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Fontaine qui Bouille: What a long, strange trip our water takes!


Last updated 9/9/2020 at 3:06pm

Courtesy of Fountain Creek Corridor WARSSS Study

Channel instability can affect roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

The water in Fountain Creek takes a wild ride on its 75-mile journey.

Historically known as Fontaine qui Bouille ("boiling fountain"), the water in Fountain Creek takes an exciting journey as it tumbles down Ute Pass, then turns south to eventually converge with the Arkansas River in Pueblo. During high runoff periods, the "boiling" water can erode vulnerable creek banks, which contributes excessive sediment loads and reduces water quality. Also, given our unique weather patterns and intense thunderstorms, flash floods are somewhat common.

Meanwhile, Monument Creek and other Fountain Creek...

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