Fountain Creek: Master plan requires millions

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The master plan for Fountain Creek includes projects $40 million in projects, according to a report from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

The Fountain Creek Corridor Master Plan, which has been in the works for two years, was shared last week with the Fountain Creek Flood Control and Greenway District at its inaugural meeting. The projects have been developed by the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District and Colorado Springs Utilities in an effort that began in 2007 as a way to resolve some of the differences in negotiations over a broad range of water issues…

Soon, money may be available from many sources to bring plans into reality, and the new district logically will serve as the conduit to channel money to projects. There are others involved – a newly formed Fountain Creek Foundation, cities in the watershed, Colorado Open Lands – but the district is the first choice of the partners in the corridor plan. And the corridor plan should be the first choice of the district as it looks toward its first major funding source, Jay Winner, Lower Ark general manager, said at last week’s meeting. “With all these grants coming in, you need someone to manage the funds,” Winner said. That could be provided if Colorado Springs and the Lower Ark extend their agreement another year this fall. The two have agreed to make $100,000 of the $300,000 they annually put into Fountain Creek available to hire an employee and set up an office. The district will receive $100,000 from Colorado Springs this year and in each of the following two years to study a dam, series of dams or other means of flood control on Fountain Creek, under conditions agreed to with Pueblo County commissioners for the Southern Delivery System. The bulk of the $50 million committed to Fountain Creek, however, would not be paid until SDS is under construction. The funds are set aside in five annual payments for control of floods, erosion and sedimentation…

Money already is trickling into Fountain Creek: a $75,000 planning grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, a $70,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board for a fish passage design at Clear Springs Ranch and $20,000 for trail development from Colorado State Parks…

The city of Pueblo is pursuing $1 million in funding for an East Side redevelopment project that includes dredging Fountain Creek and fortifying earthen levees. Colorado Springs is looking for another $1.5 million in funds for the immediate future for other projects at Clear Springs Ranch, land owned by Colorado Springs south of Fountain. Long-range projects include up to $8 million for the East Side Project, $20 million for an environmental stewardship center envisioned near Pinon, $2 million to build the fish passage at Clear Springs Ranch, up to $2.5 million for trails and parks, up to $400,000 to help landowners protect wetlands, up to $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $1 million to $5 million for a GOCo legacy grant…

At last week’s meeting, Baker also reviewed the commitments Colorado Springs has made under SDS to improve Fountain Creek. In addition to the $50 million, they include: $75 million for wastewater system improvements by 2025; Sediment control and dredging at Clear Springs Ranch; Continued evaluation and management of Fountain Creek projects; Continued stormwater management; Improvement of wetlands and control of invasive species, like tamarisk.

The district is working on an intergovernmental agreement that would incorporate the corridor plan into the district’s planning. The board meets again at 1 p.m. July 31 at Fountain City Hall.

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2 thoughts on “Fountain Creek: Master plan requires millions

  1. Hello, I was curious to find out some information on the dredging in Fountain Creek as well as the dredging company.

    • Christian,

      Wow, you have me there. Colorado Springs has several projects that touch the creek so you could contact Colorado Springs Utilities. They might know. Also, the new Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway Board may be able to help. Try El Paso County and Pueblo County as well.

      John Orr

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