Hydroecologic Effects of Stormwater Inflow to Wingra Marsh

CEE 619: Hydroecology
UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering


This website was created to document the class project done in spring 2008 for Civil and Environmental Engineering 619: Hydroecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The objective of the project was to study the effects of stormwater inflow on the vegetation and hydrology of Winga Marsh at the UW Arboretum.  Wingra Marsh is located on the west side of Madison, WI just west of the 1.3 square kilometer Lake Wingra. The marsh receives 167 million gallons of stormwater per year and negative effects are evident in the study site, including sediment deposition, vegetation changes, and invasive species infestation. We set out to research the causes of these issues, as well as speculate on what can be done to restore the marsh to a healthy wetland community.

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This project was sponsored through a generous gift from Wal-Mart through their stormwater compliance team.