Seminole Glen SWM Plan Update and Public Outreach Support

Project Background Information:

Seminole Glen Park is located near the intersection of Schumann Drive and S. Seminole Highway in the City of Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The park includes several natural features including two kettle ponds on the western edge of the park, and a forested kettle on the eastern edge of the park. The kettle ponds are transected by a bike path and connected by an equalizer pipe. During heavier rainfall events, water overflows from the ponds to the east into the forested kettle. Generally, stormwater runoff that drains into the forested kettle infiltrates into the soil, evaporates, or is transpired. During extreme rainfall, water may get high enough that it is able to enter the storm sewer on Schuman Drive, if a valve is in the open position. Generally, this valve is kept in the off position; however, it was opened in the 2016-2018 timeframe, when water in the kettle got high enough to threaten a nearby home.

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Project Description:

The City of Fitchburg is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to assist with public education and outreach efforts, perform a hydraulic/hydrologic analysis, water quality modeling, provide structural BMP recommendations for areas within the park (either within the kettle ponds or elsewhere within the park) and outside of the park, prepare non-structural BMP recommendations within and outside of the park, and conduct public outreach meetings.

Project Status:

The City has contracted with AE2S to complete the Seminole Glen Stormwater Study. Common Council approved the contract on August 23, 2022. The study is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2023.  

Through the fall of 2022 the city and engineering consultant collected data on the watershed draining into Seminole Glen Park and storm sewer network draining from Stoner Prairie and eastward down Schumann Dr. AE2S has completed the "existing conditions" stormwater model to represent rainfall, stormwater runoff, and stormwater conveyance by the storm sewer network. This will allow the project team to evaluate different rainfall scenarios and potential projects/practices to manage stormwater runoff in this portion of the city. After the completion of the January 2023 public information meeting the project team will evaluate multiple alternatives to determine their feasibility and develop preliminary cost estimates for implementation.

Project Documents and Meeting Recordings

Project documents including video recordings of past public meetings, presentation slides, etc., are available below:

Project Staff Contact

Questions on the stormwater study can be directed to:

Ryan Stenjem, P.E., Environmental Engineer at 608-270-4278 or Ryan.Stenjem@fitchburgwi.gov


(Last Updated January 10, 2023)