Banding together, the 5-2-1 Drainage District

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. City and county leaders met Thursday afternoon to talk business.
There's lots of joint ventures underway aimed at revitalizing the Grand Valley.

There's discussion of new road interchanges and economic development, but on the top of Thursday afternoon's agenda was a newly formed five-entity drainage team.

The 5-2-1 Drainage District is made up of Palisade, Fruita, Grand Junction, the Grand Valley Drainage District, and Mesa County and continues to wait on some rather important news from the state level authorities.

“Their job and their mission is to work with the state, and when the state health department comes up with the new regulations for storm water and et cetera that we will be able to work on that together,” says Mesa County Commissioner, John Justman.

Storm water and drainage regulations will have a dire effect on the Grand Valley.

Potentially stringent pollutant rules could mean a total revamping of the entire drainage system to better monitor chemicals in our runoff and cost taxpayers money.

Members of the 5-2-1 Drainage District expect to see Colorado regulations to be released by the end of the year.

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