Fountain Creek management

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Here’s a look at future plans for Fountain Creek, from Sean Hauser writing for From the article:

The agreement to improve Fountain Creek may eventually rely on fees and taxes paid by you. So we wanted to find out just what your money may be going toward.

“The area now isn’t to great, I don’t think,” said a Pueblo resident as she walked through Confluence Park on the cities east side. “This river has not been very clean at all.” Take one look at the water in Fountain Creek, and you’ll probably agree. It flows south from Colorado Springs to Pueblo, and over the years, as Colorado Springs grows larger, the water gets dirtier. “It would be nice if people would work together and try to keep it clean,” said the Pueblo woman.

Well that’s exactly what’s happening now, as Pueblo and El Paso County officials have teamed up to try and form a “Fountain District.” That way they can ask taxpayers to vote on small fees and tax increases for the project. They can then combine those fees with some extra grant money from the state and bring some new life to Fountain Creek. “Were talking water quality, improve the water quality, make sure that erosion is to a minimum, and make flood control a big issue,” explained Vera Ortegon, President of Pueblo City Council. Ortegon says that the project will not only improve the water quality of Fountain Creek, but it will also help prevent the creek from flooding. On top of that, Ortegon says a system of new trails and parks will make the area a great attraction and will eventually combine Colorado Springs to Pueblo.

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