- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado Springs will spend more than $460 million for storm water control to resolve a dispute that threatened a major city drinking water project.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (https://tinyurl.com/gpk5y5l) the City Council agreed Wednesday to reduce storm water sediment draining into Fountain Creek. The sediment causes problems downstream in nearby Pueblo County.

The county had threatened to withdraw a permit Colorado Springs needs for its new, $825 million pipeline to draw water from the Arkansas River unless the city curtailed the sediment.

The 50-mile-long pipeline needs Pueblo County’s approval because it crosses the county.

The county and federal regulators had also threatened to sue the city over the sediment.

Pueblo County commissioners will vote Monday on whether Colorado Springs has done enough.

The pipeline is scheduled to begin carrying water April 27.


Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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