Category Archives: Phosphorus in storm water

Leopold’s Arboretum–It’s Drowning in Stormwater and Needs Upstream Help

One of the questions that this blog asks is how the science and practice restoration ecology is utilized to address environmental issues and restoration opportunities in urban areas.   This blog examines the challenges and opportunities of restoration ecology through … Continue reading

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Fitchburg’s Proposed Development Voted Down by Commission

Madison, WI November 19, 2014–Dane County’s Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) last week voted against Fitchburg’s plans for its proposed “Northeast Neighborhood”.   According to a story by Capital Times reporter Bryna Godar,  the CARPC, by a 6-5 decision, voted … Continue reading

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Dane County 2015 Budget to Focus on Partnerships to Protect and Clean Up Yahara Lakes

Parisi’s upcoming 2015 budget will put more than $10 million into targeted measures and collaborations to clean up lake-polluting phosphorus September 30, 2015 Madison, WI–According to a press released yesterday by his office, “Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced that his 2015 … Continue reading

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Study Finds Aluminum Sulfate (Alum) Applications to Control Eutrophication of Lakes May Have Unintended and Untargeted Effects on Ecological Processes

Aluminum sulfate (alum) has been applied to hundreds of eutrophic (nutrient rich) lakes and storm water detention ponds worldwide for over 40 years in a popular remediation practice to control harmful algal blooms by removing excess phosphorous.  The City of … Continue reading

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Using Restoration to Create Resilient Systems

Right now there is an important role for restoration ecologists and restoration planners to play on the teams of experts, engineers, and officials that are charting a vision for the future of the Lake Wingra Watershed.  Restoration ecologists need to … Continue reading

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Madison Engineering Division Considering Additional Sites for Aluminum Sulfate Application

Watershed planners are recommending that either the Odana Golf Course Pond or the Secret Pond storm water pond in the UW-Madison Arboretum be considered as potential sites for the addition of alum to capture phosphorous in storm water runoff.  This … Continue reading

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Start of Controversial Monroe St. Project Validates Neighborhood Concerns About Storm Water Runoff

From the moment this project was first proposed in the Spring of 2013, neighbors and the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) were concerned that sediment and phosphorous-laden storm water would drain off of the site above and run into the nearby … Continue reading

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Visionary Plans for Monroe Street and Lake Wingra Watershed

Recently we’ve been covering green infrastructure programs locally and nationally.    For example earlier posts described the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative’s “Clean Clear Waters Challenge”; and at the national level the Natural Resource Defense Council’s “Rooftops to Rivers” Emerald City program. … Continue reading

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Dane County Offers Grants to Reduce Polluted Urban Runoff

Madison, WI August 15, 2013,   From the office of Dane County Executive Joe Parisi comes the encouraging news that $1.5 million in Urban Water Quality grants is available this year to county municipalities to upgrade and improve storm water pipelines … Continue reading

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Unfortunate Setback to University of Wisconsin and Madison Storm Water Management

Research Shows Constructed Storm Water Wetlands in UW-Madison Arboretum are Releasing Phosphorous Engineers Failed to Account for Critical Variables In Design and Implementation of Storm Water Facility, say researchers. Recently constructed storm water wetlands in the Arboretum are releasing and … Continue reading

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