Thompson Creek Watershed Restoration – La Vista, NE
TD2 has worked on various projects along Thompson Creek since the mid-1970s, both in the role of La Vista’s City Engineer and as a Consulting Engineer to the City. For the most recent project, completed in 2016, the city turned to TD2 to provide a long-lasting solution to the flooding, erosion, and property damage after decades of urbanization in the watershed.
The city made the decision in 2009 to acquire and demolish 24 homes along the Creek, which provided access to restore a large section of the channel. From 72nd Street to Edgewood Boulevard, debris and fallen trees were removed, the channel was regraded, stabilization measures were installed, and other storm-sewer improvements were constructed to reduce the erosion.
The project followed the EPA guidelines for 9 elements of a Watershed Management Plan to qualify for federal funding and other funding sources. An essential component of the project was generating public support for the project goals, raising community awareness, and understanding the link between pollution, runoff, water quality, and stream health. Coordinating the many consultants, funding partners, regulators, reporting agencies, contractors, utilities, and community partners was a challenge to keep the project moving forward.
Improving the watershed’s management (reducing storm-water runoff quantities and improving water quality) haa transformed Thompson Creek into a valuable, natural, and community resource. TD2 keeps adding to the beauty of the area with trees donated to commemorate TD2’s 50th Anniversary in 2017.
To learn more about the project, contact us.
Photo credits: Main Photo Aerial – Courtesy of the City of La Vista