Public works programs and activities maintain the installation's infrastructure and environment. The DPW includes infrastructure maintenance and improvement, to include installation property, buildings and facilities; energy, water and waste programs; oversight of environmental assets to ensure compliance with environmental policies, programs and legislation; management of installation housing programs and facilities; and planning for new construction and improvement to facilities and grounds.
The directorate's six divisions are responsible for an umbrella of services available to Installation customers
Business Operations & Integration: Annual work planning, work reception and scheduling, General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), Installation
Status Report (ISR) & processing work orders
Engineering: Military Construction, Minor Construction, Engineering Design, Traffic Engineering & Contract Quality Assurance
Environmental: Environmental training programs, pollution prevention, pest control oversight, conservation, compliance
programs, environmental restoration & natural and cultural resources programs
Housing: Family housing/residential communities initiative (RCI), housing referral, unaccompanied personnel housing
& First Sergeant Barracks Program
Master Planning: Installation master planning, real property management, space and furnishings management, Installation design
guide & real estate services and leases
Operations & Maintenance: Building maintenance, facility repairs, snow and sand removal, refuse removal and recycling operations, facility manager operations, utility program, pest control, improved/unimproved grounds maintenance and energy, water and waste efforts.
The DPW is located in building 1219, 1626 Evans Street, between Specker Avenue and Wetzel Street near the intersection of Ellis Street. DPW programs operating out of a different location are listed by building number and street name. The 526-, 524- and 503- Fort Carson phone numbers fall under the 719 area code. Emails are provided for programs where staff telework.
Above Ground Storage Tanks (AST), 719-526-9411, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division AST Program staff manages
all convaults that store used oil, diesel and gas on the installation. The program’s responsibilities include
monthly inspections and tracking ullage records. Operators/users are responsible for all operations and maintenance
activities on ASTs.
Air Quality Program, 719-526-6601 or 719-524-1254, email@example.com. The DPW Environmental Division Air Quality Program aims to achieve flexible Colorado permitting conditions to sustain the military mission without compromising air quality for the region. This is achieved by assisting Soldiers and civilians in acquiring new products that do not negatively impact the local air quality, as well as constantly reassessing ways to reduce overall air emissions. Key to the program are management plans that are required for use by internal/external contractors and government employees working on Fort Carson. These include the Fugitive Dust Control Plan and Refrigerant/Ozone Depleting Chemical (ODC) Management Plan. Soldiers and civilians are also encouraged to refer to the Fort Carson Environmental Battle Book in order to mitigate air pollutants and other negative impacts to the environment.
The Army Barracks Management Program (ABMP) is an adaptive partnership between installation staff and military unit leaders to ensure permanent party barracks are assigned to meet the needs of Soldiers and the Army. The ABMP replaced the First Sergeant’s Barracks Program 2020 on Feb. 21, 2018. For more information about the program, and to obtain references materials, contact the DPW Housing Division at 719-526-9709 or 719-526-2643. (See the Single Soldier Housing Office section for more information.)
Army Family Housing (On Post) Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), LLC. Army Family housing on Fort
Carson is owned and operated by BBC, which is located at 6800 Prussman Boulevard in the Joel Hefley Community
Center. For information on applying for on-post housing, contact the BBC Management Office at 719-579-1606
or online at
Asbestos, Lead and Toxics Program, 719-526-1725, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division manages the Asbestos,
Lead and Toxics Program. There are asbestos-containing building materials throughout most of the older buildings
on Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Additionally, some facilities may have lead-based paint, naturally occurring
radon and polychlorinated biphenyls. The DPW protects the environment while ensuring that there are no exposures
to Soldiers, dependents or civilians.
Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), LLC/Army Family Housing (on post). Army Family housing on Fort
Carson is owned and operated by BBC located at 6800 Prussman Boulevard in the Joel Hefley Community Center.
