All fishing bag, possession limits removed for Sand Creek drainage located in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — #Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Here’s the release from Colorado Parks & Wildlife (Joe Lewandnowski): In preparation for a native cutthroat trout restoration project, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has removed all bag and possession limits for fishing on Upper Sand Creek Lake, Lower Sand Creek Lake and Sand Creek located in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Colorado … Continue reading All fishing bag, possession limits removed for Sand Creek drainage located in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — #Colorado Parks & Wildlife

#ColoradoSprings Sand Creek stormwater project finished

From The Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck): The city announced completion of the project on Oct. 22, noting it’s one of 71 projects the city agreed to complete under a 20-year, $460-million agreement with Pueblo County. Since that deal, inked in 2016, the city has completed six projects, says city spokesperson Vanessa Zink via email. … Continue reading #ColoradoSprings Sand Creek stormwater project finished

#Colorado Springs: Erosion eats away property near Sand Creek — KRDO.com

From KRDO.com: A 15-foot ledge is inching its way closer to several homes in southwest Colorado Springs. The city’s storm water manager says the fix is a priority, but can it wait? The city admits that Sand Creek isn’t maintained. Due to recent rains and July’s huge hailstorm the channel is growing wider and washing … Continue reading #Colorado Springs: Erosion eats away property near Sand Creek — KRDO.com

Sand Creek spill: The South Platte is still testing positive for Benzene downstream of the spill

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Dealing with the Suncor spill north of Denver, detected in November 2011, still ranks among the toughest environmental challenges in the region. Another oil and gas industry spill this year tainted Parachute Creek in western Colorado with benzene. Spills from industry pipelines and storage facilities at 12 other locations … Continue reading Sand Creek spill: The South Platte is still testing positive for Benzene downstream of the spill

Sand Creek: ‘The deadline to meet drinking-water standards…is a very aggressive and challenging goal’ — Lisha Burnett (Suncor)

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Suncor had proposed that Metro Wastewater help handle the cleanup. Metro declined. “Petroleum-contaminated groundwater is not what the wastewater-treatment facility is designed for,” Metro Wastewater Reclamation District operations director Steven Rogowski said. “It isn’t our ratepayers’ responsibility to treat Suncor’s water.”[…] Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulators … Continue reading Sand Creek: ‘The deadline to meet drinking-water standards…is a very aggressive and challenging goal’ — Lisha Burnett (Suncor)

Sand Creek: Benzene levels have stabilized but the long-term mitigation schedule is cloudy for Suncor groundwater plume

From The Denver Post (Karen E. Crummy): Current data show that surface-water levels of benzene at the point where the creek meets the South Platte River are still much higher than standards for drinking water, but remain stable. And the source of the leak — a pipe within the refinery — is fixed. But one … Continue reading Sand Creek: Benzene levels have stabilized but the long-term mitigation schedule is cloudy for Suncor groundwater plume

Sand Creek: Metro Wastewater is concerned that Suncor’s groundwater contamination could affect timeline for secondary treatment structure

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): The Metro Wastewater project is designed to remove ammonia and nitrates from Denver’s treated wastewater before it is discharged back into the South Platte River — part of $1.2 billion in improvements at the plant. CDPHE’s water-quality division has required the improvements to meet standards set by the federal … Continue reading Sand Creek: Metro Wastewater is concerned that Suncor’s groundwater contamination could affect timeline for secondary treatment structure

Sand Creek: Suncor hopes to contain plume of pollution permanently by fall

From the Commerce City Sentinel (Ben Wiebesiek): [John Gallagher, vice president of refining for Suncor Energy] said the company built a 1000-foot trenching system on Metro Waste Water’s property in the area. “One of the trenches is a blocking wall, essential blocks all liquid hydrocarbons underground. The second, in front of that, is a collector … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor hopes to contain plume of pollution permanently by fall

Sand Creek: So far Suncor Energy has not been able to stanch the flow of polluted groundwater

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Neither state regulators nor Suncor has calculated how much cancer-causing benzene and other contaminants have entered the waterways from an underground plume spreading from the refinery under the adjacent Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant. But interceptor trenches, vapor-extraction systems and recovery wells over the past five months have removed about … Continue reading Sand Creek: So far Suncor Energy has not been able to stanch the flow of polluted groundwater

Sand Creek: Suncor Energy hopes to volatize benzene into the atmosphere to reduce levels in the creek and the South Platte River

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): This poses a regulatory dilemma: Is it worse to release benzene into the air or into the water? Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulators haven’t decided. “It’s an important balancing act,” spokesman Warren Smith said. “We want to protect both as best we can.” The latest test … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor Energy hopes to volatize benzene into the atmosphere to reduce levels in the creek and the South Platte River

Sand Creek: Benzene laden groundwater flows are still reaching the creek

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): State regulators say they’re working with Suncor to find a way to block the toxic material from burbling into the bed of Sand Creek. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data — from samples taken by Suncor — showed benzene concentrations at 720 parts per billion on Jan. … Continue reading Sand Creek: Benzene laden groundwater flows are still reaching the creek

Sand Creek: Suncor spill may have started a year ago

From CBSDenver.com: “Our focus right now is to try to contain it onto Suncor’s property,” [Robert Beierle with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment] said. The health department says they were notified of the problem’s start last February. “Of the pipeline that failed pressure testing, which was thought to be probably the source or … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor spill may have started a year ago

Sand Creek: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment orders Suncor to prevent new offsite contamination

Here’s the release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Warren Smith): The Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today issued additional orders to Suncor Energy (USA) Inc. as the company works to clean up a release of petroleum products from its Commerce City … Continue reading Sand Creek: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment orders Suncor to prevent new offsite contamination

Sand Creek: Benzene laden flows from the Suncor refinery are still discharging into the surface water

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data — from samples taken by Suncor — showed benzene concentrations at 720 parts per billion on Jan. 9 at the point where Sand Creek meets the South Platte, up from 190 on Jan. 6, and 144 times higher than the 5 … Continue reading Sand Creek: Benzene laden flows from the Suncor refinery are still discharging into the surface water

Sand Creek: Suncor employees tested for benzene exposure

From TheDenverChannel.com (Lance Hernandez): State health officials tested the water in December after an employee told them he thought it had a chemical smell. Company spokeswoman Lisha Burnett said trace amounts of benzene were found in two faucets at the sprawling facility and that “all other refinery locations have been confirmed to meet drinking water … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor employees tested for benzene exposure

Sand Creek: Suncor employees have been exposed to benzene in their water supply

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Workers at Suncor Energy’s oil refinery — nearly all 500 — have had their blood tested for benzene as Suncor excavates pipelines to deal with tainted tap water and tries to contain contamination of Sand Creek. Nobody knows how long drinking water at Suncor’s refinery has contained benzene. Results … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor employees have been exposed to benzene in their water supply

Sand Creek: Suncor groundwater contamination prompts additional measures from the CDPHE

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): State health officials ordered additional measures on Friday afternoon to minimize environmental harm and prevent people from ingesting contaminated water. Those measures include posting of “Drinking Water Warning” signs at the refinery. Benzene levels in Sand Creek are fluctuating but reached 670 parts per billion on Dec. 22 — … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor groundwater contamination prompts additional measures from the CDPHE

Sand Creek: Aurora comments on the spill and water quality — no effects

From the Aurora Sentinel (Sara Castellanos): Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Matthew Allen said Monday a 240-foot trench completed over the weekend is preventing a gasoline-like substance from seeping from the Suncor Energy refinery into Sand Creek and the South Platte River. The city’s Prairie Waters Project pumps groundwater from the South Platte downstream of the … Continue reading Sand Creek: Aurora comments on the spill and water quality — no effects

Sand Creek: Suncor crews are constructing a trench to intercept the benzene laden flows

Here’s a report from Bruce Finley writing for The Denver Post. He, and the Post in general, have done a very comprehensive job of covering the spill so far. Click through for the whole article and video of the cleanup. Here’s an excerpt: The latest data show the concentration of cancer-causing benzene at levels 69 … Continue reading Sand Creek: Suncor crews are constructing a trench to intercept the benzene laden flows

Sand Creek: The EPA determines that benzene is present in the gasoline-like substance oozing into the waterway

Here’s the latest on the spill from Bruce Finley writing for The Denver Post. The Post is running another photo slideshow of the cleanup and one of Suncor contractors. Click through and read the whole article, Mr. Finley provides a history of the refinery and pollution problems there. Here’s an excerpt from the article: PA … Continue reading Sand Creek: The EPA determines that benzene is present in the gasoline-like substance oozing into the waterway

Curtis Kimbel (EPA): ‘The material appears to be coming from Suncor property, migrating under the Metro Wastewater property and daylighting in Sand Creek’

