A plan to make a welcome home for endangered creatures and to improve the water flow in the Platte River basin includes the creation of two new reservoirs in central Nebraska.
The project won approval this week from officials with the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District. The plan revolves around a 50-year agreement to provide water to the new reservoirs.
The new bodies of water will be created on the Phelps Canal, between the communities of Lexington and Overton, but they won’t be recreational lakes, as officials say the water levels will be up-and-down throughout the year.
The main purpose of the reservoirs will be to maintain water flow in the Platte River, keeping it at levels that are crucial for a number of endangered or threatened species.
The project is expected to cost 75-million dollars. Most of it will come from the federal government.