December 22, 2014

New Sarpy County lake will provide flood protection and recreation

Ground will be broken Tuesday on a new 135-acre lake at 132nd and Cornhusker in Sarpy County. John Winkler is the General Manager of the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District and says the new lake will serve two purposes. He says perhaps the most important is the reservoir will provide flood protection downstream along the west branch of the Papio Creek. That includes extra protection for the cities of Bellevue and Papillion as well as Offutt Air Force base.

Winkler says they decided to take the project one step further. Many reservoirs simply have a fence around them and serve one purpose. This new lake will also provide many recreational opportunities for Nebraskans. Winkler says they will also build a hiking-biking trail, boat ramp, picnic shelters and stock the lake for fishing.

The lake should open next summer and the recreational area in 2014.