2020/21 Nebraska Virtual Green Infrastructure Tour Videos

The Nebraska Virtual Green Infrastructure Tour was originally hosted on November 20, 2020 with a second showing on March 5, 2021.  

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We started off the virtual tour in Kearneyand investigated a private-public partnership with the MS4 program, local business, and Kearney Highschool.  From there, traveled to Lincoln at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus to tour the green parking log design, bioretention, and rain gardens. Next we stopped at Dundee Elementary where we spoke with designers, city personnel and the school’s principal about how the green infrastructure projects have impacted the school and surrounding community. We then headed west to the Tricities of Scottsbluff, Gering and Terrytown and explored the overall MS4 program, maintenance, and downtown parking. Next, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum helped us take a look at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Rain Garden with a focus on plant selection.  Finally, we ended up back in Omaha, taking a flyover of phases I & II of Spring Lake Park and talked with a community organizer, engineer and landscape architects. 

Tour Videos

The videos from each of these tour sites are available here:

Kearney Private-Public Partnership - bioinfiltration project, public-private partnership, high school involvement

University of Nebraska – Lincoln East Campus Green Infrastructure – green parking design, bioretention, water feature

Dundee Elementary Green Infrastructure – elementary perspective, grants, partnerships, rain gardens, permeable pavers

Tri-cities (Scottsbluff, Gering, Terrytown) Green Infrastructure Program – stormwater management in a dry climate, maintenance, green parking, using green infrastructure while promoting community events

Columbus Chamber Rain Garden - rain garden, planting selection focus

Spring Lake Park Phase II – large-scale green infrastructure and CSO project

Brought to you by the

University of Nebraska Green Infrastructure Team

Katie Pekarek, Water Quality Extension Educator
School of Natural Resources, Univesity of Nebraska-Lincoln

Steve Rodie, Professor Emeriti,
Horticulture Department, University of Nebraska - Omaha

Thomas Franti, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering
Biological Systems Engineering Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kelly Feehan, Horticulture Extension Educator
Platte County Extension, University of Nebraska

Andy Szatko, Environmental Quality Control
Omaha Stormwater Program

Elizabeth Exstrom, Horticulture Extension Educator
Hall County Extension, University of Nebraska

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