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Fountain Creek Restoration Project Partners Announce Kickoff


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The City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Gold Hill Mesa are joining forces to make major improvements to a section of a major waterway in Colorado Springs. The Fountain Creek Restoration project will make improvements to the section of the creek between 8th and 21st Streets. The project team will be holding a groundbreaking and clean-up event on Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join the project team, local elected officials, the Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood, and others interested in the project to gather in the community room at the Gold Hill Mesa development for brief speaking remarks followed by a clean-up event along the section of U.S. 24 that borders Fountain Creek (see map on separate sheet). The clean-up event is part of the Stormwater Enterprise?s new Adopt-A-Waterway program. This section of Fountain Creek is being formally adopted by the Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood. Adoption includes a commitment to pick up litter adjacent to the stream at least twice a year.

 

About the Fountain Creek Restoration Project

The Fountain Creek Restoration project will improve the section of Fountain Creek between 8th and 21st Streets. The area lies between two Springs Community Improvements Program (SCIP) projects on Fountain Creek. There are several goals for this unique project:
  • Reduce flooding, erosion and sedimentation
  • Improve water quality and address environmental issues
  • Control pollutants and contaminants
  • Create wetlands and a stable riparian environment
  • Provide for an expandable design for future needs
  • Allow for future U.S. Highway 24 improvements and future Gold Hill Mesa access
  • Minimize impacts to previously constructed stormwater improvements
  • Create a demonstration project to showcase stormwater quality Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Promote environmental stewardship through community ?ownership? of the creek
Construction will be underway starting June 19 and work will continue through the summer. Design was completed by CH2M Hill and the work will be completed by Colorado Structures.

 

About the Partnership

In late 2007, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Gold Hill Mesa Partners approached the City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise with the possibility of partnering to make improvements to Fountain Creek that would be beneficial to all three entities. The Colorado Department of Transportation maintains US 24 (Midland Expressway) that parallels Fountain Creek and considers the future improvements as key in reducing flooding and erosion along the city?s primary east/west corridor.  Gold Hill Mesa Partners are cleaning up the former ore processing mill through Colorado?s Voluntary Clean-Up Program (VCUP). This includes addressing mine tailings that ended up in the creek.  Fountain Creek improvements are a major priority for the Stormwater Enterprise as the majority of the city?s runoff eventually ends up in Fountain Creek, before traveling to downstream neighbor communities. The ability to partner with other entities is a good way to leverage the expenditure of stormwater enterprise funds.

 

Each partner?s contribution to the project was determined after reviewing and assigning responsibilities, by percentage, for each budget line item. The breakdown agreed to is as follows:
  • Stormwater Enterprise - $1.8 million
  • Gold Hill Mesa - $1.1 million
  • Colorado Department of Transportation - $0.8 million

 

Media Information

The media is encouraged to attend the groundbreaking and clean ?up event beginning at 10 a.m. on June 20. Brief speaking remarks will be made at 10 a.m. in the community room and then volunteers will be bussed to the south side of U.S. 24 for the clean-up. Media may park along the shoulder of U.S. 24 if you do not wish to use the bus transportation. The clean-up will take place from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. See directions and a map below. Following the groundbreaking, light refreshments will be served in the community room at Gold Hill Mesa.

 

Directions

The Gold Hill Mesa Community Room is located at 100 South Raven Mine Dr.

Driving Directions: From Cimarron Street/U.S. 24., turn south on 21st Street. Turn east (L) on Lower Gold Camp Road. Turn north (L) on South Raven Mine Drive. The community room is in the building with the clock tower.