In July 2012, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) was awarded a $59,876 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Urban Waters Small Grant program. The grant work sought to address challenges in Omaha, Nebraska caused by stormwater runoff through community engagement and the development of new technologies.
UNL has partnered with the Omaha Stormwater Program to develop educational programs and mobile applications that inform local residents about stormwater issues and green infrastructure solutions.
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) Urban Waters Project had three main goals:
- Increase local and regional scientific evidence on environmentally beneficial and cost‐effective stormwater management practices.
- Develop strategies for improving the quality of urban water.
- Improve effectiveness in disseminating information to selected neighborhoods in Omaha.
In 2016, UNL received a second grant from the Urban Waters Small Grant Program
- Erosion on church property from runoff
- Setting up equpiment in spring
- Area Velocity sensor in storm sewer measuring runoff
- 2015 Omaha GI Tour of Saddle Hills
- Neighborhood green infrastructure event
- Tour of Benson demonstration project
- Inlet for storm drain