Enterprise needs to rethink its ways
The Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise charges us for impermeable surfaces on our property even when the run-off from those surfaces irrigates our own lawns and gardens.
On the other hand, the Stormwater Enterprise fills creeks with impermeable concrete that deteriorates and needs to be repaired. It also creates waterways that need to be dredged periodically. The dredging and repairs are expensive.
The traditional concrete storm drain channels, huge detention ponds, etc. that convey and treat stormwater in large, costly, end-of-pipe facilities are expensive and ugly.
I recently read the Horticultural Art Society's April 2009 newsletter, which includes information from Dr. T. Andres Earles, vice president of Water Resources with Wright Water Engineers, headquartered in Denver. According to Dr. Earles, design techniques can be used to manage stormwater through small, cost-effective landscape features. Such management leads to improvement in water quality as water percolates slowly through gravel, sand or soil and returns to the wafer table.
I recommend that on each Stormwater Enterprise project the engineers solicit and incorporate recommendations from the Department of Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, and landscape designers trained in handling stormwater in a fashion that mimics nature and is sustainable. I believe that the Stormwater Enterprise engineers should seek cost-effective natural landscaping solutions that return our creeks to their natural beauty.