Tony Castaneda talks with Kyle Magyera of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association about their new study on the role wetlands play in preventing severe flooding. Magyera says that Wisconsin has now lost more than half of its original wetlands.
“The capacity of our wetland landscape to help manage, store, and slow the flow of water is more degraded than we originally thought and it’s getting worse all the time,” Magyera says.
Massive storms that cause flooding can throw a wrench in city budgets. He notes that small communities like the town of Ashland in northern Wisconsin spend large portions of their annual budgets on road repair and maintenance.