In the Pikes Peak region, we have a $706 million stormwater project backlog and need $14 million per year for maintenance. The Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force -citizens, engineers, business people and elected officials – formed in 2012 to identify a long-term solution that will keep us safe and use our resources efficiently.
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.
What’s the issue?
After years of neglect, our stormwater system is in disrepair. A 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers report card gave its condition an F and public safety protection a D-.
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
- 350 local jobs per year and lower insurance rates
- We maintain critical infrastructure so that we can attract and retain businesses
A long-term stormwater management program, rather than a band-aid approach, uses our dollars most efficiently.
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