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Fountain Creek is a 74.5-mile-long stream in El Paso and Pueblo counties, in Colorado in the United States. From its source near the city of Woodland Park north of Pikes Peak, the creek flows southeast through the communities of Green Mountain Falls and Chipita Park to the town of Cascade. It continues southeast through a narrow, winding, steep-sided canyon, approximately 3 miles long. The canyon is traversed by U.S. Route 24,9 and was once traversed by the Colorado Midland Railway. Locals confusingly refer to it as “Ute Pass”, or just “the pass”; but the actual Ute Pass is some 15 miles to the west, along US 24.
After exiting the canyon, Fountain Creek flows through Manitou Springs and into Colorado Springs, where it picks up Monument Creek west of downtown Colorado Springs, and Sand Creek in the southern part of the city. It then flows south, paralleled by Interstate 25, through the eponymous Fountain, Colorado and crosses into Pueblo County, before finally reaching Pueblo where it joins the Arkansas River.
Water quality in the creek has been a point of contention between the cities of Colorado Springs and Pueblo since at least 1999, when flooding in Colorado Springs caused 70 million gallons of raw sewage to spill into the creek. Untreated sewage now spills into the creek an average of 10 times every year. Tests in 2007 by the Pueblo City-County Health Department found levels of the E. coli bacterium more than twice the state limit in some parts of the creek.
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