Environmental Quality

Goal 5: Maintain and Improve Stormwater Quality: Streams and Lakes
Source: Health Department     EQ Goal5     3/31/2014
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 Illicit Discharge Program:
- provides training to regulated facility managers;
- conducts inspections of over 100 permitted industrial and municipal facilities;
- reviews stormwater pollution prevention plans;
- helps managers implement actions to prevent stormwater pollution;
- investigates complaints of illicit discharge; and
- takes enforcement actions.
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     3/31/2014
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.