Project Name: Papillion Creek General Reevaluation Report
Location: Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties, Nebraska
Authority: Energy and Water Development Appropriation Act, 1982 (Public Law 97-88) House Report No. 97-177
Sponsors: Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD)
Current Phase: Feasibility
The Papio-Missouri River NRD (non-federal sponsor) is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Omaha District) on a study to evaluate solutions to reduce flood risks and improve public safety within the Papillion Creek basin in Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties in Nebraska.
Serious flooding, including loss of life, occurred in the Papillion Creek Basin in 1964 and 1965. As a result of these floods, a 21-dam project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1968. Since then, the project has experienced considerable delays and size reduction because of significant changes in costs, regulations, and new legislation, as well as local opposition. As a result, only four of the authorized dams have been constructed by the Corps. Due to ongoing development in the basin, which has resulted in channel instability, and increases in surface runoff and water velocities, significant flood risk remains. There are approximately 4,700 structures in the 500-year floodplain with an approximate structure value of $1.9B.
Project Update: The Omaha District, in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri NRD, held a public open house on July 23, 2019 at the University of Nebraska Omaha to share information about preliminary study alternatives being considered including (1) reservoir construction at dam site 10 on Thomas Creek, (2) reservoir construction at dam site 19 on South Papillion Creek, (3) levee modifications on the Big, Little and West Papillion Creeks, (4) channel modifications on the Big, Little, West and South Papillion Creeks, and (5) nonstructural solutions throughout the study area.