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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