Design work has begun on two new reservoirs in the flood-prone Papillion Creek Watershed. West Papio Site 6 (WP-6) and West Papio Site 7 (WP-7) will enhance flood protection for property and public infrastructure downstream along the West Papio Creek. When completed, the two new reservoirs will add flood protection to residents of the Cities of Papillion and Bellevue in Sarpy County.  The lakes will also offer water-based recreation. WP-6 and WP-7 will be constructed by the NRD in cooperation with the Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership.

West Papio Site 6

West Papio 6 preliminary map
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Now known only as site WP-6, the dam will be built on the west side of 114th Street north of Cornhusker Road. The project is smaller than the reservoir recently constructed by the NRD, Prairie Queen Recreation Area, now maintained by the City of Papillion. Once completed, WP-6 will also be managed for recreation by the City of Papillion. The lake created by WP-6 will be approximately 34 acres of water surrounded by an additional 69 acres of public parkland.

Site WP-6 is estimated to cost a total of $8 million; which includes land rights, and construction. Recreation features will include picnicking, a hiking/ biking trail, no-wake boating and access points for fishing. The lake is planned for stocking by the NE Game and Parks Commission.

West Papio Site 7

West Papio 7 preliminary site map
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Now known only as site WP-7, the dam will be built on the east side of 108th Street south of Cornhusker Road. The project is smaller than the reservoir recently constructed by the NRD, Prairie Queen Recreation Area, now maintained by the City of Papillion. Once completed, WP-7 will also be managed for recreation by the City of Papillion. The lake created by WP-7 will be approximately 13 acres of water surrounded by an additional 32 acres of public parkland.

Site WP-7 is estimated to cost a total of $5.2 million; which includes land rights, and construction.  Recreation features will include picnicking, a hiking/ biking trail, motorless water craft – kayaks, canoes and paddle-powered boats, plus access points for fishing. The lake is planned to be stocked by the NE Game and Parks Commission.

Future Construction

Click Here for a map of Papillion Creek Watershed Reservoir Sites

The NRD is currently building Dam Site 15-A near 168th and Fort Streets. Completion of that structure is anticipated for late 2016.  Construction of site WP-6 will probably be started in 2017 or 2018. Following construction of WP-6 and WP-7, the NRD hopes to then turn its attention to six additional flood prevention structures before sites are lost to urban development pressure.

Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership Nine local government entities make up the Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership including the Cities of Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, LaVista, Gretna, Ralston, and Boys Town plus Sarpy County and the Papio-Missouri River NRD. The Partnership seeks workable solutions to address flood prevention along with stream and lake water quality that will enhance the quality of life for metro area’s residents.

For more Information contact:

Amanda Grint
Water Resources Engineer
402-444-6222
agrint@papionrd.org

Lori Laster, CFM
Stormwater Management Engineer
402-444-6222
llaster@papionrd.org

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