Concurrent Session: Case studies in hydrologic assessment
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Wed
Title: Case studies in hydrologic assessment: Approaches for finding high impact wetland restoration opportunities
Abstract: As part of the follow-up to WWA's 2021 Symposium on Hydrologic Restoration, this session will feature presentations on the importance of hydrologic assessment in restoration planning and design as well as lessons learned from assessments at various scales in Wisconsin. In this presentation, I will set the stage for the session with an overview on what makes watershed-scale hydrologic assessment different than other watershed-focused efforts in the state. I will also address how findings from an interagency focus group evaluation conducted in 2021 have informed WWA's efforts to encourage more investments in hydrology-focused assessment work. Following presentations on case studies of hydrologic assessment in Wisconsin by Booth, Magyera, and Hayden, we'll have a panel Q&A with audience questions and a discussion on hydrologic assessment needs and opportunities.
Bio: Erin O'Brien joined the staff of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association staff in 2004. Her work focuses on strengthening Wisconsin's wetland management policies, helping integrate wetland conservation into state programs, and supporting local efforts to restore wetlands to solve problems. Erin has a master's degree in land resources from UW-Madison and more than 25 years of non-profit program management experience.