Bring Back the Bayou: UW Madison Water Resources Practicum

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UW-Madison practicum on Bayou Bienvenue wetlands restoration - Summer 2007

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  • UW- Holy Cross Partnership
  • Bring Back the Bayou: UW Madison Water Resources Practicum

    1. 1. UW Madison Water Resources Practicum Bring Back the Bayou Summer 2007
    2. 2. 1,000 Mi
    3. 3. Our Research Combines Wetland Science Social Science And
    4. 4. UW - Madison Water Resources Management Practicum <ul><li>Ten master’s degree students acting as a volunteer consulting group, HCNA is client </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study wetland conditions and history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey community attitudes, needs and knowledge of environmental issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather baseline knowledge and assess environmental situation in Bayou Bienvenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help HCNA / CSED develop environmental strategy and action plan </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. UW-Madison WRM Final Products <ul><li>Background & analysis report for HCNA, community & future researchers (January) </li></ul><ul><li>Help with strategic planning and grant writing (ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing commitment from UW-Madison, Expanding to other departments </li></ul>
    6. 6. Our Initial Impressions <ul><li>Situation complicated, difficult, interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological restoration is possible but not guaranteed </li></ul><ul><li>New Orleans is in big trouble from wetland loss </li></ul><ul><li>Bayou Bienvenue can be the “poster child” for the Delta wetland crisis </li></ul><ul><li>HCNA has big plans to help restore the swamp and the community together </li></ul>
    7. 7. http://www.environmentaldefense.org/page.cfm?tagID=500 Louisiana Gulf Coast Wetland Losses
    8. 8. Damaged Wetlands No Longer Provide: Protection From Storms Ecosystem Services
    9. 9. Local Knowledge Local residents have been witness to ecological changes. They know the social and political reality (Pleuss)
    10. 12. Specialized Knowledge Best science is needed to make the best choices Knowledge gives the community power
    11. 14. Dumping Q: Is the Fish Safe to Eat? Working Hypothesis: No Southern Scrap Crescent Acres Landfill Sewage Treatment Plant Urban Runoff
    12. 16. Large Scale Restoration Restoration Close to Community
    13. 17. Integrative Knowledge Local people can fight for Environmental and Social Justice with knowledge and organization (Malek-Wiley)
    14. 18. Holy Cross Neighborhood Association (HCNA) and the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development CSED Organize, Educate and Serve the Community Bayou Bienvenue Restoration HCNA Sustainable Community Redevelopment Community Environmental
    15. 19. CSED Overall Goals for the Bayou Bienvenue Project Restore a Functioning Wetland Rebuild Storm Protection (Primary) Re-establish Ecosystem Services for the Community (Secondary) WHY?
    16. 20. CSED Initiative: Community Environmental Restoration Center
    17. 21. Community-Based Environmental Action Community Building Citizen Science Economic Development
    18. 22. Community Based Environmental Monitoring BIRDS FISH PLANTS
    19. 23. Imminent Threat: Florida Avenue Bridge
    20. 24. “ Betsy” The Lone Cypress
    21. 25. Possible Initial Restoration Project Possible Treatment Wetland Use Runoff to Create Treatment Wetland Lone Cypress “Betsy” Fresh Storm Water
    22. 26. GLOBAL ISSUES REGIONAL CRISIS LOCAL SOLUTIONS

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