Comprehensive Watershed Master Plan

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Project Overview

In late 2020, the City of Lincoln, in partnership with the Lower Platte South NRD, initiated the development of a Comprehensive Watershed Master Plan (Master Plan). The Master Plan is a compilation of all previously completed watershed master plans.

View the past Watershed Master Plans

The Master Plan will replace all of Lincoln’s past watershed master plans and be adopted as a subarea plan to the Lincoln/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan.

View the interactive project map & report


Anticipated outcomes of this project will:

  • Prioritize short- and long-term initiatives
  • Facilitate effective coordination and efficient allocation of resources
  • Save residents and businesses money through reduced flood insurance costs
  • Guide the community in ensuring public safety and health
  • Aid in reducing potential property damage from flooding impacts

Watershed Master Plan Goals

Watershed Management Division’s Mission Encourage sustainable growth by upholding responsible standards. Maximize Safety Minimize Flood Damage Conserve Natural Resources Ensure Quality of Life for Future Generations NRD’s Mission Maintain a sustainable environment through the conservation of land, water and wildlife.

Project Timeline

The comprehensive watershed planning effort began in November 2020.

  • November 2020: Project Kick-off
  • November 2020 – February 2021: Data Discovery and GIS Integration
  • February 2021 – May 2021: Project Identification and Prioritization Criteria
  • May 2021 – August 2021: Technical Analysis
  • August 2021: Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #1
  • August 2021 – January 2022: Develop Recommendations and Plan Writing
  • December 2021: Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #2
  • December 2021 – August 2022: Assemble Final Plan
  • August 2022: Open House
  • Plan adoption by City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, and Lower Platte South NRD

Project Focus Areas

Watershed Master Plans guide the development of capital improvement projects aligned with the priorities of the City and NRD Watershed Management programs to:

Reduce Flood Risks

Flood control measures are developed to mitigate and reduce risks such as potential property damage, and help to ensure public health and safety.

A total of 44 flood control projects were identified during planning process. Of these identified projects, 15 have been completed, and 24 have been removed due to such things as consolidation and lack of feasibility. Five (5) projects remain to be completed.

Photo from the Beal Slough Basin Photo from the Beal Slough Basin

Stabilize Streams

Stream stabilization measures are developed to reduce active erosion, to help stabilize channels, and prevent future erosion-related deepening and widening.

A total of 124 stream stability/grade control projects were identified during the planning process. Of these identified projects, 27 have been completed, and seven (7) have been removed due to such things as consolidation and lack of feasibility. 90 projects remain to be completed.

Photo from the Deadmans Run Basin Photo from the Deadmans Run Basin

Improve Water Quality

Water quality improvement measures help reduce pollutant sources and treat stormwater runoff, which helps address regulatory requirements and ensures public health and safety.

A total of 39 water quality projects were identified during the planning process. Of these identified projects, 18 have been completed, and 11 have been removed due to such things as consolidation and lack of feasibility. 10 projects remain to be completed.

Photo from the Antelope Creek Basin Photo from the Antelope Creek Basin

Prioritization Process

Development of a prioritization methodology was needed based on funding availability and other technical considerations. Projects were prioritized by:

  • Reviewing the prior methodology and project scoring
  • Reviewing completed and proposed project master plan information for prioritization scoring attributes
  • Soliciting feedback from City and NRD staff
  • Soliciting feedback from a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting of local agency stakeholders and partners
  • Reviewing specific projects selected by the City and NRD for their status and relevant prioritization considerations
  • Incorporating findings from the above items into a revised methodology
  • Applying the updated prioritization methodology to the remaining proposed projects

More information: Project Prioritization

Project Map and Report

Final Report

Interactive Project Map

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Community Involvement

Technical Advisory Committee

The project team assembled a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide technical oversight, as well as help ensure the plan’s final recommendations reflect public input provided in past and current efforts. Members of the TAC include:

  • Larry Legg Lancaster County Engineering
  • Pam Dingman Lancaster County Engineering
  • Andrew Thierolf Planning Department
  • Dallas McGee Urban Development
  • Marc Rosso LTU Project Delivery
  • Zach Becker LTU Asset Management and Performance
  • JJ Yost Lincoln Parks and Recreation
  • Terry Kathe Building & Safety
  • Chris Schroeder Health Department
  • Mark Hosking County Emergency Management
  • Adele Phillips NeDNR, Floodplain Management
  • Jared Nelson Lower Platte South NRD
  • Tim Zach LTU Watershed

The TAC met two times during the project, first in August 2021 and again in December 2021.


Public Input

The Lincoln community was invited to review the draft Master Plan and learn more about the efforts made to reduce flood risks, stabilize streams, and improve water quality across our city. Specific project updates were also available for the Southeast Upper Salt Creek Basin, located in the vicinity of Yankee Hill Road between South 70th Street and the South Beltway.

Public Meeting Open House

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 • 5 to 7 p.m. Cavett Elementary School (Multipurpose Room) 7701 South 36th Street

Meeting Handout  (PDF, 670KB) Meeting Invitation  (PDF, 168KB)

Project Contacts

Members of the public and interested stakeholder are welcome to request information or provide comment at any time throughout the project by contacting Kevin Kruse or Tim Zach.

  • Kevin Kruse, Project Manager

    JEO Consulting Group
    Email: kkruse@jeo.com
    Phone: 402-474-8759

  • Tim Zach, City Project Manager

    City of Lincoln, LTU Watershed Management
    Email: watershed@lincoln.ne.gov
    Phone: 402-441-7589