City completes two emergency stormwater drainage control projects
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Media are invited to tour two major flood mitigation projects Wednesday for North Douglas Creek and Camp Creek that are near completion:
- Douglas Creek – A cleanable debris basin now resides on the Flying W Ranch property to capture debris flowing down North Douglas Creek and allows the City’s Streets Division to remove the sediment after each storm. The five-debris catchment ponds constructed in 2013 on the Flying W were completely filled (estimate of 60,000 cubic yards) with sediment in September’s storms. A large temporary cleanable pond was constructed to protect the downstream channel. Project cost $350,000.
- Camp Creek – A large temporary cleanable basin now resides at the north end of Garden of the Gods Park to collect sediment coming down Camp Creek from the Waldo Canyon burn area. This basin will be cleaned on a regular basis by the City’s Street Division. Project cost $200,000.
Both projects were designed by Matrix Engineering and the City contracted with the Coalition of the Upper South Platte (CUSP) to manage them.
Exigent for the projects was awarded to the City of Colorado Springs in February to make emergency repairs and establish flood mitigation for North Douglas Creek and Camp Creek. Funding came from:
- 75% - National Resource Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection funds
- 12.5% - Colorado State Office of Emergency Management
- 12.5% - In-kind or matching funds from the City of Colorado Springs.