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Assessment of Shoreline Hazards, Human Perception, and Adjustment on the Winnebago System, Wisconsin

The Winnebago System experiences resource management issues often found on larger systems like the Great Lakes, including fluctuating water levels and shoreline hazards such as flooding, erosion, and ice shove/push. No county-wide assessment had been made of shoreline property owners, including their hazard experiences or adjustments, nor their preferences or attitudes towards fluctuating water levels. Such an assessment is necessary for shoreline managers to be able to reduce the level of risk to life, property, and public welfare from shoreline hazards, as well as properly evaluate management options. A 12 page survey of 872 Winnebago System residential property owners (riparians) was conducted over two years along Lake Winnebago, the Upper Pool Lakes (Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan) as well as the Wolf and Upper Fox Rivers, to determine the following:

1) their experience, perceptions and adjustments in regards to a variety of shoreline hazards (flooding, erosion, and ice shove damage) as well as their attitudes and preferences in regards to fluctuating water levels;

2) if there are significant differences between incidences, types and amounts of property damage resulting from flooding, erosion, ice shove, fluctuating water levels and erosion;

3) whether there are significant variations between geographic location and: a) hazard incidences and types of property damage; b) riparian actions taken to protect property; and c) perception and attitudes regarding possible measures to address shoreline hazards and fluctuating water levels.

Funding Sources:

Assessment of Shoreline Property Owners in Winnebago County, WI
Winnebago County Water Quality Improvement Program Research Grant
Amount: $3,600
Dates of Project: 06/98 - 9/98

Assessment of Shoreline Hazards, Human Perception, and Adjustment on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin
UW-Oshkosh Faculty Development Research Grant
Amount: $4,500
UW-Extension Research Grant
Amount: $1,000
Dates of Project: 05/97 - 03/98
Students Funded: 1

Finished Reports:

Gabriel, A.O. 1998. Assessment of Shoreline Hazards, Human Perception, and Adjustment in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Winnebago County Water Quality Improvement Program Report. Oshkosh, WI: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 32 pp.

Gabriel, A.O. 1998. Assessment of Shoreline Hazards, Human Perception, and Adjustment on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. Report for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies on Lake Winnebago. Oshkosh, WI: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 30 pp.

Related Publications:

Gabriel, A.O. 2004. Impacts, perceptions and management of shoreline hazards and water levels in a fluctuating reservoir: a case study of the Winnebago System, Wisconsin. Lakes and Reservoir Management, 20 (3), pp. 197-210.

Gabriel, A.O., and A. Techlow. 1997. Lake Winnebago System, Wisconsin: Great Lakes' management issues on a mesoscale lake. Proceedings of the 1997 Canadian Coastal Conference '97, May 21-24, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. Guelph: Canadian Coastal Science and Engineering Association. pp. 384-389.

Gabriel, A.O. 1998. Water level impacts, perceptions, preferences and management: a case study of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. Poster presented at Coastal Zone Canada ‘98. Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, 1998. Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, B.C., Canada.