#ColoradoSprings stormwater project update

Channel erosion Colorado Springs July 2012 via The Pueblo Chieftain

From KRDO.com (Scott Harrison):

Richard Mulledy, the city’s stormwater manager, said the city annually builds 65 projects at a cost of $12 million.

“Five to 10 of those are major projects, maybe $500,000 or more,” he said.

Among the projects this year, the city recently finished construction of a retaining wall on the north end of Centennial Boulevard.

“It traps sediment that runs off from a steep hill after it rains,” he said. “Before, it would accumulate on the road and on the cul-de-sac of an adjacent neighborhood. Now it traps the sediment so that we can safely remove it. It saves us time and money. We identified this as a need five years ago.”

Kris Gates has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years.

“It’s been an issue ever since I moved in here,” she said. “No one told us about it. But the city came in, repaired the damaged curbs and sidewalks, and even part of our driveways. They repaved the cul-de-sac. It looks nice now. We’ll see if it passes the first test when it rains.”

Among projects planned for next year are several retention basins, including one underground on two blocks of Vermijo Avenue downtown.

The city began assessing a stormwater fee this summer to finance stormwater projects. Much of previous work was paid for with TABOR refunds, in which voters gave the city permission to keep excess tax revenue.

The fee was pushed by [Mayor John Suthers] and approved by voters last fall.

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