Council, commission to work together to solve stormwater issues

Colorado Springs City Council agrees with county commissioners that El Paso County needs a regional solution to address stormwater needs as have been evident recently in Manitou Springs.

Colorado Springs City Council and county commissioners agree that El Paso County needs a regional solution to address stormwater needs as have been evident recently in Manitou Springs.

Both the El Paso County Commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council have agreed to work together to solve the region’s stormwater issues.

At its meeting yesterday, the commissioners approved a resolution about stormwater, just a week after the City Council approved an identical resolution.

“City Council is pleased to be working in partnership with the County,” said Councilor Val Snider, who presented the resolution to the board. “We are confident that after engaging the public through joint town halls that we will be able to create a solution that’s best for the entire region.”

The stormwater task force, made up of neighborhood groups, business leaders, elected representatives and staff from Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Colorado Springs Utilities, developed an initial list of infrastructure improvements need to protect property from flash floods, protect water quality in the region and reduce erosion in the Fountain creek watershed.

Commissioner Amy Lathen said she was grateful for all the hours of work put into the task force.

“They have brought us to a point where we can begin to prioritize the stormwater improvement projects that are critical to the entire region and begin serious discussions with our fellow citizens about how to move forward and solve this problem,” she said.

The task force is hiring an outside engineer to help prioritize stormwater control improvements and is planning a legal review of organizational structure options, followed by a series of public meetings to discuss findings and recommendations.

2 Responses to Council, commission to work together to solve stormwater issues

  1. The most recent civic engagement trip to Omaha
    featured a relevant comment from former Nebraska
    State Senator David Karnes:

    “Having business leadership and government leaders
    work together is the reason we are where we are today.”

    “If you have business leaders working
    with your government, a lot can get done”

    Regionalism-Cooperation-Coordination-Consolidation

    Rick Wehner
    October 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

  2. Thank you and let’s keep focused on the solution. Is there any way to get updates on the progress or to find out if our area is on this list for prioritization?

    Sharon Owen
    October 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm