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Special Projects

The Little Blue NRD has assisted citizen groups and govenmental agencies in their efforts to reduce and prevent soil erosion, flooding and related resource problems along with trails development in urbanized areas. Recreation areas have been built, parks have been improved, trees have been planted and drainage installed all in the effort of improving the natural resources of the District.  

Programs that make these projects possible are the Urban Park & Recreation Program, Urban Conservation Program and Community Tree Program. Click a name of a Special Project below see how the Little Blue NRD has been assisting communities over the past several years.


Lake Hastings, Hastings
Lake Hastings
  • Parking areas, wood chip trails and foot bridge were installed in 1998
  • Floating dock built in 2002
  • Removed wood chips, regarded, compacted, widened and applied an overlay of concrete to Lake Hastings Trail in 2003
McNish Park, Fairbury
McNish Park
  • Funded partially through the Urban Conservation Assistance Program
  • Eliminated a high erosion problem
  • Removed a safety hazard
  • Facilitated the park maintenance and provides an aesthetically pleasing area for park users
Hebron Trail, Hebron
Hebron Trail
  • Funded through the Transportation Enhancement Grant, the Little Blue NRD and City of Hebron
  • 2,654 feet in length, 8 feet wide
  • Extends from First Park Avenue to Fourth StreetHebron trail





Chautauqua Park, Hastings
  • Chautauqua parkExtended park drainage tube in 2008
  • Corrected grade around Hastings Aquacourt Family Water Park
  • Created walkway between the Water Park and Chautauqua Pavillion
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Created an aesthetically pleasing transition between the two facilities

Chautauqua Park

Fairbury Trail, Fairbury
  • Funding for the project was from the Transportation Enhacement Fairbury TrailFunds and the NRD
  • Trail runs from the Fairbury Dam to Crystal Springs
  • Utilizes the old Rock Island railroad and tressle and over the Little Blue River


Bruning Park Improvements, Bruning
Bruning park
  • Funded through the Urban Parks and Recreation Assistance Program
  • Removed old, unsafe playground equipment
  • Added dirt and grading for better water drainage and pea gravel
  • Installed a new playground structure
Hastings College Drainage, Hastings
Hastings College
  • The channel which flows from Heartwell Park is a tributary of the Big Blue River
  • Improved the hydraulics of the channel
  • Lessons flooding impacts
  • Reduces soil erosion and stabilizes the grade
  • Provides better habitat for wildlife
  • Study area for Hastings College biology studentsHastings College drain





Heartwell Park Renovation, Hastings
Heartwell Park
  • In 1989 Heartwell Park received a facelift which included the rebuilding of a recreation dam, shoreline stabilization and channel improvements with help from the LBNRD
  • In 2001 an aeration fountain to improve the water quality in the lake was installed
  • In 2005 two continuous Deflective Separation units were added to remove pollutants from storm water flowHeartwell park





Deshler Drainage Improvement, Deshler
  • Improved 3,200 linear feet of channel through the heart of Deshler
  • Removed debris and treesDeshler drainage
  • Shaped banks to maintain a 3 to 1 slope
  • Established a natural vegetation on the bank
  • Designed to carry flood water flows and improve surface water quality downstream
Nelson Entrance Tree Project, Nelson
  • Trees and Nelson entrance shrubs were planted on the north and south entrance to Nelson
  • In 1992 the Cub Scouts, Boys Scouts, FFA, Vocational Agriculture and other groups assisted in planting, landscaping and mulching
  • Funds were provided from the NRD's Community Tree Resources Program
Good Samaritan Village, Hastings
  • The purpose of this project was to relocate a section of the channeGood Samaritan drainl
  • Provided housing entry space
  • Improved channel huydraulics
  • Improved low-flow drainage
  • Improved maintenance