Hawks Landing Flood Mitigation
Last Updated: 05/17/2019
Hawks Landing is a residential development located on the far west side of Madison at the northwest quadrant of South Pleasant View Road (CTH ‘M’) and Midtown Road. Construction of the development began in 2001. The development includes approximately 300 homes and an 18-hole golf course, the Hawks Landing Golf Club.
Hawks Landing has six (6) stormwater control ponds, all located within the golf course. Three of these ponds (LBMC North, LBMC SW, and LBMC East Ponds) are located on the west side of the course and drain to Lower Badger Mill Creek (LBMC), and three (UBMC North, UBMC SE, and UBMC SW Ponds) are located on the east side and drain to Upper Badger Mill Creek (UBMC).
The west side of the development, as shown in Map 1, experiences drainage problems during large storm events. Lots 169, 170, and 250 experience flooding during events, with the highest water levels and highest flows occurring on Lot 170. In September 2016, the City contracted with MSA Professional Services, Inc. to conduct a drainage study for the western portion of Hawks Landing, the area roughly bounded by Eaglewood Drive on the north, Breezy Trail on the east, Mid Town Road on the south, and Shady Point Drive on the west. Map 2 identifies shows the delineated watersheds and the general flow directions for the study area. Note that, for the purposes of this project, the ponds shown in Map 2 have been assigned alphabetic identifiers:
- LBMC SW Pond (Map 1) = Pond C (Map 2)
- LBMC North Pond (Map 1) = Pond D (Map 2)
- LBMC East Pond (Map 1) = Pond E (Map 2)
Flooding downstream from Pond C is due in part to observed plugging of the pond outlet structure; however, significant additional contributors to flooding are discharges from upstream ponds (Ponds D&E on Map 2) which appear to be much greater than originally planned. In Fall 2018, Hawks Landing Golf course constructed an additional dry detention basin to the east of Pond C to reduce peak inflow into Pond C. Additionally, the City of Madison has contracted with MSA Professional Services, Inc. to design a hydraulically-improved outlet from Pond C. The current elliptical outlet pipe shall be upsized to a 4'x8' concrete box culvert, which will drain Pond C to a newly-constructed drainage ditch south of Shady Point Dr. This new design should alleviate flooding during large events out of Pond C and in the intersection of Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr. The City intends to post plans for this project for bid in early June. Once they are available, a link will be provided on this website.
In addition to Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr, flooding occurs in the north part of the neighborhood as well, north of intersection of Hill Creek Dr and Grassy Hollow Dr. This flooding is due in large part to runoff from the undeveloped farm field north of the Hawks Landing neighborhood; the runoff from the field, which is substantial, also contributes to the flooding problems at Pond C and the intersection of Hidden Hill and Shady Point. The City has contracted with MSA Professional Services, Inc. to investigate solutions to this flooding problem. Currently, the City is investigating the purchase of some of the farmland and construction of a swale to drain water from the intersection of Red Tail Dr and Hill Creek Dr.
Public Informational Meeting
The City will host a Public Informational Meeting to discuss fixes at Hidden Hill Dr/Shady Point Dr and north of Hill Creek. Meeting information is below:
Date: May 28, 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton, WI 53562