Celebrate Earth Month by Cleaning Up Fitchburg’s Waterways on April 1st, April 22nd

Fitchburg’s 2017 Waterway Clean Up is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd from 10 AM-12 PM, rain or shine

1. Seminole Forest – Meet at Seminole Pool at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear boots and bring work gloves. Please be aware that restroom facilities may not be available in the cleanup areas. Some thank-you gifts and refreshments will be provided to participants.  Anyone interested in organizing an event in your neighborhood can contact Erika Kluetmeier, Sustainability Specialist, at or 270-4274. The city will provide supplies and pick up trash and recyclables.

Plant Dane offers residents and community groups a way to protect waters through Native Plant Cost-Share program

Plant Dane is proud to offer a new DONATE or GROW native plants for community projects.  This could include schools or community groups looking for native plants for a project.  The Plant Dane program is a cost-share to purchase native plants to establish private or public rain gardens, native plantings and prairie restoration.  

Learn more by attending the Interactive Rain Garden workshop on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Dane County Land and Water Resources Garden Workshop (5201 Fen Oaks Drive, Room 121, Madison, WI). The cost is $10 and will focus on helping participants design a rain garden plan for their property.  Sign up is available at  This workshop includes hands-on stations and resources.  

Plants purchased through this program are $2.00 each, less than half the normal retail price.  Each species must be ordered in multiples of four.  The program details and order form are available at  Plants must be ordered by Friday, March 31st, 2017.  Once your order is complete with the online credit card payment system, print your receipt and bring this to the plant pick up on Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00-11:00 AM at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI.  Participants must pick up plants on this date, or send a relative, friend or neighbor to pick up the plants. 

Fitchburg residents who install and maintain rain gardens are eligible for an ongoing credit on their stormwater utility bill of $8 to $16 per year

 What Is Stormwater?

When it rains or as snow melts the water needs to go somewhere. Some water soaks into the ground, some evaporates, and the rest flows over land into creeks, ponds, wetlands, and eventually into rivers and lakes. In urban areas, rain cannot soak into the ground because it cannot pass through concrete, asphalt, building rooftops, and other impervious materials. As water runs over these surfaces it picks up and carries pollutants such as oil, gas, lawn fertilizers, and trash, downstream to our rivers and lakes. In rural areas, chemical fertilizers and manure can be carried by rain water into drainage ditches that eventually make it to our lakes.



 Fitchburg Stormwater Utility

The Fitchburg Stormwater Utility was created to finance methods used to control pollutants and suspended solids (sediment). Using detention ponds, drainage swales, rain gardens, and street sweeping, the city can improve water quality and reduce the quantity of stormwater before it is discharged into lakes and streams.


Erosion is the act in which earth is worn away, often by water, wind, or ice, and moved from one place to another. While erosion is a natural process, human activity has increased the rate of erosion by 10-40 times! Fitchburg requires erosion control best management practices on construction sites to minimize the amount of sediment that gets carried off by rain fall.

The stormwater utility is funded by charging landowners a fee based on the amount of impervious area on a property. Fitchburg offers ways to reduce your stormwater bill through credits for reducing stormwater run off from your property.

My Fair LakesWe also offer educational and outreach services to let the public know what they can do to help keep our waterways clean. Fitchburg's stormwater discharge permit is part of the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership (MAMSWaP).
Additional Information
The following links contain information on how individuals can help improve water quality by constructing rain gardens, reducing fertilizer and pesticide use, and cleaning up pet waste.

Plans, Studies & Reports
There have been extensive studies on the Nine Springs Creek in addition to city-wide plans.
If you are interested in viewing these please contact the Public Works Department (