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a proper sequence and a point.
Fountain Creek was a long, ugly gash about twenty yards wide and fifteen feet deep. The banks were collapsing from erosion, fallen trees
and branches littered the creek bed, and a small trickle of water ran down the middle. “This was done by storm runoff from Colorado
Springs,” Hank said. The contrast between his impact on the land and the city’s impact was hard to miss. The rapid growth of Colorado
Springs had occurred without much official planning, zoning, or spending on drainage projects. As more pavement covered land within the
city limits, more water flowed straight into Fountain Creek instead of being absorbed into the ground. The runoff from Colorado Springs
eroded the land beside the creek, carrying silt and debris downstream all the way to Kansas. Hank literally lost part of his ranch every year. It
got washed away by the city’s rainwater. A nearby rancher once lost ten acres of land in a single day, thanks to runoff from a fierce storm in
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- Spring '08