For information on applying for on-post housing, contact the BBC Management Office at 719-579-1606 or online
Central Vehicle Wash Facility (CVWF), located at the south end of the cantonment area off Magrath
Avenue, 719-526-3820 or 719-896-6237. Units are required to use the CVWF to wash vehicles rather than motor
pool wash racks unless the CVWF is not operational or closed. Fort Carson saves an estimated 60 to 70 million
gallons of water a year by the use of the CVWF through the filtration and reuse of water in the system.
Only minor additions of water are needed to make up for evaporation. The use of tactical equipment maintenance
facility wash racks is for maintenance cleaning only and requires hoses with a positive shutoff nozzle. Operating
hours for the CVWF are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year round. Contact the CVWF in order
to set up a time to wash vehicles, by calling 719-526-3820 or 719-896-6237. (Note: If a unit wash rack is leaking,
call in a service order to 719-526-5345 for repair.)
Certificates of Non-availability (CNA)/Exceptions to Policy (ETPs), 719-526-9413. Building 1225, Evans Street. The DPW Housing Services Office (HSO) is responsible for and manages requests for CNAs and ETPs for Fort Carson. Soldiers can contact the HSO to obtain
Cultural Resources Program, 719-526-4484 (Fort Carson) or 719-503-6136 for (Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site), email@example.com.The DPW Environmental
Division Cultural Resources Program ensures compliance with historic preservation laws, mandates and regulations,
while simultaneously facilitating the garrison support missions.
Custodial Services, 526-6670 or (719) 491-8603, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division manages the custodial
services contract. Contact the DPW contracting officer representative at 719-526-6670 for questions about custodial
Dig permits, See Utilities section.
Dumpster Services, 719-491-0218. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division manages the refuse dumpster
services contract. Contact the DPW contracting officer representative at 719-491-0218 for questions about ordering,
size, etc., of dumpsters.
Energy and Water Conservation, 719-526-1739, email@example.com. The DPW Operations and
Maintenance Division manages the energy efficiency and water conservation
programs. Areas of emphasis include building metering and automation,
education and facility courtesy audits.
Environmental Compliance Assessment Team (ECAT), 719-524-3534, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division ECAT mission
is to provide support to units, garrison directorates and tenants as they relate to environmental compliance
and management. The ECAT assesses all assessments of all facilities in concert with unit Environmental Protection
Officers (EPOs) in order to protect the installation from unnecessary fines and environmental violations
by assessing facilities on an annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly basis.
Environmental Protection Officer (EPO) Certification Training, 719-526-8893, email@example.com. The DPW Environmental Division
provides training on environmental awareness to comply with environmental regulations to individuals assigned
to areas where programs are inspected for compliance with environmental standards in accordance with AR 200-1.
Facility Assignments and Transfers, by appointment only, 719-526-1745, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Master Planning Division
has a step-by-step process in place for the assignment of facility space on Fort Carson, in accordance with
Fort Carson Regulation 420-14.
Facility Management Program, 526-4320, email@example.com. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division staff trains Soldiers and civilians on all aspects of facility management. Registration for the DPW Facility Management Class is scheduled through the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security - Individual Military Training (Troop Schools), 526-5436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forestry Program (Urban), 719-526-1667, email@example.com. The installation arborist maintains the urban forest (cantonment
area) and provides information to the DPW operations and maintenance contractor to assist the contractor
in focusing on sustainability concepts of urban forest management for the benefit the Fort Carson Community.
Forestry Program (Down Range), 719-526-1667, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Forestry Program manages to sustain healthy and resilient
forest structures by using natural processes guided by an ecosystem based management approach. The proper
use of natural processes enable a more resilient forest resource to guard against catastrophic wildland fire,
insect and disease issues and to provide quality training lands for our current and future Army missions.
The Forestry Program also provides low-cost firewood to the local community (call for availability).
Grounds Maintenance, 719-526-9271, email@example.com.The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division operations and maintenance contractor manages grounds maintenance efforts. Grounds maintenance operations are based on command guidance and available resources. Any improvements to a unit's or organization’s landscape needs to be accomplished through a Facilities Engineering Work Request, DA Form 4283. (See Work Requests section for details.)
Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, off Butts Road, 719-526-0980, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division manages
a Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, which handles hazardous waste for units and activities on Fort Carson.
Call for an appointment if a large quantity is expected for turn in.
Housing Services Office (HSO), 719-526-2322/2323. Building 1225, Evans Street. The
DPW Housing Division HSO provides Soldiers and Families the following services: one-on-one support in locating
adequate, affordable and available housing; rentals and for sale listings; complaint mediation; and welcome
packets that supply basic information about local communities, local Base Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates,
school information, maps and other housing-related information. More detailed housing information is available at https://www.carson.army.mil/housing.html.
Installation Restoration Program, 719-526-8001, email@example.com. The DPW Environmental Division Installation Restoration
Program has an ongoing commitment to the cleanup and restoration of past and present contaminated sites on
Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Such sites include impacts from formerly leaking underground
storage tanks, various releases of contaminants and non-active landfills that all require remediation. Prior
to conducting any digging activity, submit a dig permit. (See Utilities section)
Invasive Species, (719) 217-4887 or 526-1329, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division is
responsible for an integrated management approach to invasive species
(including noxious weeds) and pest management at Fort Carson and the Piñon
Canyon Maneuver Site. This program provides coordination, education,
mapping, control and monitoring of invasive species. For issues with common
weeds such as dandelions and weeds in the managed turf areas, red rock,
xeriscape ornamental and rights of way areas, see the Weeds section. On the
installation, herbicides can only be applied by DOD registered licensed
applicators or personnel trained through the DPW operations and maintenance
contractor weed supervisor who can be reached at 719-896-6864.
Keys and Locks, 719-526-5345. Building 1225, Evans Street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The DPW
Operations and Maintenance Division oversees the operations and maintenance contract, which handles all requests
for key replacements and issues relating to locks for unit and civilian real property facilities. For information about barracks and unit building key replacements, email email@example.com.
Latrines, Portable, (719) 491-8921 or 524-3100, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW manages the portable latrine contract, which supports military training and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation functions by providing latrines at Fort Carson and down range. This contract does not pertain to Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site areas, grey water removal or hand washing stations. For more information about requesting portable latrines or access to the portable latrine SharePoint site, email the contracting officer representative at email@example.com or call 719-491-8921 or 719-524-3100.
Lost Pets/Stray Animal Control Facility, https://tumbleweedcountrykennels.com/lost/, 719-382-1126. Lost pets recovered on Fort Carson can be retrieved from Tumbleweed Country Kennels, located at 12599 Jordan Road, Fountain, CO 80817. Individuals looking for pets lost on Fort Carson may contact the facility by calling 719-382-1126. The stray animal control facility contracting officer representative is Brian Cross, 719-963-6735, firstname.lastname@example.org. To report feral or stray dogs and cats present on the installation contact the Provost Marshals Office by calling 719-526-2333.
Mapping, Floor Plan Services and GPS, 719-526-9906, 719-524-1085 or 719-526-0641, email@example.com. The DPW Engineering Division
Installation Geospatial Information Systems (IGIS) Office provides installation mapping, utility mapping,
facility floor plans and surveying services. These services include standard or custom Geographic Information
System (GIS) mapping, Computer Aided Design (CAD) support or Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Customers
are asked to allow three business days for the completion of a mapping or floor plan request. For more information,
call 526-9906, 524-1085 or 526-0641, visit building 1219, room 165 or email requests to:
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 719-526-4666, firstname.lastname@example.org. The NEPA requires all federal agencies to assess
environmental impacts of proposed activities. The DPW Environmental Division manages NEPA actions for Fort
Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. To assist with determining documentation requirements and coordination
necessary to go forward with the activity, contact the NEPA Program Manager.
