Southern Delivery System: Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District green lights project

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The approval by the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District came after two hours of discussion by the board on the adequacy of stormwater controls in Colorado Springs after a city council decision last month to disband the stormwater enterprise. “I would be embarrassed to be in a city of your size to let a politician or two misinform the public,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Jeff Chostner, who was elected chairman of the district board Friday. “You’re letting a few people in the community drive you in the wrong direction.” Chostner was referring to Doug Bruce, sponsor of Issue 300 — a November ballot proposal that led to the demise of the stormwater enterprise…

Richard Skorman, a former Colorado Springs City Councilman and an aide to former Sen. Ken Salazar when the Fountain Creek Crown Jewel project was launched, was even more blunt. “I want to apologize to Pueblo and our neighbors in Southern Colorado. I’m ashamed of what we’ve done,” Skorman said. “If it was June of 1999 (immediately after a large flood), the vote would have been 2-1 in favor of the stormwater enterprise.”

The Fountain Creek board voted unanimously to approve five separate requests from Colorado Springs Utilities, attaching conditions from its advisory committees. The technical advisory committee asked for detailed site development plans for the parts of the project that will be built in the Fountain Creek flood plain. The committee also wants the district to monitor the adaptive management plan required for the project by the Bureau of Reclamation. Colorado Springs plans to tunnel up to 30 feet deep under Interstate 25, railroad tracks and Fountain Creek when it crosses the creek with its pipeline just south of Pikes Peak International Raceway, said Keith Riley, permits manager for SDS. The citizens advisory committee also asked the board to include Condition 23 of the Pueblo County 1041 permit, which requires stormwater management in Colorado Springs. Utilities officials pledged to abide by the condition, but questioned why the district wants to duplicate Pueblo County’s effort. “Serving two masters is problematic,” said John Fredell, SDS project director.

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