EPA, State Health Department File Stormwater Lawsuit Against Colorado Springs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state health department filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Colorado Springs over water quality violations and stormwater program shortfalls dating to 2009. Mayor John Suthers, who began building a new stormwater program immediately after taking office in June 2015, expressed frustration over the decision by the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to file legal action rather than recognize recent strides the city has made. The federal and state agencies are seeking civil penalties that Suthers said could amount to “millions and millions of dollars.”