Leirion Gaylor Baird
Mayor | Lincoln, NE

ARPA Case Study: Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird Paves the Way for New Water Source Project

Idea Category: American Rescue Plan Act, Funding, Public Safety | Funding Source: American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act empowers local leaders to use the funds on initiatives they believe will have the greatest impact in their communities. This encompasses long-term projects that were previously sidelined due to resource limitations and competing interests. In coordination with state officials, Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has had the opportunity to use ARPA funds to make tremendous progress on the “Water 2.0: Securing Lincoln’s Second Source” project, underscoring the need to begin planning now to ensure that the Lincoln Water System has the capacity to meet the demand of a growing city.

In 2023, Baird officially endorsed her Water Source Advisory Council’s formal recommendation to pursue a wellfield and treatment facility on the Missouri River with a direct transport line to Lincoln. This solution was identified after an extensive review of 14 possible solutions.

With $20 million allocated from ARPA by the state legislature, Lincoln is positioned to take the next steps to upgrading its existing infrastructure, enhancing capacity, and laying the groundwork for the transition to a new water system. At the same time, the city will finalize the planning and design to begin construction on the new project.

“This effort will be the largest and singularly most important public works project for Lincoln’s growth, health, and vitality into the future,” Baird said. “Identifying and securing a second source of water will strengthen our economic and environmental resilience for decades to come.”

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