The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has launched a reevaluation study of the Papillion Creek and Tributaries Lakes, Nebraska Report, a comprehensive plan to reduce flood risks for the Papillion Creek Basin. The plan was authorized in the Flood Control Act of 1968 with USACE proposing 21 dams for flood control, recreation, and water quality.  Nine of the 21 dams were constructed either by the corp or the Papio NRD. The Papio NRD is collaborating with USACE on the reevaluation study.

Purpose and Need

The purpose of the reevaluation study is to address the flood risk issues in order to reduce flood and life safety risks in the Papillion Creek Basin that have increased due to rapid land development.

Urban development within the floodplain has resulted in approximately 4,700 structures within the 500-year floodplain with an approximate structure value of $1.9B. The population at risk is approximately 6,000 people.

Study Timeline

The three-year study provides local and federal officials the opportunity to provide a comprehensive re-examination of all potential solutions to flood risk in the greater Omaha area. The corp anticipates a draft study to be complete this fall, with approval of the final recommended plan slated for April 2021.

 Public Meetings and Input

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, will be hosting a public open house to share information about the Papillion Creek Basin flood risk management study. The study is working to develop alternatives to reduce flood risks and improve public safety within the Papillion Creek Basin in Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. The purpose of the open house is to discuss alternatives under consideration in the study. Alternatives include: 1) reservoir construction at dam site 10 on Thomas Creek, 2) reservoir construction at dam site 19 on South Papillion Creek, 3) levee modifications on the Big Papillion Creek, Little Papillion Creek, and West Papillion Creek, 4) channel modifications on the Big Papillion Creek, Little Papillion Creek, West Papillion Creek, and South Papillion Creek, and 5) nonstructural solutions throughout the study area.

The open house will be held on Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30-7:30pm at Mammel Hall at the University of Nebraska Omaha, 6708 Pine Street, Omaha, NE. At the meeting, a formal presentation will begin at 6pm followed by an open house where the public, media and other interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the alternatives under consideration.

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