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New plan targets popular graffiti spot in Manitou Springs

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An area of Manitou Springs long known for graffiti is at the center of a team effort by the City of Manitou Springs and El Paso County to clean up and end the painting.  It is happening along Serpentine Road on the very west side of Manitou.

"[It’s] what we're calling an environmental restoration project,” said Manitou Springs Mayor, Ken Jaray. Rather than engaging in a debate over whether graffiti  can be considered a form of art, this initiative focuses on the potential environmental risk from painting in this area. "We have a system of caves right below here that recharge our natural mineral springs and if we have paint leaching into that aquifer system it's going to ruin the mineral springs and our water system."

Education and enforcement are the core elements of the plan. Signage and social media will spread the message that this is an environmentally sensitive area that needs to be protected. New cameras have gone in to the monitor the area and there will be more patrols. Anyone caught tagging in the area will likely be back in the area helping with the clean-up.

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