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Progress Measures & Program Prioritization 2009 - 2010

Taking Charge: Progress Measures & Program Prioritization 2009 - 2010

Citywide Outcome Priority #6: Environmental Quality

Priority Goal #1: Provide safe and adequate water.


Supply: The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department projects the population of Lincoln to be almost 262,000 by 2010 and 300,000 by 2020. Residential and commercial growth will place an average daily demand on the water system of 41.9 million gallons in 2010 and 48.0 million gallons in 2020, compared to 38.8 million gallons in 2007. Additional water supply, transmission, and distribution improvements will be required to meet increased demands of a growing community.

Access & Inspection: In 2007-2008, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department permitted 266 wells in Lincoln and conducted 387 inspections. More than 100 of these wells serve as the main source of drinking water for individual households. About 10% were contaminated with bacteria. The Department reviewed 141 rural property transfers in 2007-2008 to ensure safe drinking water and to prevent illicit discharge of sewage. 56 of these properties were initially denied due to well or sewage problems.

Program Indicators:

  1. To increase by 10% the water supply efficiency of the well field by August 31, 2009.
  2. To increase the ozone disinfection and treatment capacity of collector well water from 35 million gallons per day to 60 million gallons per day by April 30th, 2010.
  3. To increase water supply by at least 75 million gallons per day from a second water source for the City by December 31, 2012.
  4. Meet average day, maximum day and maximum hour demands as identified in the Water Facilities Master Plan.
  5. Reduce the number of failed septic systems and contaminated private wells on rural property transfers by 10% of total.
  6. Maintain a favorable drinking water compliance rate with the Safe Water Drinking Act using American Water Works Association benchmarking criteria.
Goal #1 Tier 1 Programs Departments
Water service emergency power Public Works
Water distribution Public Works
Water production Public Works
Goal #2 Tier 2 Programs Departments
Onsite wells Health
Property transfer Health

Priority Goal #2: Prevent human exposure to environmental hazards: water, air, food and waste management.


Air Quality: The Health Department is delegated authority by EPA and the State to manage the Air Quality Program. The Air Pollution Control Advisory Board advises on all air quality matters. Regulated air pollution sources must hold operating permits. The Health Department provides compliance assistance, issues permits, inspects and takes enforcement actions when necessary. A large amount of technical assistance is provided to regulated sources. Lincoln's air quality is monitored for carbon monoxide, particulates, and Ozone. Lincoln has maintained Federal "attainment" status for air quality for over a decade, but Ozone levels may be of concern in several years.

Hazardous Chemicals: The Health Department seeks to properly manage chemicals that pose a danger in the home and to our environment, such as pesticides, solvents and heavy metals. The Department collects household hazardous waste and ensures the proper disposal to protect citizens from exposure and to maintain stormwater quality as required by law. The City landfill can accept only a limited amount of these chemicals due to State and Federal laws.

Food Safety: Lincoln has implemented the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. The standardized approach has improved food safety in Lancaster County by reducing food-borne illness. Staff completed 1,997 inspections in 2007-2008. 12,506 food handlers were trained in safe food handling.

Progress Indicators:

  1. Maintain a 2% rate of participation by Lancaster County households in the Health Department's hazardous waste collections to divert toxic material from the landfill.
  2. Maintain number of food safety complaints at less than 325 per year and food-borne illness reports at less than 50 per year.
  3. Maintain "good" air quality at least 80% of the year. Have zero days of "unhealthy" air quality.
Goal #2 Tier 1 Programs Departments
Air Permits (Title V, non-title V, PSD, Construction, open burning, etc.) Health
Child Care: Small family child care homes, child care centers; child care health consultation Health
Food safety program Health
Food handler and food manager education Health
Risk Management Plan Program Health
Goal #2 Tier 2 Programs Departments
Air quality monitoring Health
Certified pool operator training Health
Household hazardous waste collection and education Health
Indoor air quality Health
Public pools and spas Health
West Nile Virus Health
Goal #2 Tier 3 Program Department
Asbestos inspection (National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) Health
Comprehensive Air Emission Inventory Health
Body art Health

Priority Goal #3: Effectively manage wastewater and solid waste (including recycling).


Wastewater and Solid Waste: Lincoln's two wastewater treatment facilities treat an average of 26 million gallons of wastewater per day. In the treatment process, 6,300 dry tons per year of biosolids are produced at the Theresa Street Plant and 1,200 dry tons per year of biosolids are produced at the Northeast Treatment Plant. Lincoln's continued growth will increase the amount of solid and liquid waste generated each year. Reducing the cost of handling waste materials at both of Lincoln's treatment facilities will help lessen the financial impact of increased demand on the system. Increasing the recycling of lagoon water at the Northeast Wastewater Facility from 4 million gallons to 7 million gallons annually will reduce the application of liquid biosolids to cropland.

Assuring that businesses do not dispose of hazardous waste in the landfill or wastewater system and that they properly manage special waste protects the City's investment, reduces liability and protects health and our environment. Providing pollution prevention assistance to businesses reduces hazardous waste. Quickly cleaning up illegal dumping reduces additional dumping and protects our environment, especially streams, from contamination.

Progress Indicators:

  1. Equal or exceed the discharge permit requirements for effluent quality 365 days per year.
  2. Maintain a ratio of less than 2.0 stoppages per 100 miles of sanitary sewer pipe.
  3. Reduce by 20% the volume of dewatered biosolids from the Theresa Street wastewater treatment facility.
  4. Reduce by 20% the volume of liquid biosolids from the Northeast wastewater treatment facility.
  5. Clean up 100% of reported illegal dumping within 10 days.
  6. Maintain the capacity to dispose of 300,000 tons of solid waste in an environmentally sound manner at the Bluff Road Landfill.
  7. Maintain the capacity to dispose of 90,000 tons of construction and demolition debris in an environmentally sound manner at the North 48th Street construction and demolition landfill.
  8. Reduce the amount of material entering the Bluff Road landfill by composting approximately 20,000 tons of yard and wood waste at the Bluff Road composting facility.
  9. Reduce the amount of material entering the Bluff Road landfill by operating recycling drop-off sites that receive 7,500 tons of recyclables from residents.

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