News & Events
You can also keep up with neighborhood news and events on the Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association Facebook page.
The most recent edition of the neighborhood association newsletter.
Spring Harbor Beach News: Use lakesforecast.org to get up-to-date info about Spring Harbor Beach
Under the auspices of the Clean Lakes Alliance, Spring Harbor Beach is monitored by a local volunteer, who is one of more than 46 citizen monitors collecting lake water data at 58 lake sample sites and 25 beaches from May through September. Twice weekly, the following data is collected: air temperature, water temperature, turbidity, wave intensity, waterfowl presence, swimmer presence, surface algal bloom, algal bloom type, floating plant debris and water clarity. The data is immediately uploaded and posted online at lakeforecast.org. Use this Web site to see a map and current water data all 56 monitoring stations throughout the Yahara Lakes. There is also an app that you can download to access this info too.
SOLTICE DRUM CIRCLE IN MERRILL SPRING PARK
Friends of Merrill Spring Solstice Drumming Circle
Merrill Springs Park
Sunday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
WEST AREA PLAN
Here is a link to Web page about the plan and where people can sign up to receive email alerts about engagement opportunities and other plan information: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/west-area-plan/3896/
UW Health University Row Expansion Project
Click on the following links for more information:
District 19 Alder Blog:
UW Health Web Site Project Page
Well 14 Out of Service; Chloride Mitigation Study in Progress
A Well #14 chloride mitigation study began on January 11, with the well being taken out of service. Water Utility's description of the latest study can be found at https://www.cityofmadison.com/water/projects/well-14-chloride-mitigation-project. This study is called the chloride study because, in addition to sodium, the chloride levels are encroaching on EPA's guidelines for drinking water.
From the City of Madison Water Supply Manager, Joe Demorett..
The Water Utility is initiating a groundwater/borehole characterization study at Unit Well 14. This study is necessary in order to mitigate the elevated levels of sodium and chloride in the water from this well.
Well 14 is a water supply well that was drilled and constructed in 1960. Located at 5130 University Avenue, it serves Madison’s West side neighborhoods including Spring Harbor, Old Middleton Greenway, Sunset Village, and Regent. Well 14 also serves the Village of Shorewood Hills and parts of the University of Wisconsin campus. The well is 715 feet deep and draws water from both the upper and lower sandstone aquifers that exist beneath Madison. Its far west location and high specific capacity characteristics (78 gpm per foot of drawdown) make it an important source of water in Madison Water Utility’s system. Over the last 5 years, it has supplied an average of 750 million gallons of water annually making it the Utility’s largest producer.
In terms of water quality, Well 14 continues to show a dramatic rise in sodium and chloride levels. Over recent years, concentrations of both ions have steadily increased and it is estimated water pumped from the well may soon exceed EPA recommended guidelines for chloride. The level of sodium in Well 14 water already exceeds EPA recommended guidelines. Road salting applications likely contribute to the elevated sodium and chloride levels pumped at this well.
The well’s borehole was recently logged with a variety of geophysical tools. From this exercise, it was determined that the majority of water produced at this well was coming from several different depths/levels within the upper aquifer. There appears to be very little water originating from the lower aquifer. Water samples were subsequently taken at these and other depths/levels within the borehole to characterize the quality of the groundwater entering the borehole. Samples were collected under “non-pumping” conditions. Results indicated that the water entering from the upper aquifer is elevated in terms of NaCl, while the lower aquifer water is not.
It was determined that additional study was needed to further characterize the quality of the water entering the borehole under “pumping” conditions. The results of this current study will be used to formulate an extension of the well’s casing which will alleviate the sodium and chloride levels in the water. SCS Engineers, a local environmental engineering company, has been retained to assist with the study. Water Well Solutions, a licensed well driller, has been selected to perform the downhole tasks necessary to complete this work. Total estimated cost is $220,000. It is hoped that this study will be complete in March of 2023 and the well put back into service by April 1st.
The current study/work is being broken up into three different phases. During the first phase which will take several weeks, approximately 164 ft. of sediment which has accumulated at the bottom of the borehole will be removed and the sides will be cleaned off. The second phase will involve utilizing a packer to isolate certain depths which are contributing water and to sample at these depths to better determine the source of the sodium and chloride. The final phase will involve determining what adjustments should be made to where water is drawn from to maximize water quality objectives.
Lake Mendota Drive Reconstruction Project
City of Madison Engineering, Lake Mendota Dr - https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/lake-mendota-drive
Public Information Meeting PowerPoint, Jan 11 - https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/documents/projects/Lake%20Mendota%20Dr%20PIM1%201-11-22.pdf
CONTACT INFORMATION & RESOURCES
*Project Contact: Aaron Canton, Engineering Division, 608-242-4763, email@example.com
*Jim Wolfe, City Engineer, 266-4099, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Daniel Olivares, City Engineering-Sewers, 261-9285 or email@example.com
*Renee Callaway, Ped & Bike Administrator, 266-6225, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Tom Mohr, Traffic Engineering, 267-8725, email@example.com
*Adam Wiederhoedt, Water Utility, 266-9121, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Carrisa Wegner, Terrace Rain Gardens, 261-9822, email@example.com
District 19 Alder Kristen Slack's Blog
Spring Harbor Watershed Study: https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/spring-harbor-watershed-study
Comprehensive Plan: https://plan.imaginemadisonwi.com/
City of Madison Transportation Commission: https://www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/commission
Madison in Motion: https://www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/studies/madison-in-motion
Vision Zero: https://www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/initiatives/vision-zero
Complete Green Streets: Complete Green Streets | Transportation, City of Madison, Wisconsin
Urban Street Design Guide - Urban Street Design Guide | National Association of City Transportation Officials
Greater Madison MPO - Bicycle Transportation Plan - Greater Madison MPO - City of Madison, Wisconsin
History of Our Wells and Water in Madison
“It’s Still a Good Test” – Recreating 1880s water quality testing | Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Spring Harbor Wall Repair
Updates on the work being done on the Spring Harbor retaining wall and the stormwater discharge area can be found at this link: https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/spring-harbor-outfall-repair
Residential Development Document