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The goal of the Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) is to reduce overflows from combined sewer outfalls to improve water quality in the Missouri River and Papillion Creek. Under an agreement with the State of Nebraska, Omaha is committed to implementing the LTCP by October 2027 (extended by three years from 2024 due to the 2011 Missouri River flood).
The initial LTCP was developed, beginning in 2006 and approved in 2009. Implementation of the plan began in 2009.
This plan was developed in compliance with the requirements of:
The plan was extended by three years from 2024 due to the 2011 Missouri River flood. The City’s CSO Permit and amended Consent Order require an update to the 2009 LTCP. This update effort began in 2011. During the update, multiple evaluations were conducted including:
Additionally, the update focused on saving ratepayer funds while meeting the original objectives of the LTCP. The implementation schedule was revised to fit the rate model.
The City's requirement to address CSOs is based on the Clean Water Act of 1972, the CSO Control Policy of 1994, the subsequent Wet Weather Water Quality Act of 2002, and the City's Consent Order and discharge permit from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ).
During development of the 2009 LTCP more than 140 community volunteers served on basin and community advisory panels. Initially, these groups met and developed eight non-monetary criteria used in determining the best and most cost-effective solutions outlined in the LTCP. The criteria included the following: