Peter Nichols, an attorney for the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, at the agency's meeting Wednesday, updated the board on the long-standing controversy with Colorado Springs concerning water quality in Fountain Creek.

“The court hearing was the strangest I have ever seen," said LAVWCD Manager Jay Winner.

A lawsuit filed by the Environmental Protection Agency in November 2017 alleges the City of Colorado Springs' stormwater system degraded the creek on its way to Pueblo and, eventually, the Arkansas River. The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners and the LAVWCD were permitted to intervene in the case, on the side of the environmental agency.

On Nov. 9, Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch ruled that Colorado Springs violated its permit that regulates stormwater discharges into Fountain Creek.

Following Matsch's decision, the parties asked the judge to put the litigation on hold for three months, to see if they could agree how to remedy the city’s violations. That request was granted.

The post-trial settlement conferences were scheduled for Dec. 6, 2018; Jan. 10 (which was cancelled because of the federal government shutdown); Feb. 7, March 7, April 11 and May 9.

Following the update, the members of the LAVWCD met in executive session.

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