Cherokee Marsh Enhancements
Previous airport construction projects have required the conversion and improvement of several wetland areas. In 2004,
DCRA completed a re-establishment of the Cherokee Marsh through the realignment of the Canadian Pacific railroad.
The project included enhanced track placement and elevation to protect the natural habitats. In addition, airport
engineers developed natural erosion control features and protected key water runoffs, thus restoring the marsh to
a natural and self-sustaining wetland.
Starkweather Creek Restoration
DCRA has worked diligently to include the Starkweather Creek as part of its Master Plan. This important airport waterway
traverses the airport property and connects to other larger waterways in Dane County. DCRA continues to monitor the water
quality of this natural habitat. Starkweather Creek water is tested as it leaves airport property to ensure that current
protection programs are effective.
The Greenspace Development program includes specific
procedures for using vegetation that detracts from animal habitat development. Nonwoody plantings as well as the use of
switchgrass vegetation, reduce the need for other methods of wildlife management. In addition, these vegetation choices
reduce maintenance and care issues while providing an attractive appearance.