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2008 Media Releases

June 2, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation, 441-8265


Mayor Chris Beutler invites families to the City’s second Waterfest, a fun and free event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at Holmes Lake Park. The first Waterfest was held in 2006 to celebrate the completion of a major improvement project at the lake and park. Waterfest activities will include fishing, canoeing and other hands on activities. The event will feature a raptor release, a live radio broadcast, a performance by the String Beans, educational exhibits and free refreshments (while they last).

Holmes Lake and the surrounding park are managed by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. The two-year, $5.6 million renovation project included the removal of 321,000 cubic yards of sediment that had accumulated from 40 years of development and agricultural use upstream. The dredging project extended the recreational life span of the lake by more than 100 years. The City, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (NET) and other partners funded the project.

“Today, Holmes Lake is once again a top recreational area in our City, and we are doing everything we can to keep it that way,” said Mayor Beutler. “At Waterfest, residents will learn what they can do to help, such as reducing the use of phosphorous fertilizer in the watershed area.”

The City has been promoting the use of no- and low-phosphorous fertilizer in the Holmes Lake watershed and throughout the City. Phosphorous not absorbed by plants runs off lawns and accumulates in creeks and lakes. It can create blue-green algae blooms that can be toxic to humans and pets and cause fish kills.

The Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department also is working to reduce the threat of future pollution at Holmes Lake through public education, implementing stream bank stabilization projects and promoting water quality improvement efforts such as the use of rain gardens and rain barrels.

The City’s partners in Waterfest include The Groundwater Foundation, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the NDEQ and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Other sponsors are Olsson Associates, The Schemmer Associates, Campbell’s Nursery and Garden Centers, EA Engineering Science and Technology, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln, Wal-Mart, JEO Consulting Group, HDR Engineering Inc, Hy-Vee, Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association, The Home Depot, Walgreens, the American Red Cross and 106.3 KFRX Radio.

More information about Waterfest is available on the City Web site, (keyword: waterfest).

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