Public Meeting- Lower Wood River Watershed Plan

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to hold a virtual public meeting regarding the Lower Wood River Watershed Improvement Project Work Plan – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA). Due to social distancing requirements, the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom on August 18, 2020, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to watch the live presentation online. The meeting will also be recorded and a link to the recording will be posted on the CPNRD’s website.

The Zoom meeting information is as follows:  https://bit.ly/3fR6YDr

Meeting ID: 819 2503 7780     Password: 141296

The Lower Wood River Watershed Improvement Project is located along the Wood River downstream of Riverdale to the confluence with the Platte River and is focusing on benefiting agricultural areas and the communities of Gibbon, Shelton, Wood River, and Alda. The purpose is flood prevention and the first step is a 24-month planning process to identify projects, such as berms, dams, channel cleanout, bridge and culvert improvements, and by-pass channels that will reduce flood damages and protect lives and infrastructure. Once the Plan-EA is approved, the CPNRD will work with NRCS and other funding agencies to move into the design and construction phases.

During the meeting, attendees will be able to learn more about the Plan-EA from project personnel, as well as ask questions and provide feedback. Written comments will be accepted for up to 14 days after the meeting.

The Plan-EA is being prepared to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities pertaining to federal financial assistance received through the NRCS’s Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program. Part of this project includes an evaluation of environmental resources and impact considerations, and all information gathered during the public meeting will help guide the planning process.

The Plan-EA is scheduled to be finalized early spring 2022. The CPNRD has retained JEO Consulting Group to assist in developing the plan.

Any written comments or requests regarding the project should be submitted to John Petersen with JEO at jpetersen@jeo.com, (402) 934-3680, or mailed directly to the JEO Lincoln office at 2700 Fletcher Ave, Lincoln, NE 68504.

For more information, please visit the CPNRD website at http://cpnrd.org/flood-control/.

Contact:  Central Platte Natural Resources District Jesse Mintken, Assistant Manager  (308) 385-6282    mintken@cpnrd.org