The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District board approves a $568,000 budget for 2012

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District board approved a $568,000 budget for 2012 Friday, but only $37,250 will be spent in the general fund. The remainder of the money will be basically pass-through costs for studies under grants the district manages. The U.S. Geological Survey is currently completing a study of the effects of building dams on Fountain Creek or its tributaries. Another study, funded by El Paso County cities, is looking at stormwater and parks options that could reduce the impact of minor floods on Pueblo. The district’s funds so far have come entirely from a $1.2 million master plan project by Colorado Springs Utilities and the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District. The district received $200,000 of the money to pay administrative costs, and has managed to stretch the funds over several years…

Under the 2009 legislation that formed the district, it could collect up to 5 mills in property tax in Pueblo and El Paso counties, but that would require approval of voters in both counties. The district has, informally, discussed the timing of a mill-levy election, but no plans have been made.

More coverage from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District board Friday reviewed the decision earlier this week by Great Outdoors Colorado to invite the district to submit an application for a River Corridor Initiative grant. “This could really help move these projects ahead,” said Dennis Hisey, an El Paso County commissioner who chairs the Fountain Creek board.

Executive Director Larry Small told the board that the cooperative approach could help the Fountain Creek projects survive a competitive bid process for the GOCo grants. The GOCo grant was submitted by Pueblo, on behalf of Colorado Springs, Fountain and El Paso and Pueblo counties. The grant is asking for $7 million in lottery revenues to be applied toward a series of projects to build trails and preserve land on Fountain and Monument creeks…

The district approved spending $25,000 to pay THK consultants to complete the application. The money comes from the Corridor Master Plan fund.

More Fountain Creek coverage here and here.

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