The Papio-Missouri River NRD recently awarded a $14.5 million contract to Hawkins Construction Company to build the WP-5 (West Branch Papio Creek site 5) Flood Control Reservoir and related outdoor recreational features. The new 135 acre reservoir, surrounded by an additional 335 acres of public parkland, will be near 132nd St and Cornhusker Rd in Sarpy County, just northwest of the Werner Park Stadium.
The reservoir project will help protect lives and property downstream along the West Branch Papillion Creek, including the cities of Papillion and Bellevue. Studies have shown that this area of Sarpy County is in dire need of additional flood protection. In addition to the construction of the flood control reservoir, the project also calls for the construction of a hiking/biking trail, boat ramp, picnic shelters, upstream water quality structures and a Lincoln Rd. extension and bridge.
This multi-purpose flood control and outdoor recreation project is the first to be implemented under the Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership’s watershed management plan. The partnership, established in 2001, includes representatives from Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Gretna, Boys Town, Ralston, LaVista, Sarpy County and the Natural Resources District. The organization has a mission to address issues related to flooding and water quality in the Papillion Creek watershed in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Opening of the recreation area is planned for 2015.
Papio-Missouri River NRD
City of Papillion
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
NRD General Manager John Winkler joins NRD Board members Gus Erickson, David Klug, Fred Conley, Larry Bradley and Jim Thompson
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For more Information on the WP-5 project contact:
Amanda Grint, Water Resources Engineer 402-444-6222 firstname.lastname@example.org
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