Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Urban canyons gouge through Colorado Springs

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge City stormwater overseer Rich Mulledy stands at the foot of a 50-foot wall carved by Pine Creek. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • City stormwater overseer Rich Mulledy stands at the foot of a 50-foot wall carved by Pine Creek.

If you've never seen an urban canyon, you probably have lots of company. But there are plenty of opportunities, right here in Mayberry. Just tag along with Colorado Springs' stormwater manager, like we did, and experience the gorges created by rushing stormwater.

In the latest issue of the Independent, we report how the city's stormwater problem comes into full focus when you get down in the weeds, like we did a couple of weeks ago with Water Resources Engineering Division Manager Rich Mulledy. See a slide show of stormwater problems.

To address that problem, the city has proposed a ballot measure that would generate about $17 million a year for 20 years via stormwater fees. You can read more about the measure itself in another story in this week's Indy.

Meantime, anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce is hitting the streets with a "vote no" flier that outlines the "Top Six Reasons To Reject City Issue 2A."

Invest in COS, the "vote yes" effort, has raised $115,000 and spent about $26,800, according to its first campaign finance report. The next report is due Oct. 2.

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