Mormon Island State Recreation Area renovates pipes

DONIPHAN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A popular recreation is making a few improvements before they see a crowd. Mormon Island State Recreation Area has an ongoing wastewater improvement project.

The $1.5 million projects aim to give the park greater longevity by replacing its aging pipes to prevent leaks. The project will also realign the sewage parks in the lagoons. Crews will move groundwater to the area over the next two weeks. Park officials said pipe replacement is long overdue for the area.

“The park’s internal nuts and bolts need to be replaced so we can continue to build on this park for the future,” said Superintendent Brock Burney. “It will help with expansion and the existing facilities are ageing. We need it so that our existing facilities can be used.”

The project is expected to be completed by April 1, just in time for the camping season. With groundwater being pumped into a frozen lake, officials are also warning fishermen to proceed with caution.

“Just be vigilant to check the ice before you go out on the lake, especially along the north and east shores of Lake One,” Burney said. “As we move into the next week, our contractors will be working on a storm drain at the next parking lot along the East Coast.”

Burney urges any angler to take all safety precautions when out on the frozen lake, because you never know where the weak spots will be. For those who aren’t careful, the consequences can be deadly.

“You just fell through the ice,” s said. “If you fall, move under where you fell, and you can’t go back, you’ll freeze in there or drown. So not fishing alone is another good thing not to do.”

Moak said people who ice fish on the lake should bring essential tools like a life jacket and spud bar, to make sure they’re always safe.

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