Monday, July 20, 2020 - 5:05pm

The City of Madison Engineering Division is conducting organized focus group meetings for the next phase of its Watershed Studies beginning the week of July 20th running through August 13th. 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.

During this round of 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 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.
Social distancing will be practiced and masks are encouraged.

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 can be found on the City’s flooding website.

The following focus group meetings are set in Madison:

Dunn’s Marsh Watershed Focus Group Meetings
Allied Dr., Tuesday 7/21/20, 9:00-10:00 AM, NW corner of Rosenberry Rd. and Jenewein Rd.
Reetz Rd., Tuesday 7/21/20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, SW corner of Knox Ln. and Reetz Rd.
Tawhee Dr., Wednesday 7/22/20, 2:00-3:00 PM, NW corner of Tawhee Dr. and Kroncke Dr.
Russett Rd., Wednesday 7/22/20, 4:00-5:00 PM, NE corner of Russett Rd. and Gilbert Rd.
Allied Dr., Wednesday 7/22/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, NW corner of Rosenberry Rd. and Jenewein Rd.

Greentree/McKenna Watershed Focus Group Meetings
Laurie Dr., Thursday 7/23/20, 9:00-10:00 AM, SW corner of Laurie Dr. and Schroeder Rd.
Struck St., Thursday 7/23/20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Struck St. next to the John Powless Tennis Center
Park Edge Dr., Tuesday 7/28/20, 9:00-10:00 AM, Park Edge Dr. at Georgetown Ct.
Park Ridge Dr., Tuesday 7/28/20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Park Ridge Dr. near The Lexington Condominiums
Saalsaa Rd., Wednesday 7/29/20, 2:00-3:00 PM, NW corner of Saalsaa Rd. and Hammersley Rd.
Piping Rock Rd., Wednesday 7/29/20, 4:00-5:00 PM, SW corner of Piping Rock Rd. and Winston Dr.
Park Ridge Dr., Wednesday 7/29/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Park Ridge Dr. near The Lexington Condominiums
Gammon Rd. - Schroeder Rd., Thursday 7/30/20, 4:00-5:00 PM, West side of Gammon Rd. at Schroeder Rd.
Park Edge Dr., Thursday 7/30/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Park Edge Dr. at Georgetown Ct.

East Badger Mill Creek Watershed Focus Group Meetings
Lancaster Ln. - Carnwood Rd., Tuesday 7/28/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Waltham Park at Canterbury Rd. entrance
Frisch Rd. - Theresa Terr., Wednesday 8/5/20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, In front of Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center
McKee Rd. - Silverton Trl., Wednesday 8/5/20, 4:00-5:00 PM, NW corner of Tempe Dr. and Silverton Trl.
Tottenham Rd. - McKenna Blvd., Wednesday 8/5/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, SE corner of McKenna Blvd. and Raymond Rd.
Cameron Dr. - Russett Rd., Thursday 8/6/20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, In front of Madison Public Library – Meadowridge
Barton Rd. – Lynndale Rd., Thursday 8/6/20, 4:00-5:00 PM, SW corner of Barton Rd. and Rae Ln.
Riva Rd. - Balsam Rd., Thursday 8/6/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Meadowood Park on Leland Dr.
Riva Rd. - Balsam Rd., Wednesday 8/12/20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Meadowood Park on Leland Dr.
Cameron Dr. - Russett Rd., Wednesday 8/12/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, In front of Madison Public Library – Meadowridge
Pilgrim Rd. - Monticello Way, Thursday 8/13/20, 4:00-5:00 PM, Huegel Park tennis courts near Monticello Way
Frisch Rd. - Theresa Terr., Thursday 8/13/20, 6:30-7:30 PM, In front of Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center

The public was encouraged to sign up for these groups as part of the Watershed Public Information Series that happened last fall. However, anyone 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.

The Engineering Division is leading a total of ten watershed studies this year, which are mostly located on the west and near west side. A watershed is an area of land where precipitation that falls on it, drains to a common waterway, such as a stream or lake. The watershed acts like a funnel by collecting all the water within the area and channeling it to a single point. These focus group meetings are one step in the watershed studies process.

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