Tag Archives: storm water runoff

Water Is Life

Water is life. Without water, we die. Access to clean, plentiful water is a human necessity and right.   But human activities are abusing this vital force and future public access to water is now in doubt. We are the abusers … Continue reading

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Storm Water Management versus Ecological Restoration–a review of Pond #1

Fraying of Social and Ecological Connections Sometimes changes to landscape features happen so gradually, and over such a long time frame that we come to take them for granted. If we see them at all, we consider them part of … Continue reading

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A Look at Storm Water Management Pond #5

The City of Madison Engineering Division has, over the years as the City has expanded, installed six storm water detention ponds on UW-Madison Arboretum property.  This is Pond #5 on Monroe Street. The storm water pond in Curtis Prairie is … Continue reading

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Road Salt Use in Madison and Chloride Concentrations in its Lakes

The City of Madison, Wisconsin began spreading road salt on its streets in 1959. In the next 15 years ( by 1974), the chloride concentration in Lake Wingra tripled, and by 2014 had increased nearly seven fold from 18mg/L in … Continue reading

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Madison Plans to Repair Cherokee Drive Storm Water Channel

The City of Madison Engineering Division has announced its intention to re-grade and stabilize portions of the erosion-prone Cherokee Drive (Nakoma Park) storm water channel on the west side of Nakoma Park, just below Cherokee Drive.  A public information meeting … Continue reading

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Fitchburg’s Rapid Land Use Expansion Plans Raise Concerns

Madison, WI February 28, 2014—On Tuesday February 25 the Fitchburg (Dane County, WI) City Council approved plans to expand sewer and water service to just over 900 acres of open space in the uplands south-east of Madison and overlooking Lake … Continue reading

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Social and Environmental Justice For Allied Dr. Neighborhood Dealt Setback by Highway Project

Did Madison Keep its Promise to the Neighborhood? In 2004 the City of Madison, under the leadership of then-Mayor David J. Cieslewicz, produced a neighborhood planning document called “A Vision for the Allied Community.”  In this document Mayor Dave, as … Continue reading

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How The Verona Road Interchange Project Impacts Its Neighborhood

Madison, WI  November 25, 2013–Those of you who travel Midvale Boulevard and Verona Road or the West Beltline Highway (HIghways 12 & 18 & 151) on Madison’s near SW side are aware of the massive reconstruction and reconfiguration of the … 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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“Rooftops to Rivers” Promotes Green Infrastructure for Storm Water Control

What do Aurora and Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin have in common? They are among 14 cities from coast to coast that are on their way to becoming “Emerald Cities” as part of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Rooftops … Continue reading

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