The money will be used to pay for most of the cost for a dam being built by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. Plans call for a 20-acre lake to be built over the next three years.
It is a project estimated to cost $11 million. The Nebraska Natural Resources Commission has awarded $4.7 million to the project with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service giving $4.5 million. The district will pick up the remainder.
Developers building around the lake will chip in for watershed protection.