August 5th-13th is Wisconsin Stormwater Week. During this week dedicated to all things stormwater, the Village of Cross Plains is partnering with municipalities and organizations across Dane County and Wisconsin, to help raise awareness about stormwater, what it is, the problems it can cause, and actions people can take to prevent stormwater pollution to our waters.
Our actions on land have a huge impact on our local lakes, rivers, and streams; it's all connected. Rain and snowmelt that runs off rooftops, lawns, and pavement travels through storm drains and ditches into our waterways carrying trash, chemicals, soil, pet waste, leaves, and other debris with it. These pollutants can cause algae blooms, low oxygen levels, harm wildlife, and make it difficult to enjoy our local waters.
The Village has partnered with Ripple Effects of Dane County, for their Adopt-A-Storm Drain program. The goal of the program is to build a network of volunteers committed to cleaning the area on and around local storm drains and report back results. Keeping storm drains clean and clear can prevent localized flooding, keep our communities clean, and protect our waters.
Unfortunately, we can't curb stormwater pollution on our own, it's a community problem that requires a community solution. We need your help. During Wisconsin Stormwater Week, the Village of Cross Plains, will be sharing information about various stormwater related topics each day through our Facebook page. Learn all about local programs and resources that are available to help residents take actions at home to reduce stormwater pollution. Join one of the state or local events planned for Wisconsin Stormwater Week.
Monday, July 24th - Sunday, August 6th
Summer at the Storm Drains
The City of Madison Engineering Division in partnership with Dane County and Clean Lakes Alliance, encourage the community to learn about the stormwater system and visit storm drain murals across Dane County.
Summer at the Storm Drains 2023 is a community selfie storm drain mural contest where the community can visit different storm drain murals across Dane County, snap a selfie, email it in to be entered into a raffle for a prize. The prizes include the following: rain barrels, free consultation with a City stormwater engineer to build your own rain garden on property owner’s property/or native plant selection of same value, $1,000 worth of gift cards to local lakeside restaurants and businesses.
For more information, please visit the event's website: Summer at the Storm Drains
Monday, August 7th - Friday, August 11th
Native Downspout Garden Plant Kit Sale
Join us in celebrating Stormwater Week by planting a downspout garden! Downspout gardens help roofwater soak into the ground, similar to rain gardens, but without the depression. They require much less effort to install and can take up less space. Even a small (5'x5') garden can have a huge impact! These small gardens are located near the discharge of a downspout, have compost added to the soil, and are planted with native plants or grasses. Do you part to curb runoff and order a downspout garden plant kit!
Kits include 32 plants (part sun or full sun) and are $30 each, limit one per household. Orders will only be accepted August 7-11, or while supplies last. For more information, or to order your kit, visit the website: Downspout Garden Plant Kit Sale
Tuesday, August 8th - Noon-1pm
Webinar: Managing Water Where it Falls
Speakers: Chris Schultz (Senior Project Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) and Megan Högfelt (Water Resources Specialist, City of Superior). They will discuss backyard practices that increase stormwater infiltration. Join to learn why rain collection is important, how to install a rain garden, and rain barrel, and how these backyard practices benefit homeowners. Registration is required.
Thursday, August 10th - Noon-1pm
Webinar: Leaf-free Streets for Clean Waters
Speakers Phil Gaebler (City of Madison) and Christal Campbell (Dane County and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership). They'll share results of a study that evaluates how leaf collection can reduce nutrients in our waters and highlight a community engagement program to keep streets leaf-free before the storm. Registration is required.
Saturday, August 12th - 8am-Noon
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event
The Village of Waunakee is partnering with Dane County and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP) to host a community-wide household hazardous waste disposal event. This event is open to all Dane County residents and offers an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of hazardous waste, household chemicals, and other items that pose potential environmental and safety risks. These items shouldn't be placed in curbside trash.
***Electronics, latex paint, batteries, and motor oil WILL NOT be accepted at the event.***
For a full list of items that will be accepted items please review the Clean Sweep Event Flyer- Waunakee 2023 here - Waunakee Clean Sweep Event 2023
This is a ticketed event, and the cost is $15 per vehicle. There will be a VERY limited number of tickets available the day of the event. To get your ticket, please visit their website here: Clean Sweep Event.