Lower Platte North NRD
December 29, 2015 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
1.A.1. Irrigated Acres for 2015 in the HCA and NHCA
Rationale

No new updates.

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

No new applications have been received. The District is awaiting new well applications on 6 approved variances for new wells. The dead line for well applications is January 10th 2016.

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

No new updates.

1.A.4. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No new updates.

1.A.5. Well Permit Program
1.A.5.a. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: 5

Landowner Number of Wells Number of New Irrigated Acres Type of Well County Subarea
Robert Meduna Jr. 70  Irrigation  Saunders  Todd Valley 
Ryan Tessendorf  135 Irrigation  Platte  Lower Shell Creek 
Mark Miller  130  Irrigation  Madison  Upper Newman Grove 
AM JJ Investments LLC 1 0 Irrigation/Supplemental Colfax Schuyler
Dean Novak 1 0 Irrigation/Supplemental Colfax Schuyler






 

 

 

 

The total number of approved permits for 2015 is 48
Location of Approved Well Permits for 2015:  

Correct as of 12/29/2015

County Irrigation - New Irrigation - Replacement Stock Commercial Municipal Other Total
Butler 2 2 1 0 0 0 5
Colfax 3 3 1 0 0 0 7
Dodge 3 3 0 0 0 0 6
Boone 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Madison 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Platte 7 2 1 0 0 0 10
Saunders 7 3 0 1 0 4 15
Total 25 15 3 1 0 4 48








 

 

 

 

1.A.5.b. John Sanderson Supplemental Well Application
Rationale

John Sanderson has applied for a new well to supplement his irrigation in the SW 1/4 of Section 14-T16N-R7E in Saunders County, Todd Valley Subarea. Well G-035186 is currently running two pivots that irrigate 308 acres. The new well will irrigate 156 acres in the SW 1/4 of the section. Attached is a map of the section as well as a submitted test hole drilled by AWS.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the supplemental irrigation well request for John Sanderson for 156 acres in SW 1/4 of Section 14, T16N, R7E in Saunders County, Todd Valley Subarea

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the supplemental irrigation well request for John Sanderson for 156 acres in SW 1/4 of Section 14, T16N, R7E in Saunders County, Todd Valley Subarea passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

1.A.6. Ron Sladky Acre Transfer Request
Rationale

Ron Sladky is requesting a transfer of 80 certified irrigated acres from the Hydrologically Connected Area (HCA) to the Restricted Development Area (RDA).  The existing well that will be used is in the HCA.  This was discussed at the Board Meeting on December 14, 2015 and sent back to the Water Committee for further review.  Ron Sladky attended to discuss the transfer.

The certified irrigated acres to be transferred are located in the following sections*:

-24.7 Acres in the NW 1/4 SW 1/4; and NW 1/4 of Section 15-T14N-R7E Saunders County, Weston Subarea

-32.9 Acres in the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 15-T14N-R7E Saunders County, Todd Valley Subarea

-22.4 Acres in the NW 1/4 NW 1/4 of Section 14-T14N-R7E Saunders County, Todd Valley Subarea (surface water)

*-Rose Colored on map

 

The 80 acres will be transferred to two fields in the following legal description**:

-22.1 Acres in the SW 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 15-T14N-R7E Saunders County, Swedeburg Subarea

-57.9 Acres in the W 1/2 SE 1/4 of Section 15-T14N-R7E Saunders County, Swedeburg Subarea

**-Green Colored in map

 

The well that will be used (G-051467) is in the SE 1/4 NW 1/4 of Section 15-T14N-R7E Saunders County, Weston Subarea. The attached map shows the location of the above listed legal descriptions.

All of these acres are LPNNRD Certified as irrigated, meaning they met our requirements when certified. 

Sladky was present at the committee meeting and stated that all of the acres in question had been irrigated and met our irrigation requirements.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the transfer of irrigated acres for Ron Sladky in S15-T14N-R7E as detailed in the Water Committee Minutes as all of the acres losing irrigated rights (being decertified) are currently certified as irrigated

1.A.7. Special Quantity Subareas
1.A.7.a. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

 
SQS#2 Platte-Colfax area

Three informational classes have been set.  Each of these classes will be held at Ag Park, Columbus:

  1. Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.  (prior to afternoon certification class)
  2. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
  3. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.  (prior to evening certification class)

1.A.7.b. LPNNRD Approved Flow Meters
Rationale

Staff have obtained information from McCrometer on their new Mag-meter.  Full pipe flow is required with a minimum of three pipe diameters upstream and one pipe diameter downstream.  Normal battery life is 3 to 5 years.

