Jul 15, 2014 11:47 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Fountain Creek Watershed Hosts Public Information Workshop

Long term mitigation projects are in the works for the Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek Watersheds. A public information workshop was held Tuesday evening at Ute Pass Elementary School in Chipita Park.

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District is studying the areas that caused major flooding problems in September of 2013.

40 miles of creek from Manitou Springs up to Woodland Park in Teller County are included in the survey. Researchers are asking for the help of the public to identify specific problem areas, which are fresh in the minds of property owners after Monday's flash flooding. Residents were asked to mark their property and problems on a floodplain map.

"We're asking them to show us where they live, and tell us what their problems are," says Executive Director Larry Small. "So that we get a record of what kind of experiences they've had and where they are located so we can follow up with them."

The team is near the beginning of the 15 month process. They'll continue to gather information from the public, and compare their studies with historic data and models. They'll work toward a long term mitigation plan for the watershed to prevent flooding, sedimentation and erosion.

According to Small, the study is being completed with $437,000 in grants and other funding.

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