Concurrent Session: Floodplain restoration in FEMA-regulated mapped floodplains
3:20 PM - 4:40 PM Wed
TITLE: Wetland and floodplain restoration at Fancy Creek, Richland Co, WI
ABSTRACT: The Fancy Creek restoration project proposes to reestablish more than 6,000 feet of meandering stream channel in the Pine River watershed, Richland County, WI. The abandoned meander channel will be reactivated by diverting water from the incised agricultural ditch, which was dug in the 1940s. The project is expected to improve wetland and aquatic health at the site and provide regional hydrology benefits by reconnecting floodplains and increasing flood attenuation and retention. In this presentation I will describe the proposed project and the anticipated regulatory requirements for modifying the existing ditch, including the floodplain modeling and permitting process, and I will discuss regulatory challenges for hydrologic restoration in mapped floodplains here and elsewhere.
BIO: Nick Hayden has more than 19 years of experience as a water resources engineer specializing in stream monitoring and geomorphology and integrated GIS. Over his career, he has worked as a stream and watershed analyst, GIS lead for a public participatory ocean uses effort, and water resources engineer conducting groundwater and hydrologic/hydrolic analyses for a variety of resource assessment and restoration projects.