JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force signed agreements with Fountain, Security and Widefield, Colorado, last month outlining cooperative efforts for ensuring safe drinking water for the communities.
“As a long-time member of the Front Range, we place an extremely high value on all of our community partnerships, and are pleased we can move forward with these support agreements,” said Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st Space Wing and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, vice commander.
"We will continue to work closely with the leadership of our local communities and ensure Peterson is doing what we can for those in the affected area,” said Dorminey, “working with the Fountain mayor, the city council, and leadership of El Paso County remains a top priority for us."
“The City of Fountain appreciates the partnership and cooperation we have shared with the Air Force on this important matter to our community. Both myself and the Fountain City Council remain committed to working closely with the Air Force to ensure any citizens affected by water contamination due to (Air Force use of) PFOS/PFOA will continue to have access to clean, safe drinking water,” added Mayor Gabriel Ortega, the Mayor of Fountain, Colorado.
Outlined in two Environmental Service Agreements and two memorandums of understanding, the Air Force explains how it will work with the communities in response to drinking water contamination stemming from military activities on Peterson AFB:
Additionally, the Air Force is finalizing an ESA with Security for the purchase of alternate water.
“We are dedicated to resolving mission impacts to drinking water supplies and safeguarding the health of our community partners in Colorado and around the country. Thanks to our strong partnership with Fountain, Security and Widefield, these agreements will help us protect those communities as we move forward with our investigation in and around Peterson,” said Cornell Long, team lead for AFCEC’s PFOS and PFOA response team.
In 2016, Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory were detected in wells belonging to the three communities. Fountain and Security stopped using the wells and began relying on alternate water sources for the community. Widefield purchased and installed two ion exchange systems to filter out the contamination.
PFOS and PFOA are two compounds found in a firefighting agent formerly used by Air Force emergency fire response teams to combat petroleum-based fires. An investigation, led by AFCEC, into the past firefighting activities on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, found that those activities may have contributed to the contamination.
Colorado Springs, CO – April 18, 2018 – On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU®), will give away $7,500 during its second Payback Piggy event. AAFCU will ‘hide’ 300 small plastic AAFCU piggy banks, each containing $25 cash, in Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock, Parker, and Highlands Ranch, in early celebration of Pay It Forward Day.
Piggy banks will be placed at various locations throughout the community, along with instructions for those who find the piggy bank to use the funds to “brighten their day or the day of someone else with the cash inside.” Instructions also include a request for finders to share their Payback Piggy stories with AAFCU on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Community members should be on the lookout for the piggy banks at local businesses, parks, or other public locations.
“Community is one of our organization’s core values,” said Glenn Strebe, President/CEO of Air Academy Federal Credit Union. “We strive to be engaged and involved in the communities where we live and work. Payback Piggy is a rewarding way for our employees to give back to their community, while celebrating the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People’ and Pay It Forward Day.”
Air Academy Federal Credit Union is a $565 million credit union serving over 49,000 members worldwide, with eight branch locations in Colorado and online. The credit union serves all active and retired military, 10 school districts from Colorado Springs to Denver, and over 250 select employee groups. AAFCU was chartered in 1955.
The media is invited to attend the Multicultural Celebration at Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, on Thursday, April 19, with an informal show 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring free samples of foods from over 20 countries, and the formal show 2:10-3 p.m. There will be demonstrations, costumes, singing, and dancing, to include student Mariachis and Mexican Ballet Folklorico Dancers. For more information, please contact Dolores Flores-Borrero, 328-6600.
On Thursday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 100 student representatives from Colorado Springs School District 11’s International Baccalaureate World Schools will work to improve facilities and restore natural habitat near the historic Chadbourn Spanish Gospel Mission, 402 S. Conejos Street, in the old Conejos District, just south of America the Beautiful Park. We invite media personnel to attend this event.
City leaders from Colorado Springs Utilities, Water Resources Engineering, and Bike Colorado Springs will all participate in this event. IB Diploma and Middle Years students from Palmer High School will work to mentor younger IB students from North Middle and Midland International Elementary to promote service learning and invest in positive change within local communities. City officials will work by their side to educate, guide, and encourage student efforts in facilities improvement, invasive and overgrown vegetation removal, and debris removal. This second annual collaboration of City staff and IB students helps to make positive, lasting, on-the-ground change and impart on participants the value of protecting our waterways for multiple benefits. Approximately 80 students from Palmer High and North Middle School will travel to and from America the Beautiful Park by bike, signifying their support of continued progress towards the completion of the Legacy Loop.