Colorado Springs to invest heavily in stormwater improvements, hoping to stave off EPA action

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency breathing down its neck, Colorado Springs is more than doubling its stormwater division staff and pumping about $7.1 million this year alone into keeping city waterways clean and free-flowing and the water quality high. The EPA threatened to sue after it audited the city stormwater system in August 2015 – two months after Mayor John Suthers took office – and found no improvement since a dismal state audit in February 2013. “We have not yet resolved the issues (with the EPA),” Suthers said in an interview Wednesday. “Our emphasis of course is looking forward: Let’s make things right.

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