Pest Control, 719-526-5141, sorensen-pest.com. Facility pest control at Fort Carson is performed under contract in barracks, office spaces and motorpools. Occupants may request pest control by calling 719-526-5141 or visiting sorensen-pest.com and providing a detailed message, including contact information. The contractor has five business days to respond. The pest control contracting officer representative is Bill Smith, 719-524-0786, email@example.com.
The DPW operations and maintenance contractor provides a Self-help Wasp Control Program 719- 896-6864. Feral or stray dogs and cats can be directed to the Provost Marshals Office by calling 719-526-2333. If there is an urgent pest issue, call the Installation Pest Management Coordinator at 719- 526-1329 or 719-217-4887. On the installation, pesticides can only be applied by licensed applicators or personnel trained through the Weed Control Self-help Program (see Weeds section).
Pollution Prevention, 719-526-4340, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division Pollution Prevention (P2) Program
can provide assistance with parts washers, P2 project suggestions, environmental training and program assistance.
Propane Services, 719-524-3100, email@example.com. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division manages the propane services
contract. Contact the DPW contracting officer representative at 719-524-3100 for questions about propane requirements
Recycling Program, 719-491-0218. The DPW Operations and Maintenance
Division maintains an active Recycle Program to help with the installation’s
goal to reduce waste.
Fort Carson maintains a full-service recycle drop-off location at the southeast corner of the Exchange on Sheridan Avenue. The Exchange recycle location is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Exchange recycle location is closed holidays and during inclement weather. An attendant is available to provide recycling assistance."
The Exchange site accepts cardboard, mixed paper (white paper, newspaper, magazines, shredded paper, junk mail,
etc.), aluminum, tin, plastic, glass, non-accountable/expendable metals and ink and laser printer cartridges.
Customers can also bring the following nontraditional items for recycling:
Electronics, including computers, cell phones, DVD players, TVs and other devices. There is a limit of one CRT TV
or one flat screen TV accepted per family. (Only personal, non-government, electronics will be accepted.)
Porcelain (remove hardware and rubber gaskets)
Mattresses (not box springs)
There are also two primary recycle collection points for cardboard, mixed paper (white paper, newspaper, magazines,
shredded paper, junk mail, etc.) aluminum, tin and plastic at the following locations:
Wolf Dining Facility parking lot (location also accepts glass)
Specker Avenue and Long Street parking east of the Education Center
Note that these recycle locations cannot be used to dispose of household trash. (The Exchange drop-off location
does accept limited furniture and household hazardous waste.)
The Fort Carson Recycle Program also accepts unit scrap metal and wood products, including pallets, packing and
crating and clean construction lumber. Painted, varnished or treated lumber, rail ties, stumps, tree trimmings
or furniture of any type cannot be recycled; however, units can contact the DPW Recycle and Refuse manager
at (719) 491-0218 for assistance with disposing of these items as trash.
Fort Carson conducts single stream recycling operations to barracks and motorpools to increase recycling user friendliness.
Single stream recycling refers to commingling recyclables in one collection container for separation later.
Once the totes are full, Soldiers empty the contents into large single stream dumpsters positioned outside
of unit barracks and motorpool buildings for ease of collection by the Recycle Program staff. To request
single stream totes or an outside dumpster, call 719-491-0218.
Civilian administrative facilities have source separate recycling in place, which refers to separating recyclable materials
by commodity type, such as plastic, metal, paper, glass and cardboard for collection by the Recycle Program
staff. Collection containers in civilian organizations are serviced by recycle staff on a recurring basis. To request
a recycle station for a building, or for individual office recycle collection bins, call 719-491-0218.
For questions concerning recycling at Fort Carson, call 719-491-0218.
Recycling in Family Housing: On-post housing residents receive 96-gallon, single-stream recycling totes as well
as a waste disposal bin for home use. Residents can
call BBC at (719) 579-1606, ext. 211, for waste disposal assistance.
Refuse Services, (719) 491-0218. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division require every effort to be made to divert recyclable materials from the waste stream. For refuse service or container requests, call (719) 491-0218.
