SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – A northern Wisconsin college is working with a mix of government partners on a project to slow the flow of storm water and reduce erosion.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Northland College in Ashland is leading an effort to solve storm water runoff through wetland ponds. Northern Wisconsin has seen three floods in the last six years that have caused millions of dollars in damage. The region is also dealing with more frequent, intense rainfalls.
College official Matt Hudson says the school is working with Bayfield County landowners to reduce flood peaks and erosion in North Fish Creek.
He says holding back water in ponds can reduce the amount of water rushing into the stream, the amount of erosion in the stream and the amount of sediment that gets into Chequamegon Bay.