After decades of neglect, our stormwater and flood-control systems are crumbling. A 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers report card gave its condition an F and public safety protection a D-. It’s time to take care of our community and invest in safe, reliable infrastructure.
Based on two years of research, analysis and public input, the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force – citizens, engineers, business people and elected officials – has proposed a comprehensive management plan for voter approval:
- A regional stormwater authority that will address a list of stormwater projects, emergency needs, master planning and maintenance.
- Work will be funded by a user fee based on impervious surface, capped to avoid economic burden.
- Spending on administration will be capped at one percent to minimize overhead and work contracted to local vendors to maximize economic benefit.
- The average homeowner would pay $7.70 per month.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is generated when rain and melted snow flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (such as paved streets, parking lots and rooftops), it picks up speed and debris that can adversely affect land, property, safety and water quality.
How does stormwater affect me?
- Road closures
- Costly repairs
- Business closures
- Insurance rates
- Utility rates
- Personal safety
- Road and bridge integrity
Managing stormwater means:
- Protecting lives, homes, businesses, water quality, roads and bridges
- A better local economy
- 250 new, high-quality jobs each year
- Lower insurance rates
- Well-maintained critical infrastructure
- More efficient use of taxpayer dollars
A long-term stormwater management program, rather than a band-aid approach, uses our dollars most efficiently.