News!

 

Thank you for visiting our webpage!  We are asking everyone in these neighborhoods to be a part of this important project by taking a short survey to better understand resident perceptions, current behaviors and general stormwater knowledge.  We will also introduce everyone to what green infrastructure is & discuss future educational events.  As a thank you for completing the survey, you can enter into a drawing for a cash prize! If you're interested in taking the survey, please follow the link below.

Building a Living Laboratory and an Evidence-Based Education Toolkit to Improve Omaha’s Urban Water Quality

1. Our Goal & Research Summary:

The overall goal of this project is to build a watershed-based living laboratory and an evidenced-based mobile toolkit to educate municipal officials, residents, 4-H and youth, students, green industry workers, and Master Gardeners in two watershed basins within the city limits of Omaha, Nebraska. They include: the Little Papillion Creek Basin (focusing on the Saddle Hills and TV Towers neighborhoods) and Cole Creek Basin (focusing on the Benson Neighborhood Association neighborhood).

 

*Note: please click on the map to see details in Pop-ups.

Tips: if you're interested in exhibiting your rain barrel, rain garden, rain harvesting and any other types of green infrastructure stratgies that applied at your home, you can try "MyRainBarrel" and "MyRainGarden" apps in appstore, it's for free! -------------------------------- Please click here to see more details!

 

2. Three main tasks are proposed in this project:

(1) Establish a living laboratory to monitor and assess the effectiveness of green infrastructure strategies and education;

(2) Develop an innovative, science-based, mobile education app (application for mobile devices) to educate stakeholders and disseminate information on local  and regional green infrastructure;

(3) Promote community involvement and multi-organizational partnerships through an integrated research-education-outreach model to improve water quality.

The outputs of this project include a geodatabase of the monitoring data from the living laboratory, a mobile education toolkit, and a series of education/outreach activities (e.g., workshops, tours, visits, surveys). The key outcomes will be increasing local and regional scientific evidence on green infrastructure practices, developing strategies in improving urban water quality, and improving effectiveness in disseminating information to target audiences. This project will lead to increased community-level involvement and to support of urban water quality improvement practices. This project helps meet the EPA strategic goals in improving water quality at the watershed scales and restoring watershed ecosystems. It also directly relates to the working priorities in the City of Omaha’s Stormwater Program.