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Papio–Missouri River Natural Resources District Project Selected for Climate and Disaster Resilience Investment

KANSAS CITY, MO – FEMA, state emergency management, and representatives from the Papio–Missouri River Natural Resources District (Papio NRD) will hold a media availability Thursday, September 1 to discuss the recent selection of a resilience project that has been identified as part of FEMA’s $1.1 billion climate and disaster resilience investment.

The project for the Papio-Missouri River NRD is the first Nebraska project to be selected for further review under FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) National Competition. The Papio WP-4 Project is a flood risk reduction and water storage structure – a dam – in the South Papillion Creek Basin Watershed near the city of Gretna. The structure is designed to control runoff from a 500-year rainfall event with the belief that there will be future urban development in the watershed. The proposed project is intended to provide benefits, which include protection of 40+ properties, nine structures, and environmental benefits to 48 acres. Those benefits include a water quality improvement, new riparian habitat, and recreational space for local and Omaha metro populations. This project is a long-term solution with an estimated use period of 50 years.

WHAT: Media Availability for official remarks, Q&A.

WHO: Speakers include:

  • Pete Ricketts, Governor, State of Nebraska
  • Andrea Spillars, Administrator, FEMA Region 7
  • Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Director, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
  • Kevyn Sopinski, Chairperson, Papio NRD Board of Directors
  • Don Bacon, Congressman, Nebraska’s 2nd District

WHEN: 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.

 Note: Official remarks will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by a Q&A session with FEMA, NEMA and Papio NRD.

WHERE: Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, 8901 S. 154th St. Omaha, NE, 68138

CONTACT: RSVP to FEMA Region 7 News Desk at 816-283-7095 or fema-r7newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov by August 31.  

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