Lower Platte North NRD
September 30, 2015 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
1.A.1. LPNNRD Violations Policy
Rationale

Updated Violations policy from Jovan Lausterer is attached.

Also attached is a correlation between the GWMA Rules and the Violations policy.

Recommended Motion

*To have our attorney Jovan Lausterer review and comment on the LPNNRD Violations Policy at the October 12, 2015 Board meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Request that our attorney (Jovan Lausterer) review and comment on the LPNNRD Violations Policy at the October 12, 2015 Board meeting passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Joe Birkel.

1.A.2. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

All applications for the 2016 allocation have been ranked and can be viewed on the attached list. The Water Committee recommended 2,420.85 acres for approval for the 2015 allocation. The Board can approve up to 2,500 acres each year in the Hydrologically Connected Area under the current Rules & Regulations.

The last two requests had a tie score of 385, but the LPNNRD can only award one of these.  Committee members suggested that both individuals be contacted and see if they can come to some agreement.  The 65 acres requested by Ronald Sladky are in the Swedeburg subarea (Restricted Development Area) but within one mile of the border with the Weston subarea.  Following LPNNRD policy, letters should be sent to adjacent landowners letting them know of the request and that they may testify for or against this application.

Recommended Motion

To approve the variance requests for the individuals listed on the attached sheet and request that James Mick and Ronald Sladky reach an agreement between the two as to which individual will receive those acres for next year and if no agreement is reached then both the variance requests will be denied for 2015-2016

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the variance requests for the individuals listed on the attached sheet and request that James Mick and Ronald Sladky reach an agreement between the two as to which individual will receive those acres for next year and if no agreement is reached then both the variance requests will be denied for 2015-2016 passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Robert Hilger.

1.A.3. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
Rationale

Approval and denial letters will be sent out Friday October 2nd.

1.A.4. Well Permit Program
1.A.4.a. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: 1

Landowner Number of Wells Number of New Irrigated Acres Type of Well County Subarea
Kristopher Kavan  1  0  Irrigation (supplemental)  Saunders  Todd Valley







The total number of approved permits for 2015 is 36
Location of Approved Well Permits for 2015:  Correct as of 9/2/2015
County Irrigation - New Irrigation - Replacement Stock Commercial Municipal Other Total
Butler 1 2 1 0 0 0 4
Colfax 1 3 1 0 0 0 5
Dodge 3 3 0 0 0 0 6
Boone 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Madison 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Platte 3 2 1 0 0 0 6
Saunders 5 3 0 1 0 3 12
Total 14 15 3 1 0 3 36











1.A.5. Special Quantity Subareas
Rationale

We need to start thinking about the acre-inch allocation for the Platte - Colfax SQS area.

1.A.6. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The next technical committee will meet at the LENRD on October 7, 2015.

A special LPRBC sub-basin meeting will be held October 14, 2015 at Mahoney Park starting at 12:00 noon. NRD's attending will be Papio, LPN, and LPS.

 

1.A.7. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

Olsson Associates will present updates to the Water Committee dealing with our V-IMP.

Received an invoice from Olsson Associates for work done up to September 5, 2015.

  • Invoice amount = $1,774.36
  • Amount to date including this invoice = $147,179.10
  • Total amount on contract = $174,700.00
  • Amount remaining = $27,520.90

1.A.8. Cost Share Programs
1.A.8.a. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

A total of 325 kits have been mailed out so far, including the request for five which were mailed September 30, 2015.  The results for 301 samples have been received and mailed to producers.  At present there are no samples pending at HHS Lab in Lincoln, but sixteen kits remain outstanding with producers and all of these producers have been contacted.

 

1.A.9. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2015 is the thirteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.  Earlier this year this area was reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections - to be in compliance with Section G Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Two Rule 1 Phase Two Criteria.

 

2014 is the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area.  

