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Applying Integrated Watershed Management Techniques in Stevens Creek

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The Stevens Creek Watershed located just east of Lincoln, Nebraska, will experience rapid growth pressures in the coming years, a trend that has the potential to adversely impact the region's natural resources. To maintain a balance of economic growth opportunities and the protection of natural resources, the City of Lincoln and the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District embarked on a study to preserve the past while embracing the future. The study's goal was to develop watershed management tools to guide sound planning decisions regarding the protection of the watershed's natural resources. This was accomplished by integrating the latest research and technology in hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, and best management practices (BMPs), while operating within a comprehensive public involvement program to provide a framework for long-term stream sustainability. The final product was a master plan document consisting of four main elements, including floodplain management tools, capital improvement projects, site-specific BMPs, and opportunity areas to provide flood protection, reduction of future impacts to water quality, long-term stream stability, and the preservation of aquatic and riparian habitat.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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