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Spring Harbor Watershed Study

Last Updated: 02/28/2020

UPDATE: Public Input Meeting at Muir Elementary

The second Public Input Meeting for the Spring Harbor Watershed Study was held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 24, in the Muir Elementary School Gymnasium/Cafeteria, 6602 Inner Drive.

Engineers presented the completed, new, drainage model of existing flooding conditions. 
Feb. 24, 2020 Presentation: Spring Harbor Public Information Meeting 2-Existing Conditions Presentation
Frequently Asked Questions about Watershed Studies 

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

In the summer and fall of 2019, the City of Madison Engineering Division hosted a variety of focus groups for known flooding areas within the watershed. 
Map of focus groups set in the spring harbor watershed
The following focus group meetings occured in 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 
Frequently Asked Questions about the Watershed Studies

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