Year

Nitrate-nitrogen Range

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

0 to 8.0 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

8.01 to 10.00 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

greater than 10 ppm

2004

0 to 25 ppm

46.3% (44 of 95)

8.4% (8 of 95)

45.3% (43 of 95)

2005

0 to 25 ppm

47% (44 of 94)

15% (14 of 94)

38% (36 of 94)

2006

0 to 24 ppm

41% (29 of 71)

14% (10 of 71)

45% (32 of 71)

2007

0 to 31 ppm

48% (48 of 100)

9% (9 of 100)

43% (43 of 100)

2008

0 to 28 ppm

53.75% (43 of 80)

7.5% (6 of 80)

38.75% (31 of 80)

2009

0 to 22 ppm

45.5% (41 of 90)

15.5% (14 of 90)

39% (35 of 90)

2010

0 to 35.7 ppm

48.65% (54 of 111)

11.71% (13 of 111)

39.64% (44 of 111)

2011

0 to 26.6 ppm

51% (56 of 110)

6% (7 of 110)

43% (47 of 110)

2012

0 to 28.9 ppm

57% (61 of 107)

9% (10 of 107)

34% (36 of 107)

2013

0 to 25.8 ppm

50% (53 of 107)

9% (10 of 107)

41% (44 of 107)

2014

0 to 22.3 ppm

51% (55 of 108)

13% (14 of 108)

36% (39 of 108)

2015

0 to 32.3 ppm

46% (30 of 65)

8% (5 of 65)

46% (30 of 65)

Staff collected thirteen water samples from wells in the eleven sections removed (now in Phase 1 , like most of our district):  thirteen nitrate samples [range of 0.00 to 15.8 ppm; seven were 0 to 8 ppm; one in 8.01 to 10 ppm; and five were > 10 ppm] and one pesticide sample [all 25 constituents were <RL>].

 

1.A.10. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2015 is the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area.  The 55 sections of this area went into a Phase 3 Area to be in compliance with Section H Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Three Rule 1 Phase Three Criteria (effective September 1, 2015).  [Section H of our Rules & Regs is included below the table.] 

 

Year

Nitrate-nitrogen Range

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

0 to 8.0 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

8.01 to 10.00 ppm

Percent

Nitrate-nitrogen

greater than 10 ppm

2004

0 to 47 ppm

30% (42 of 139)

10% (14 of 139)

60% (83 of 139)

2005

0 to 120 ppm

31.3% (74 of 236)

10.2% (24 of 236)

58.5% (138 of 236)

2006

0 to 53 ppm

28% (50 of 181)

14% (26 of 181)

58% (105 of 181)

2007

0 to 99 ppm

32% (75 of 231)

10% (22 of 231)

58% (134 of 227)

2008

0 to 46 ppm

28% (53 of 190)

12% (23 of 190)

60% (114 of 190)

2009

0 to 57 ppm

33% (72 of 216)

6% (13 of 216)

61% (131 of 216)

2010

0 to 57.5 ppm

31% (70 of 229)

7% (15 of 229)

62% (142 of 229)

2011

0 to 65.8 ppm

28% (67 of 241)

9% (21 of 241)

63% (153 of 241)

2012

0 to 52.6 ppm

29% (70 of 241)

9% (21 of 241)

62% (150 of 241)

2013

0 to 94.0 ppm

25% (63 of 252)

9% (23 of 252)

66% (166 of 252)

2014

0 to 101.0 ppm

27% (68 of 251)

9% (22 of 251)

64% (161 of 251)

2015

0 to 53.3 ppm

22.37% (51 of 228)

12.28% (28 of 228)

65.35% (149 of 228)

 

Section H Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Three

Rule 1 Phase Three Criteria

Phase Three Areas will be established when the MCL/LHAL is exceeded (>100%). Phase Three

trigger levels range from 10.01 parts per million or greater for nitrate-nitrogen, with other

human-induced non-point source contaminants, based upon greater than 100% of the Maximum

Contaminant Levels (MCL) or Lifetime Health Advisory Levels (LHAL). Within the same

ground water reservoir, boundary setting for Phase Three Areas will be initiated when: water

quality analytical results within a minimum 9 square mile area are at identified trigger levels for a minimum of 2 sampling events. The area must contain a minimum of 10 registered wells and

contaminant trigger levels must be exceeded in over 50% of the wells. When registered wells are

not available, other wells may be used. Initial investigation by the District will be to determine if

the contamination is a result of point-source or non-point source pollution. If non-point source

pollution is found to be the reason, more intensive investigation for boundary setting will ensue.

