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The purpose of the Spring Lake Park Project is to provide sewer separation to the surrounding area through installation of both new storm and sanitary sewer pipe and eliminate overflows to the Missouri River. In addition to sewer separation work, the park will be revitalized and the former ‘lake’ will be re-established. 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 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, park renovation work including pond re-establishment can now be accomplished. Incorporation of green infrastructure elements will not only expand the park’s wildlife diversity and increase recreational opportunities, but also provide detention of stormwater runoff that will eliminate the need for new larger downstream storm sewer conveyance piping.
Construction for this Phase 1 project commenced on May 5, 2014. Sewer pipe installation in the residential neighborhoods has been completed. Green infrastructure construction work in Spring Lake Park will be completed in the spring of 2016. Phase 2 sewer separation will take place in future years to complete all sewer separation in the basin.
This project has many community benefits. The project will enhance community pride, preserve important wildlife habitat, discourage illegal dumping, enhance the beauty of the park, expand recreational use, and reduce stormwater flows to the combined sewers which will reduce overflows to the Missouri River and improve water quality.
Clean Solutions for Omaha, (CSO!) has made this project a priority because it demonstrates how green solutions can play a significant role in meeting our regulatory requirements for this unfunded Federal mandate and also result in meaningful community enhancements.
Project Number: OPW 51997
LTCP Project Name: Missouri Avenue Sewer Separation Phase 1