Lower Platte North NRD
July 02, 2015 9:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
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We are currently in the middle of our Summer projects season.  Should have a Wahoo Creek Watershed projects update at next month's committee meeting.

Attachments
1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
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None at this time.

We will compile Fall approvals for next month's Projects Committee.

1.b. SWCP Payments
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Johnathon Temme Boone County Trees $ 212.63

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
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None

1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
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Helen Brabec Basins/Tile $ 5,015.50

 (This payment should bring us very close to our $ 75,000 matching funds for Czechland, in-lake project)

1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
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None

1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
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None

1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
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Wahoo Creek Watershed Payments:

Gregg Fujan Terraces/Tile & Basins $ 5,320.67

Martin Barry Terraces/Tile $    303.89

Don Furasek Terraces/Tile & Waterway $    729.87

TOTAL: $ 6,354.43

2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek
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2.a.1. Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan
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NDEQ has completed their review and forwarded their comments to EA.  EA Engineering will complete the needed changes and then it will be reviewed by EPA's for their concurrence. 

2.a.2. LPNNRD Acceptance of SCWIG Grants
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There has been much time spent on Shell Creek business the last few months.  As previously reported, these activities included working to transition old and new grants to LPNNRD for watershed activities, and continued planning for the Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group's (SCWIG) eventual future as LPNNRD's advisory subcommittee. It appears that the transition of SCWIG's old Environmental Trust grant to LPNNRD will occur in September.  At some point SCWIG and LPNNRD will need to adopt SCWIG's new operating procedures as they become strictly our advisory group for the watershed.

As you recall we have previously accepted administration of a new $155,000 Environmental Trust grant and a NDEQ-EPA 319 grant totaling $50,000 for the watershed. The NDEQ grant agreement will soon be sent to us for approval.   SCWIG has an existing Environmental Trust grant (totaling about $87,000) that will be used for project design, assist schools with establishing science clubs for creek sampling (Tom Wheeldon), and new watershed signage.  The committee is asked to recommend sending a letter to the Nebraska Environmental Trust to request that we formally accept sponsorship and administration of SCWIG's Environmental Trust Grant and appoint Assistant Manager Mountford as grant administrator to execute necessary documents and paperwork.  

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve LPNNRD accepting from SCWIG (Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group) management of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant (NET) 10-161-3 with the condition that this change is approved by NET. It is further approved to send a letter to NET requesting that LPNNRD accept sponsorship and administration of SCWIG's NET Grant (10-161-3), as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. It is further approved to appoint Assistant Manager Mountford as grant administrator to execute necessary documents and paperwork

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve LPNNRD accepting from SCWIG (Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group) management of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant (NET) 10-161-3 with the condition that this change is approved by NET. It is further approved to send a letter to NET requesting that LPNNRD accept sponsorship and administration of SCWIG's NET Grant (10-161-3), as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. It is further approved to appoint Assistant Manager Mountford as grant administrator to execute necessary documents and paperwork passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Dave Saalfeld.

2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
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2.b.1. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan - Phase 1
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We have been working with JEO and Saunders County to identify future project priorities for the watershed. On June 9th, Mountford and Saunders County Road Superintendent Steve Mika inspected potential grade stabilization and water retention project sites.

2.b.2. Wahoo Creek RCPP Pre-Applications
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We are once again preparing to submit two Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) pre-applications to the NRCS (as attached) for assistance to build four Wahoo Creek Watershed Structures.  If NRCS feels that either or both of the applications rank high enough, they will request a more formal application(s) for consideration.  RCPP provides 50% assistance on approved projects.  The committee is asked to approve submitting the applications to NRCS. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve submiting two Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) pre-applications to the NRCS for assistance to build up to four Wahoo Creek Watershed Structures as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve submiting two Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) pre-applications to the NRCS for assistance to build up to four Wahoo Creek Watershed Structures as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Don Veskerna.

3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
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Meghan Sittler was present to review her monthly report which included an update on the biding process for the Two Rivers Pier Removal Project. A contractor site showing was held and the bid opening is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th, at LPSNRD.  We have approximately $1.2 million available in grants and local funding for this project.  

The Kayak tour has been rescheduled for July 21 and Directors Saafeld and Olson plan to attend.  Meghan reported on the Environmental Trust Round-table meeting she attended in Omaha for giving input on the Trust's funding categories.  Mountford attended the session held in Lincoln on June 15th.  A full written Alliance report is expected by the Board Meeting. 

4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
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Heimann gave a project update as presented in the O, E & RW committee minutes.

4.a.2. Schuyler 205
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The Schuyler 205 Shell Creek Levee Project is coming to a conclusion, but the final project closeout is delayed because of the water being pumped for Schuyler's new sewer lift station project.  The Army Corp's is also working to resolve landowner drainage issues caused by the project. 

4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
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The Board has approved up to $80,000 toward the Bailey Landowner Levee Project. As part of the project, on July 9, 2014, the Board approved 50% cost-share, up to $3,000 maximum assistance, for hiring an engineer to provide a no-rise certificate that is required.  At that time, the engineers estimate was $6,000, however the actual final expense was $7,239.33 as attached.  The committee was asked to consider paying 50% of the actual invoice, which is $3,619.67.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve payment of $3,619.67 to Mel and Kitty Bailey for 50% of the Mainelli Wagner & Associates invoice ($7,239.33) as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for obtaining a no-rise certification for the Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve payment of $3,619.67 to Mel and Kitty Bailey for 50% of the Mainelli Wagner & Associates invoice ($7,239.33) as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for obtaining a no-rise certification for the Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Larry Feala.

4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
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Attached is a $2,459 invoice from JEO for contract work completed on our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan. After this payment, $42,111 will remain on our $126,000 contract.    

As part of the plan process, each participating entity is asked to complete a resolution to formally adopt the plan.  

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve resolution number 7-13-15, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, to formally adopt our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve resolution number 7-13-15, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, to formally adopt our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Lon Olson.

4.d. Review of Draft FY2016 Projects Budget
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The committee reviewed and gave input to the draft projects budget.

4.e. Wanahoo Wetland - Water Table Problems
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Over the past four years, there has been water table problems on the Gaughen and Murren ground caused by our Wanahoo wetland.  John's suggestion is to appoint a sub-committee (two board members and one staff person) to look at this and come up with a recommendation.  It was also suggested that Bob Clausen be one of the committee members due to his crop insurance experience.  Chair Bailey appointed directors Clausen and Veskerna to this sub-committee to come up with recommended course of action.

 

5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
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Clear Creek Levee segment 4B has been declared  substantially complete by the Army Corp's.  Only ROW markers and gates remain.  Levee segment 5 is almost completely finished with three sets of culverts and rock for the access road remaining.

6. ADJOURNMENT
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With no further business, the Projects Committee adjourned at 10:35 a.m.