Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed Study
Last Updated: 04/23/2021
The study is currently in the proposed solutions development phase. Proposed solutions have been developed and soon will start the internal City review process. Once the internal review process is complete and internal comments are incorporated, the solutions will be released to the residents for feedback and input.
The City of Madison completing a watershed study in the Madison Pheasant Branch watershed (as shown below). The City of Madison water resource engineers will complete the study. 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. 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.
The Madison Pheasant Branch watershed drains to the north toward Pheasant Branch Creek in Middleton.
The studies are expected to take 18 - 24 months. The first watershed studies will take longer as the City works through the appropriate processes and approach for the new flood study initiative.
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
The first public information meeting was held May 4, 2019.
May 4, 2019 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
A public information meeting was held virtually June 18, 2020.
June 18, 2020 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
June 18, 2020 Public Information Meeting Recorded Presentation
Focus Group Meetings
The City of Madison Engineering Division set locations, times, and dates for focus group meetings for the Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed. The meetings were requested by community members, and were open to the public, but the conversation was tailored to gathering more information on flooding issues in the meeting area. The focus groups looked further into the issues that caused flooding in the last few years specific to each meeting area. The Engineering Division worked with alders, and residents to find a date, location and time that worked for the specific areas.
The meetings lasted approximately one hour, and most meetings were held outside, rain or shine, in a walk-and-talk format.
The following focus group meetings were held for this watershed:
- SW Blackhawk Pond, 7-8 p.m., Sept. 4, Bear Claw Way and Winding Way
- North Blackhawk Pond, 7-8 p.m., Sept. 5, Swallowtail Park, 901 Swallowtail Drive
- Menards Area, 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17, sidewalk on Plaza Drive near Pet Smart Parking Lot, 8210 Plaza Drive
- Old Sauk and Westfield, 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 18, North Westfield Road and Walnut Grove Drive
- Wexford Village, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 25, Tramore Trail and Sawmill Road
- Junction Ridge, Attic Angel, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 26, Reid Drive and McGuffey Drive
- Old Sauk Trails, 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26, GHC Parking Lot, 8202 Excelsior Drive
- Tamarack Trails, 9-10 a.m., Sept. 27, Tamarack Trails Club House Parking Lot, 110 S Westfield Road
Press Release: Watershed focus group dates set for residents who experienced flooding
PDF information about Focus Groups with contact information
- City of Madison Flood Website
- Flash Flooding Resilience Story Map *Note: Please view the story map using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Story maps are not viewable with Internet Explorer.
- Watershed Frequently Asked Questions
- Engineering Waterways Newsletter 2020 Issue
- Watershed Studies 2019 Audio Presentation
- Flood Prevention Flyer and website
- LISTEN: Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Basement Drainage
- LISTEN: Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: Historic Flooding
- LISTEN: Everyday Engineering Podcast Episode: What's going on with the Watershed?
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.