Pueblo County has allocated $350,000 for Fountain Creek projects

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The money will come from a $2.2 million payment to Pueblo County from Colorado Springs in lieu of dredging Fountain Creek. Colorado Springs agreed to the dredging as a condition of Pueblo County’s 1041 permit for the Southern Delivery System. “This is not a commitment by Pueblo County to spend the remaining $1.9 million,” said County Commissioner Jeff Chostner. “This is only a demonstration project.”[…]

The money will help pay for an in-stream dredging system that will remove sediment from Fountain Creek in a demonstration project. If the project is successful, more of the devices would be installed along the creek through Pueblo to preserve the effectiveness of levees…

Sediment collectors in Fountain Creek would remove the sediment while allowing particles suspended in water, which are beneficial to agriculture, to continue to the Arkansas River. The total cost of the sediment collection system demonstration project will be $835,000, said Larry Small, executive director of the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District…

The site for the collector, at an out-of-service railroad bridge near the confluence of Fountain Creek at the Arkansas River, is being prepared. The collector will installed in mid-July.

Meanwhile, here’s an update on the water quality study of Fountain Creek from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

[Del Nimmo, a research associate at Colorado State University-Pueblo] updated the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District on water quality studies that CSU-Pueblo has been conducting for more than five years. While there are practical applications, like improving the fishing, the main thrust of the studies has been to measure water quality, especially in light of changes that will be caused by the Southern Delivery System, Nimmo said. “If you don’t have an emphasis on water quality, it seems to us we’ve missed the mark if we want to have some semblance of improving Fountain Creek,” Nimmo said. “It’s an effluent-driven stream and likely to be more so with the development of SDS.”[…]

Nimmo, along with CSU-Pueblo biology Professor Scott Herrmann, explained that fish habitat on Fountain Creek could be expanded with the creation of deeper pools, wetlands and trees to control temperatures. They found large brown trout, some up to seven years old, in Upper Fountain Creek, above the confluence with Monument Creek in Colorado Springs, and said the fish could spread farther downstream if the right conditions are maintained.

More Fountain Creek coverage here and here.

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