Spring Harbor Watershed Study

Last Updated: 11/01/2019

Project Description

The City of Madison will complete a watershed study in the Spring Harbor watershed (as shown below). A local engineering consultant, Advanced Engineering and Environmental, will complete the study.

Spring Harbor Watershed Map

The Spring Harbor watershed drains toward Spring Harbor on Lake Mendota.


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.

Focus Group Meetings

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 are open to the public, but the conversation will be tailored to gathering more information on flooding issues in the meeting area. If a resident wants to request an additional focus group meeting not on the list, fill out the City’s focus group meeting form. The focus group meetings scheduled are going to look further into the issues that caused flooding in the last few years specific to the meeting area.
Map of focus groups set in the spring harbor watershed
The public was encouraged to sign up for these groups as part of the Watershed Public Information Series that happened earlier this summer.  However, if anyone wants to attend the focus group meetings and did not sign up during the public information meetings, residents should feel free to attend any of the scheduled meetings in their neighborhood at their designated date and time. The Engineering Division worked with alders, and residents to find a date, location and time that worked for the specific areas.

During the focus group meetings, engineers will meet with groups of residents on site, in specific areas hit the hardest by flooding in the past few years, including the August 2018 flood event. The purpose of the first round of focus group meetings will be to gather flooding information based on residents’ experiences.

The meetings are expected to take one hour, and most meetings will be held outside, rain or shine, in a walk-and-talk format. If rain is predicted, please dress and accessorize appropriately with umbrellas, jackets and proper footwear.

City Engineers or the consultants building the drainage models will facilitate the group. If anyone needs accessible accommodations, or a translator present, please connect with the respective project manager for the watershed, which is located on this page.

The following focus group meetings are set for this watershed: 

  • Mineral Point Park to Owen Park, 4-5 p.m., Aug. 28, Corner of Quarterdeck Dr and the bike path,  about 150 feet north of the intersection of Landfall Dr and Quarterdeck Dr on the east side of the street
  • Owen Park Concrete Channel, 6-7 p.m., Aug. 29, Corner of Forsythia Pl. and Bordner Drive
  • Regent Street, Burnett Drive and Calumet Circle, 4-5 p.m., Aug. 29, Corner of Burnett Drive and S. Kenosha Drive
  • Marbella Condo Association, 2-3 p.m., Aug. 30, Outside Marbella Tennis Court gates near corner of South Yellowstone Drive and Mineral Point Road
  • Oakwood Village Association, 2-3 p.m., Sept. 18, inside meeting room of Oakwood Village Center for Arts and Education
  • Bordner Park, 6-7 p.m., Sept. 19, Bordner Park Playground, 5600 Elder Place in center of park
  • West Towne Pond, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 16, Schwoegler Park Towne Lanes Banquet Hall, 444 Grand Canyon Drive
  • Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association, 5-6 p.m., Oct. 3, Spring Harbor Park Playground (corner of Spring Harbor Drive and Lake Mendota Drive)

Press Release: Watershed focus group dates set for residents who experienced flooding
PDF information about Focus Groups with contact information PDF 

Public Information Meetings

The first public information meeting for this watershed was held on April 25, 2019.

Spring Harbor Public Information Meeting presentation PDF 

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