Plan, Preserve, Play

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Plan, Preserve, Play
A report for the executive committee of the Nebraska Legislature

Project Background

With the passage of Legislative Bill 406, The Executive Board of the Legislative Council for the State of Nebraska has set out to identify opportunities to enhance and sustain two of the State’s greatest assets – its people and its natural resources. This study will focus on tourism, water access and economic development. Ultimately, the study will define a vision for three of Nebraska’s natural resource areas that can serve as a catalyst for opportunity including tourism, economic development, population retention and growth, job growth, and resiliency.

A vision for several transformational initiatives have been unveiled. Click here to learn more.

Discover a Region

Click on any of the links below to learn more about a specific region.


A graphic showing the general schedule for the LB 406 study. It shows that data analysis and context assessment workshops will occur in July and August, a market assessment will occur from July to September, visioning will occur from August to September, and conceptual master planning, with a design workshop, will occur from September through December. The final plan will be completed in December.

Contact Us

Senator Mike Hilgers, Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature. Sen. Hilgers represents Nebraska’s 21st district.

Sen. Mike Hilgers
Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature

P.O. Box 94604, Room 2103

Lincoln, NE 68509

(402) 471-2673

John Engel, a water resources engineer at HDR

John Engel
Water Resources Engineer, HDR


News and Events

Statewide Tourism and Recreational Water Access and Resource Sustainability (STAR WARS) Press Conference

Monday, January 10th

On Monday, January 10, Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled a vision for several transformational initiatives. More information can be found at the links below.