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Impact of Water Runoff from Streets and Yards

The water that flows in our community’s gulches is a result of storms and runoff from homeowner’s outdoor use, including landscape irrigation and car washing. The water you use directly affects our open space system as well as the quality of water flowing through the gulches and then into streams. The Metro District works with the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District to manage erosion control along the banks of these gulches. Homeowner irrigation has increased the amount of water flowing in the gulches, which has created the need for improvements in these natural areas. As a result of increased water flow in gulches, we have seen new habitat in wetland areas, which attracts a variety of wildlife.

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