The motion to table came after another lengthy discussion between NRD board members, Game and Parks Commission Representative Jeff Rawlinson and audience members both for and against the project.
On the Board's plate this week was an interlocal agreement between the Commission and local Lake Wanahoo sponsors.The Commission has proposed a building to house youth hunting classrooms as well as a gun/archery range in the northern third section of the Lake Wanahoo area.
The concept plan for their project was reviewed by the Lake Wanahoo Committee
during its Feb. 26 meeting.The Committee's recommendation was to accept the concept plan and have NRD
staff worth with the Commission to put together an interlocal agreement.
Both Miyoshi and Rawlinson
said the Corps was aware of the gun range proposal and has voiced no opposition.
Punctuating Monday's discussion were also questions about the water table below the proposed gun range site and how the water flow in Sand Creek would be changed after Lake Wanahoo construction.
No definite, concrete numbers could be supplied to those questions.
"It just doesn't make sense that you vote to sell 20 to 25 acres if you don't even know where the water is going to be," Area Resident Dale Shanahan said.
responded that even though he
did not have the answers to those specific questions, the Commission's engineers and biologists did check into those types of issues before recommending the area as the top site for the eastern Nebraska project.
"We're not going to put the facility into a location that will be under water 360 days a year," he
As for expressed concerns that lead from the shooting range could pose an environmental issue, Rawlinson
said the Commission was aware of the Environmental Protection Agency's
Best Management Practices for lead.
"We intend to follow those practices for the facility," he
was also queried about the Commission's timetable for gun range construction.He
said the goal was to start as soon as possible.
Several gun range opponents threw up for debate whether the gun range should be built before the Lake Wanahoo project realized completion.Rawlinson
said the Commission, who has agreed to take over operation and maintenance of Lake Wanahoo
, remained committed with their partnership.
"We're not about to do something that would jeopardize the (Wanahoo) project," he