Storm Water Work Begins along Manitou Way

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

A stormwater detention pond is being built near Manitou Way in the Arboretum. This new facility will intercept urban storm water sediment that is filling in Arboretum wetlands and Lake Wingra.

At Manitou Way, 167 million gallons of runoff flows from Madison’s west side into the Arboretum and Lake Wingra each year.

The new pond will have a wetland border that will give it a natural appearance. A shallow shelf will be included around the pond for safety.

The project is funded by the State of Wisconsin, UW–Madison, the City of Madison with planning by the UW–Madison Arboretum.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.