Spring and Buffalo Creek Watersheds

Project Background

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) has entered into an agreement to develop a watershed plan and environmental assessment document (Watershed Plan-EA) for the Spring and Buffalo Creek Watershed, under the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Storymap:Spring and Buffalo Creeks Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment

The Spring and Buffalo Creeks Watershed Plan-EA study area is approximately 266,870 acres. The land is primarily agricultural and consists of grass/pasture and row crops. The city of Lexington is located within the study area, and the communities of Cozad and Overton are immediately adjacent. Spring and Buffalo Creeks have historically experienced flooding. Specifically, significant flooding occurred in March and July 2019 that impacted homes, businesses, infrastructure, and agricultural properties. The Watershed Plan-EA will help identify structural and non-structural alternatives to provide flood damage reduction as well as opportunities for groundwater recharge, threatened and endangered species habitat improvements, and recreation.

This project is being evaluated in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA process includes a written record of the analysis of potential impacts on the environment resulting from the proposed project. Impacts on both the natural and socioeconomic environment are evaluated.
Stay Informed
Online Public Scoping Meeting
CPNRD hosted an online public scoping meeting to inform the public of the project and to gather input on the most relevant issues from October 28 through November 30, 2020.

Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public Meeting
CPNRD will host a Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public Meeting, tentatively scheduled for April 2021. Check back later for more details!

Comments/questions can be submitted to:
Jesse Mintken, Assistant Manager | Central Platte Natural Resources District
215 Kaufman Ave, Grand Island, NE 68803
John Engel, PE | HDR
1917 S. 67th St., Omaha, NE 68106

Project Schedule

August 2020 – December 2020: Identify and Analyze Resources
October 28 – November 30, 2020: Online Public Scoping Meeting
October – December 2020: Project Scoping
December 2020 – April 2021: Formulate Alternatives
April 2021 – September 2021: Evaluate Alternatives
August 2021 – December 2021: Develop Draft Watershed Plan-EA
December 2021 – January 2022: Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public review
January 2022: Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public Meeting
April 2022: Environmental Assessment Published
*All dates are tentative and subject to change