Wisconsin, Ashland County, Bad River Reservation, Odanah
In July 2016, a deadly storm flooded the area surrounding the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin. The USGS and Bad River Tribe partnered to measure and map the flood using continuous streamflow gages, crest-stage gages and high-water marks. Using these data, they were able to map how high and how far the flood waters reached.
Since its relocation in 1982 Concordia University's administrators, staff, and students have watched the bluff which it sits atop recede by nearly 5-acres. In 2005, the University staff sought out an engineering firm to design and implement a stabilization project with the hope that it could slow or halt the bluff's rapid erosion.
In February, 2011 homeowners noticed that their bluff was starting to go and by May the bluff had dropped several feet. This bluff slump occurred along the coast of Lake Michigan in the northern part of Sheboygan County, about one mile south of the Manitowoc County Line.
On April 9, 1973 a Nor’easter storm event on Green Bay caused flooding 4 feet deep in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. Flood waters reached the elevation of the 500-year flood as strong winds blowing the length of the bay piled up a storm surge on already high lake levels. Erosion damage occurred on the open coast of the lake. Damage in the City of Green Bay alone was estimated at several million dollars.
Restoration projects along the lower Sheboygan River will help return the recreational, economic, and hydrologic benefits of healthy river habitat. The City of Sheboygan and Wisconsin DNR are restoring habitat at three project sites that will support healthy native plants and animals, improve fish habitat, and recreational opportunities. These projects will help to restore the capacity of the natural streamside environment to filter pollutants and to reduce peak flows and potential downstream flooding.
People already live in the flood zone of the East River in Brown County, and the population is only expected to rise. Decisions on where to develop and which key lands to conserve can lead to decreased costs associated with flooding.
Wetlands provide many benefits to humans and the natural environment. Restoring and conserving wetlands within the floodplain provides more opportunities for experiencing those co-benefits into the future.