Environmental Quality

Goal 5: Maintain and Improve Stormwater Quality: Streams and Lakes
Source: Health Department     EQ Goal5     1/25/2017
About this measure:
The Health Department conducts inspections of all regulated facilities. Violations are categorized as high or low risk of illicit discharge. The indicator represents the percent of facilities that did not have high risk violations.
Why this is important:
Protecting stormwater from pollution helps assure that water will available for consumption, recreation and wildlife. The primary goal for the Health Department Illicit Discharge Program is to prevent pollution of stormwater water by preventing illicit discharges from businesses. Lincoln is required to maintain compliance with a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Permit and to prevent illicit discharges to the City’s storm drainage system.
What is being done:
- The Health Department will provide educational materials and inform facility managers of training opportunities;
- The Health Department will conduct inspections and provide technical assistance to about 100 permitted industrial facilities to ensure compliance with their State issued stormwater permit and local illicit discharge regulations;
- The Health Department will review stormwater pollution prevention plans to ensure they protect stormwater;
- The Health Department will help managers implement actions to prevent stormwater pollution;
- The Health Department will quickly respond to and investigate complaints of illicit discharge;
- The Health Department will ensure actions are taken to reduce public health and environmental impact, including ordering or contracting for clean ups; and
- The Health Department will takes enforcement actions as necessary.

Work is coordinated with Public Works, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

Source: Public Works and Utilities Department     EQ Goal5     11/1/2016
About this measure:
Streams are determined to be in need of stabilization when stream banks fail, active streams undercut the banks or infrastructure (e.g. bridges, culverts) fails. The length of un-stabilized streams is estimated roughly to be 140,000 linear feet (i.e. 10% of the stream length in Lincoln). The annual number of linear feet of streams stabilized is based on the length of stream projects completed each calendar year.
Why this is important:
Maintaining and improving local water quality through stream rehabilitation improves the health, safety and welfare of Lincoln residents. Eroding streams cause property damage and undermine private and public infrastructure (e.g. culverts, roads, bridges, etc). Sediment from eroding stream banks contributes to pollutants in Lincoln’s waterways, a source of concern to both the State and Federal governments. Stream bank stabilization is a requirement of the City’s state and federal stormwater permit.
What is being done:
Storm drain general obligation bonds are requested every two to three years from City voters. A portion of the funding is used for stream rehabilitation projects. Some bond funds are used to study streams to help prioritize future stream improvement projects. Many projects are done in coordination with the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.