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): “The material appears to be coming from Suncor property, migrating under the Metro Wastewater property and daylighting in Sand Creek,” said EPA emergency response manager Curtis Kimbel. State health department managers today told the Associated Press that Suncor Energy reported a break in a spur of an underground pipe … Continue reading Curtis Kimbel (EPA): ‘The material appears to be coming from Suncor property, migrating under the Metro Wastewater property and daylighting in Sand Creek’

Sand Creek: The Environmental Protection Agency has taken over at the spill site near Commerce City

Here’s an in-depth report about the spill and cleanup efforts from Bruce Finley writing for The Denver Post. Click through and read the whole thing, check out the cool video and photo slide show. Here’s an excerpt: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials have known about hazardous leakages in the area for at … Continue reading Sand Creek: The Environmental Protection Agency has taken over at the spill site near Commerce City

Denver Water is closing a section of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, along Havana Street from Florence Way to the Smith Road trailhead, August 22 to September 3, for work on their non-potable recycled water supply system

Here’s the release from Denver Water (Stacy Chesney): A small section of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway along Havana Street from Florence Way to the Smith Road trailhead in Denver will be temporarily closed from Aug. 22 to Sept. 3. A Denver Water contractor will be installing a recycled water line that will serve irrigation … Continue reading Denver Water is closing a section of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, along Havana Street from Florence Way to the Smith Road trailhead, August 22 to September 3, for work on their non-potable recycled water supply system

South Platte River basin: Sand Creek Volunteer Work Day September 3

From the Sand Creek Regional Greenway via the Commerce City Sentinel: The eighth annual REI/Sand Creek Greenway Volunteer Work Day will be from 8 a.m. to noon, Sept. 3, at the Smith Road Trailhead west of Havana Street. It’s a joint project between the greenway partnership, Denver Parks and Recreation, Aurora Parks Recreation and Open … Continue reading South Platte River basin: Sand Creek Volunteer Work Day September 3

2020 #COleg: HB20-1119, State Government Regulation Of Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances #PFAS

From The Colorado Independent (John Herrick): In response to proposed PFAS regulations, cities and water managers are raising concerns over their financial liability In the summer of 2018, Lucy Molina, a 45-year-old mother of two who lives in Commerce City near the Suncor oil refinery, said a city council member told her that her tap … Continue reading 2020 #COleg: HB20-1119, State Government Regulation Of Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances #PFAS

Rio Grande cutthroat trout restoration project cancelled for this year — CPW

Here’s the release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Joe Lewandowski): A project to restore native Rio Grande cutthroat trout in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has been postponed and will not occur this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has announced. Due to the long winter and cool temperatures, biological conditions in the … Continue reading Rio Grande cutthroat trout restoration project cancelled for this year — CPW

@COParksWildlife, @NatlParkService cooperating on native trout restoration project in Great Sand Dunes Park and Preserve

Here’s the release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Joe Lewandowski): CPW, National Park Service cooperating on native trout restoration in Great Sand Dunes; meetings schedule to explain project DRUANGO, Colo. – In the continuing effort to restore native cutthroat trout to state waters, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the National Park Service are cooperating on … Continue reading @COParksWildlife, @NatlParkService cooperating on native trout restoration project in Great Sand Dunes Park and Preserve

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch wrote that he found “a pattern of the city tolerating delays in correcting the problems reported” — The Colorado Springs Gazette

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Conrad Swanson): U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch heard the case in early September in a trial that lasted for more than a week. He issued his findings Friday afternoon. Matsch ruled that the city violated its federal stormwater permit at Indigo Ranch North, a development at Stetson Ridge; Star Ranch, … Continue reading U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch wrote that he found “a pattern of the city tolerating delays in correcting the problems reported” — The Colorado Springs Gazette

Carbon ranching and bluegrass in Colorado — The Mountain Town News #ActOnClimate

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): At the intersection of bluegrass & carbon ranching in Colorado TELLURIDE, Colo. – If both lie within Colorado, eight hours apart by car, Telluride and Lamar would seem to have little in common. From Lamar, it’s 35 minutes to Kansas, too far away to see even the faint … Continue reading Carbon ranching and bluegrass in Colorado — The Mountain Town News #ActOnClimate

#ColoradoSprings stormwater fees start

From The Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck): City stormwater fees, approved by voters in November 2017, will finally be billed this month. For most, the fees aren’t based on impact — or square footage of impermeable surface, such as rooftops or driveways, that lead to runoff. Instead, residential properties will pay a flat $5 a … Continue reading #ColoradoSprings stormwater fees start

