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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: City of Colorado Springs Provides Training on Stormwater Management   [open pdf - 44KB]

"Stormwater Management has traditionally been the responsibility of local governments. However, with management practices becoming more complex, it has warranted the attention and involvement of both the State and Federal governments.'The state has indicated that as part of our role in assuring stormwater quality is to provide training,' said Steve Gardner, a certified floodplain manager. Gardner works for the Colorado Springs Department of Public Works. The city provides guidance on local, State, and Federal requirements for those responsible for operations and stormwater practices within the city. Stormwater is defined as rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets, lawns, and other sites. When it's absorbed into the ground, the water is naturally filtered, and ultimately flows into streams and rivers. However, in developed areas impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, the water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems, and drainage ditches. This can cause problems like downstream flooding, stream bank erosion, infrastructure damage, and contaminated waterways along with overflowing sewers.'We not only provide training for our city staff but also for anybody who is interested in land development or who might be disturbing land within the city limits,' said Gardner. 'They all are encouraged to attend our twice a year training.' 'We have three brochures that were put together as part of our Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit,' said Gardner. Colorado Springs was issued a MS4 permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment."

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