Free Seedlings For Public in Celebration of Arbor Day

 

The Papio NRD is giving away FREE seedlings in celebration of Arbor Day 2020!

Now is the perfect time to plant a tree, get your hands dirty, and take part in this year’s state-wide Tree-A-Thon. The goal? Bring the community together to appreciate and positively contribute to nature by planting more than 3,200 trees. 

Here’s all you have to do: PICK UP. PLANT. POSE.

I. PICK UP your bur oak seedlings at the following locations any day of the week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (while supplies last):

  • Papio NRD – 8901 S. 154th St., Omaha (box below flagpole outside Visitor’s Center)
  • Heron Haven – 11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha (under informational kiosk behind Nature Center)
  • Papio NRD Blair Field Office – 1060 Wilbur St, Blair (outside main office doors)

II. PLANT your seedling in a yard, field, or even in a pot or bucket.

III. POSE: Take a photo while planting your tree and post it on our Facebook page with the hashtag #treeselfie for a chance to win free prizes.

Help us celebrate trees!

The Papio NRD is proud to join Beyond School Bells and other dedicated partners in this project: Arbor Day Foundation, Audubon Nebraska, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Forest Service and University of Nebraska.

 

Douglas/Sarpy County Recreation Areas: What’s Open? What’s Not?

 

 

Updated May, 28, 2020

In consultation with the City of Omaha and other partner agencies, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District will open playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms at Papio NRD operated and maintained recreation areas on June 1st. The Douglas and Sarpy county parks include Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Prairie View Recreation Area, and river access sites.

Campsites at Elkhorn Crossing river access site remain closed until further notice. All social distancing and Directed Health Measures must be adhered to by all park users. If an inordinate amount of violations occur, the Papio NRD will reevaluate the situation and reimpose restrictions as necessary.   

The status of Papio NRD recreation areas are as follows:

Douglas County

All River Access Sites along the Elkhorn & Platte Rivers 

Hours – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

OPEN:

  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Parking lots

CLOSED:

  • Campsites at Elkhorn Crossing (No tent or RV camping)

The recommended social distancing of six feet is still required between park users.  

 

Prairie View Recreation Area

Hours – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

OPEN:

  • Trails
  • Prairie View Lake
  • Boat ramps
  • Parking lots
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms

The recommended social distancing of six feet is still required between park users.  


Sarpy County

Since Chalco Hills Recreation Area is located in Sarpy County, the Papio NRD coordinates with all of its partners in Sarpy County to ensure it is following the same guidelines in order to protect public health while simultaneously providing its constituents a safe recreational outlet.

Chalco Hills Recreation Area

Hours – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

OPEN:

  • Trails
  • Wehrspann Lake
  • Boat ramps
  • Parking lots
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms

The recommended social distancing of six feet is still required between park users.  

The Papio NRD will update any changes to the status of these recreation areas here on its website.

 

 

How to Attend Papio NRD Virtual Board Meetings

The Papio NRD Subcommittee and Board of Directors meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. To join the meetings, simply click the links below.

Subcommittee meeting – Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m.

  • To virtually attend the Subcommittee meeting,  please click here.

Board of Directors meeting – Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.

  • To virtually attend the Board of Directors meeting, please click here.  We hope to see you there!

Papio NRD Closed to General Public

In order to further limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and welfare of our employees the Papio NRD offices are closed to the general public. Only visitors that have an appointment and those involved in the normal operation of the office, such as the postal service, UPS, Fed Ex, and other deliveries, will be allowed to enter the building until further notice.

If you would like to make an appointment with a Papio NRD staff member or need more information, please call 402-444-6222 Ext. 0.

 

 

 

CANCELED: Open House – Papillion Creek Watershed Supplemental Plan – EA

PUBLIC INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE  – CANCELED

Papillion Creek Watershed Supplemental Plan – Environmental Assessment

Due to the uncertainty involved with the COVID-19 virus and public health developments, the Papio NRD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are going to cancel the scheduled open house. However, your feedback is important to us.

Beginning on March 23, the planned presentation will be available on our project website: https://trello.com/b/I2bEEIiB/papillion-creek-watershed-supplemental-plan-ea 

Site locations and preliminary designs have been developed for the seven sites proposed in Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties and information on each site will be detailed in the presentation.  The projects are intended to develop solutions for watershed issues such as erosion, floodwater and sediment damage, water quality and habitat improvements, and others.

The project team including the P-MRNRD, NRCS, FYRA Engineering, and Olsson Associates will do our best to accommodate requests for information and are willing to send information by mail, email, etc.  Please reach out with any comments or questions to Amanda Grint, Project Manager.  You may reach me by email at agrint@papionrd.org or phone at 402-315-1722.  You may also send comments to my attention at Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, 8901 South 154th Street, Omaha, NE 68138.  Please provide comments by April 6th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast: How the 2019 Flood Unfolded in the Papio NRD

A year has passed since the historic flood of March 2019. The Papio NRD along with the Lower Platte North, Lower Elkhorn, and Central Platte NRDs are in an agreement to monitor river conditions along the Lower Platte River. We are boots on the ground. Today we share with you a podcast that tells how events unfolded here in our District and partner Districts.

You can listen to the podcast here.

 

 

Union Dike Flood Rehabilitation Timeline

To help keep residents who live near Union Dike informed of the status of the levee’s rehabilitation, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District is providing a project timeline.

Union Dike is located on the east bank of the Platte River between Valley and Fremont, Nebraska. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Papio NRD are working together to repair 2019 flood-damaged areas caused by overtopping of the dike and high water along both sides of the dike.

The USACE is handling the following tasks:

  • Prepare project repair plans
  • Hire a contractor to complete the dike repairs
  • Administer/inspect the repair work

The Papio NRD will provide soil for the repairs and reimburse the USACE 20% of the construction costs.

The tentative Union Dike project timeline is as follows:

  1. USACE advertise project for bids – March 12, 2020
  2. USACE open bids – March 26, 2020
  3. USACE give contractor Notice to Proceed – April 30, 2020
  4. Completion Date (120 days from Notice to Proceed) – August 28, 2020

It should be noted, the project schedule is contingent on receiving acceptable bids and suitable construction weather.

 

 

 

Current Flooding Normal for This Time of Year

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District wants to reassure the public that minor, lowland flooding that is currently occurring along the Platte River is normal for this time of year. The majority of area rivers are open and free of ice. The current ice jams are also normal and do not, at this point in time, indicate any serious threat like last year.

Of course, the Papio NRD is constantly monitoring river conditions and in continual communication with partners such as the National Weather Service and local emergency managers for any significant changes. We completely understand the public’s concern when it comes to flooding of any amount and want to put current conditions into perspective.

 

 

Public Meeting: Papillion Creek Basin Draft Feasibility Report

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the University of Nebraska-Omaha to gather input on the draft feasibility report for the Papillion Creek General Re-evaluation study. The purpose of the study is to develop alternatives to reduce flood risks and improve public safety within the Papillion Creek Basin in Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties.

The public meeting will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a brief opening presentation beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by an open house. The open house and presentation will be held in Room 113 in Mammel Hall on the UNO Campus, 6708 Pine Street. Lot 5 will have open parking during the meeting time.

The draft feasibility report provides information on the need for the project, current conditions of the project area, identification of opportunities to reduce flood risk, development of various alternatives to reduce flood impacts to life safety and property within the Papillion Creek Basin, and selection of the proposed plan.

The draft feasibility report, along with study updates, may be downloaded at https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Planning-Projects/Papillion-GRR/. Comments on the report can be sent via email to cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil or mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, CENWO-PMA-C, ATTN: Tiffany Vanosdall, 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments must be received on or before January 3, 2020.

 

 

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