City officials released this week a comprehensive list of stormwater expenditures from 2004 through 2014 to give citizens a more comprehensive picture of total spending.
According to a news release issued by the city, the stormwater program for the city of Colorado Springs has included substantial spending over the past 15 years on “new flood control and conveyance infrastructure, maintenance and repair of existing infrastructure, and water quality protection and compliance.” Expenditures for the city’s stormwater program, the release states, have come from the city’s general fund, bonds (Springs Community Improvement Program, or SCIP), grants (FEMA and others), and, for a period of time in the mid-2000s, stormwater program fees collected by the city’s stormwater enterprise, also called the “SWENT.”
“Substantial portions of the city’s stormwater infrastructure have also been constructed by the development community and as part of large transportation projects that have stormwater components,” the release states. “However, stormwater program expenditures historically did not appear in a single comprehensive financial report until now.”
This report highlights more than $240 million spent on stormwater program management and projects in Colorado Springs from 2004 through 2014.
— Colorado Springs General Fund; $40 million
— Stormwater Enterprise (SWENT); $53 million
— Federal/private grants; $13 million
— Colorado Springs Utilities; $36 million
— Private development/PPRTA; $88 million
— COS Airport; $13 million
According to the release, the city has tracked the entirety of its stormwater program spending through its normal budget and financial reporting processes.
“However, in the past this information has been difficult to isolate within traditional city financial reports,” it reads.
Stormwater program expenditures include the planning, design and implementation of projects such as the city’s new flood control ponds, open channels, storm sewer systems, catch basins and inlets and many water quality protection components and practices, according to the release, adding “stormwater program components reflected in the report include stormwater related transportation, bridge, and roadway projects, stormwater spending by CSU and the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority, and stormwater program infrastructure constructed by the private development community and the Colorado Springs Airport.”
According to the release, “Although stormwater program expenditures over the past 11 years within the city of Colorado Springs have been significant, the future of additional program spending will be influenced by two primary factors: 1) the 2013 Stormwater Needs Assessment conducted by CH2M HILL that identified approximately $535 million in capital needs backlog; and 2) Colorado Springs City Council’s approval of a resolution in January that resolves to spend $19 million annually for stormwater, of which approximately $3 million will be spent by Colorado Springs Utilities.”