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Chipita Park public meeting to sort out Fountain Creek flood issues, restoration ideas

After heavy rains, high water laps near the deck of the 31st Street bridge over Fountain Creek last September. Adding to the torrent was its confluence at this location (just west of the bridge) with Camp Creek.
Westside Pioneer file photo
       The public is invited to an open house to indentify flooding problem areas along Upper Fountain Creek Tuesday, July 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
       The location will be Ute Pass Elementary School, 9230 Chipita Park Road in Chipita Park.
       The event is being organized by the City of Colorado Springs and the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District.
       Passing through the Westside, the Upper Fountain is defined in a press release as downtown Colorado Springs to Woodland Park.
       The open house is part of a year-long, $437,000 study of flooding issues on both the Fountain and Cheyenne creeks, coming on the heels of last summer's heavy rains.
       Residents are encouraged to identify specific problem areas along both creeks to help develop the restoration plan for each watershed.
       “Master plans will be prepared for both creek corridors which will develop actionable plans for mitigation of flooding and sedimentation, and restoration of the corridors,” the release states. “The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County & the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District contributed a combined $175,000 towards the grant match.”
       For more information, call Larry Small, executive director of the Fountain Creek Watershed District at 447-5012 or e-mail lsmall42@comcast.net.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 7/10/14; Community: Public Safety)

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