@WaterEdCO: 2018 Urban Water Cycle Tours – Denver

From Water Education Colorado: Join the Barr Milton Watershed Association, Water Education Colorado, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District and the Colorado Stormwater Council on June 5th or June 6th for a fun and interactive day learning about the history of the Sand Creek Waterway and efforts to reclaim it. Explore this waterway by bicycle along with … Continue reading @WaterEdCO: 2018 Urban Water Cycle Tours – Denver

#Stormwater fee passes in #ColoradoSprings

From KKTV (Jessica Leicht): Colorado Springs voters passed Ballot Issue 2A, a dedicated stormwater fee. The city says it will generate $17 to $20 million annually for stormwater infrastructure and maintenance. The fee stems from a lawsuit filed by the EPA, State of Colorado and Pueblo County against the City of Colorado Springs. It alleged … Continue reading #Stormwater fee passes in #ColoradoSprings

#ColoradoSprings: Ballot issue debate, October 17, 2017

From The Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck): Two key ballot measures will be debated on Oct. 17 at a public forum at the MCI/Verizon Building, located at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road. The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mayor John Suthers will promote the city’s proposed stormwater fee. If … Continue reading #ColoradoSprings: Ballot issue debate, October 17, 2017

#Colorado Springs “vote yes” on stormwater ballot issue folks gearing up for campaign

From The Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck): The Nov. 6 election will be the fourth time voters have been asked to provide longterm funding for stormwater, the other failed attempts coming twice in 2001 and the regional effort in 2014 that went down 47 percent to 53 percent. (Voters in April did allow the city … Continue reading #Colorado Springs “vote yes” on stormwater ballot issue folks gearing up for campaign

A Rare Fish, A Cold Creek, And A Warm Future: #ClimateChange At The Sand Dunes

From Colorado Public Radio (Nathaniel Minor): At first, they look like a mirage on the edge of the horizon of southern Colorado’s broad and sweeping San Luis Valley. Then, as you rumble south down Highway 17 through Moffat and the other barely-holding-on valley towns, their wave-like ridges reveal a unique reality. Finally, as you turn … Continue reading A Rare Fish, A Cold Creek, And A Warm Future: #ClimateChange At The Sand Dunes

The effort to save #Colorado’s state fish — greenbacks

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): Some slippery, spotted greenback cutthroat trout — Colorado’s long-lost and imperiled state fish — took a hit for their species Tuesday morning. Not that the trout, lolling in a shady mountain creek southwest of Colorado Springs, had a choice. They endured five Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists sloshing into … Continue reading The effort to save #Colorado’s state fish — greenbacks

Lower Ark joins Fountain Creek lawsuit — The Pueblo Chieftain

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas): During their monthly meeting…Lower Arkansas board members voted unanimously to join a lawsuit filed last week against Colorado Springs for discharging pollutants into Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River. Members also said they have asked Pueblo City Council and the Pueblo County commissioners to join the lawsuit, as … Continue reading Lower Ark joins Fountain Creek lawsuit — The Pueblo Chieftain

@EPA, @CDPHE lawsuit zeroes in on #Colorado Springs stormwater violations

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Billie Stanton Anleu): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state health department filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Colorado Springs over water quality violations and stormwater program shortfalls dating to 2009. Mayor John Suthers, who began building a new stormwater program immediately after taking office in June … Continue reading @EPA, @CDPHE lawsuit zeroes in on #Colorado Springs stormwater violations

#Colorado Springs to invest heavily in stormwater improvements, hoping to stave off EPA action — The Colorado Springs Gazette

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Billie Stanton Anleu): The EPA threatened to sue after it audited the city stormwater system in August 2015 – two months after Mayor John Suthers took office – and found no improvement since a dismal state audit in February 2013. “We have not yet resolved the issues (with the EPA),” … Continue reading #Colorado Springs to invest heavily in stormwater improvements, hoping to stave off EPA action — The Colorado Springs Gazette

In-stream flow rights offer alternative to federal water claims — The Pine River Times

From The Pine River Times (Carole McWilliams): Four streams in the San Juan National Forest, including Vallecito Creek, are being looked at as relatively non-controversial ways to promote this by acquiring junior in-stream flow rights to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which administers the in-stream flow program within the prior appropriation system. The section of … Continue reading In-stream flow rights offer alternative to federal water claims — The Pine River Times

Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill update: Cotter to pay ~ $1 million for EPA oversight