Self-Help Program, 719-526-4320, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division provides training to unit and civilian facility managers. Once trained, facility mangers can conduct minor improvements in their assigned buildings. (See the Facility Management Program section for information about registering for the Facility Management Class.) Housing area residents can contact the Fort Carson Family Homes Self-help Store, 6270 Mekong Street, for housing self-help supplies (http://blog.fortcarsonfamilyhousing.com/resident-resources/support-assistance). For more information, call 719-579-1605.
Self-help Supply Warehouse, 719-526-3987, locating in building 214 off of Wickersham Boulevard.The DPW operations and maintenance contractor maintains a supply warehouse for trained military and civilian facility managers to access materials for self-help repairs and projects. (See Facility Management Program section for training details). The supply warehouse also provides ice melt and snow removal items to facility occupants.
Service Contracts. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division provides a multitude of services by contract,
including custodial services, refuse collection, portable latrines, etc. The points of contact for Fort Carson
and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site are listed below.
Portable latrines: 719-524-0786
Pest management: 719-526-5141
Elevator repairs: 719-526-5345
PCMS propane: 719-524-3100
PCMS refuse: 719-491-0218
The DPW operations and maintenance contract, contracting officer representative can be reached by calling, 719-524-0191.
Service Orders, 719-526-5345. Building 1225, Evans Street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The DPW
Operations and Maintenance Division’s primary responsibility is the maintenance and repair of permanent,
fixed structures, called real property, such as buildings, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, grounding points
and utility distribution systems. Service orders are processed for the routine maintenance or repair of real
property through the DPW operations and maintenance contractor.
Signs, 719-526-5345. Building 1225, Evans Street. The DPW Operations and Maintenance
Division operations and maintenance contractor handles all installation facility signage requests (for example,
building identification and building numbers), including parking signs and regulatory traffic signs. All
signs not provided by DPW are the responsibility of the customer. For more information, or to request a sign,
Single Soldier Housing Office, 719-526-9709 or 719-526-2643. Building 1225 Evans Street, Room 161. The DPW Housing Division oversees 9,023 permanent party barracks spaces in 63 barracks buildings. The Single Soldier Housing Office manages the Army Barracks Management Program, which has three basic principles:
Provide commanders effective oversight, training, assistance and support to ensure Soldiers are afforded world-class living arrangements.
Ensure Soldiers receive the Army’s standard for quality accommodations and furnishings while enabling good order and discipline as well as unit readiness.
Ensure effective, efficient and equitable use of unaccompanied housing.
Spill Control, 526-0973. The DPW Environmental Division Spill Coordinator is responsible for coordinating
management of all spills that occur on post to ensure environmental compliance. As the first spill responder,
the Fort Carson Fire Department relies on the expertise of the Environmental Division compliance team. The
Environmental Division augments the Fort Carson Fire Department efforts. The team helps in mitigation and
advising units and activities on cleanup procedures and reporting requirements for spills.
Snow Removal, 526-6670, email@example.com. The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division, operations and maintenance contractor
manages snow removal efforts. Snow removal and deicing operations are based on command guidance and available
Stormwater Management Program, 526-1697. The DPW Environmental Division is responsible for ensuring
compliance with stormwater permit requirements. Analysis conducted by the program also assists in determining
flood hazards to personnel and buildings on Fort Carson, and is a quantitative reference for required permitting
and regulation compliance in the management of Fort Carson’s surface water resources.
Traffic Engineering, 526-9267 or (719) 499-9931, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Engineering Division manages on-post traffic project planning,
traffic signal operations and traffic sign management. Traffic Engineering also serves as a liaison between Fort Carson and
various civilian transportation agencies for off-post traffic projects and issues affecting the installation.
Trash - See Refuse Services section.
