Restoring Farm Land To Natural Wetlands Key To Stemming Flood

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may be little consolation to victims of this year's round of spring flooding, but some of the lessons learned from the catastrophic flood of the Upper Mississippi River basin in 1993 may finally be sinking in, according to University of Illinois researcher Daniel Schneider.

"After the '93 floods, we saw that there was an opportunity to change things so the damage wouldn't be so great in the future," said Schneider, a professor of urban and regional planning and professional scientist in the Illinois Natural History Survey's Center for Aquatic Ecology. Schneider serves on a state-appointed advisory committee charged with recommending effective means of addressing flooding problems on the Illinois River. Among the most obvious solutions identified by the group, he said, is "in cooperation with landowners, restoring natural wetlands in the floodplain."

And while that may be a logical solution in theory, implementation is not simple. Aside from the economic and political ramifications associated with reclaiming bottomlands currently devoted to agricultural use, cultural perspectives must be considered as well. A long history of conflict over the use of the river has left emotional high-water marks on residents of river communities, Schneider said.

Schneider became interested in that history while studying current policies, practices and traditions along the Illinois River. "I knew that levees weren't always there," he said, which led him to wonder what land uses the systems of levees had replaced. Subsequent research prompted by that question revealed a deep history, which, Schneider said, is not well-known. He chronicled that history in "Enclosing the Floodplain: Resource Conflict on the Illinois River, 1880-1920," a paper published last year in the journal Environmental History. In it, and a related report presented to the American Society for Environmental History in March, Schneider documented a fierce ­ and sometime

Contact: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Restoring sweetgrass to the South Carolina lowcountry
2. Restoring wetlands much more than just add water
3. Natural mineral locks up carbon dioxide
4. Naturalists of the Isthmus of Panama
5. Natural selection at work in genetic variation to taste
6. Natural, man-made mix promises biggest landscape plant growth
7. Natural enemies help scientists untangle tropical forest food webs
8. Natural killer cellers are made, not born
9. Natural selection in a nutshell
10. Natural fat compound may be basis for new class of drugs targeting obesity
11. Natural hormone could reverse heart damage

Post Your Comments:

(Date:4/6/2017)... 2017 Forecasts by Product Type ... by End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, ... Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation ... Are you looking for a definitive report on the ... ...
(Date:4/3/2017)... 3, 2017  Data captured by IsoCode, ... detected a statistically significant association between the ... treatment and objective response of cancer patients ... predict whether cancer patients will respond to ... well as to improve both pre-infusion potency testing ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... 2017 The report "Video Surveillance ... Servers, Storage Devices), Software (Video Analytics, VMS), and Service ... Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market was ... projected to reach USD 75.64 Billion by 2022, at ... base year considered for the study is 2016 and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... and pregnancy rates in frozen and fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) ... maternal age to IVF success. , After comparing the results from the fresh ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... advancing targeted antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapeutics, today confirmed licensing rights that give ... Liposomal Nanoparticle), a technology developed in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , Oct. 10, 2017 International research firm Parks ... Strategy, will speak at the TMA 2017 Annual Meeting , October ... trends in the residential home security market and how smart safety and ... Parks ... "The residential ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... 10, 2017 , ... The Pittcon Program Committee is pleased ... scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. Each ... leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, which will be held February 26-March ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: