Challenges in Stormwater Runoff Management: One Neighborhood's Experience

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

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.

Publication Statement

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