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Cottonwood Creek project receives award
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cottonwood Attachment
The City of Colorado Springs recently received the Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement for the Cottonwood Creek Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Restoration and Stabilization project from the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers. The project was recognized for enhancing the public health, safety, welfare, and surrounding environment.

Stormwater runoff in Cottonwood Creek had eroded its banks and threatened the existing multi-million dollar communications hub at the Qwest property as well as the Current, Inc. property. The City successfully obtained a $3 million FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant for the project - one of only three nationwide selected for the maximum award through the FEMA program. The remaining funding ($1.32M) was provided through a public-private partnership using Stormwater Enterprise fees and funding from Qwest Communications and Current USA, Inc.

The project, which was completed in 2011, achieved the following accomplishments:

Cottonwood Attachment 2

  • Stabilized 2,600 linear feet of Cottonwood Creek
  • Protected Critical Communication  Qwest facility from the eroded embankment
  • Protected the private bridge and drive which leads to Current USA, Inc.
  • Reduced excessive sediment loading to Monument Creek
  • Provided future regional trail connection
  • Reestablishes local wildlife habitat
  • Mitigated wetland and vegetation impacts