The showdown between Colorado Springs and Pueblo is over, and Colorado Springs is the victor.
The Colorado Supreme Court denied an appeal today by the Pueblo County District Attorney that sought to derail Colorado Springs Utilities’ Southern Delivery System. The decision clears the last major potential roadblock for the $898 million pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs, which is already well under construction.
Pueblo County alleged that the state’s approval of permits for the project didn’t adequately consider water quality issues. Pueblo has long fought SDS, claiming that the return flow from the pipeline along Fountain Creek will exacerbate stormwater and water quality issues.
In a press release, John Fredell, SDS Program Director, said he was pleased with the decision: “Colorado Springs Utilities believed all along in the state’s approval of the SDS water quality certification and are pleased that today's Supreme Court decision finally brings this issue to closure.”