Southern Delivery System: Pueblo County Commissioners to hold hearing Wednesday

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From the Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pueblo County Courthouse on the proposed SDS permit, which is being issued under the county’s land-use regulations adopted under the 1974 HB1041. Colorado Springs applied for the permit in August and has footed the bill for the $350,000 review…

The major recommendation of the staff report is payment of $50 million for Fountain Creek Projects, disbursed either through a Fountain Creek Flood Control and Greenway District which could be formed by the state Legislature or a new foundation that would be formed by Pueblo County and the SDS partners. The funds would go toward projects that have been identified by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Fountain Creek Corridor Master Plan, a joint project of Colorado Springs and the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.

The proposed conditions also seek continued funding of sewer improvements and stormwater controls in Colorado Springs, limits on out-of-basin water transfers and new agreements on protecting Arkansas River flows and Lake Pueblo levels. Money would be earmarked for further study of flood control on Fountain Creek.

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