The city of Colorado Springs and Pueblo County have reached an agreement about which stormwater and drainage projects they’ll tackle under an intergovernment agreement signed last month.

The grand total: 71 projects during the next 20 years. According to news from Colorado Springs’ communications office, the two local governments negotiated the list to prioritize projects that would protect downstream users. For details, click here for an interactive map of the stormwater projects. The map created by the city highlights all the stormwater projects slated for 2016 and the entire list of 71 projects.

Colorado Springs agreed to pay $460 million in the next 20 years to tackle stormwater issues to fend off legal action by Pueblo after voters ended the stormwater fee instituted to take care of drainage issues that were causing erosion on Fountain Creek and flooding problems in Pueblo.

The breakdown:

  • $185.5 million – 69 IGA Projects. These sixty-nine projects are specific infrastructure projects, according to the city.
  • $30 million for community and local projects ($1.5 million annually). This money will go to unplanned projects and repairs associated with local neighborhood drainage and flooding issues. Smaller projects, these repairs and upgrades are expected to cost from $5,000 to $100,000.
  • $2 million for capital and grant-funded projects. According to the city,the goal is to use the money to apply for  federal, state and local grants in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  •  $80 million for the Colorado Springs Utilities Creek Crossing Program
  • $160 million for stormwater operations (average of $8 million annually) – This is for Environmental Protection Agency compliance, stormwater operations and maintenance (including street sweeping and drainage way/facility maintenance), planning, design review, education and outreach, and project management.

Projects started/completed in 2016:

  •  Sand Creek channel stabilization project. The city plans to tackle channel stabilization south of Platte on Sand Creek, resulting in reduced sediment reaching the creek and ultimately into Fountain Creek. Improvements will start at the Platte Avenue Bridge and end at the confluence of Sand creek and West Fork Sand creek. The plans are to build four grouted boulder-drop structures to slow the flow of water through the creek and stabilize the bottom of the channel. The project is expected to cost $5.2 million.
  • Sand Creek pond 3. The cost for 2016: $3.07 million. The project will provide additional detention in the surrounding area to reduce sediment and improve water quality.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency projects. The city is working with the agency and the Colorado Water Conservation Board to identify these projects and plans to spend $2.08 million this year. These will maintain and repair the city’s stormwater system and address failing infrastructure.
  • King Street Detention Pond. Crews will construct a new outlet structure and improve access for maintenance. They will also retrofit the existing pond and outfall. This project will cost about $250,000.
  • Water quality projects. The city will spend $2.5 million to provide additional detention in developed downtown areas and remove pollutants like heavy metals, sediment and other chemicals while also reducing peak flows.
  • Air Force Academy drainage projects (Northgate area). The $2 million will be used in 2016 to stabilize channels to reduce sediment in Monument Creek.
  • Emergency stormwater projects. The $.7.5 million will be used to maintain the current city stormwater infrastructure with the goal of reducing damage to public property. The current drainage system is in “need of immediate repair,” according to the city.
  • Fairfax tributary detention pond. The city will spend $398,000 to reduce sediment and improve water quality to area downstream users.
  • Downtown drainage. Downtown Colorado Springs will receive $2.2 million to maintain and improve current drainage system.


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