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.
Opportunities for Local Governments to Engage in Wetland Conservation
Kyle Magyera of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Rebecca Roberts of Center for Land Use Education will provide an overview of local government roles and responsibilities in wetland conservation. They will discuss the basic functions and services of wetlands, existing rules and policy options for conserving wetlands, and opportunities to use wetland conservation to address community and watershed problems. Plan commission members, planning and zoning staff, land conservationists, and others are encouraged to attend.
- Kyle Magyera, Policy Specialist, Wisconsin Wetlands Association
- Rebecca Roberts, Land Use Specialist, Center for Land Use Education
Recording of the event