Pueblo: Stormwater utility

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Pueblo residents began paying a stormwater fee in 2003, and about one-third of the money – $900,000 a year – goes toward maintenance of the city’s stormwater system. Maroney said some parts of town have more problems than others because the drainage systems were not built to handle larger volumes of water. “One thing we’re trying to do is develop green infrastructure, that will allow source controls to hold the water on site or let it soak into the ground,” [Pueblo’s stormwater director Dennis Maroney] said. “We can retrofit these. One example is the work they’ve done at the Colorado State Fairgrounds.”[…]

Everything from shopping carts, furniture and landscape materials wind up in drainage ways, but the worst problem is caused by plastic bags and bottles, which build up to block water and do not decompose, Maroney said…

At the Pueblo Chemical Depot, a microburst removed a 400 square-foot section of roof on 45,000 square-foot warehouse, damaging a fire sprinkler and causing water to leak into the building, said Chuck Finley, executive director of the depot authority. Boone Hill East Road and Bergemann Road, southwest of Pueblo, washed out in places. On Red Creek Springs Road west, Rock Creek had 4 to 5 feet of water running over the road and is expected to continue to run for the next two days. The largest rainfall in the county over the Fourth of July weekend was at the Hatchett Ranch, south of Pueblo and east of Colorado City, where storms that moved north and south of Pueblo converged. The rain left a total of almost 2.5 inches, on top of half an inch the day before.

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