Dane County to purchase 79 acres in Middleton for wetland restoration efforts

TOWN OF MIDDLETON, Wis. — Dane County is buying 79 acres of land in Town of Middleton to expand the Black Earth Creek Natural Resource Area.

With this land, Dane County officials said, they are planning to advance wetland restoration efforts, offer flood water storage and create public recreation opportunities.

According to officials, by saving this property from being developed in the future and restoring it to prairie land, about 5.9 million gallons of water will be prevented from flowing downstream each year.

“This in turn will help enhance the quality of the wetlands below by keeping nutrients and sediment on the land and again providing an area and a buffer when rain falls,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The land lies in the headwaters of Black Earth Creek, a popular spot for trout fishing, located next to Highway 14.

According to a county news release, the property is being purchased for $4 million.

A resolution to approve the multi-million dollar acquisition will be introduced at the Dane County Board meeting on next Thursday.