Challenges in Stormwater Runoff Management: One Neighborhood's Experience

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Environmental Policy And Management


Steven Bissell


best management practices; neighborhood; permit; planning; policy; runoff; stakeholder; stormwater; urban; Urban runoff -- Management -- Wisconsin -- Madison


Stormwater runoff is a concern for municipalities as it contributes to declining water quality and erosion. This study examines the array of issues involved during stormwater management planning for Westmorland Park in Madison, Wisconsin. The policies, influences, planning processes and plans were evaluated by interviewing members of stakeholder groups and examining key documents, in an effort to provide guidance for other communities with similar runoff problems. Findings indicate that runoff management involves numerous stakeholders and diverse interests, and that proper communication among these groups may not always occur. Findings also point to a need for earlier communication among stakeholders, cooperation, flexibility, information sharing, and focus on a common goal, and suggest that a coordinating body could support these needs.

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