From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
The state’s certification of the Southern Delivery System under the federal Clean Water Act is a way to attain better monitoring and protection of water quality, says a local member of the state board that approved the action. “Our purpose is to protect water quality, and it affects me because I’ve experienced the negative impacts,” said John Klomp, a member of the Water Quality Control Commission and a former Pueblo County commissioner…
Klomp sees numerous positive impacts for state certification of SDS. Among them:
– The alternative will be the least damaging to the environment, with annual reviews and continued oversight from the Water Quality Control Division.
– Colorado Springs will comply with the Upper Arkansas and Pueblo flow programs.
– More monitoring stations — 13 on Fountain Creek — may help identify and prevent adverse changes in water quality.
– A fish and wildlife plan approved by the Wildlife Commission provides additional protection for water.