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 Creeks 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 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.
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 to 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!
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Does flooding occur where you live and/or work? If so, what types of damage occurs?
How does flooding affect you? Road closures? Loss of utilities (water, electrical)?
What areas of the project area do you feel are the most affected?
What changes would you like to see?
Any other thoughts and comments?
Any additional 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