Starkweather Creek Watershed Study

Last Updated: 04/27/2021

Latest Update 

4/27/2021 Update: 
This watershed study kicked off on April 22, 2021 (Earth Day!). Check back for more updates through the process.

Project Overview

The City of Madison is completing a watershed study in the Starkweather Creek/Olbrich Gardens watershed. The City of Madison has contracted with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. to assist with study completion. 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
 

Starkweather Creek watershed extends from the airport to Olbrich Park and as far east as Reiner Road.
The Starkweather Creek watershed drains to Lake Monona near Olbrich Park.

 

Rain Gauge measures the rainfall at Eken Park
Rain Gauge measures the rainfall at Eken Park.
Level logger measures the level of the water in Starkweather Creek when it rains.
Level logger measures the level of the water in Starkweather Creek when it rains near Union St.

Project Limits

Information will be posted when available.

Project Schedule

The study is expected to take 20 months to complete. The first activities will include numerous data and information collection and development of the public involvement plan.

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

Information will be posted when available.

City Meetings, Process 

Information will be posted when available.

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.