Spring Harbor Watershed Study

Last Updated: 10/12/2020

Latest Update

6/9/2020 Update:
View a new story map for this watershed! Story maps are interactive pages that explain a project more visually and interactively. Take a scroll through this new tool to understand the Spring Harbor Watershed Study. *Note: Please view the story map using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Story maps are not viewable with Internet Explorer.

Project Overview

The City of Madison will complete a watershed study in the Spring Harbor watershed (as shown below). The watershed study will identify causes of existing flooding and then look at potential solutions to try to reduce flooding. The study will use computer models to assist with the evaluations. A local engineering consultant, Advanced Engineering and Environmental, will complete the study.

For more information please see the Flash Flooding Story Map*Note: Please view the story map using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Story maps are not viewable with Internet Explorer.

Spring Harbor Watershed Map. Watershed extends from southwest of West Towne Mall, northeast to Spring Harbor.

The Spring Harbor watershed drains toward Spring Harbor on Lake Mendota.

Project Schedule

The studies are expected to take over 18 months. During this time, the city will look at watersheds as a whole to make sure solving a flooding problem upstream won’t push more water downstream and cause more flooding.

Public Involvement

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates and times are indicated below:

Public Information Meetings

Focus Group Meetings

In the summer and fall of 2019, the City of Madison Engineering Division hosted a variety of focus groups for known flooding areas within the watershed. 
Map of focus groups set in the spring harbor watershed. Areas include West Towne Pond, Oakwood village Association, Marbella Condo Association, Mineral Point Park to Owen Park, Regent St Burneet Dr & Calumet Cir, Owen Park Concrete Channel, Bordner Park, and the Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association.
The following focus group meetings occurred in this watershed: 

  • Mineral Point Park to Owen Park, 4-5 p.m., Aug. 28, Corner of Quarterdeck Dr and the bike path,  about 150 feet north of the intersection of Landfall Dr and Quarterdeck Dr on the east side of the street
  • Owen Park Concrete Channel, 6-7 p.m., Aug. 29, Corner of Forsythia Pl. and Bordner Drive
  • Regent Street, Burnett Drive and Calumet Circle, 4-5 p.m., Aug. 29, Corner of Burnett Drive and S. Kenosha Drive
  • Marbella Condo Association, 2-3 p.m., Aug. 30, Outside Marbella Tennis Court gates near corner of South Yellowstone Drive and Mineral Point Road
  • Oakwood Village Association, 2-3 p.m., Sept. 18, inside meeting room of Oakwood Village Center for Arts and Education
  • Bordner Park, 6-7 p.m., Sept. 19, Bordner Park Playground, 5600 Elder Place in center of park
  • West Towne Pond, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 16, Schwoegler Park Towne Lanes Banquet Hall, 444 Grand Canyon Drive
  • Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association, 5-6 p.m., Oct. 3, Spring Harbor Park Playground (corner of Spring Harbor Drive and Lake Mendota Drive)

Additionally, people within focus groups were involved in breakout sessions during the second public meeting on February 24, 2020. Residents were able to sit with engineering staff to provide feedback on where the drainage model predicted flooding during certain rain events. Press Release: Watershed focus group dates set for residents who experienced flooding
PDF information about Focus Groups with contact information 

Additional Resources

Report Flooding

If anyone has experienced flooding, and is willing to share with the City, please report it on the City's website. Even if a homeowner reported flooding to 2-1-1, FEMA, or a City official, the City needs standardized information to create stormwater models that show existing flooding conditions. The flood data helps the City prioritize different flood projects and future watershed studies. Please report any flooding you’ve experienced.