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The paper describes the record flooding in areas of Southwestern Wisconsin in June of 2008 and attributes it to more severe storms and a higher water table, river and stream levels that are all results of climate change. The paper looks at how the state can mitigate the effects of flooding but argues that global warming, which increases groundwater levels as well as the intensity of storms, must be fought nationally and internationally.
From the Paper:"Flooding also has historically worked to counteract the severity of droughts. However, one interesting component of Wisconsin's struggles is that while some areas of the state have suffered terrible floods, others have been afflicted by a lack of precipitation ("Effects of climate change in Wisconsin: Flooding in the south, drought in the north," Wisconsin Geologic History and Natural Survey, 2009). Current geographical and climate changes have been 'ill winds' that have brought few residents any 'good.'
"It has been possible in some areas of the state to mitigate the effects of flooding. Coon County has been one notable exception to the intensifying patterns of flooding in the area. During the 1930s, agricultural practices were modified to mitigate flooding: the newly created Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) increased the degree of land slope to divide land tracts of farmers. Relatively flat bottomland and land sloping from 2-20% were made into cropland or pasture. Slopes from 8% to20% were put into contour strips to protect the pasture. Then, "the 20-30% land was fenced for pasture by the CCC crews, and the steeper land was used for woods. These same guidelines were used on ridges to separate land use" ("Coon," Vernon County, 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Check dams." California storm water handbook (CASH). August 14, 2009.http://www.cabmphandbooks.com/Documents/Construction/SE-4.pdf
- "The Coon Creek Watershed: A success story of cooperative conservation." Vernon County.August 14, 2009. http://www.vernoncounty.org/LWCD/ccNow.htm
- "Effects of climate change in Wisconsin: Flooding in the south, drought in the north."Wisconsin Geologic History and Natural Survey. July 8, 2009. August 14, 2009.http://www.uwex.edu/wgnhs/karst.htm
- "Flash flooding along Iowa - Wisconsin Border." crh.noa.gov. July 17-18, 2007. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=jul1807
- "Floods in Wisconsin." The Wisconsin Historical Society. August 14, 2009.http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=14907&search_term=flood
Cite this Term Paper:
Flooding in Southwestern Wisconsin (2012, January 12) Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/flooding-in-southwestern-wisconsin-149937/
"Flooding in Southwestern Wisconsin" 12 January 2012. Web. 21 April. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/flooding-in-southwestern-wisconsin-149937/>