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CARPC’s 2021 Work Program

CARPC’s 2021 Work Program

Every fall, CARPC prepares an annual work program for the following year. The work program describes staff activities and how they advance CARPC’s mission of strengthening the region by engaging communities through planning, collaboration, and assistance.

CARPC’s 2021 Work Program allocates most time and resources towards water quality and regional development planning. Together these programs account for almost three quarters of staff time and budgets.

Water quality planning and coordination involves working with partners including the Yahara CLEAN Compact, the Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership, and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership. These partnerships across agencies and organizations enable the region to combine and coordinate efforts to achieve goals of reducing phosphorus and chloride pollution that damages our lakes and rivers. An example of partnership work is the project, led by CARPC, to prepare a Starkweather Creek Watershed Chloride Management Plan to help reduce chloride pollution.

Another focus of water quality planning is reviewing applications for amending Sewer Service Area boundaries in the Dane County Water Quality Plan (WQP), which is adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). CARPC works with local communities to ensure that standards for water quality and quantity are met or exceeded in urbanizing areas. Once Sewer Service Area amendments are adopted, CARPC reviews plans for sewer extensions and stormwater management to ensure consistency with the WQP prior to development.

Another important water resource effort in the 2021 Work Program is CARPC’s regional flood resiliency planning program. Next year, CARPC will continue working with local communities, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and businesses to prepare a Green Infrastructure Plan for the Black Earth Creek watershed. With modeling assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project will reduce the threat of flooding in these communities, as well as improve the water quality of this highly regarded trout stream.

The other main regional planning effort is preparation of a Regional Development Framework. This project builds on the work of A Greater Madison Vision to prepare a framework for where and how growth should accommodate the approximately 200,000 new people projected in the region by 2050. Next year CARPC, working with the Greater Madison MPO and local and regional governments, will complete a draft conceptual map of future development and estimates of how that growth will impact the region. Community conversations around how mapped development performs compared to regional goals and objectives will inform the draft and final Regional Development Framework. The Framework will be implemented by local communities through their planning and development policies and activities.

Other 2021 Work Program activities include:

  • Ongoing Cooperative Water Resources Monitoring Program in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and local communities to collect vital water quality data needed for planning and programs.
  • Completing the 2020 Land Use Inventory in partnership with Dane County. The Land Use Inventory is a decades long effort to measure how land is used that provides critical information for local and regional planning.
  • Ongoing efforts to work with the Greater Madison MPO to coordinate regional transportation, land use, and environmental planning, and on outreach and education.
  • Planning assistance to local communities. Next year CARPC will continue working with the Village of Blue Mounds, six Towns, and potentially other communities on comprehensive planning and data services.
  • Ongoing education and information programming through the newsletter, website, social media, presentations, reports, publications, and CARPC’s data portal. CARPC and the MPO also plan to host a joint webinar series.

Through all these efforts, the Commission plays the critical role of making policy and decisions, providing guidance to staff, serving as spokespersons for the agency, and as liaisons with their appointing authorities.

Finally, the Work Program describes how none of the above work could happen without administrative support.

A PowerPoint presentation of the 2021 Work Program is available here.

The full Work Program is available here.