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Colorado Springs stormwater tour 

To grasp the gravity of the problem, you have to get down in the weeds, literally, to see what’s going on along channels that border roads where tens of thousands of cars whiz by daily, their drivers unaware of possible catastrophes waiting to happen.
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The city’s Water Resources Engineering Manager Rich Mulledy stands next to a gorge cut by Monument Creek.
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Boulders and a drain pipe litter Monument Creeks bed.
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Crews will need to tie a wall of boulders to bedrock to fix the problem.
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During construction, the creek’s flow will need to be moved to the west away from the carved out ridge.
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Above the ridge, a storage business is gradually losing part of its land.
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Mulledy warns a visitor to stay away from the edge of North Douglas Creek, because of erosion that’s carved the soil away from the gully’s ridge.
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A culvert is falling apart due to erosion.
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Another view of the culvert where water has eroded one side from the structure.
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Water and gas lines hang precariously from the embankment. Both have been capped.
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One side of the culvert has washed down stream. The drainage pipe sticks out of the embankment showing how far the bank has eroded.
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Another view of the exposed utility pipes and culvert.
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A 50-foot tall ridge dwarfs Mulledy next to Pine Creek.
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A row of pine trees next to the creek won’t be there much longer if further erosion claims them.
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Pine Creek has created what Mulledy calls and urban canyon. Notice the trees at the ridge’s edge that are ready to topple with further erosion.
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The gorge created by Pine Creek rises 50 feet from the creek bed.
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The upper section of the wall is comprised of limestone. The lower sections are sloughing into the creek and being swept downstream, ultimately reaching Fountain Creek.
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This placid stream can become a raging 10-foot-deep river during heavy rains.
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Mulledy stands on shale, which easily crumbles and adds to sediment problems.
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Notice the tree on the upper left about ready to give way.
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Here’s a better view of a tree at the top of the ridge that seems ready to fall.
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Just beyond these trees sits a restaurant, the Margarita at Pine Creek.
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The porous nature of the rock, which crumbles into sand, is evident along the Pine Creek wall.
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A bridge upstream on Pine Creek could eventually fail if the creek embankments aren’t bolstered.
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Another view of the sloughing rock.
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Green Crest Channel under went a major overhaul several years ago after the channel threatened to erode into Austin Bluffs Parkway east of Union Boulevard. Several drop structures were created to slow down the water. Rock and vegetation also was added.
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Much of the foliage appears natural, but it actually was placed there by contractors who rehabilitated the waterway.
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Green Crest lies amid Templeton Gap flood way and serves as a model for how to handle stormwater. Upstream, another project will tackle flooding at Siferd Street east of Academy Boulevard.
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Mulledy warns a visitor to stay away from the edge of North Douglas Creek, because of erosion that’s carved the soil away from the gully’s ridge.
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