Underground Storage Tanks (UST), 719-526-9411, email@example.com. The DPW Environmental Division UST Program manages all
underground storage tanks, which supply Fort Carson with fuel from the AAFES service stations on post. This
process includes, but is not limited to, the paying of fees, compliance management, inspection and training
on all aspects of UST management.
Unit Sponsorship Program, building 1225 off Evans Street, 719-526-4388 (POC Housing Division NCOIC).
The DPW Housing Division manages the Garrison Commander's Unit Sponsorship Program. Under the program, various
installation units -- battalions and brigades -- sponsor a particular on-post housing village and partner with
the village mayor and a Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) LLC leasing agent.
Utilities (utility locates, dig permits, electric, power outages,
sewer-related issues, gas and water use/hydrants), 719-526-9243, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DPW Operations and Maintenance Division’s operations
and maintenance contractor
provides permits supporting all utility outages, utility locates and traffic
diversions. The dig permit office is located in building 8010 and can be
reached by calling 719-302-0157. The dig permit office is “one stop
shopping” for obtaining dig permits and can assist with utility outage
requests. Prior to submitting a dig permit, a Work Request (DA Form 4283)
must be completed and approved through the DPW Business Operations and
Integration Division Work Management Branch. (See Work Request Section.)
Permits for construction water and fire hydrant use can be obtained in
building 1219, room 127.
Water Quality Program, 719-526-1730, email@example.com.
The DPW Environmental Division manages the Water Quality Program for the
installation. Fort Carson receives its drinking water from Colorado Springs
Utilities. Colorado Springs Utilities maintains an extensive testing program
that assures full compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking
Water Act. In addition, the DPW operations and maintenance contractor
performs routine supplementary testing for chlorine levels, coliform
contamination and chlorination byproducts on the drinking water distribution
system with the goal of providing water that is safe to drink for all Fort
Carson consumers. Lead and copper testing is conducted on water samples collected from family
housing and facilities throughout the installation on an annual basis.
Schools and child development centers are tested for lead on a five-year
Weeds, 719-526-5345. Weed control at Fort Carson is performed under contract
by the DPW operations and maintenance contractor or through the Weed Control
Self-help Program 719-896-6864. Contracted weed control is generally limited
to the managed turf areas, red rock, xeriscape, ornamental and rights of way
areas. Occupants may request weed control service by placing a call to
719-526-5345. Most other areas are not covered are controlled through use of
the Weed Control Self-help Program or DPW Environmental Division. On the
installation, herbicides can only be applied by DoD registered licensed
applicators or personnel trained through the Self-Help Program. For
information on this program, call the Installation Pest Management
Coordinator at 719-526-1692.
Wetlands Program, 719-526-1685, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DPW Environmental Division manages both jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional
wetlands at Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. Wetlands management protects wetland values in accordance
with numerous federal regulations. Wetlands are directly associated with "Waters of the United States" jurisdictions
and may require permits to conduct activities in these areas.
Wildland Fire Program, 719-526-1696, email@example.com. The DPW Environmental Division promotes a healthy forest community
through an integrated management approach to wildfire suppression and prescribed fire on Fort Carson and
Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. The program focuses on protecting and improving training lands, by using a natural
fire regime. The Wildland Fire Program also provides education and outreach to adjoining communities and
Wildlife Program, 719-526-8006 or 719-526-3975 for Fort Carson and
719-503-6529 or 719-503-6538 for Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Division Wildlife Program at Fort Carson and PCMS works to
maximize access to Army land, air and water resources for military training
while ensuring that the biological diversity of natural resources entrusted
to the Army is sustained for training, education, recreation and other
compatible uses. This sustainability is achieved by way of inventory and
monitoring, scientific research and adaptive management. The Wildlife
Program also manages and seeks to improve wildlife recreational
opportunities, including hunting and fishing, for Soldiers, their families
and the public.
