At FHU, we clean up well!
Friday, October 1, FHU staff participated in the largest watershed-wide cleanup in the state of Colorado during Creek Week 2021, a 9-day watershed-wide litter and debris collection event that took place Sept 25- Oct 3. The event, sponsored by the Fountain Creek Watershed District, provides an opportunity for groups to donate their time and resources to help clean up the Fountain Creek Watershed.
A watershed is an area of land that all drains to a common point, which for most of Colorado Springs is Fountain Creek. The event also provides a chance to raise awareness about the watershed, the quality of our water supply, the district and overall pride in our local watershed’s aesthetics, according to FHU event organizer Jordan Martin, EI, an engineer with our Water Resources group.
Jordan and five other FHU team members cleaned up Camp Creek between Chambers Way and Pikes Peak Avenue. This 1.1-mile stretch is the reach that runs down the center of 31st Street and connects the sites of two recent FHU projects – 30th Street widening along the Garden of the Gods Park and the award-winning Colorado Avenue corridor project that connects Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.
“Our motto is to connect and enhance communities, and we take pride in the community we live in,” Jordan said. “It was important to us that our cleanup site is directly downstream of our 30th Street project and in close proximity to our Colorado Avenue project.”
Since its inception in 2014, Creek Week has grown from 625 volunteers in its first year to more than 3,200 in 2019 (the event was canceled in 2020) and has cleaned up nearly 100 tons of trash.
FHU began participating in the event in 2019 and it is now an important part of our commitment to the Fountain Creek Watershed District. In addition to volunteering, FHU also made a financial donation to the district.