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Strickers/Mendota Watershed Study

Last Updated: 03/09/2020

Project Description

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

Strickers/Mendota Watershed Study Map

The Strickers/Mendota watershed drains to Lake Mendota.

Latest Update 

REMINDER: The second public information meeting for Strickers/Mendota Watershed is tonight, in just a few hours:

6-8 p.m., March 9, 2020, Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., Madison, Wis.
View the March 9, 2020 Public Information No. 2 Presentation 

The next public information meeting has been scheduled for this watershed: 
6-8 p.m., March 9, 2020, Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., 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.  

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


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.

This photo shows a map of focus group meeting locations for the Strickers/Mendota 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 were held for this watershed in 2019: 

  • Julia Street, Baker Avenue, 8-9 a.m., Aug. 27, Corner of Julia Street and Julia Ct.
  • Hickory Hollow, 12-1 p.m., Aug. 27, 15 Hickory Hollow Drive
  • Baker Avenue, Lake Mendota, 6-7 p.m., Aug. 27, Corner of Baker Avenue and Lake Mendota Drive
  • Longmeadow/Backbay Circle, 12-1 p.m., Sept. 9, Strickers Pond Pedestrian Path, 7214 Longmeadow Road

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 next public information meeting has been scheduled for this watershed: 
6-8 p.m., March 9, 2020, Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., Madison, Wis.
A presentation will be posted closer to the date of this meeting. 

The first public information meeting for this watershed was held on April 22, 2019.

April 22, 2019: Strickers/Mendota Public Information Meeting presentation

Watershed Study Information

To learn more about flash flooding and why we are completing a watershed study in this area please visit: Flash Flooding Resilience Story Map

You can also listen to a presentation about our 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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