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Grant awarded to develop restoration plan for Cheyenne and Upper Fountain creeks
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—A study to develop a plan to protect and restore the Cheyenne Creek and Upper Fountain Creek watersheds will start in January thanks to a $175,000 matching grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The grant award was announced Monday.

The study, anticipated to be under contract in January, will be a year-long project that will result in the development of a master plan to restore these two flood-affected watersheds. The City of Colorado Springs, along with the Fountain Creek Flood Watershed Control and Greenway District submitted the grant application in November to provide flood restoration master planning for the Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek Watersheds following the flood events that occurred in the summer of 2013.  This work will assess impacts to the stream corridors and develop conceptual plans for mitigation of flooding and sedimentation, and restoration of the corridors.        

The entire study will cost $437,500 and will be funded as follows:

$175,000       Grant from Colorado Water Conservation Board

$100,000       City of Colorado Springs grant match

$25,000          El Paso County grant match

$25,000          Colorado Springs Utilities grant match

$25,000          Fountain Creek Flood Watershed Control and Greenway District

$87,500          In-kind contributions from Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park, Teller County, Manitou Springs, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and the Pikes Peak Regional Building.

The City’s grant match amount of $100,000 will be funded through the 2014 Stormwater budget. The Master Plan will include Upper Fountain Creek from the confluence with Monument Creek to Woodland Park; and for Cheyenne Creek from its confluence with Fountain Creek to its start in Teller County.  Master plans are to guide communities towards prioritization and implementation of stream rehabilitation and restoration projects that protect life and property from flood hazards.