Stormwater

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.

Resources


  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


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.

Stormwater
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 (publicworks@fitchburgwi.gov).