Watershed Study: Elm-Turkey Creeks

February 11, 2021

Central Platte NRD partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to hold a virtual public meeting on February 23, 2021, for the Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed Improvement Project Work Plan – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA).

The Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed Improvement Project covers more than 160,000 acres of drainage including the entire Elm Creek Watershed to its confluence with Buffalo Creek south of the Village of Elm Creek and the entire Turkey Creek Watershed flowing north of the Village of Elm Creek, past Odessa, and through the City of Kearney. The purpose of the project is to reduce flood risk to agricultural property, homes, and businesses in the plan area, as well as identify projects to reduce flood damage. Once the Plan-EA is approved, the CPNRD will work with NRCS and other funding agencies to move into the design and construction phases.

The Plan-EA is being prepared to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities pertaining to federal financial assistance received through the NRCS’s Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (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.

The Plan-EA is scheduled to be finalized in mid-2022. The CPNRD has retained JEO Consulting Group to assist in developing the plan.

Any written comments or requests regarding the project should be submitted to John Petersen with JEO at, 402-392-9923, or mailed directly to the JEO Grand Island office at 308 West 3rd Street, Suite 1, Grand Island, NE 68801.

For more information, visit.