Lakes are the centerpiece of this region, which is changing due to climate change, urban encroachment on agricultural land, and increasing pollution of the lakes and groundwater by agricultural pollution. We worked with the public to develop alternative futures, used biophysical models to show future trajectories of ecosystem services, and conducted workshops, writing contests, a TV show, and reading/discussion groups to engage the public in thinking about the future.
Expected outcome: to spark creative conversations about the future of the Yahara Watershed and to encourage long-term thinking in current decision making.
The scenarios were made in: 2011
The scenarios look out to: 2070