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.
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