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Alder Arvina Martin

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Council Vice President

Alder Arvina Martin,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

4901 Waukesha Street
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Martin’s Blog

Green Infrastructure Pilot Public Information Meeting

June 9, 2020 2:08 PM

Hello neighbors!

A reminder that tomorrow the City of Madison Engineering Division will be hosting a public meeting to learn more about green infrastructure and a pilot project in the Westmorland neighborhood. The public is invited to attend an upcoming virtual public information meeting, 5:30 p.m., June 10, via Zoom.

For more information, you can find links here for The presentation PDF  for the upcoming June 10 virtual public information meeting, as well as how to  Register for the meeting. 

Also, see the latest press release about the reimbursement program for residents in the pilot project location. 

Project Overview

The City of Madison, like many communities, has experienced an increase in extreme rain events leading to urban flash flooding and lake flooding events. These events have occurred most notably in Madison since 2016, when a large and intense rain event in late July caused extensive flooding of public and private property on Madison's west side.  Additionally, large events in July 2017 and June 2018 caused similar flooding, again largely on Madison's west side.

In response to the damage incurred due to recent extreme rainfall events, as well as, the likely increasing frequency of such events due to global climate change, the Madison Common Council authorized the City of Madison Engineering Division to develop watershed models and plans for watersheds of greatest concern in the Madison area. Additionally, the city has initiated a campaign to minimize stormwater runoff entering storm drains through implementation of Green Infrastructure  (GI) practices.

Although much is known on the stormwater volume reduction benefits of individual GI practices, very little is known about the watershed response to a collection of practices. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) will facilitate a basic data collection program for the City of Madison, and aims to answer the following questions:

  • How much effective impervious cover (sidewalk, pavement, driveways, roofs etc.) needs to be converted to pervious cover (allows stormwater to soak into the ground) before a reduction in volume can be measured in downstream pipes?
  • Can a waterbody impaired by urban land use (current neighborhoods) ever be able to revert to pre-settlement conditions (oak-savannah) through implementation of GI alone?
  • What temporal scale should municipal officials expect when developing plans for watershed and ecosystem restoration?
  • Are flood models that include large amounts of GI accurate or misleading towards long-term watershed health?

Implementation of Green Infrastructure

The City of Madison will be working to install GI in the study area from 2020-2025. This may include, but is not limited to:

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