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Contract awarded for development of Zorinsky Lake firebreak and maintenance corridor

Published Oct. 3, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Project Office recently awarded a $254,250 contract for the creation of a firebreak and maintenance corridor along the southern portion of the federal property line along Zorinsky Lake between 156th and 168th Streets in Omaha, Nebraska.

The work represents the initial phase of a multi-phased effort to implement a 30-foot wide corridor around the entire perimeter of the property for boundary maintenance and fire protection. Once completed, the corridor will allow the City of Omaha and USACE to perform required boundary maintenance. The maintenance corridor will also aid the USACE mission to protect public resources and prevent unauthorized use of public property known as encroachments.

Encroachments in particular can have significant impacts on a civil work projects ability to carry out authorized purposes and could impair the projects ability to provide reliable flood protection. In the event of an uncontrolled fire around Zorinsky Lake, this maintained corridor will lessen fire intensity and minimize impacts to surrounding private property. This will also allow unimpeded access for emergency personnel to more remote locations around the lake.

The Contract will be performed by Dreamscapes, LLC out of Enid, OK and will begin in late October 2019.  All work on this initial phase will be completed by April 2020.  Subsequent phases are expected to be implemented over the next two to four years.

Zorinsky Lake is the reservoir created behind Papillion Creek Dam Site 18, which was constructed by USACE to provide flood protection and public recreation opportunities. Federal land around the lake is managed through a lease agreement with the City of Omaha.

For more information please contact PAO at 402-955-2417 or Omaha.USACE-PA@usace.army.mil.

Release no. 19-113