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Strategic Plan, Master Plan & Other Studies

Fountain Creek has been the subject of many scientific studies and reports over the years. Several federal, state and regional agencies have completed and published data, assessments, reports and other information about water quality and quantity, flooding, erosion and sedimentation. The District has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey and many others to develop restoration master plans or research other aspects of the creek and its tributaries.

USGS Reports 

Urban-Related Environmental Variables and Their Relation with Patterns in Biological Community Structure in the Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2003–2005 (SIR07-5225)

USGS Precipitation and Streamgage Network Presentation, Aug 2020

Other USGS reports (water quality)

Urban-Related Environment Variables 2007
    Characterization and Analysis of Temporal and Spatial Variations in Habitat and Macroinvertebrate Community Structure,Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado Springs and Vicinity, Colorado, 1998–2001Evaluation of Water Quality, Suspended Sediment, and Stream Morphology with an Emphasis on Effects of Stormflow on Fountain and Monument Creek Basins, Colorado Springs and Vicinity, Colorado, 1981 through 2001

    Summary of Water Quality Data, October 1987 through September 1997, for Fountain and Monument Creeks, El Paso and Pueblo Counties, Colorado (WRIR 00-4263)

    Nodes and Subreaches Along Monument and Fountain Creeks and Location of Streamflow-Gaging Stations, Wastewater-Treatment Facilities, and Diversions Used in New Transit-Loss Accounting Program (Plate 1-Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5028)Methods to Identify Changes in Background Water-Quality Conditions Using Dissolved-Solids Concentrations and Loads as Indicators, Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, in the Vicinity of Pueblo, Colorado (Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5024)

    Other USGS reports (water quantity)

    Trends in Precipitation and Streamflow and Changes in Stream Morphology in the Fountain Creek Watershed, Colorado 1939-99 (WRIR 00-4130)Trends in Precipitation and Streamflow in the Fountain Creek Watershed, Southeastern Colorado, 1977-99 (USGS Fact Sheet 136-00)Characterization of Stormflows and Wastewater Treatment-Plant Effluent Discharges on Water Quality, Suspended Sediment, and Stream Morphology for Fountain and Monument Creek Watersheds, Colorado, 1981-2006 (Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5104)Description and User Manual for a Web-Based Interface to a Transit-Loss Accounting Program for Monument and Fountain Creeks, El Paso and Pueblo Counties, Colorado (Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5028)Strategic Plan for the Fountain Creek Watershed (2009)


    Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

    Water Quality Planning

    208 Plans
    Colorado Water Plan
    Colorado Statewide Management Plan
    Quality Management Plan, Surface Water Monitoring and Assessment
    Watershed 319, Nonpoint Source Program

    Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek Flood Restoration Master Plan (Jun 2015) 
    Monument Creek Watershed Restoration Plan (Nov 2016) 

    Final Monument Creek Watershed Restoration Master Plan, Nov 2016, Matrix Design Group  (Click download file to preview.)

    Meeting agendas/notes from Upper Fountain Creek and Cheyenne Creek Watershed Coaltion, Monument Creek Watershed Restoration Master Plan stakeholder meetings.

    October 15, 2015November 19, 2015NEWS RELEASE – Monument Creek Project, Phase I, Dec 2016


    Fountain Creek Flood Control Study (Jan 2017) 
    Fountain Creek Corridor Master Plan (Oct 2011) 

    The Fountain Creek Corridor Master Plan establishes a revitalization concept vision for the reach of Fountain Creek between the southern Colorado Springs city-limit line and the confluence with the Arkansas River in Pueblo. The project area covers a distance of approximately 46 miles, including approximately ¼ mile on either side of the creek including, at a minimum, the 100-year floodplain.

    (click here) Fountain Creek Corridor Master Plan

     The master plan is intended to be used as a tool to help identify priorities, potential partners, potential funding, restoration techniques, implementation strategies, and resources. The plan defines the elements that are included in a healthy vs. unhealthy reach of the creek. It establishes a series of restoration techniques, including conservation, that are intended to be the toolbox used as part of revitalizing Fountain Creek.

    Specific demonstration projects have been planned, designed and constructed using these restoration techniques. These demonstration projects are all early-action projects that are part of the overall revitalization vision. Most of these demonstration projects are the initial phase of a multiple-phase project. These projects are intended to continue being developed by the project funding partners long after this Master Plan is published.

    The emphasis of this Master Plan is on implementation: what are the tools to use, where should they be used, who are the partners, and where is funding available to start a series of projects along Fountain Creek.

    The goals for the plan were formulated in 2008 in a series of meetings of the Fountain Creek Vision Task Force. The plan was finalized on October 18, 2011.

    Fountain Creek Watershed EPA 9-Element Plan for Management of E. Coli (2019) 

    In September 2016, stakeholders from the Arkansas Fountain Coalition for Urban River Evaluation (AF CURE) formed a stakeholder group with the objective of developing a watershed plan to address excess nonpoint sources of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in Fountain Creek Watershed. The Fountain Creek Watershed-Based Plan (Plan) was overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Water Quality Control Division (WQCD) Nonpoint Source Program and funded by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority and AF CURE. The primary water quality parameter evaluated in this Plan is E. coli. To meet requirements associated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 9 Elements of a Watershed Plan, this Plan also identifies additional nonpoint source water quality issues in the watershed.

    Watershed Plan
    Fountain Creek Watershed Policy Evaluation Report (2012) 

    The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District (the District) undertook this policy evaluation project, through a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), to encourage the implementation of applicable policy recommendations contained in the Fountain Creek Watershed Vision Task Force Strategic Plan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fountain Creek Watershed Study. These plans have been adopted by the District Board.

    Policy Evaluation Project
    District Presentations