The 225 acre reservoir will be built at 168th and Fort
The Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District Board of Directors voted Thursday to approve a $42 million bond issue to pay for construction of Papio Dam Site 15A.
The total park area will be nearly 600 acres with hiking/biking trails, boating and fishing, picnicking, and other outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. NRD General Manager John Winkler says the lake, which will be similar to Zorinski and Cunningham, will also provide flood control.
"The project will contain stormwater runoff from an upstream area of approximately 11 square miles. Site 15A will help protect lives and property while offering a 225-acre lake for public water-based recreation," Winkler says.
Recent engineering studies have shown that more than 7,000 people would be displaced and property damage could run close to $700 million if Omaha were to experience a flood similar to one that struck Ames, Iowa in 2010. "Now is the time to get these protection measures in place," said Winkler.
The new lake should be open in 3-4 years.