Welcome to the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission's bi-weekly roundup of news, trends, and events. To see previous editions of this newsletter,  click here.
In This Edition
  • News from around the region
  • Leaf Free Streets for Clean Water
  • Trees and Public Health Awareness Campaign
  • A Greater Madison Vision Passes 4,000 Mark
  • Register Now: Sustain Dane Summit 2018
News From Around the Region
Stay up to date with our roundup of planning and development news around the region. 

Leaf-free Streets for Clean Waters
Trees provide shade, purify the air, absorb rainwater, and create habitat in our urban environments. But leaves can also be a major source of phosphorus to our lakes, rivers, and streams. More than half of the annual amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater comes from autumn leaves. Leaves that fall into the street become a nutrient source as dissolved phosphorus leaches out into stormwater and flows through storm drains to our lakes, rivers, and streams. Once phosphorus reaches our waterways, it can cause excess algae growth and lead to toxic blooms. Removing leaves from the street before a rain event can make a big difference – up to an 80% reduction in phosphorus!

Sign up to receive email or text alerts before it rains as a reminder to remove leaves from the street in front of your home. Alerts are issued a day or two before forecasted rain to remind residents to remove leaves away from storm drains and out of the street. Alerts are issued October 1 st – November 30 th . Take action today to do your part in reducing phosphorus reaching our waterways!

A Greater Madison Vision Survey Passes 4,000 Mark
More than 4,000 people completed the survey issued by A Greater Madison Vision as of today. The initiative released the survey September 12 with a goal of 10,000 completed surveys by November 12.

The Greater Madison Vision Steering Committee will use survey results to prepare a vision and plan to guide public and private decisions about how the Dane County and surrounding region grows - to foster exceptional quality of life, economic opportunity, and a healthy environment for all.

Receiving survey responses from throughout the greater Madison region is important and responses are tracked by zip code. Read More to find out where your community stands.
Trees and Public Health Awareness Campaign
The Department of Natural Resources(DNR) Urban Forestry has initiated a Trees and Public Health campaign to raise awareness about the relationships between the natural environment and health. Each month leading up to the Trees and Public Health Conference to be held May 2019, the DNR will release a new blog post highlighting various benefits of urban forestry.

The first installment focuses on fostering student success with trees in your neighborhood. To read more about how increasing trees and access to nature in our communities can effect student success click the link below.
Register Now: Sustain Dane Summit 2018
What can we achieve together? Let's find out! Our community needs YOUR voice to shape a more sustainable future.

The Sustain Dane Summit is an annual sustainability gathering that brings together students, activists, neighbors, professionals, families and community leaders.
Friday, November 2nd, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT

Gordon Dining and Event Center
770 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706

Next RPC Commission meeting
October 11th, 2018 @ 6:15pm
City County Building Rm 351
210 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Madison WI, 53703