Drainage Criteria Manual Revisions

The City of Lincoln, in coordination with the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, is working on revising the Drainage Criteria Manual to make updates, clarifications and readability improvements. It is planned to be produced as a digital document with a common and consistent format. The Drainage Criteria Manual provides guidelines and criteria primarily for Stormwater standards, detention/retention facilities, open channels, closed drainage systems, Stormwater best management practices, erosion and sediment control and flood design criteria.


The revision process will include a facilitated chapter-by-chapter discussion of the proposed updates to the Drainage Criteria Manual with engineering consulting firms and others that may be interested. Review meetings are scheduled as follows:

Facilitation Dates (38 K) PDF

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Ben Higgins with the City of Lincoln Public Works Department at 402-441-7589 or watershed@lincoln.ne.gov.


Current Drainage Criteria Manual
Facilitation Documents
Approval Process (111 K) PDF
Guidelines & Ground Rules (125 K) PDF
Role of the Facilitator (93 K) PDF
Minimum Stream Corridor
Draft Minimum Stream Corridor Revisions (46 K) PDF
Minimum Stream Corridor Handout (3.26 M) PDF

Draft redlined and draft chapters are available below and will be updated as they are completed.