Groundwater Quality Study
The purpose of the Groundwater Quality Study is to evaluate existing water quality and potential groundwater contamination to help El Paso County and other stakeholders make informed land use decisions. El Paso County is expected to use the data and recommendations to determine if changes to policies and regulations are warranted.
The Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District was established by an act of the Colorado State Legislature in 2009. A member of the Board of County Commissioners serves on the District Board, and County staff serves on the Technical Advisory Committee. The district is engaged in watershed planning and implementation of projects. The District has recommending and/or full land use authority in portions of the watershed.
The Colorado Rural Water Association (CRWA) receives funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help rural communities protect groundwater supplies. CRWA provides technical support and facilitation. El Paso County participates in the planning processes of local water suppliers, serving as a local resource.
CRWA Source Water Protection Planning Program Information
Colorado Centre Metropolitain District - Approved Source Water Protection Plan
Stratmoor Valley Water and Sanitation District - Planning Process
The regional Water Quality Management (208) Plan sets policies for surface water management and . . .
El Paso County has established an Urban Park Grant / Nonprofit Program designed to promote the development of urban park opportunities throughout El Paso County. Urban parks promote health and wellness, stimulate community and economic development, help preserve the environment, provide opportunities for neighbors to meet and connect, and provide areas for wildlife.
Cities, towns, school districts, metropolitan districts, and special districts in El Paso County are eligible for an urban park grant. In addition, nonprofit organizations are also eligible through a contractual arrangement.
Urban park opportunities may include, but are not limited to: athletic facilities, playgrounds, gardens, parking areas, trails, aquatic facilities, and dog parks. Grant or nonprofit contract funds can also be used for the purchase of real property to establish an urban park. Urban parks are normally 25 acres or less and designed to serve a surrounding neighborhood or subdivision.
The funding for the Urban Park Grant Program is provided through developer impact fees. A link to the Urban Park Grant Program Policy and Program Guidelines appear below.