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Bill to help fund flood control projects signed into law

Posted: 12:33 PM, May 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 17:34:10Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A bill which would extend the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District's bonding authority has been signed into law by Governor Ricketts after being approved by the legislature.

Papio-Missouri NRD says the bill, LB 177, will allow the group to finish levee projects in the Greater Omaha area and at Offutt.

Release from Papio-Missouri Natural Resources:

Governor Ricketts last night officially signed LB 177 into law, extending the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District’s bonding authority for five years for flood control projects.

The Papio NRD can now complete the Missouri River Levee project that protects Offutt Air Force Base and Omaha’s Wastewater Treatment Plant after this year’s historic and destructive floods, as well as build six priority reservoirs throughout the Greater Omaha Metro Area to provide needed flood mitigation.

“We would like thank Governor Ricketts, Senator Lindstrom and other bill sponsors; Senator Hughes, Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee; countless state senators and their staff, mayors from partner jurisdictions, and citizens who supported LB 177,” says John Winkler, general manager of the Papio NRD. “This is an important piece of legislation that enables the Papio NRD to continue its job of protecting lives and property through construction of additional flood control infrastructure throughout our District,” says Winkler.