Wingra West Watershed Study

Last Updated: 03/12/2020

Project Description

The City of Madison will complete a watershed study in the Wingra West watershed (as shown below). A local consulting engineer, Brown and Caldwell, will complete the study.

Wingra West Watershed Map

The Wingra West watershed drains east to Lake Wingra.

Latest Update

3/12/20: 
The March 16, 2020 public information meeting for the Wingra West watershed, that was scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a later date. 
Check back for updates on this page and the Engineering Division's Facebook Page for updated times and dates. 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/561475231377423/?event_time_id=561475241377422 

2/28/2020:
The next public information meeting has been scheduled for this watershed:
6-8 p.m., March 16, 2020, Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, Wis.

For the first time, engineers will share the results of watershed modeling, which was created from summer 2018 flood reporting and field data. The models will show areas that require system or watershed-wide changes to support different amounts of rainfall.  A watershed is an area of land where precipitation that falls on it, drains to a common waterway, such as a stream or lake. The watershed acts like a funnel by collecting all the water within the area and channeling it to a single point.

Read more in the press release: Closer to Possible Flooding Solutions: Engineers to Share Data 
Watershed Frequently Asked Questions

Timeline

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

3/12/20: 

The March 16, 2020 public information meeting for the Wingra West watershed, that was scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a later date. 
Check back for updates on this page and the Engineering Division's Facebook Page for updated times and dates. 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/561475231377423/?event_time_id=561475241377422 

The next public information meeting has been scheduled for this watershed:

6-8 p.m., March 16, 2020, Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, Wis.
This meeting will be live streamed and posted. 
A presentation will be posted closer to the date of the meeting.

May 1, 2019: Wingra West Watershed Public Information Meeting presentation

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.

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