Connecting Communities

Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > Colorado

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

  • Each red dot represents a site contaminated with PFAS.
  • Click on a dot to learn more about the site.
  • Click on a state to get information about all sites as well as community groups, health studies, and resources available in that state.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

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PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Colorado Contamination Areas

  1. Peterson AFB / Colorado Springs Municipal Airport
    Firefighting foam used at Peterson Air Force Base and Colorado Springs Airport
    Location  (Widefield, Security, Fountain) El Paso County, Colorado
    Date  2015
    Community response  Environmental Science students at Colorado College have created a new website, called Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition, consolidating all of the research and resources homeowners might need in the aftermath of this water contamination. They’ve held a series of public meetings this week to get the word out.
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force Base; Civilian Airport

  2. South Adams County Water and Sanitation District
    Location  Denver, Colorado
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Unknown

  3. Sugarloaf Fire Department
    Firefighting foam used at Sugarloaf Fire Department
    Location  Sugarloaf, Colorado
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Local Fire Department

If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Colorado Community Groups

  1. Colorado Sierra Club
    The Colorado Sierra Club engages our 100,000 members and supporters across the state of Colorado to explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
    Location  Four water districts and four communities in southern Colorado that are contaminated by Peterson Air Force Base; Fountain, Security, Widefield, and Stratmoor Valley.
    Contact Name  Emily Gedeon
    Contact Phone  720-308-6055

  2. Fountain Creek Water Sentinels
    To protect, improve, and restore the Fountain Creek Watershed by promoting water quality monitoring, public education and citizen action for clean water.
    Location  Fountain Creek Watershed
    Contact Email

  3. Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition
    FVCWC's mission is to educate and advocate for clean water in the Fountain Valley community and beyond. Our goal is to ensure all members of our community have equal access to clean drinking water.
    Location  Colorado Springs

​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Colorado PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. ATSDR Multi-Site Health Study in El Paso County, CO
    Location  El Paso County
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  Beginning Fall 2019
    Type of study  Health study to look at human health effects of PFAS exposure through drinking water
    Study conducted by  Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  2. ATSDR PFAS Exposure Assessment in El Paso County, CO
    Location  El Paso County
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  2019
    Type of study  Exposure assessment
    Study conducted by  Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    PFAS contamination source  Peterson Air Force Base

    Location  El Paso County
    Status  Complete
    Date  2018
    Type of study  Biomonitoring study for people exposed to PFAS through drinking water in El Paso County, CO
    Study conducted by  Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado School of Mines
    PFAS contamination source  Peterson Air Force Base

  4. PFAS U.S. National Investigation of Transport and Exposure from Drinking Water and Diet (PFAS UNITEDD)
    Location  Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina
    Date  Ongoing
    Type of study  Project that will study the impact of PFAS in communities in three states and will develop possible means for PFAS remediation.
    Study conducted by  Colorado School of Mines, North Carolina State University, Duke University, Michigan State University, Colorado School of Public Health

Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

Colorado Agency Websites

  1. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.