Concurrent Session: Case studies in hydrologic assessment
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Wed
Title: Assessing infrastructure vulnerabilities to prioritize natural flood management
Abstract: Natural Flood Management (NFM) emphasizes strategic hydrologic restoration practices within a catchment area to restore the landscape's natural ability to capture, infiltrate, and slowly release runoff. In this session, I will highlight an integrated assessment protocol that is in development. The protocol assesses fluvial erosion hazards, vulnerable road-stream crossings, and the adaptive capacity of catchments to increase climate resilience through stream and wetland restoration. I will share how an interdisciplinary team is investigating various hydrologic, geomorphic, and socioeconomic conditions, including the use of new screening tools and benefit-cost data, to prioritize NFM locations, strategies, and tactics upstream of public road infrastructure in Ashland County and the Marengo River Watershed.
Bio: Kyle Magyera is a local government outreach specialist for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA) where he coordinates WWA's Natural Flood Management programming and develops tools, resources, and trainings to help communities improve consideration of wetlands in land use policy, hazard mitigation, and watershed planning and management.