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Corps seeks input for Papio Lakes master plan revision

Published June 9, 2020

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, invites the public to provide input and make comments for the upcoming master plan revision of the Papillion Creek and Tributaries Lakes project - better known as the Papio Lakes. This project consists of: Glenn Cunningham Lake, Standing Bear Lake, Wehrspann Lake, and Zorinsky Lake, all located in the Omaha metropolitan area.

The Corps is interested in public and stakeholder input and comments on how the public utilizes these public lands and waters and their desired future management of these areas. Public input and comments will assist the Corps to better shape the overall vision of natural resource management, environmental stewardship, water quality and recreational opportunities at the Papio Lakes. The Corps will also be preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential environmental effects associated with the master plan revision. Public comments received during this scoping process will be considered during the development of the draft master plan and associated EA.

Once the draft master plan is completed, following the information gathering and scoping period, the public, local and community organizations, local and state agencies, and Tribal governments will have an opportunity to review and provide comments prior to finalizing the new master plan.

The master plan is a high level, strategic document that describes how the Corps and the land management agency out-grantees (lessees) will operate and manage the Papio Lakes. The current master plans are more than 30 years old, are out of date, and need to be updated to meet current policies and needs. A new revised master plan will assist with providing consistency in proper management of these resources in line with the project’s authorized purposes of flood control, recreation, water quality, and fish and wildlife enhancement. 

Documents and other information related to the Papio Lakes master plan revision are available for review on the Omaha District’s master plan website at: https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Dam-and-Lake-Projects/Project-Master-Plans/

This initial public comment period is open through July 31, 2020 and all comments may be submitted by email at: NWO-Master-Plan@usace.army.mil

To submit written comments by mail please send them to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers    

Missouri River Project Office

ATTN: Papio Lakes Master Plan

9901 John J Pershing Dr.

Omaha, NE 68112-1547



Zach Montreuil, Natural Resources Specialist

Operations Division

Natural Resource Management Section


Release no. 20-068