The City's sixth Waterfest Saturday, June 4 will again include a celebration of Public Works Day. The fun, free and educational event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Lake Park includes music from The String Beans, fishing, canoeing, educational exhibits, free refreshments (while they last) and prizes.
"The goal of Waterfest is to educate residents about the steps they can take to keep pollutants out of our water resources," said Rock Krzycki of the Watershed Management Division of Public Works and Utilities. "We want to remind people that it's important to pick up pet waste, fix auto leaks and use lawn chemicals responsibly. We'll also have information available on installing rain gardens and rain barrels."
Krzycki said adding Public Works Day to Waterfest helps educate the public about the many services provided by the entire department. Public Works Day will give the public an up close look at some of the department's large equipment, such as a street sweeper, a storm sewer cleaning truck, a new pothole filling truck, a truck equipped with a remote camera to view inside pipes, a boom truck and a StarTran bus.
Volunteers are needed to help with parking, assist with activities, distribute food and prizes and help with recycling and trash collection. All volunteers will receive a meal and an event t-shirt. Volunteers are asked to report by 4:30 p.m. The minimum age to volunteer is 12, and no one under 18 will be allowed to assist with parking.
The City's partners in Waterfest include the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Other sponsors are Olsson Associates; JEO Consulting Group; HDR Inc.; NeFSMA; REGA Engineering; E&A Engineering; EA Engineering Science and Technology; the Flatwater Group; The Clark Enersen Partners; Culligan of Lincoln; and the American Red Cross.