Limnology: The Yahara WatershedThe niche features work by Yahara 2070, which explores the future of the ecosystems and human communities in the Yahara river watershed. It was developed by the Water Sustainability and Climate Project at UW–Madison to better understand the long-term impacts of social and environmental change in the region.
Yahara 2070 consists of a set of four scenarios about the Yahara watershed in the year 2070. The scenarios were constructed with scientific knowledge, public participation, computer models, stories and art. Each explores a different way the region could respond to freshwater challenges and the consequences for communities and ecosystems.
Through Yahara 2070, the project team hopes to encourage creative thinking and discussion about the region’s long-term future. The scenarios provide a tangible way to think about possible change and could help Yahara's communities work toward a possible and desirable future.