Delta Changes Lives … Policy Supports Buyouts & Band-Aids

People living in the village of Niobrara, Nebraska, and the area farmers are all well familiar with the negative impacts of sedimentation. The village is located near the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers, upstream of the headwaters of Lewis and Clark Lake. In the 1970s, Congress allocated funds making the move to higher ground possible for the community, however, about one-third of the people left. Litigation led to compensation for farmers. But, the sediment keeps coming.

Listen to Rick Spellman, an Omaha attorney, and Robert Olson, the former village clerk, recount what happened decades ago, what the landscape looks like today and what could be in store for the future of Lewis and Clark Lake if nothing changes.