Land Use, Climate Change and Yahara Lakes Flooding

Annual maximum water levels on the Yahara Lakes have been increasing over time as a result of urbanization and growth in the magnitude and frequency of extreme rainfalls. Climate models predict continued increases in weather extremes, and urbanization is expected to continue in the watershed. This lecture will explore whether Dane County’s stormwater ordinance is sufficient to prevent increases in lake flooding due to land development and climate change. It will also examine possible measures to better control runoff in many county developments and to fund compensatory practices, including restoration of formerly “closed” wetlands in the watershed.

Kenneth Potter is Chair of the Water Resources Management program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison. He is presenting this public lecture as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management program.