Fountain Creek: Colorado Springs’ stormwater efforts are under the magnifying glass

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

In addition to paying the district $50 million and spending $75 million to fortify wastewater structures if SDS is built – conditions imposed by Pueblo County in its 1041 permit – Colorado Springs would be required to use an adaptive management program to monitor and evaluate changes on Fountain Creek over time. The program would be part of its federal contract with the Bureau of Reclamation. Colorado Springs has requested contract negotiations on behalf of its partners in Security, Fountain and Pueblo West, but no timetable has been set. No one can be certain of exactly what the program would require until SDS is built, however. “The (program) will allow changes to be tracked over time, judging whether these changes are likely caused by operation of the SDS project and addressing actual effects in a systematic manner,” the application states. “The combination of these two projectwide commitments ensures that there are data available to make informed decisions on the impacts of the SDS project, and that there is money available to address impacts to Fountain Creek different than those anticipated.”

In an interview this week, the district’s interim Director Gary Barber called the federal requirement a more powerful motivator to improve Fountain Creek than the defunct stormwater district…

The city has committed to dredging the channel of Fountain Creek through Pueblo to restore levees to 100-year flood capacity. It will also restore 4 miles of creek and wetlands at its Clear Springs Ranch south of Fountain and 3 miles near the Sand Creek confluence.

More Fountain Creek coverage here and here.

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