Storm Water Pollution … What You Can Do to Keep Our Rivers and Streams Clean

Rain by its nature is important for replenishing drinking water supplies, recreation and healthy wildlife habitats. It only becomes a problem when pollutants from activities like car washing and maintenance, lawn care and dog walking are left on the ground for rain to wash away into the storm sewer and ultimately into Nebraska’s rivers and streams. Here are some important ways to prevent storm water pollution:

  • Properly dispose of hazardous substances such as used oil, cleaning supplies and paint – NEVER pour them down any part of the storm sewer system.
  • Wash your car on the grass to prevent runoff into the storm sewer.
  • Use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff.
  • Look for signs of soil and other pollutants, such as debris and chemicals, leaving construction sites in storm water runoff or tracked into roads by construction vehicles. Report poorly managed construction sites that could impact storm water runoff to us.
  • Install innovative storm water practices on residential property, such as rain barrels or rain gardens, which capture storm water and keep it on site instead of letting it drain away into the storm sewer system.
  • Report any discharges from storm water outfalls during times of dry weather – a sign that there could be a problem with the storm sewer system.
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly. No matter where pets make a mess – in a back yard or at the park – storm water runoff can carry pet waste into streams. 
  • Store indoors materials that could pollute storm water.  If these materials have to be stored outdoors, use containers that do not rust or leak

For more information, check out the following links:

When it rains it drains - What everyone should know about stormwater

Ralston's Hinge Redevelopment Area . . .

A Press Conference was held on July 1, 2020 to announce that $29 million will be invested in Ralston's Hinge Redevelopment Area!!!

The press release is available for review  here.

                    NEWS RELEASE
Due to undermining, the west trail bridge located by Serum Avenue Circle in Ralston is closed.  The bridge will be closed until further notice.
POC for this release is Public Works Director Dan Freshman, 402-331-6677, ext. 1310.


Our Mission:

The City of Ralston is a dedicated and caring team of volunteers, staff, and officials who provide high-quality, equitably priced services to sustain a safe and progressive community that supports family values.

Our Vision:

The City of Ralston will deliver economic, creative, cultural, and community development strategies to generate a quality of life that is a beacon of dynamic and independent small town culture within the metro area.

Online Payments

The City of Ralston accepts online payments for many services. Now you have the ability to use your favorite credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express) to pay for building and plumbing permits as well as licenses and restaurant tax.

This service is in addition to the payments that are accepted online by the Ralston Police Department. You can request and pay for a police report online or pay parking tickets online. All waiverable traffic citations may also be paid online through the State of Nebraska Web site. If your traffic citation indicates at the bottom that it is "waiverable" and it has dollar amounts filled in, then the citation is eligible to be paid online.

To access the online reports and payment options for the Ralston Police Department, hover over the Police Department link under Departments. 

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                    Ralston “Hinge” Master Plan

In August 2018, the City of Ralston hired the Omaha-based engineering and planning firm, HDR, to develop a master plan for the “Hinge” redevelopment area.  This is a 30-acre site extending along Main Street, from 72nd Street to downtown Ralston.  Following a series of public participation meetings, the redevelopment area was extended to include all of downtown Ralston.

Click here for a copy of the Ralston Downtown and Hinge Master Plan adopted November 2019
Click here for a copy of the Ralston Downtown/Hinge Design Guidelines adopted January 2020

The master plan  is the result of over a year of effort involving extensive citizen participation, planning, market analysis and site engineering.  The concept includes mixed-use (commercial on the first floor with residential above) buildings, a variety of residential development types including apartments and townhomes, open spaces for passive recreation and outdoor entertainment, fountains or other water features, an extension of Burlington Street to 72nd Street and new pedestrian connections to create a friendly environment for people to explore on foot. 

City leaders are using the plan and associated research to inform and attract area developers to Ralston’s potential as the next frontier for urban redevelopment in the Omaha metro.  For more information contact Ralston City Hall at 402-331-6677.


There is NO PARKING on any street from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Guest and construction parking passes may be obtained from the Ralston Police Department by calling 402.331.1786 during business hours, or 402.444.5802 after hours.

COVID-19 Updates

Governor Pete Ricketts has unveiled a new website dedicated to providing updates about the State's response to coronavirus.  The website features information about the State's plans for coronavirus relief funding as well as links to key public health and virus testing information.

For more information, click  here.​​

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the links below.​​

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