Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed Study

Last Updated: 02/13/2020

Project Description

The City of Madison will complete a watershed study in the Madison Pheasant Branch watershed (as shown below). The City of Madison water resource engineers will complete the study.

Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed Map

The Madison Pheasant Branch watershed drains to the north toward Pheasant Branch Creek in Middleton.


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 Information Meetings

The first public information meeting for this watershed happened on May 4, 2019.  During this meeting, the study goals, process, and approach was introduced.

Madison Pheasant Branch Presentation PowerPoint here

The second public information meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Blawkhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton, WI 53562.

During this meeting, the progress to-date will be discussed and the existing conditions modeling results will be reviewed.  Participants are encouraged to review the flood modeling mapping for their area and provide feedback.  The presentation for the meeting will be posted approximately one week prior to the meeting.

Focus Group Meetings
This photo shows a map with locations of focus groups in Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed.


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

Watershed Study Information

To learn more about flash flooding and why the City is completing a watershed study in this area please visit: Flash Flooding Resilience Story Map

Listen to a presentation about the City's watershed studies at: Watershed Studies 2019 Audio Presentation.

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.

Additional Information