Oxbow Reconnections for Groundwater Recharge
The project which was approved in 2017 includes several oxbow reconnections. In addition to receiving funds from the Water Sustainability Fund, these projects received funding in 2018 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. These projects are a variant of the instream-weirs, but will divert water into old existing oxbow in streams to expand the storage areas and increase groundwater recharge potential. A total of four sites are proposed. The total cost of this set of projects is $649,000 with contributions being provided by the WSF in the amount of $389,820 and the Nebraska Environmental Trust for $95,865. The 50-year benefits of the project are estimated at $1,343,500.