Southern Colorado City Concerned About Pollution In Fountain Creek

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

The city of Pueblo wants everyone to do their part to keep the Fountain Creek, and all of the other waterways in town, clean. On January 27, the city's Stormwater Division will host an educational seminar to address these concerns.

The seminar will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center's Fortino Grand Hall A. It starts at 8 a.m. and run until 11 a.m. with the intent of answering question from the business sector, contractors and developers regarding storm water discharges that end up draining downstream.

Louise Bosche, an inspector for the city, says a variety of topics will be covered. Bosche says, the Fountain Creek and other waterways in Pueblo show signs of pollution.

Large bands of sediment can be found up and down the Fountain Creek, and evidence that the creek has eroded the banks because the sediment deposits have redirected the flow of water can easily be seen.

Some of the sediment comes from our own subdivisions. Construction sites and commercial developments that don't take the steps to keep debris from leaving the property can face fines. But not all of the problems in our rivers and creeks come from sediment.

Vehicles are a notorious source of pollutants that end up in our waterways. Dripping oil and antifreeze get washed into storm drains and end up in the rivers and creeks, and that can have a negative effect on the ecosystem. "You'll see different types of fish that aren't natural, that have problems," says Bosche.

Cleaning up the mess can be extremely costly, but Bosche says, if nothing is done about it, the polluted water will make its way downstream to farming communities on the eastern plains.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 14, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    It will be impossible to "correct" all of the problems listed in this article. Sediment is a natural result of erosion and has always been a factor in waterways forever. Oil and antifreeze drips are a minor problem but thousands of miles of asphalt paving,which contains oil, especially freshly laid is a major factor. Rain or other water running over the surface washes the oils from it into storm drains or ditches. Fresh concrete paving causes an alkaline PH inbalance in water run off. I was reading an article on Colorado history not long ago in which it said Fountain Creek was once a stinking polluted sewer you could smell from a distance because of the herds of buffalo coming to drink and in turn were polluting the stream. So, Fountain Creek was never a pristine waterway and never will be. Sounds like some politicians are looking for another source of revenue with the fines idea.
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