East River Travel Poster
Created with Procreate on an Apple iPad, printed with a banner printer
Megan Strom, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
In Collaboration with Kayla Wandsnider, East River Community Resilience Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy
Working with Kayla Wandsnider of the East River Collaborative inspired Strom to make a travel poster for the East River in Wisconsin. The research they discussed was about how the East River in Wisconsin has been experiencing severe flooding events over the years and it is worsening due to climate change. The East River flows through De Pere, Allouez and the city of Green Bay.
Over the course of the months Kayla Wandsnider and Strom worked together, they discussed many things. Flood resilience, Green Bay, travel, and recreation were main takeaways for Strom. She wanted to make a piece that perfectly captured those conversations they shared. The East River flooding is affecting the surrounding areas in so many different ways, but she thinks one of the hidden risks that comes along with this flooding is the danger to recreation. Together we can be resilient. Together we can be strong.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The focus of Strom’s art is to be sustainable. Finding new purposes for items in our world and helping make people’s lives easier is what inspires her the most. Addressing issues larger than herself is what she intends to achieve with her work. Strom is a person that strives to better the world around her, so she dares to ask “what can we do differently?” Her vision focuses on changing the way people see themselves and the environment around them, to better it. Her art reflects who she is as a person, and the potential of the people she interacts with. Explore more of her work here.
ABOUT THE Water Partner
Kayla Wandsnider is the East River Community Resilience Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy. She works with and helps connect municipal staff, elected officials, and partner organizations across northeast Wisconsin’s East River watershed to tackle flooding and water quality issues. East River communities continue to experience severe flooding events caused by a multitude of factors such as expanding development, filling in wetlands, increasing and more severe precipitation due to climate change, and runoff from farmland. Using a watershed scale approach to mitigate these issues and create resiliency is a way to engage the community in the process and work within hydrologic boundaries instead of governmental ones. The goal is for future generations to be able to enjoy recreating on and by the river, for habitat and wildlife to flourish, and for people to live without fear of flooding.