Mira Creek Watershed Public Meeting Held August 18th

Finding solutions to a repetitive flooding problem was the focus of a public meeting regarding the Mira Creek Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Plan (WFPO) – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) on August 18th  at the North Loup Community Center. The Mira Creek WFPO project is located along Mira Creek south of Ord and flows along the northern edge of the Village of North Loup. The purpose of the plan is to assist the LLNRD in effectively evaluating new strategies for flood prevention and watershed protection within the Mira Creek Watershed.

A large crowd offered input on the Mira Creek project.

During the public meeting, attendees were able to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Written comments are accepted through September 1st.  To make comments and view the story map on the project, click here.  The comment area is near the bottom of the story map page.

Repetitive flooding has plagued Mira Creek and the Village for several years with recent major events in 2010 and 2019. In response, the LLNRD is working alongside the Village to identify flood prevention solutions and preserve agricultural land in the area. JEO Consulting Group has been hired by the LLNRD to act as the lead consultant on developing the WFPO Plan-EA, which is scheduled to be finalized in early 2023.

To view a video of the project recommendations made by JEO as part of the 2020 North Loup Flood Risk Reduction Study, click here.  The final report on ways to reduce flooding in and around the Village of North Loup or the Mira Creek Watershed can be found here.

The Plan-EA is being prepared to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities pertaining to federal financial assistance received through the NRCS’s WFPO Program. Part of this project includes an evaluation of environmental resources and impact considerations, and all information gathered during the public meeting will help guide the planning process.

Any written comments or requests regarding the project should be submitted to Brian Kolar with the LLNRD at briank@llnrd.org, 308-728-3221, or mailed directly to the LLNRD office at 2620 Airport Drive, Ord, NE, 68862