Community Collaboration Results in Innovative Stormwater Project

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The City's Stormwater Enterprise is being recognized for their collaborative work with the community on a detention pond designed to prevent neighborhood flooding and blend in with the surrounding landscape.


Local residents, the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department, TOPS Committee and Stormwater Enterprise worked together to make sure the features of the pond match the beauty of the neighborhood. Teams used boulders instead of concrete and used a concrete block layout to allow vegetation to grow in between the rocks.

The pond provides a place for flood water to go. As the water slowly reenters our stormwater system sediment and debris are captured which improves the quality of the water before it makes its way back to our waterways.

The pond is located near Constitution and Murray in the Rustic Hills Neighborhood. It was funded thanks to voters allowing the City to retain excess revenues from 2016 and 2017 and reallocated them to several stormwater improvement projects in Colorado Springs.

The project was awarded the Stormwater Quality Award by the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM).

The Stormwater Enterprise is working to build and maintain a strong stormwater system that will serve our growing community by reducing flooding and improving our water quality. You can learn about stormwater projects funded through the stormwater fee by visiting

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