Missouri Avenue Sewer Separation Phase 1/Spring Lake Park Project

Completed Date

December 5, 2016

Cost at Completion


Project Location

20th Street at F Street (Bounded on the north by Interstate 80; on the east by the Missouri River Levee; on the south by Missouri Avenue; and on the west by 24th Street.)

Project Description

The purpose of the Missouri Avenue Sewer Separation / Spring Lake Park Project was to provide sewer separation to the project area through installation of both new storm and sanitary sewer pipe and eliminate combined sewer overflows to the Missouri River. In addition to sewer separation construction the design helped in the revitalization of the Park by there-establishment of a lake. Spring Lake Park, established during the 1870s, originally contained three small ponds. However, due to concerns with disease, the ponds were drained in the 1930s.

Since then, two unsuccessful attempts were made to renovate the park. In 1939, a plan was developed but work was not fully implemented due to World War II. Then, in the 1990s, the Spring Lake Park Habitat Restoration Team initiated a plan to restore one or more ponds, develop trails through the park, and create a nature learning center. The plan was never carried forward due to lack of funding.

Through collaborative efforts with the design team and the receipt of three grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and resources from Omaha Parks, Recreation, and Public Property; Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District; Keep Omaha Beautiful; Spring Lake Neighborhood Association; and the Spring Lake Park Habitat Restoration and Preservation Team, sewer separation project included re-establishment of the lake which accomplished the goals of the sewer separation project as well as the vision of the community partners. Incorporation of green infrastructure elements not only expanded the park’s wildlife diversity and increase recreational opportunities, but also provided detention of stormwater runoff that eliminates the need for new larger downstream storm sewer conveyance piping.

Project References

Project Number: OPW 51997
LTCP Project Name: Missouri Avenue Sewer Separation Phase 1

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