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86 Elk Creek Drive
(Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association (ECHPOA))
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the project

The goal of this project is to become compliant with Colorado State Water Laws and not be forced to drain our pond.  This means we must augment the pond water lost to evaporation and measure, record, and report the water level and water coming into and flowing out of the pond. 

The money raised from this site will help us purchase mechanical water measuring equipment, total cost of about $4,657.  It will also help us purchase the electronic measuring, logging, and reporting equipment as required by Colorado Division of Water Resources, total cost of about $9,593.

the steps

After we receive donations, we will purchase what we can and ECHPOA volunteers will install equipment to measure water levels and flow and then equipment to log and report that data back to the Colorado Division of Water.

In addition to individual donors, we are looking for one or two more organizations that would also be interested in contributing to our cause and fulfilling the "partners" requirement of our grant application.

Before October 2019, we will go back to the Park County Board of Couty Commissioners (BCC) to present our progress and again ask for the $50,000 the Land and Water Trust Fund Board (LWTFB) recommended we be granted for this project.  This money would cover the majority needed to purchase augmentation water, a one time fee, and give us what we need to be well on our way to Save Our Pond!

why we're doing it

There is only one pond in the Elk Creek Highlands and Meadows subdivisions that benefits 380 properties.  This 1.25 acre pond contributes to approximately 7.5 acres of adjoining wetlands on the 20 acre community property.  Unlike many associations, membership in the ECHPOA is entirely voluntary, and funds are limited.  We need to Save Our Pond, not only to help firefighters obtain water during wildfires and house fires, but also give the community members a safe place to shelter should the one exit out (8 miles) becomes blocked, or a fast moving flame does not allow for the time needed to evacuate.  The pond and wetlands also attract a variety of wildlife, with ecological benefits and habitat, and preserves community open space and property values.  And all the benefits a pond gives to a neighborhood such as fishing, ice skating, picnics, and beauty!


Disbursed budget:

Staff Gauge $500.00

Inlet Flume - partial funding $403.40

TOTAL RAISED = $1,020.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $51.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $30.60


Original budget:

Mechanical water measuring equipment for inflow, outflow, and pond depth:

  • Staff Gauge & Stilling Well (to measure pond water level) - $516.50
  • Inlet Flume (to measure water coming into the pond) - $2,070.00
  • Outlet Flume (to measure water flowing out of the pond) - $2,070.00
Electronic measuring, logging, and reporting equipment as required by Colorado Division of Water:
  • Sensor Equipment (distance measuring devices) - $5,183.70
  • Data Logging Equipment (to store measurements) - $3,791.00
  • Communications Equipment (send the data collected to a cell tower) - $618.50


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $776
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $466
TOTAL TO RAISE = $15,527



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