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Colo. Army to continue partnership with Grand Junction, BLM for stormwater project 
By City of Grand Junction 
Leach Creek 

The Colorado Army National Guard's 947th Engineering Company constructs a dam to control water runoff and prevent flooding near Grand Junction, Colo., while participating in an innovative readiness training project Aug. 31, 2012. (Official Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson/RELEASED)

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sam Rainguet, City of Grand Junction

Capt. Darin Overstreet, Colorado National Guard

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (5/9/13) – Soldiers of the 947th Engineer Company, in partnership with the City of Grand Junction and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will complete construction of a stormwater detention facility on BLM-managed land.

The Leach Creek project will begin May 17 and continue through June 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 Guard is donating labor and equipment to this project.

“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 city to save construction costs, provides meaningful training to the National Guard, and is a critical piece in addressing stormwater flooding issues in Grand Junction.”

An Environmental Assessment of the project was completed last year with a Finding of No Significant Impact and 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.  Work on the project was started in August of 2012, but the size of the project necessitated the work going into this construction season.

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.  The completed facility will remain open to the public.