Impacts of Climate Change on Disadvantaged Communities: The Case of Lincoln Creek and Northern Portions of the 30th Street Corridor in Milwaukee
While considering water-related impacts of climate change on disadvantaged communities, researchers often study coastal marine environments for social and environmental injustices. Coastal disasters and systemic failures of disaster response, such as with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, have led to an expansion in research of the unjust impacts of flooding on disadvantaged urban communities. This study focuses on the impacts of recurring urban inland flooding in Milwaukee – specifically the disproportionate impacts on socially vulnerable individuals with lesser adaptive capacity than other communities. This research observes environmentally-based injustices to residents due to repeated flooding of Lincoln Creek— a tributary of the Milwaukee River— as well as flooding of northern neighborhoods of the 30th Street Corridor of Milwaukee. These neighborhoods are historically inhabited by minority and low-income individuals, i.e. groups with high social vulnerability to environmental problems such as flooding.