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Cleaner Streams Program


Cleaner Streams Program: We need your help to protect our lakes and streams!

Cleaner Streams Program logoThe City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division and Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) are working to help keep our streams, lakes, and creeks beautiful. You can be a part of the effort too by volunteering to conduct a Stream Clean-up, Adopt-a-Stream, or be part of the Stormwater Street Team.

Why Get Involved?

Everyone in the community can take an active role in assuring the well being of the Lincoln community and its water resources. Water pollution affects every one of us. By getting involved as a volunteer, community members can help reduce surface water pollution, improve the riparian and aquatic habitats, improve stream aesthetics, provide for a more sustainable stream, and learn more about our local ecosystems.

Who Can Participate?

This volunteer program is designed for volunteer groups, scouting groups, youth organizations, neighborhood associations, churches, and anyone who is concerned about the condition of the city's waterways and willing to commit time and energy for storm drain marking or organizing a stream clean-up. Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age or volunteering with a supervising adult.

Stream Cleanup Events

Volunteer to collect litter from a local stream to keep waterways healthy and beautiful.

Oak Lake Cleanup Event, July 9, 2011

Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter during stream cleanup events throughout the year. Individuals and groups are welcome to sign-up for these events.

Time commitment:
Stream cleanup events typically last 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the area and how many volunteers are participating.
Supplies:
The Stream Cleanup Coordinator can provide volunteers with trash bags, reflective vests, gloves, hand sanitizer, and grabbers. Water quality testing kits are also available for those interested in water quality monitoring. Each kit includes tests for temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
When:
Several stream cleanup events are hosted by the Cleaner Streams Program every year including:
  • Earth Day (April)
  • Oak Lake Cleanup (July)
  • International Coastal Cleanup (September)
Interested in organizing your own stream cleanup event?
Register Your Event
Or contact the Stream Cleanup Coordinator:
Erin Kubicek
City of Lincoln, Public Works and Utilities
Watershed Management Division
949 West Bond Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68521
402-441-4959
ekubicek@lincoln.ne.gov
Adopt-A-Stream

Volunteer a group to maintain a section of stream.

Cleanup event at Holmes Lake

Adopting a stream helps ensure the long-term health and beauty of an adopted stream section. Adopt-A-Stream is open to groups and organizations that wish to maintain a section of their local stream on a regular basis. When a group or organization adopts a stream, an adoption sign is posted in recognition of their commitment.

Time commitment:
The minimum adoption period is one year. Adopters are required to organize at least two stream cleanup events each year. Stream cleanup events typically last 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the area and how many volunteers are participating.
Supplies:
The Stream Cleanup Coordinator can provide volunteers with trash bags, reflective vests, gloves, hand sanitizer, and grabbers. Water quality testing kits are also available for those interested in water quality monitoring. Each kit includes tests for temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
When:
Adopters may perform stream cleanup activities at any time, but the Stream Cleanup Coordinator must be notified at least 2 weeks prior to a stream cleanup event.
Interested in adopting a stream?
Register Your Group or Organization
Or contact the Stream Cleanup Coordinator:
Erin Kubicek, Stream Cleanup Coordinator
City of Lincoln, Public Works and Utilities
Watershed Management Division
949 West Bond Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68521
402-441-4959
ekubicek@lincoln.ne.gov

Current Stream Adoptions:

  • Stream NameLocationOrganizationApprox. Distance
  • Antelope CreekY to VineSustain UNL.25 miles
  • Antelope CreekVine to NUNL Engineers without Borders.6 miles
  • Antelope CreekN to 27thWoods Park Neighborhood Association.8 miles
  • Beal Slough40th to 48thTroop 93 - Boy Scouts of America.6 miles
  • Deadmans Run48th to 56thUniversity Place Community Organization.6 miles
  • Haines Branch JEO Consulting Group3.3 miles
  • Oak LakeCharleston and Sun ValleyEcoStores Nebraska1.6 miles
Stormwater Street Team

The goal of the Stormwater Awareness Program is to mark all 15,000 city storm drains with the "No Dumping - Drains to Creek" message

Volunteers apply glue to a storm drain marker

Would you ever pour chemicals directly into a stream or drinking supply? It is hard to believe, but people actually dump chemicals down the storm drain inlets that collect the runoff and flow directly into our local creeks, streams, and lakes.

To best protect our watersheds, the public needs to become more aware of the connection between our storm drains and watersheds. Storm drain markers remind people that only rain should go into the drain.

The Stormwater Street Team program is a proactive and positive way for volunteers to serve their community and improve the quality of the environment. Families, clubs, organizations or individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Please contact the Storm Drain Marking Coordinator to volunteer and for more information.

To volunteer for Stormwater Street Team, contact:
Keep Lincoln Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB)
3140 N. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-441-8035
kllcb@lincoln.ne.gov

More information on storm drain marking InterLinc Site

5 things that you can do to have Cleaner Streams:
1. Use no/low phosphorous fertilizer.
2. Apply fertilizer and pesticide sparingly.
3. Properly dispose of pet waste.
4. Fix your vehicles fluid leaks.
5. Use a mulching mower.

For more information on pollutants in our streams see: Local Water Quality

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