Salt Creek Levee Project

Reducing flood damages in Lincoln for over 50 years.
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Welcome to the Salt Creek Levee Project website

“Lincoln has benefitted from this NRD maintained levee system for over 50 years and we feel it’s important to keep the public informed of improvements we make for the next 50 years!  We are also pleased to share important information regarding flood risk, preparedness, and the Salt Creek Levee System. Thanks for visiting!”

 -Glenn Johnson, Retired LPSNRD General Manager

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Since Lincoln was founded, areas of the City have been and still are subject to flood risks from Salt Creek.

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The Levee System, along with other flood control projects, has reduced flood damages by over $150 Million.

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The goal is to communicate flood risks and what is being done to provide continued risk reduction.

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Salt Creek Levee System

The Salt Creek levees combined with channel improvements and ten upstream U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) built dams, among other LPSNRD projects, are being put to the test and living up to the mission of reducing risk, protecting lives, and protecting the future.

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    • Branched Oak
    • Pawnee Lake
    • Twin Lakes
    • Conestoga Lake Recreation Area
    • Holmes Lake
    • Yankee Hill WMA
    • Bluestem Recreation Area
    • Stagecoach Lake State Park
    • Wagon Train Lake Recreation Area
    • Olive Creek WMA
Since the original levee project was completed in 1967

The USACE has estimated the levee system has prevented $78 million in damages to Lincoln homes and businesses and the ten upstream dams have prevented another $78 million in damages.

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Residual Risk

Much has been done to reduce flood risk in Lincoln, including construction of levees, channels, dams. Even with all that has been done to reduce flood risk to Lincoln’s residents and businesses there is still the potential for flood damages to occur.

Engineered solutions have limits including capacity and financial support. These limits combined with the potential for rare, large flood events result in residual risk for areas within the floodplain, including those behind levees. To learn more about how levees work and the residual risk that exists please go to the levees page.

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SWIF, otherwise known as a System Wide Improvement Framework, is a plan to address maintenance needs and deficiencies identified over the last few years during inspections conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on the Salt Creek Levee System.

The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD) with help from JEO Consulting Group (JEO) is developing a plan to identify current and future levee system improvements and maintenance needs in a prioritized manner. This effort will help provide for continued flood risk reduction as well as levee system damage rehabilitation assistance.

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Navigate below to learn more about the Salt Creek Levee Project and the SWIF Plan.
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Salt Creek Levee History
The Salt Creek Levees play a pivotal part in reducing the risk of flooding for residents and businesses in Lincoln, Ne.

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Keep up to date with the latest news and updates on the progress of projects involving the Salt Creek Reduction Levees.

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Learn more about the team working to bring the Salt Creek Flood Reduction Levees to meet the updated USACE levee standards.

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