COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—A community planning effort is underway to improve the Camp Creek drainage corridor that traverses the city’s west side. This project focuses on improving public safety and protecting private and public property from flooding and erosion.
A public involvement process will engage the community in reviewing potential solutions. The initial meeting will provide information about the need for the project and identify issues that are important to the community.
Initial Community Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Coronado High School Cafeteria
1590 W. Fillmore St.
The City has hired local engineering firm Wilson & Company to study the corridor and to work with the community. Wilson & Company has developed a project team that includes the firms of AMEC, Kezziah/Watkins, and Tapis. The Wilson Team is responsible for developing both long-term and first-action solutions that are both technically sound and responsive to community desires.
Additional community meetings will be held in early December and January for residents to review and weigh in on alternative solutions developed by the consulting engineers. It’s expected that final design concepts will be presented to the public in February. First action projects, including emergency repairs to the drainage channel, will be implemented in anticipation of the 2014 flash flood season. The planning, final design and permitting of large scale projects is estimated to take approximately 18 months before actual construction of larger projects can begin.
Camp Creek originates in a large watershed that was severely burned during the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire. As a result, frequent rainstorms this summer have produced high water levels and significant erosion in Garden of the Gods as the Creek flows down Queens Canyon, through Glen Eyrie and Garden of the Gods. A large concrete channel carries the Creek through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. It flows into Fountain Creek just south of 31st Street and Colorado Avenue.
Even prior to the Waldo Canyon fire there were a number of concerns in the Camp Creek drainage. The existing channel lacks the capacity to handle a 100-year flood. A large number of houses and businesses located within the mapped floodplain are at risk of flooding during a large storm event. The concrete lining in portions of the channel along 31st Street is in poor condition and requires frequent repairs. Both the channel and about half of the bridges have been identified by the City as needing major maintenance or replacement.
The drainage corridor is not only home to the National Natural Landmark Garden of the Gods, but also Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a property on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result, flood protection measures will need to be sensitive to the special characteristics of both City park properties.
Those interested in the Camp Creek project can find regular updates on the City’s website at www.springsgov.com/campcreek or follow #CampCreek on Twitter.