The water beneath us




Two years ago, El Paso County commissioners decided it was time to find out how good or bad the water is under housing developments east and northeast of Colorado Springs.

The results of a study of water quality will be outlined at a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Falcon High School Cafeteria/Commons area, 10255 Lambert Road.

The main target of the study was the alluvial (shallow) aquifer of the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Basin, which spreads out over a vast area northeast and east of the city.

General information and handouts on groundwater use and quality will be available at the meeting. A formal presentation will be made from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-answer period.

The county announced the meeting today in a press release:

Amy Lathen
  • Amy Lathen

El Paso Board of County Commissioners Chair Amy Lathen also will attend the public gathering and extends a special invitation to citizens residing in her District 2, which encompasses the County’s vast eastern plains. “Residents in rural El Paso County rely heavily on groundwater from private wells or municipal groundwater supplies, and the study we will be sharing was initiated to broaden everyone’s understanding of water quality issues that are critical to our daily lives … both now and in the future,” Lathen stated.

The Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) conducted the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Basin study with stakeholder input from the Groundwater Quality Study Committee. CGS representative Ralf Topper will be at the April 25 public meeting and present the Phase 1 study results.

Click here for those results.

For more information on the April 25 public meeting, contact Community Services Planning Manager Elaine Kleckner at 520-6999 or e-mail

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