Colorado Springs Utilities has filed their application — with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — to build in federal watersheds. The Corps is accepting comments until June 4. Here’s a report from Chris Woodka writing for the Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:
The permit is required under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of any project that affects waters of the United States. The permit is needed anytime there is work within the the flood plains of major rivers or their tributaries. In this case, Colorado Springs and its SDS partners – Security, Fountain and Pueblo West – are proposing to alter the river outlet at Pueblo Dam and to build new structures in Fountain Creek – two reservoirs on Williams Creek and a return pipeline from the lower reservoir. Less than an acre of land would be permanently disturbed and 14 acres would be temporarily affected, according to the initial review of SDS. “Our preliminary review indicates this project will not impact any threatened or endangered species or critical habitat,” said Lt. Col. Kimberly Colloton, commander of the Albuquerque district of the Corps. The Corps also has found no disturbance of historic or cultural resources and said the SDS partners are in compliance with state water quality regulations.
The Corps review can look at a wide range of impacts including stream conditions, safety, flood hazards, fish, wildlife, land use, property ownership and “in general, the needs and welfare of the people,” Colloton said.