Antelope Park Stream Improvements, Sheridan Boulevard to South Street
The City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division and JEO Consulting Group, Inc. have recently begun work on the final design of two of four improvement projects in Antelope Park. The City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Lower Platte South NRD are also active partners in the project. The Antelope Park Corridor is already an attractive and very popular destination. Projects ACP-01 and ACP-02 are water quality improvement projects that will reduce sediment and nutrients as well as reduce E. Coli bacteria in the waters of Antelope Creek. These projects were originally identified in the Antelope Creek Watershed Basin Management Plan completed in 2012. Key elements of these projects include grade stabilization structures to reduce the erosion in the stream, bio-retention areas to reduce flow and encourage stormwater to infiltrate into the ground, wetland enhancements, rain gardens and selective plantings to act as a buffer and filter stormwater before it reaches the stream. Overall these elements will work together to reduce the pollutants being carried off-site and allow these pollutants to be broken down naturally.
In addition to the green infrastructure improvements currently under development in the park, additional features are also being incorporated to reduce maintenance requirements. In some areas, the channel will be reshaped to a more accommodating cross section that will allow City staff more access for inspection and maintenance, ensuring that these projects will be a long term, successful improvement to the park.
The location of these projects within a very popular park setting also provides the additional benefit of publicity and the potential to educate. Educational signs will be located in the park to illustrate the specific water quality features. This signage will not only identify the key elements but also educate the public on how the features operate as well as the underlying need for each feature.
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