The Partnership was created in 2001 through an inter-local agreement to proactively deal with the demands on the Papillion Creek drainage area and to develop an implementation plan that addresses solutions to water quantity and quality problems.
The Papillion Creek Watershed consists of the land area that conveys water to the Missouri River from rain and snow melt within the basin. The Papillion Creek Watershed covers 402 square miles located in Washington, Douglas and Sarpy Counties and flows in a southeasterly direction to the Missouri River. There are three main tributaries that form the Papillion Creek system – Little Papillion Creek, Big Papillion Creek, and West Papillion Creek.
The Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership (PCWP) is made up of the cities of Omaha, Bellevue, Bennington, Boys Town, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Ralston; the counties of Douglas and Sarpy; and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. All members are situated in whole or part in the Papillion Creek Watershed. Representatives of this Partnership meet monthly with other stakeholders, such as the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the University of Nebraska, to develop a consensus regarding a variety of water quality and quantity related issues. This watershed approach was adopted by the PCWP so that surface water which flows across numerous jurisdictional boundaries can be managed in a consistent and comprehensive manner.
In addition to the monthly meetings that PCWP members attend they also hold outreach meetings to update the residents of the watershed as well as collect feedback and direction from the public.