Several significant stormwater projects slated for 2019

Advisory Committee meets to review stormwater projects, program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nineteen significant stormwater projects are slated for design or construction in 2019 to reduce flooding and erosion and improve water quality in Colorado Springs. The Stormwater Advisory Committee met today to review the projects and progress of implementation of the stormwater fee that went into effect July 1 to fund critical stormwater infrastructure and maintenance operations.

“We strive to build the most robust stormwater program in Colorado and the City will meet all its obligations under its MS4 Permit. This is demonstrated, in part, by 19 significant projects slated for design or construction in 2019 to reduce flooding and improve water quality for Colorado Springs residents and our downstream communities, said Mayor John Suthers. “Stormwater infrastructure, maintenance and operation is important to public health, safety and welfare, and we will remain very focused on this important work.”

In addition to the 19 major stormwater projects slated for 2019, the City anticipates completing several community and local projects through the year to address neighborhood flooding. A list of significant 2019 projected projects is attached.

Billing for the stormwater fee and Stormwater Enterprise customer service operations are fulling operational with the below reported second quarter 2018 revenues:

Background

Ballot Issue 2A passed by 54 percent in the November 7, 2017 special combined election, approving a dedicated municipal government stormwater fee that will generate funding for critical stormwater infrastructure, regulatory permit compliance and maintenance operations for the City’s stormwater program to meet the requirements outlined in the Inter-Governmental Agreement with Pueblo County through 2036.

In accordance with the ordinance re-implementing the Stormwater Enterprise all fees will be used only for the stormwater program: Stormwater capital needs, operation and maintenance, MS4 permit compliance, and compliance with intergovernmental agreements entered into before June 1, 2016. No stormwater funds will be spent for projects outside city limits and all projects directly impact Colorado Springs residents and ultimately downstream communities.

All residential units with water services through Colorado Springs Utilities will be charged a $5 per unit monthly fee that will be collected through residents’ utility bill. The City has partnered with Colorado Springs Utilities to administer the monthly residential fee on its behalf as it is the most cost effective billing mechanism. Residential units within the city limits without an active water services agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities will be billed through a separate billing agency.

The monthly fee for non-residential parcels is $30 per acre. Non-residential parcels over five acres are individually calculated, and undeveloped or unimproved land will not be counted as they do not significantly contribute to stormwater runoff.

Click here and click on the “Meeting Agendas and Documents” tab to view today’s committee meeting presentation. The committee is made up of seven experts from the community and two City Council members who will meet quarterly.

For more information about the stormwater fee and the City’s stormwater program visit www.coloradosprings.gov/stormwater or call (719) 385-7876. For Springs Utilities account and billing questions, contact (719) 448-4800.

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