The public is invited to the final open house on the draft Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD) Water Quality Management Plan Thursday, August 30. The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the LPSNRD offices, 3125 Portia Street. The open house will feature informational displays, and members of the NRD and consultant team will be available for questions. No formal presentations are planned.
The plan will help guide water quality improvement projects for the next five to 15 years. The results will build regional awareness and programming to help reduce pollution in Lincoln's streams and creeks for the health and safety of residents and wildlife. The draft plan is available at lpsnrd.org, and copies will be available at the open house. Comments will be accepted through September 21.
The NRD plan covers the entire district and identifies several priority areas for initial focus:
The plan also identifies several streams and lakes as "impaired" due to pollution. Pollutants of concern include nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), E. coli bacteria, sediment and pesticides.
The joint effort between LPSNRD and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) started in spring 2017 and will be completed this fall. NDEQ provided partial funding through a nonpoint source pollution grant. For more information, visit lpsnrd.org, or contact Ryan Rezac at LPSNRD at 402-476-2729 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the City Watershed Management Division is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: watershed).