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Olsson helps make flooding, recreation improvements in northeast Nebraska

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sarah Ferdico, Communications

An aerial image of the dam being completed and the lake filling in August 2013The Town of Hubbard now has peace of mind from flooding concerns this year—and a popular new recreation area for summer activities—thanks to the work Olsson’s Water Resources team has accomplished through designing a multipurpose flood and sediment control reservoir on Jones Creek. Construction on these improvements began in May 2014, and the recreation area is scheduled to open later this summer.

Hubbard has a population of 200 residents and is located next to Pigeon and Jones Creeks in Dakota County, which is in Nebraska’s northeast corner, bordering Iowa. The creeks once posed annual flooding and soil erosion threats to the town and surrounding cropland. The area also had few water-based or outdoor recreation sites, forcing residents to travel long distances to enjoy fishing, boating, or an afternoon picnic.

In 2011, Olsson’s project team performed a feasibility study and completed the final design for a multipurpose flood and sediment control reservoir on Jones Creek adjacent to Hubbard. Olsson’s responsibilities included technical, environmental, and economic feasibility investigations for the entire project, including the dam, new roadways, utilities, in-lake fishery enhancements, and recreation area improvements.

In order to complete the design and construction of this project, Olsson provided the following services:

  • Dam design
  • Flood mapping and economics
  • Clean Water Act permitting
  • County roadway design
  • Structural concrete design
  • Fisheries enhancement
  • Right-of-way and easement documents
  • Project cost estimates
  • Topographic and legal surveys
  • Construction administration and observation
  • Electrical
  • Landscaping
  • Water well and water distribution
  • Large septic system design
  • Water-based recreation designs, such as boat docks, restrooms, and fishing piers
  • Watershed management and education
  • Levee design

Following detailed design of the dam and roadways, Olsson continued to prepare construction plans and specifications for the surrounding recreation area. The resulting design included nearly 75 recreational vehicle campsites, with 30 intended primarily for equestrian campers. Other proposed amenities included a boat ramp; four-day use areas complete with picnic shelters, vault restrooms, and a playground; 5-kilometer rock chip trail; and primitive camping.

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