El Paso County has purchased a waterfall outside Manitou Springs, and a cleanup campaign is planned.
The county acquired Rainbow Falls last week for $10 from Mansfield Development Corp., which owns nearby land.
The waterfall was once a tourist draw, but officials say it’s now frequented by drug users and plagued by vandals, and highway construction work dumped silt into the stream.
L’Aura Montgomery, who led a citizens campaign to make the falls public property, says it will take time and money to restore the area.
A volunteer cleanup day is scheduled for June 5.
– Associated Press