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Waldo Canyon Regional Recovery Group
The Waldo Canyon Regional Recovery Group meetings are at 2 p.m. at the Citizens Service Center, Room 1020, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods.
Next meeting is July 28.

Public Input Sought:
The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District seeks input for Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek Flood Restoration Planning.
 
Please join the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District,  the City of Colorado Springs, The City of Manitou Springs, El Paso County, Green Mountain Falls, Colorado Springs Utilities and Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) at a public information meeting regarding flood restoration and mitigation planning along Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek.

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District has received funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to investigate restoration planning options for Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek.  Both creeks suffered from extensive flooding during the summer and fall of 2013.  El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, the City of Manitou Springs and other regional municipalities and agencies have undertaken various projects to mitigate the risk and maintain the proper flow and water levels in Upper Fountain Creek, Cheyenne Creek and a number of tributaries.  The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District has organized the public stakeholders to coordinate the planning and implementation of projects to restore Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek to pre-flood condition and mitigate the risk of future flooding. 

Two meetings will be held in July 2014, each addressing the overall planning process with respect to each creek’s unique condition.    
 
WHEN and WHERE:
1. Thursday, July 10, 2014, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm at the P.O.E. Chapter House, 1819 W. Cheyenne Rd.  Colorado Springs.
2. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm at Ute Pass Elementary School, 9230 Chipita Park Rd. Chipita Park.

For more information contact Larry Small, Executive Director, Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District at 719-447-5012 (lsmall42@comcast.net) or Preston Manning,  Matrix Design Group at 719-575-0100 (preston_manning@matrixdesigngroup.com). 

 

Waldo Canyon Regional Recovery Group

After the Waldo Canyon Fire it was evident there would be many challenges for recovering that would last for at least the next 10 years.  Since the tragedy effected so many communities and organizations within El Paso County, it was determined there was a need for an ongoing meeting to provide a place that all of the members could communicate needs, recovery efforts, grant opportunities, lessons learned, etc.  By acting together as a group it is easier to ensure that no one was wasting time by duplicating efforts, but also empowered the region when reaching out to the State and the Federal governments with one combined voice. 

Co-Chair: Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner
Co-Chair: Bret Waters, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Managment

Members of the group include representatives from the following agencies and organizations:

• El Paso County:
   Budget, Office of Emergency Management, Public Service Department, Grants & Public Information Office
• City of Colorado Springs
   Office of Emergency Management, Fire Department & Public Services Department
• Manitou Springs
   Administration, Chief of Police & Fire Department
• Colorado Department of Transportation
• Colorado Springs Utilities
• Coalition For the Upper South Platte
• RMFI: Rocky Mountain Field Institute
• US Air Force Academy
• Flying W Ranch
• El Pomar Foundation
• Glen Eyrie
• State of Colorado Office of Emergency Management
• Colorado State Univ. Cooperative Extension
• U.S. Forest Service
• NRCS: Natural Rescources Conservation Service
• Cascade Fire Department
• Green Mountain Falls / Chipita Park Fire Department
• National Forest Foundation
• U.S. Senator Udall’s Office
• U.S. Senator Bennet’s Office
• U.S. Congressman Lamborn’s Office

The Waldo Canyon Regional Recovery Group meets once a month.

Previous Meetings
Mitigation Projects
 
Presentations & Documents

 

Grants and Funding awarded to local organizations and local governments for Waldo Canyon Fire recovery expenses.
PDF Document, June 2014  

 

WARSSS
The Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply Study presented by Dr. David L. Rosgen of Wildlan Hydrology. WARSSS will predict how water, sediment, and debris will move along and off the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar.

 

 

Important Links
Volunteer & Donate

Coalition For the Upper South Platte is coordinating volunteer efforts through the website waldofire.org.

To volunteer with CUSP for post-fire mitigation projects, you can register here: http://waldofire.org/Volunteer

Donate to Pikes Peak Community Foundation
In the wake of flooding generated by runoff from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, the Manitou Springs community has established the Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. 
Click Here to Donate Online and for more information.

 

Flash Flooding

The Waldo Canyon Fire has dramatically increased the probability of flash flooding in Ute Pass, Manitou Springs and portions of Colorado Springs. Home owners along drainages coming off the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar need to take precautions to protect your family and property from the expected flash flooding.

Flash Flooding Information

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