Senator calls big lake between Omaha and Lincoln a ‘big seesaw’

Support appears to be pouring in for a plan to build a large lake between Omaha and Lincoln, but questions are still bubbling. Among the concerns was where that lake would go and whose property would be underwater. Assemblyman Mike Hilgers said the Lake Okoboji-sized lake would be a transformational investment. “This is an opportunity to make a big swing for Nebraska State,” Hilgers said. Clark Lake. It would also build an event center at Niobrara State Park. A total of $46 million would go towards the development of the big lake. “LB1023 creates the mechanism to create the public-private partnerships to be able to attract private investment to build and develop the lake,” Hilgers said. Hilgers said the lake would be dug and would not affect water wells. of Lincoln or the Metropolitan Utilities District nor would it flood Ashland.” There wouldn’t be a dam on the Platte,” said Hilgers, receptive to the idea. “With that, it’s not a dam in Ashland . It’s actually something that can benefit Ashland,” Pfeiffer said. “Good idea. Nebraska needs something like this to keep young people here,” Hurley said. No site for the lake has been released. could be a prime target.” There is no doubt that there could be a huge windfall for the State of Nebraska and the landowners who have development around the lake. But what about those of us like me and my family who would be under the lake,” Bundy said. He asked how current landowners would be compensated and whether they would have a stake in the development of the “Or would our families’ heritage be erased in the name of development,” Bundy said. He told senators that his land was not for sale. Bundy also asked how the lake would be built and how that would impact water sustainability and flood control in the region is a lot of unanswered questions about that,” Davis said. He is also concerned about the lake’s effect on flooding and drought in the area. “I think they need to do a lot more investigative work on this before we jump on it,” Davis Hilgers said they will continue to work with all stakeholders to answer questions. He said lawmakers need to approve the funding and the framework so they can do more studies on the projects. creatively, we can actually create win-win solutions for everyone,” said Hilgers.

Support seems to be pouring in for a plan to build a large lake between Omaha and Lincoln, but questions are still simmering.

Among the concerns, where would that lake go and what property would be underwater.

The lake would be 4,000 acres.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mike Hilgers said the lake the size of Lake Okoboji would be a transformational investment.

“This is a big swing opportunity for Nebraska State,” Hilgers said.

Hilgers testified before the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee on LB 1023.

He is asking for $200 million in water projects which include the expansion of marinas at Lake McConaughy and Lake Lewis and Clark.

It would also build an event center at Niobrara State Park.

A total of $46 million would be devoted to the development of the large lake.

“LB1023 creates the mechanism to create the public-private partnerships to be able to attract private investment to build and develop the lake,” Hilgers said.

Hilgers said the lake would be dug out and would not affect water wells in Lincoln or the Metropolitan Utilities District or flood Ashland.

“There would be no dam on the Platte,” Hilgers said.

Ashland’s Chamber of Commerce President Bradley Pfeiffer said companies are now receptive to the idea.

“With that, it’s not a roadblock to Ashland. It’s actually something that can benefit Ashland,” Pfeiffer said.

Hilgers said the lake could potentially mean millions of dollars a year in economic development and tourism, as well as recreation.

Bobby Hurley thinks it’s a great idea.

“Nebraska needs something like this to keep the kids here,” Hurley said.

No site for the lake has been released.

But Dan Bundy, who testified in a neutral position, told committee members he feared some of his 1,500 acres were a prime target.

“There is no doubt that there could be a huge windfall for the State of Nebraska and the landowners who have development around the lake. But what about those of us like me and my family that would be under the lake,” Bundy said.

He asked how the current landowners would be compensated and if they would have a share in the development of the lake.

“Or would our families’ heritage be erased in the name of development,” Bundy said.

He told the senators that his land was not for sale.

Bundy also asked how the lake would be built and how it would impact water sustainability and flood control in the area.

Al Davis of the Nebraska Sierra Club opposes the lake and other projects.

“I think there are a lot of unanswered questions about that,” Davis said.

He is also concerned about the lake’s effect on flooding and drought in the area.

“I think they need to do a lot more investigative work on this before we jump on it,” Davis said.

Hilgers said they would continue to work with all stakeholders to answer questions.

He said lawmakers need to approve the funding and the framework so they can do more studies on the projects.

“If we work together and try to approach things in innovative and creative ways, we can really create win-win solutions for everyone,” Hilgers said.

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