The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Board recently approved its 2019 budget, which includes money for the Dead Man's Run flood project in north Lincoln.
The $29.9 million budget “meets specific responsibilities, goals and objectives, providing for large projects like the Dead Man's Run Flood Reduction Project, as well as continued maintenance of existing projects and involvement in finding better ways to conserve soil and water,” NRD Board Treasurer Dan Steinkruger said in a news release.
The budget includes $2.1 million to begin work on the Dead Man's Run project, expected to cost $25 million and remove more than 500 structures from the floodplain in north Lincoln, according to the release.
The proposed plan includes widening the channel from Cornhusker Highway upstream to just east of 48th Street and constructing a concrete flume under the BNSF Railway bridge.
The NRD is waiting to hear whether $10 million in federal funding will be approved for the flood control project. If federal funds are approved and the Lower Platte South NRD and city of Lincoln approve their share of funds, project design could begin this fall.
The property tax requirement for the NRD budget of about $9.7 million represents a nearly 1.8 percent increase from last year, but the tax levy required will be less since property valuations across the district's six-county area increased by 4 percent, the release said.
The new budget includes $1.2 million for the acquisition of conservation easements and land for the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch Project, a 10-mile tall-grass prairie preservation and rail corridor between Lincoln’s Pioneers Park, Conestoga Lake near Denton and Spring Creek Prairie.
Continued updating of Lincoln’s Salt Creek levee, which protects many businesses and neighborhoods from flooding, will cost about $1 million.
Another $1.5 million is in the budget for cost-sharing with landowners who install improvements to their land that improve surface water quality.
The budget for construction and maintenance of flood control dams and for maintaining stream channels and stormwater facilities totals about $4.8 million.
Nearly $1 million is also set aside for the management of groundwater.
The Lower Platte South NRD's continued participation in several multi-agency studies and projects represents about $1.5 million of the budget.
The complete budget is available at LPSNRD.org.