The Fountain Creek Improvement Project, located on Clear Spring Ranch near Fountain, was a $4.2 million construction project that fulfilled a mitigation commitment for SDS. The project was designed to restore a section of Fountain Creek to a more natural state and reduce erosion and sedimentation. Over the years, multiple factors have contributed to instability in the creek’s natural flow pattern, causing bank erosion.
SDS contractors realigned the creek and restored the natural flow pattern by moving the creek banks back to the east. Buried, compacted rock restored the creek profiles and allow fish to pass through the creek in these areas.
Additionally, a natural flood plain area and about 6 acres of new wetlands and native plants was created adjacent to the creek. All of these measures will help manage water flows during storm events, by slowing the water, reducing its force and allowing it to flow naturally into the flood plain/wetlands areas.
Fountain Creek Improvement Project Fact Sheet
Colorado Springs Utilities' regional commitments
Springs Utilities pleased with results of flood control project, KOAA News 5, May 8, 2015
SDS Fountain Creek Improvement Project