Ayres Associates


Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Nielsen Tennis Court Resurfacing and Expansion
University of Wisconsin - Madison
UWSA Project # A-16-020 and MSN Project # MSN-0038-1601

The University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW-Madison) Facilities Planning and Management has retained Ayres Associates on behalf of the University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed expansion of the existing six outdoor tennis courts to eight courts at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, along with various enhancements to the outdoor practice and competition space. The EIA will be prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and UWSA guidelines (Board of Regents' Resolution 2508, November 6, 1981). The purpose of the EIA is to assess potential impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, and economic environments.

EIA Process

Scoping Letter

A Scoping Letter to solicit input on potential environmental impacts of the project was sent to selected parties and agencies on February 6, 2018. Figures depicting the project location and the project distribution list used for the Scoping Letter are attached to the Scoping Letter report.

All comments with regard to the Scoping Letter were required to be received no later than February 13, 2018, for incorporation into the Draft EIA document.

A copy of the Scoping Letter Report can be downloaded by clicking UW-Madison Nielsen - Scoping Ltr.pdf.

Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA)

The Draft EIA is being made available on February 28, 2018, for a 15-day public review period. A public notice is being posted in the Wisconsin State Journal and the Badger Herald newspaper on February 28, 2018. Copies of this Draft EIA are being made available at UW-Madison's Helen C. White Library and Madison Public (Central Branch) Library, and on this website.

A copy of the DEIA Report can be downloaded by clicking UW-Madison Nielsen DEIA.pdf.

All comments on the Draft EIA report need to be received no later than 6:00 p.m., March 15, 2018, for incorporation into the Final EIA document. Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meeting, verbalized during the public meeting, or sent to the address below. A copy of a comment form is available from this website below. For consideration in the Final EIA, please submit your comment at the meeting or in writing by March 15, 2018 to:

Ben Peotter, PE
Ayres Associates
5201 E. Terrace Drive, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53718

DEIA Public Meeting

A Draft EIA public meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room 132 of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Building located at 610 Walnut Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53726 on the UW-Madison campus. The meeting is open to the public and will be attended by representatives of the design team, UW-Madison, UWSA, and Ayres Associates. Information and comments provided during the meeting and throughout the public comment period will be included in the Final EIA report.

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Comment Form (23 Kb, Word file)