Stormwater plan flowing to Nov. ballot

       Voters will have the chance in the Nov. 4 election to decide on a ballot issue that would establish a regional authority for flood control.

Surrounded by several area elected officials, Dave Munger, leader of the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force, speaks at a press conference. At far left and far right are County Commissioners Amy Lathen and Dennis Hisey. Also recognizable (from left) are Colorado Springs Councilmembers Jan Martin, Don Knight, Val Snider and Keith King.
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       The legal framework, the ballot language, a project list and fee amounts were still being finalized in mid-August. Based on discussion and studies, one Westside drainage project likely to make the list is Camp Creek.
       The planning effort has been led by the volunteer Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force, using studies showing a roughly half-billion-dollar project backlog for the area. The task force has been working with several local governments, which would become members of what's to be called the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA).
       The concept is to apply a regionally cooperative approach to flood-structure work, similar to the operation of the voter-approved Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, representing government entities from across the county.
       Adding drama to the PPRDA concept has been the opposition of Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. He had proposed a city-focused strategy to manage stormwater, but has been unable to gain support from area government officials (including Colorado Springs City Council).
       For more information on the ballot effort, call Rachel Beck of the task force at 459-6022 or go to pikespeakstormwater.org.

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