Still waiting on information from Lindsey Manufacturing.

 

1.A.8. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The scheduled technical meeting for December has been delayed until January since this will be after the DNR has had time to finish their annual review of basin water appropriations.

 

1.A.9. Cost Share Programs
1.A.9.a. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

332 kits have been mailed out (seven of these in December).  Eight water samples were collected in December; two of which were collected last week and taken to the lab.  All results have been received and mailed to producers.

 

1.A.9.b. Cost Share for Flow Meters in SQS#2
Rationale

Angle is working on a grant request to the Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) for a cost share program for irrigation well flow meters. This will be for wells in the Platte-Colfax SQS area.  The application was due and submitted on Wednesday December 30, 2015.  

 

1.A.10. 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 Criteria.  Three water samples were collected in December.

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

43% (31 of 72)

8% (6 of 72)

49% (35 of 72)

33 Fertilizer Reports for the 2015 crop year have been received.  For the 2014 crop year 211 Fertilizer Reports were received.

1.A.11. 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.  Five water samples were collected in December.

 

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

23% (55 of 238)

12% (29 of 238)

65% (154 of 238)

392 Fertilizer Reports for the 2015 crop year have been received.  For the 2014 crop year 406 Fertilizer Reports were received.

 

1.A.12. LPNNRD Certification
1.A.12.a. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Three on-line test requests have been received in December.  Four tests were completed and a certification card was mailed to: 

Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6528

12/3/2015

Steve Callahan

Yes

 

6529

12/7/2015

Beau Klug

Yes

 

6530

12/11/2015

Carl Grotelueschen

Yes

 

6531

12/29/2015

Bryan Kaspar

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff met with UNL County Extension Educators on November 23rd to work out the class schedule for 2016.  Michael Rethwisch, UNL Extension Educator for Butler County, has had health issues.  Since the last committee meeting Oaklund and Rethwisch have arranged for an additional meeting in March.     

[the modified class schedule is attachment]

1.B. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

No new updates.

 

1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

The LPNNRD has received one livestock permit modification from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting. The modification is four additional fields that will receive manure applications from the Janssen Nursery swine operation in Platte County.

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

No new wells have been reviewed or approved by Gottschalk for decommissioning since the last Committee meeting.

 

2.A.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

Three wells have been plugged, reviewed, and ready for cost share payment approval this month.

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Tom Christopherson 5" Domestic  $643.88  Saunders 
 Maynard Flamme Irrigation  $543.93  Dodge 
 Tom Kasik Domestic  $319.83  Colfax 







Recommended Motion

*To approve cost share funds to decommission the domestic well for Tom Christopherson for $643.88, to decommission an irrigation well for Maynard Flamme for $543.93, and to decommission the domestic well for Tom Kasik for $319.83

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve cost share funds to decommission the domestic well for Tom Christopherson for $643.88, to decommission an irrigation well for Maynard Flamme for $543.93, and to decommission the domestic well for Tom Kasik for $319.83 passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Joe Birkel.

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

Two grant requests are being submitted to the Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) from ENWRA.  One deals with water quality sampling of the bedrock aquifers in eastern Nebraska and the other one will look at additional AEM flights.  LPNNRD is looking to do additional flights in the Platte-Colfax SQS (top priority) and the Bulter-Saunders SQS area (secondary priority).  

2.C. FORMER ORDNANCE PLANT NEAR MEAD
Rationale

Received an invoice from Olsson Associates for their review of the ground water model that was submitted by the COE as part of their class 4 well permit request for a new containment well.  This was for the ground water cleanup at the Former Ordnance Plant near Mead (invoice is attached).  Need motion to approve.

 

Recommended Motion

*To approve payment of $1,000 to Olsson Associates for review of the Class 4 well permit submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers for a new containment well as part of their clean up efforts

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of $1,000 to Olsson Associates for review of the Class 4 well permit submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers for a new containment well as part of their clean up efforts passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

3. OTHER
Rationale

Ron Sladky attended the Water Committee to discuss his transfer requests of acres.

3.A. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

GMDA annual conference is next week in Sacramento CA.  Newspaper article in today's Omaha World Herald about subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley due to heavy ground water pumping.

 

 

3.B. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC