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, in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, held a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. You may download the meeting presentation HERE.

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 HERE. Comments on the report can be sent via Email 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.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, hosted a public open house on Tuesday, July 23 to share information about the Papillion Creek Basin flood risk management study. The presentation is available here.

If you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Simply click to send an email!