Last Updated: 06/19/2020

Latest Update 

Thank you to everyone who attended the June 18 virtual public information meeting. 
The recorded presentation is now available: June 18 Virtual Public Information Meeting Recorded Presentation  
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Project Overview

The City of Madison completing a watershed study in the Madison Pheasant Branch watershed (as shown below). The City of Madison water resource engineers will complete the study.  The watershed study will identify causes of existing flooding and then look at potential solutions to try to reduce flooding.  The study will use computer models to assist with the evaluations.  For more information please see the Flash Flooding Story Map*Note: Please view the story map using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Story maps are not viewable with Internet Explorer.

Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed Map

The Madison Pheasant Branch watershed drains to the north toward Pheasant Branch Creek in Middleton.


The studies are expected to take 18 - 24 months.

Public Involvement 

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates and times are indicated below.

Story Map

There is new story map for this watershed. Story maps are interactive pages that explain a project more visually and interactively. Take a scroll through this new tool to understand the Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed Study. *Note: Please view the story map using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Story maps are not viewable with Internet Explorer.

Public Information Meetings


Focus Group Meetings

This photo shows a map with locations of focus groups in Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed.



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 were open to the public, but the conversation was tailored to gathering more information on flooding issues in the meeting area. The focus groups looked further into the issues that caused flooding in the last few years specific to each meeting area.  The Engineering Division worked with alders, and residents to find a date, location and time that worked for the specific areas.

The meetings lasted approximately one hour, and most meetings were held outside, rain or shine, in a walk-and-talk format.

The following focus group meetings were held for this watershed: 

  • SW Blackhawk Pond, 7-8 p.m., Sept. 4, Bear Claw Way and Winding Way
  • North Blackhawk Pond, 7-8 p.m., Sept. 5, Swallowtail Park, 901 Swallowtail Drive
  • Menards Area, 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17, sidewalk on Plaza Drive near Pet Smart Parking Lot, 8210 Plaza Drive
  • Old Sauk and Westfield, 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 18, North Westfield Road and Walnut Grove Drive
  • Wexford Village, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 25, Tramore Trail and Sawmill Road
  • Junction Ridge, Attic Angel, 3-4 p.m., Sept. 26, Reid Drive and McGuffey Drive
  • Old Sauk Trails, 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26, GHC Parking Lot, 8202 Excelsior Drive
  • Tamarack Trails, 9-10 a.m., Sept. 27, Tamarack Trails Club House Parking Lot, 110 S Westfield Road

    Press Release: Watershed focus group dates set for residents who experienced flooding
    PDF information about Focus Groups with contact information

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 *Note: Please view the story map using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Story maps are not viewable with Internet Explorer.

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