The East River watershed runs through the eastern portion of Green Bay, WI. Flooding is a real risk, and the costs associated with flooding are on the rise. As the population in the region grows, decisions can be made that can help protect existing and future development. Choices about areas that can be conserved as natural areas, turned into green spaces/parks, or protected through agricultural easements can provide the buffer areas needed to absorb the impacts of floods. Less physical impact from flooding on infrastructure means less economic impact as well. This story map shows the current land use, one land use scenario for the future, and some potential areas for conservation/easements.
Explore through the story map how protecting open spaces can improve community resilience. The story map is based on a 2011 study titled, "The Role of Land Use in Adaptation to Increased Precipitation and Flooding: A Case Study in Wisconsin's Lower Fox River Basin" by Resources for the Future.