Aug 17, 2006

Colorado to Fund Fountain Creek Watershed Study

U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colorado), member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that he has secured $449,000 for the Fountain Creek watershed flood control project study in the FY 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

The funding is enough money to complete this study. Senator Allard has already secured more than $1 million in funding for the Fountain Creek project since 2002.

“Fountain Creek has been one of my top energy and water funding priorities for several years, so I am extremely pleased we have once again been able to secure money for this important study,” Senator Allard said. “This study will allow us to determine exactly what needs to be done on Fountain Creek.”

“This important study will provide Southern Colorado with critical information to continue our efforts to improve water quality,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera. “The completion of the Fountain Creek Watershed Study continues to be of the utmost importance to the Colorado Springs community, and we appreciate the efforts of Senator Allard to ensure its success."

“I have been successful in obtaining federal support for the Fountain Creek watershed project since major flooding occurred in 1999, causing almost $100 million in damages,” Senator Allard said. “All involved parties know that we need a detailed analysis of flood control, erosion and sedimentation in the Fountain Creek watershed, and I have made it a top priority to have this study completed by next year.”