The Pueblo Chieftan

SDS should hinge on stormwater control

Fountain Creek flooding must be controlled before the Southern Delivery System is turned on.

Pueblo County Commissioners heard that response Thursday from Jay Winner, manager of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, at a work session in advance of next week’s meeting on SDS.

“As a good neighbor, Colorado Springs should agree not to turn on SDS until its stormwater issue is taken care of,” Winner said.

During negotiations with the Lower Ark district beginning in 2004, Colorado Springs Utilities had “guaranteed” Fountain Creek would be protected, Winner said. He urged the commissioners to enforce those protections as part of its review of 1041 permit conditions.

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