Wisconsin Wetlands Association helps people and communities care for wetlands. When a community is experiencing water-related challenges—including flooding, eroding river and stream banks, water quality issues, and drought—wetlands can be part of the solution. While wetlands aren’t the only solution to these challenges, Wisconsin Wetlands Association firmly believes that we can’t solve these challenges without wetlands.

We engage with communities across Wisconsin to help them discover how wetlands can be part of the solutions to their challenges and determine the best courses of on-the-ground action. Critical is a commonly-shared definition of the issues and goals of the effort, an approach that addresses the root causes of the issues, and the involvement of many perspectives and areas of expertise through diverse partnerships.

To inspire more communities to take this kind of approach to solving their water problems, Wisconsin Wetlands Association works to share the stories of communities already on the path to solutions. View some of these stories below and see the full collection of our videos telling the stories of people and communities caring for wetlands.

Tribal wetland conservation leadership in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Wetlands Association, the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service are collaborating to raise awareness of the vital work tribes in Wisconsin are doing to protect and restore wetlands and watersheds. Two videos highlight the work of the Oneida Nation in Northeastern Wisconsin:

Creating a Path: Watershed Conservation and the Oneida Nation

The Oneida Nation in Northeastern Wisconsin takes a long-term, landscape approach to protecting and restoring their reservation, developing their lands in a way that considers the natural environment. Their efforts to protect and restore wetlands are improving water quality, alleviating flooding, and providing habitat. Watch here.

Planting a Seed: Revitalizing Land and Culture

The landscape-scale wetland conservation work the Oneida Nation is doing in Northeastern Wisconsin is not only restoring nature on their reservation, it’s also helping to revitalize their culture.  The healthier natural environment not only provides opportunities for their people to hunt, fish, and gather what nature has provided, it also establishes relationships that will build a stronger community today and for future generations. Watch here.