Work Requests (Facilities Engineering Work Requests, DA Form 4283), 719-526-2900, email@example.com. Work Requests are
processed through the DPW Business Operations and Integration Division Work Management Branch. Work Orders
are typically for maintenance and repair projects over the limits of a service order or for any new construction
The Fort Carson Stormwater Program is in place to help protect our surface waters from the pollution
in stormwater runoff (rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground). Stormwater runoff can pick up feces,
debris, sediment and chemical pollutants. This runoff flows into Fort Carson’s storm sewer system or directly
to a pond, creek, river or wetland. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into
the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water to people that live downstream.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued Fort Carson three permits (described below) under the
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) to protect stormwater runoff quality. These permits
are managed by the Stormwater Program.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4) - EPA Region 8 has regulatory authority over
stormwater management and permits at Fort Carson. Fort Carson's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
permit numbered COR042001 went into effect April 30, 2009. It was re-issued on January 1, 2016 and will expire
on December 31, 2020. The permit applies to only the cantonment area and downrange, and not Pinon Cañyon
Maneuver Site (PCMS). This permit addresses municipal discharges only. The MS4 permit requires Fort Carson
to develop a comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). The purpose of the SWMP is to outline measures
to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, and to protect water quality. The
SWMP outlines the best management practices (BMPs), measureable goals and requirements Fort Carson will use
to implement the six minimum control measures (MCMs). As required by the permit, Fort Carson submits an annual
report to EPA Region 8. The annual report provides the EPA the status of Fort Carson’s implementation of
the SWMP. In the past, Fort Carson’s MS4 permit required water quality sampling where major water ways entered
and exited the installation. Although no longer required, historical results are available upon request.
Links to the permit, the SWMP, and annual reports are provided below.
Construction General Permit (CGP) - This permit addresses construction site runoff. Any construction
activity that will execute ground disturbing activity is required to comply with this permit. Sites that
disturb one or more acres of land are required to obtain coverage under the NPDES General Permit for Stormwater
Discharges from Construction Activities (also known as the CGP). The current permit can be found at the "Construction
General Permit" link below. All construction projects seeking coverage under the CGP need to file for a Notice
of Intent (NOI). See the link "How to file an NOI" for directions from the EPA website. Prior to filing for
a NOI, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be submitted to the Stormwater Program and approved.
Please see the "Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Template" link below. In addition to the permittee's
regular stormwater inspections, which will be outlined in the SWPPP, a member of the Stormwater Program will
perform quarterly inspections of the site. When the project is complete and the site has at least 70 percent
growth in re-seeded and vegetated areas, a Notice of Termination (NOT) must be filed with the EPA to release
the permittee from coverage under their NOI. A member of the Stormwater Program must approve the site before
an NOT is filed. Links to helpful documents can be found below.
Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) - This permit addresses stormwater runoff from industrial sites,
such as motorpools, recycling facilities, airfields, etc. The MSGP for both Fort Carson (COR05F003) and PCMS
(COR05F002) went in to effect on October 2, 2015, and expire on June 4, 2020. The MSGP requires Fort Carson
and PCMS to develop a SWPPP for all facilities that fall under the scope of this permit. Facilities covered
under the permit are required to have a copy of their SWPPP map, know how to obtain the full SWPPP (from
this website) and post additional information about the MSGP at their individual site. The consolidated SWPPP
is available below. Certain information has been redacted and can be provided upon request through the Stormwater
Program Manager. This permit requires multiple inspections throughout the year at the 80+ sites on Fort Carson
that fit the definition of a sector-related industrial activity. Analytical and visual water quality samples
of runoff are also taken at these sites periodically through the year. All information is summarized in an
annual report to the EPA.
Illicit Discharges are defined as any discharge of water to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
(MS4) that is not entirely composed of stormwater. This includes drainage, release or disposal of pollutants
in stormwater from industrial activity and construction sites. Please report Illicit Discharges or non-compliance
from construction sites to the Fort Carson Stormwater Manager at (719) 526-1697 or via email at USARMY.CARSON.IMCOM-CENTRAL.LIST.DPW-ED-STORM-WATER@MAIL.MIL