale Identification of Actually Restorable Wetlands: This talk will outline a procedure for identifying restorable wetlands at large scales. Scott Taylor, ecologist and owner of Taylor Conservation LLC, will share preliminary results of his work in the Rock River basin that brings together GIS analysis and rapid field reconnaissance to locate the most promising wetland restoration sites. The fuller picture gives insights into the potential of wetland restoration for watershed-wide reduction of polluted surface water run-off and enlargement of wildlife corridors.
- Scott Taylor, Taylor Conservation LLC
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