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon): Cotter Corp. has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nearly $1 million to cover past costs the government agency incurred while working at the Superfund site during a two-year period. The Cotter Corp. oversees a now-defunct uranium mill just south of Canon City which has been on … Continue reading Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill update: Cotter to pay ~ $1 million for EPA oversight

Colorado Springs completes first stormwater project promised under new commitment — KRDO.com

From KRDO.com (Chris Loveless): The City of Colorado Springs says it has finished building a detention and water quality basin on the city’s northeast side as part of a new commitment to stormwater projects. The city has committed to spending $19 million a year on stormwater projects. The new detention basin at Woodmen Road and … Continue reading Colorado Springs completes first stormwater project promised under new commitment — KRDO.com

Larimer County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife coordinate Greenback cutthroat trout release

From the Loveland Reporter-Herald (Pamela Johnson): Specialists with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife carried 269 greenback cutthroat trout in backpacks — protected in small plastic bags filled with water — about 2.5 miles to a section of Sand Creek. There, they placed the fish in the waters and … Continue reading Larimer County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife coordinate Greenback cutthroat trout release

Has the Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill groundwater reached Pueblo Reservoir?

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas and Tracy Harmon): Pueblo County Commissioner Liane “Buffie” McFadyen is calling for sediment testing along the Arkansas River and at the bottom of Lake Pueblo to see if there is possible contamination from the now-closed Cotter Corp. Uranium Mill in Fremont County. McFadyen said Tuesday during a press … Continue reading Has the Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill groundwater reached Pueblo Reservoir?

#Colorado Springs lists 71 stormwater projects to be built in region — The Colorado Springs Gazette

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Billie Stanton Anleu): New detention ponds and detention basins dominate the list of 71 stormwater projects that will be built throughout Colorado Springs over the next 20 years as part of a $460 million intergovernmental agreement. Topping the list released by the city Wednesday are $2 million worth of projects … Continue reading #Colorado Springs lists 71 stormwater projects to be built in region — The Colorado Springs Gazette

#Colorado Springs gets serious as storm clouds pile up — The Pueblo Chieftain

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): A proposed agreement between Pueblo County and Colorado Springs related to the Southern Delivery System took a year to pound out and centers on Colorado Springs’ failure to control stormwater. Last April, Pueblo County commissioners were moving toward a compliance hearing for the 1041 permit that allowed Colorado Springs … Continue reading #Colorado Springs gets serious as storm clouds pile up — The Pueblo Chieftain

#Colorado Springs’ 1st Stormwater Project of 2016 — KKTV.com

From KKTV.com (Jessica Leicht): Wednesday marked this year’s first stormwater project, a detention pond at Woodmen Road and Sand Creek. Unlike a retention pond, detention ponds temporarily store excess storm water. This project should help prevent flooding — and stop sediment from going downstream and ending up in places like Pueblo. Colorado Springs Mayor John … Continue reading #Colorado Springs’ 1st Stormwater Project of 2016 — KKTV.com

Fountain Creek: Suthers ‘frustrated’ by impasse on stormwater projects — The Colorado Springs Gazette

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Billie Stanton Anleu): Mayor John Suthers is discouraged, frustrated and more than a tad disgruntled by Pueblo County’s failure to accept Colorado Springs’ offers of hundreds of millions of dollars for stormwater projects. Friday, the county was to receive an offer to beat all previous propositions, one that also trumps … Continue reading Fountain Creek: Suthers ‘frustrated’ by impasse on stormwater projects — The Colorado Springs Gazette

SDS: Mayor Suthers tries to calm Pueblo councilor/commissioner complaints

From KOAA.com (Jessi Mitchell): A Colorado Springs delegation, headed by Mayor John Suthers, took a trip to Pueblo Monday, and stormwater was the topic of discussion with both Pueblo County commissioners and city councilors. Commissioners talked with the Springs leaders at length about a new inter-governmental agreement that will make sure stormwater management is a … Continue reading SDS: Mayor Suthers tries to calm Pueblo councilor/commissioner complaints

#Colorado Springs Issue 300 abolishing permanent stormwater funding, “the definition of hoodwink” — Jay Winner

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Billie Stanton Anleu): Colorado Springs city and Utilities officials on Tuesday fended off another in a rash of recent challenges to the massive Southern Delivery System water project, scheduled to start operating April 27. The Pueblo Board of Water Works agreed to table for one month a resolution supporting Pueblo … Continue reading #Colorado Springs Issue 300 abolishing permanent stormwater funding, “the definition of hoodwink” — Jay Winner