If a Wellhead Protection Area should be established due to non-point source pollution, the

District may set boundaries that are less than 9 square miles. After the establishment of a Phase

Three Area, if non-point source contamination levels should decline, two consecutive sampling

events below the trigger levels are needed before the Area could be placed in Phase Two or

Phase One.

 

Rule 2 Continuation of Phase One and Two Rules

A continuation of Phase One Rules as defined in Section E, Rules 1-6, Section F, Rule 2 and in

Phase Two Rules as defined in Section G, Rules 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11 shall apply.

 

Rule 3 Fertilizer Application On All Soils

The application of commercial nitrogen fertilizer is prohibited in the fall and winter on all soils

until after March 1. Spring applications of commercial nitrogen fertilizer will require split

applications (pre-plant and side-dress) or the use of an approved inhibitor applied as

recommended. If a split application is used and 50 percent or more of nitrogen fertilizer is

applied as a pre-plant, the use of an approved inhibitor, applied as recommended, is still required.

 

Rule 4 Record that District Approved Inhibitor was Used

If 50% or more of commercial nitrogen fertilizer is applied at pre-plant, then operators are

required to furnish the District a record from the fertilizer dealer that a District inhibitor was used

at recommended rates. This record shall accompany the Fertilizer Application report made to the

District by December 31 of each year.

 

Also going into September 1, 2015, the ten sections immediately north of this area became a Phase 2 Area.  These sections are:  Township 18 North, Range 2 East, sections 31 to 36; Township 18 North, Range 3 East, sections 31 to 34.  During the 2015 irrigation season staff collected  a water sample for nitrate from ten wells in this new area [range of 2.05 to 20.7 ppm; three were 0 to 8 ppm; two were 8.01 to 10 ppm; and five were > 10 ppm].

1.A.11. LPNNRD Operator Certification (primarily for Fertilizer application)
Rationale

For our radio ad spot with radio station KTIC we should include both a reminder to producers that they need to wait until November 1st before fall fertilizer can be applied on non-sandy soils and that no fall fertilizing is allowed in the Phase 3 Area.  For sandy soils fertilization is not allowed until after March 1st.

Staff will be meeting in the next couple of months with Extension for the next round of nitrogen classes.

 

There have been three on-line test requests since the last committee meeting.  Two producers have passed the online test and a certification card was mailed to each: 

Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6525

9/14/2015

Jack Nitz

No

First-timer

6526

9/14/2015

Martin Erickson

No

First-timer

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.A.12. LPNNRD Acre Certification
Rationale

Brach Johnson request for certificated acres.  Please see attachment.

 

 

1.B. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

No new update.  We have a total of 521 chemigation permits in our District.

1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

No new livestock permits from DEQ since the last Committee meeting.

2. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
2.A. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
2.A.1. Well Estimates
Rationale

No new requested for decommissioned wells.

 

2.A.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

No wells have been plugged or need cost share assistance since the last Water Committee meeting.

 

2.B. LOWER PLATTE NORTH NRD GROUND WATER STUDIES
2.B.1. Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA)
Rationale

Staff is still reviewing the ENWRA data.  The website is www.ENWRA.org

Attached is a pdf document that shows the flight lines within LPNNRD.  Click on the flight line number (oranged colored font) in the first column and it will pull up the corresponding transect.

 

2.B.2. LPNNRD Database
Rationale

The LPNNRD needs to get started on our centralized database, which will take two to three years to fully implement.  Estimated cost for year one is ~$70,000.  After much research the staff would recommend using Phoenix Group of Waverly NE to develop this database.  Several NRD's including LPS report a good working relationship with this company.

We will likely have to go to bid for this project.

 

 

3. OTHER
3.A. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

Staff have been working on the upcoming GMDA conference for Sacramento and the programs should be mailed out soon.

 

3.B. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC