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The CSO Program is designed to improve the water quality in our local rivers and streams.
Today, approximately 52 times each year, raw sewage mixed with stormwater flows into the Missouri River and the Papillion Creek. Through the CSO Program, we will reduce that number.
In December 2015, construction workers began digging the 3,500 foot tunnel, starting near 6th and Leavenworth and working toward the northeast corner of Heartland of America park, but work came to a halt last May, when a tunnel boring machine got stuck underground. Workers built a new shaft in order to reach the trapped drill and brounht in a bigger and better tunnel machine, starting work from the opposite direction, and today nearly finishing the 900 feet the old machine couldn't. (More...)Aug. 6, 2017 — KETV News
A Party in the Park on Friday maked a new earth-themed play area at Hanscom Park, with rubber and sand surfaces, an enclosed playhouse, footbridges, a special "tots" area and a miniature trolley. (More...)Aug. 5, 2017 — Omaha World-Herald
The Spring Lake Park CSO project revitalized the park's pond and provides stormwater detention to meet clean water regulatory requirements. On July 6, the City and its CSO Program celebrated the opening of the Spring lake Park Pond and the Phase I Sewer Separation Project that brings a wonderful community amenity to South Omaha. Community advocates on the Spring Lake Park Team worked hand-in-hand with the project to accomplish this major water quality goal. The project saved ratepayers $5 million and was supported by the Omaha Parks Department and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Phase II of the project will begin this fall and includes separation and improvements through the golf course.Gerry Gernandt, former Council member; Janet Bonet, Spring Lake Park President; Mark Brohman, Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust; Jim Theiler, Assistant Public Works Director; and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert were in attendance for the Spring Lake Park Celebration July 6. (More...)July 2017
On June 12, 2017, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit modification to the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit that covers the City's combined sewer system. This modification was at the City's request to change compliance dates because of adaptive management of project delays to the CSO Long Term Control Plan schedule included in the permit. Changes included schedule extentions for the South Incterceptor Force Main North Project and the Saddle Creek Retention Treatment Basin Project. The permit modification also remedies several projects in the Minne Lusa Basin for the permit and the Long Term Control Plan consistent with ongoing re-evaluations to reduce the costs of the CSO Program. Additional information will be available in the 2017 second quarterly report.July 2017
In May, the Water Environment Federation Collections Systems (WEF) national conference was held in Omaha. CSO projects were highlighted both during the conference and through tours focusing on facility projects from green infrastructure. Attendees from numerous states were exposed to major elements of Omaha's CSO Program provided by the City of Omaha and CSO Program staff. Highlights included a discussion of public involvement and neighborhood engagement, along with technical aspects.
NUSA, the Neighborhood USA national conference was also held in Omaha in May. The green infrastructure projects which add community benefits were highlighted through tours for this conference as well. City Public Works, the CSO Program staff and volunteers provided information and hospitatlity.June 2017
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) is designed to provide long-term, low-cost supplemental credit assistance under customized terms to credit-worthy water and wastewater projects. The City of Omaha submitted a letter of interest for the Saddle Creek Retention Treatment Basin Project since the program allows the City to borrow at Treasury interest rates for a longer term (35 years). This is a significant potential benefit, particularly for large projects within the CSO program.May 2017
The Lake James to Fontenelle Park Project is one of several projects intented to remove and/or control flows in the combined sewer system and reduce the frequency, magnitued and duration of combined sewer overflows.
This project will expand the size and storage capacity of the existing Fontenelle Park Pond. It will also separate portions of upstream drainage basins to direct additional stormwater for detention in the improved Fontenelle Park Pond. By providing additional storage capacity (more)