Loss Of Wetlands Makes Storm Damage Worse

The loss of wetlands in northwestern Wisconsin has made flooding in exceptional storm events worse, says a report issued in June by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. The Association, a non-profit, non-partisan organization conducts science-based research about the state’s wetlands. The new study focused on the wetlands of the Lake Superior basin, and their relationship to the region’s floods in recent years. The study, funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, found that degraded wetland conditions contributed to storm-related infrastructure damage throughout the Lake Superior basin by damaging the wetlands ability to slow down the flow of storm waters. According to project manager and co-author of the study, Kyle Magyera, the report’s findings are not new, but they do provide reasons to preserve existing wetlands and to restore wetland areas in key locations.