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Sediment Catches at Flying W Ranch Already Saving Homes



The Coalition of the Upper South Platte (CUSP) is leading an effort to build sediment catchments on the Flying W Ranch in order to protect those living in the area from flood waters coming down from the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The catchments are designed to filter sediment and debris from waters flowing downhill from the mountains, keeping it out of Colorado Springs drainage systems. The group has already built ten of these catchments, and a spokesman said the structures have already caught more than 11,000 tons of debris and sediment. CUSP notes that without the catchments in place, homes in the Mountain Shadows area and the Air Force Academy would have suffered the same type of flooding that has plagued Manitou Springs this summer. The effort is a community-wide undertaking, and CUSP is asking for volunteers with the community as there is still a lot of work to be done.

July 18, 2013


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