The Lower Ark Board asks Reclamation to cancel SDS contract until Colorado Springs finds adequate stormwater funding


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board voted Wednesday to send a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation that asks it to immediately revoke the contract.

“We are asking Reclamation to revoke the contract immediately until Colorado Springs provides evidence that institutional mechanisms, rather than empty political promises, will be used to implement stormwater improvements and maintenance,” the letter states.

The letter says Colorado Springs should be spending $18 million-$20 million annually on stormwater projects…

The Lower Ark district insisted on a stormwater enterprise for SDS to reduce impacts on Fountain Creek during earlier rounds of negotiations over water issues with Colorado Springs. The letter also points out how Colorado Springs leaders gave assurances in 2009 that stormwater projects would be funded, despite a decision by City Council to abolish the stormwater enterprise.

More Fountain Creek coverage here and here.

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