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Apr 26, 2010 10:47 AM by Associated Press

El Paso County buys waterfall near Manitou Springs

El Paso County has purchased a waterfall outside Manitou Springs, and a cleanup campaign is planned.

The county acquired Rainbow Falls last week for $10 from Mansfield Development Corp., which owns nearby land.

The waterfall was once a tourist draw, but officials say it's now frequented by drug users and plagued by vandals, and highway construction work dumped silt into the stream.

L'Aura Montgomery, who led a citizens campaign to make the falls public property, says it will take time and money to restore the area.

A volunteer cleanup day is scheduled for June 5.

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