Pigeon/Jones Site 15
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Pigeon / Jones Site15 Reservoir now Kramper Lake.
Surrounding Park to be Danish Alps Recreation Area
Vince Kramper and Dorothy Kramper at Groundbreaking
The NRD Board of Directors has named the Pigeon/Jones Creek Watershed flood control reservoir under construction near Hubbard NE after Dakota County resident Vince Kramper. Kramper is a member of the NE Environmental Trust Board and former member of the NE Natural Resources Commission and the Papio-Missouri River NRD Board. When completed, Kramper Lake will be 226 acres surrounded by over 500 acres of park land. The Board also voted to name the park Danish Alps Recreation Area, recognizing that the surrounding hilly terrain is reminiscent of the Danish homeland and the immigrants who settled in this area..
“Vince Kramper was very instrumental in helping the NRD secure needed funding and led the effort to inform local residents of the project’s multiple benefits and to enlist their support,” said NRD Manager, John Winkler. “We greatly appreciate his effort on this and many NRD conservation projects over the years,” he said.
Ground was broken June 7, 2012 for the Pigeon/Jones Creek Watershed Site 15 near Hubbard, NE in Dakota County. Now Kramper Lake at Danish Alps Recreation Area, the park is scheduled for opening in Fall, 2105.
Construction of the reservoir and downstream levee work is part of a comprehensive watershed plan that will provide flood control, recreation, erosion control, sediment control and grade stabilization benefits in the 20,316 acre Pigeon/Jones Creek Watershed in Dakota County. Future recreational opportunities at this 750 acre park with a 226 acre lake will include “no wake” boating, fishing, hiking and biking trails, equestrian trails, mountain biking trails, and campgrounds.
At the groundbreaking, General Manager, John Winkler told attendees “This will be one of the finest facilities in Nebraska and not only will protect life and property from flooding, but will greatly enhance the quality of life for area residents for generations to come”
The NE Environmental Trust joined with the NRD, NE Natural Resources Commission, NE Game and Parks Commission, NE Dept. of Environmental Quality and Dakota County to help fund this project. (L to R) NRD General Manager, John Winkler; NRD Board Chair, Rick Kolowski; NE Environmental Trust Executive Director, Mark Brohman; and Vince Kramper, Dakota County resident, NE Environmental Trust Board Member and former long-time member of the NRD Board.
Flood Control comes first
Flood and soil sediment control benefits will be realized by next summer on thousands of acres of irrigated cropland in the Missouri River bottomlands, where the combined Pigeon and Jones Creeks empty into the Pigeon Creek Levee System. Located entirely in Dakota County, the Pigeon/Jones Creek flows out of the bluffs near Hubbard and then across the floodplain into the Missouri River. Controlling floodwaters and sedimentation will protect lives and farm ground from the watersheds steep and erosive bluffs.
Next comes Recreation
The construction of the recreation facilities are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014. Opening of the recreation area for public use is currently anticipated for the fall of 2015.
CLICK HERE to view a Pigeon Jones Site 15 Fact Sheet/Site Map.
Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District
U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service
Nebraska Natural Resources Commission
Nebraska Environmental Trust
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
For More Information Contact:
Land & Water Programs Coordinator
Pigeon/Jones Watershed Coordinator
Dakota County Field Office Program Assistant