Public Invited to Holmes Lake Watershed Meeting Water quality program to be offered on limited basis

June 20, 2007

The public is invited to learn about a new water quality program for residents of the Holmes Lake Watershed at a meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the Lux Middle School multi-purpose room, 7800 High Street. Presentations will begin at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

For a limited time, the City's Watershed Management Division will offer eligible residents free rain barrel installation, free fertilizer with little or no phosphorus, and a 90-percent discount on the cost of a rain garden. The program is financed and supported by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.

Rain gardens offer water quality features that filter out pollutants such as sediment and phosphorous from rainwater runoff. The NDEQ has identified these pollutants as detrimental to Holmes Lake and its aquatic life.

The meeting also will include updates on the condition of the streams in the Holmes Lake Watershed and stream stability projects.

The $5.5 million Holmes Lake Restoration Project was completed in July 2006. The cost of the project was shared among the project partners – the City, NDEQ, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund also contributed to the cost of the dredging the lake.

For more information you may contact Ed Kouma, with the Watershed Management Division, at 441-7018.

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