This winter has had record-setting cold and record-setting snow, and this spring could bring record flooding to Wisconsin.
Twenty mayors from along the Mississippi river met at the White House to discuss preparations for the potential disaster.
The mayors also met with House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi to pitch their plan for infrastructure along the Mississippi corridor.
The current build grant program for these riverside cities and towns is only a quarter of what they need to improve the waterways.
La Crosse mayor Tim Kabat joined the group, promoting the economic impact of the river amid the threat of spring floods.
“Flooding is always a concern, thankfully we have some very significant green infrastructure in place, so we have a very large urban wetland that helps to do flood storage and we’re looking for ways to really improve and enhance that,” said Kabat.
“We don’t use the river for our drinking water, but we use it for very significant food products and processes. The industry that we have with breweries and cheese and other food products. And making sure its high quality reduces costs, improves health,” Kabat said.
Kabat said the D.C. convention gives mayors the opportunity to highlight the importance of the mighty Mississippi for agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.