FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
City of Grand Junction
Public Information Coordinator
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
Colorado National Guard
Christopher B. Joyner
Bureau of Land Management
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (8 /15/12) -- The Colorado Army National Guard’s 947th Engineer Company, in partnership with the City of Grand Junction, the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority and the Bureau of Land Management, will begin construction of a stormwater detention facility on BLM property on Leach Creek beginning Aug. 16.
The facility will capture water from storm events and retain it in the desert north of the City, releasing it slowly back into the environment to prevent flooding that can occur with large storm events.
The work provides the Colorado Army National Guard an opportunity to conduct critical individual and collective training for Soldiers through the Innovative Readiness Training program. The project provides the Guard with labor and equipment training that is impossible to simulate.
“We are fortunate to be able to utilize the help of the Colorado National Guard in building this facility,” said Bret Guillory, City Utility Engineer. “It allows the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority to complete construction that would otherwise be cost prohibitive, provides meaningful training to the National Guard, and is a critical piece in addressing stormwater flooding issues within the Drainage Authority boundaries.”
"The Colorado National Guard is truly a community-based organization," said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General of Colorado. "This unit has proven their capabilities in combat, but it's really the lifesaving and preventative projects in our communities that keep Soldiers in the National Guard for a career."
An Environmental Assessment of the project was completed with a Finding of No Significant Impact, and a right-of-way grant has been issued by the BLM for construction of the project on federal land.
The stormwater detention facility is located on the main stem of Leach Creek, north of the City and west of the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Construction will begin on August 16 in an area near 27 1/4 Road.
Construction is scheduled to be complete in October.
The facility will include an earthen embankment 27 feet in height, measured from the bed of Leach Creek, and will include an outlet and spillway. The capacity of the detention basin is approximately 250 acre feet.
FOR ASSIGMMENT EDITORS: A special media tour of the work site is being planned for 9 a.m. on Aug. 31. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
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