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On a Wing and a Prayer

A Wetland Mitigation Dilemma


Author(s)

Susan M. Galatowitsch
Water Resources Program
University of Minnesota
galat001@umn.edu
Barbara A. Peichel
Water Resources Program
University of Minnesota

Abstract

The essential elements of this dilemma case are based on a real-life wetland mitigation problem. A biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has to decide whether to improve a wetland adversely impacted by toxins or restore another site instead. He is relying on the collective judgment of an interagency team. Working in small groups, students weigh the potential risks and opportunities of each site, and make a decision as to which site has the best chance to succeed at mitigating the damage. The case was developed for advanced courses in restoration ecology, conservation biology, and wetland ecology, but also works well in an introductory environmental science course.


Objectives

  • Understand the opportunities and limits of mitigation as an environmental protection strategy.
  • Understand how landscape context and site condition govern the likelihood of restoration success.
  • Analyze the risks presented by specific mitigation sites and to make decisions that are a response to these risks.

Keywords

Wetlands; wetland mitigation; ecological restoration; restoration ecology; conservation biology; habitat suitability; environmental decision-making

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Dilemma/Decision, Role-Play

Language

English

Subject Headings

Environmental Science  |   Natural Resource Management  |   Environmental Engineering  |   Ecology  |  


Date Posted

10/16/06

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