Natural Resources District Board approves Storm Water Work Plan
Lincoln, Neb. (April 20, 2023)– The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD) board of directors approved an annual workplan as part of the Stormwater Interlocal Agreement with the City of Lincoln at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.
The agreement outlines projects which the LPSNRD and City will be working on together, designating project leads, and estimating costs. Over $10 million of stormwater projects are included in the workplan to address flooding, stream stability and water quality concerns. New and revised activities that were denoted in this approved plan include:
- Construction of South Salt Creek Stream Stability Project SSC#6 in Wilderness Park.
- Lynn Creek Stream Stability Project Master Plan #9 Project, located near N. 9th Street.
- Costs for Dead Man’s Run Section 205 Flood Reduction Project were recently updated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
- The Upper Salt Creek study was added.
- A workplan for guidance on future measures for flood mitigation was added under “Salt Creek Floodplain Resiliency” has been added.
- The annual maintenance for the City of Lincoln Wetland Bank has been updated to include additional responsibilities for maintenance and operation of the wetland and improvements to the outlet structure.
The LPSNRD board of directors also approved a pair of motions regarding the Oak Creek drainage structures at the new Lincoln Youth Complex (LYC), north of Oak Lake. The LPSNRD will be entering into a professional services agreement for the design, permitting, and plan preparation of the drainage structures not to exceed $38,879. The LPSNRD will then be reimbursing LYC for the construction associated with the portion of pipes nearest the channel outlet.
In other business the board:
- Extend an interlocal cooperation agreement with the City of Lincoln on the Salt Creek Levee Trail. This included the LPSNRD transferring all portions of the trail to the City in the next year.
- Approved a Community Forestry Program application from Stone Ridge Estates Homeowners Association, located in south Lincoln. ($4,500)
- Approved the annual operating agreement with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
- Approved a contract with the Lincoln Journal Star for printing and distribution of three editions of the LPSNRD newsletter to all households in the district. ($88,194)
- Approved 12 Summer Cost-Share Assistance Applications for surface water quality best management practices. ($207,513)
- Approved a drainage pipe replacement project on Deadmans Run near Cotner and Vine Street. ($17,050)
- Approved a cost-of-living adjustment of 4.9% for all staff salaries.
As a reminder, the Board is also seeking public input in the budget process and it includes several opportunities for public input. Comments and input can be provided through our online form (www.lpsnrd.org/budgetinput), by email ([email protected]), or at in-person meetings:
- Wednesday, May 17th, 7:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting
- Wednesday, June 21st, 6:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting and Public Input Session
- Wednesday, July 19th, 7:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting & Tentative Budget Approval
- Wednesday, August 9th, 5:30 PM – Public Hearing on Budget
- Wednesday, August 16th, 7:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting and Budget Approval
- Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting, Approval of LRIP, and Tax Levy Rate Resolution
The meeting, input sessions, and hearings will be held at the LPSNRD office at 3125 Portia Street in Lincoln.