Nebraska Recreation Project on Schedule
The $10 million Pigeon Creek/Jones Creek watershed drainage and recreation project near Hubbard, Neb., is on track for completion in 2011, according to the Sioux City Journal.
The project will not only protect thousands of acres of farmland from flooding and erosion, but will form a 220-acre lake behind a new earthen dam. The 600 acres around the lake will be developed with a public boat access, a campground catering to equestrians and their horses, a 10-mile equestrian trail, a competition-quality mountain biking course, primitive campground, recreational trails and areas for prairie and wetlands studies.
The $10 million project is expected to generate $855,000 a year for the area.
Preliminary work on the 32-square-mile project almost came to a standstill as the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) board instead agreed to put this year's money for it toward a larger, similar project near Wahoo, Neb. Vince Kramper, an NRC Board member, told the Dakota County commissioners on Monday (Sept. 17) that the Wahoo development would lose $3 million in grants if it didn't move ahead this year.
He said an advance of $500,000 from the Papio-Missouri River Conservation District is keeping the Hubbard area project going by paying for the earthen dam, which is a first step in the development.