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Omaha Brownfields Coalition

Brownfields are parcels where known or suspected hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants are present. The parcels often become blighted as real or perceived contamination prevents investment and redevelopment.   Seventeen Phase I and 11 Phase II environmental site assessments have been completed under the South Omaha Brownfields project. The project, funded by an $835,000 United States Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant, takes significant steps to address South Omaha brownfields.

Parks to People

In the Spring of 2014, with the State park system’s 2020 Centennial approaching quickly, the Iowa Governor’s Green Ribbon Commission, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Parks Foundation released Vision:  Parks to People-Exceptional Places and Experiences in Everyday Lives: A 21st Century Park System Strategic Plan for Iowa. The plan outlines a framework for the future.

Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties, along with the Friends of Lake Manawa, were able to secure $20,000 from the Iowa Parks Foundation and a local match of $20,000 to create a plan for this region, known as the Loess Hills Missouri River Master Plan.  The plan works across jurisdictional, political and physical boundaries to build community, connections and collaborations that support the vitality of economic, cultural and natural resources.