Lower Platte North NRD
March 10, 2016 6:00 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

NOTE: The agenda is on file at the LPNNRD office and may be changed up to 24 hours prior to the meeting as scheduled.

 

1.A. Meeting Notice
1.B. Inform Public on Location of Copy of “Open Meeting Act”
1.C. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Roll Call
2.A. Introductions
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Comments - Advisors/Guests
4.A. Guest Comments
4.B. NRCS Report
4.C. NARD Report
Attachments
4.D. NRC Report
4.E. Managers Report
Attachments
4.F. Education Program
Rationale

Dr. Richard Ferguson and his UNL staff will give an update on the Project Sense Program.  This is the Nitrogen application program that Joe Birkel and Matt Bailey participated in last summer and are committed to again for the next two summers.  LPNNRD along with four other NRDs are helping to sponsor this program.

5. Approval of Minutes
6. Report of Standing Committees
6.A. Executive Committee - Action as Required
6.A.1. MEETINGS
6.A.1.a. Pending
6.A.1.a.1. UNL Water Tour
Rationale

June 14-16 are the dates for this year’s Water and Natural Resources Tour to Colorado’s South Platte River basin.

The tour will key on many South Platte basin and Denver metro area issues that effect not only Colorado water use, but downstream water availability and use in Nebraska.

Registration will begin May 1st and will fill up fast.  Please let Breunig know if you are interested. 

Recommended Motion

*To send up to two directors and two staff to the UNL Water Tour

6.A.1.a.2. Water For Food Conference
Rationale

The UNL Water for Food Conference is scheduled for April 24-26 in Lincoln.  The conference site is at the new UNL Innovation Campus (former state fair grounds) with detailed information attached.  Early registration that is made prior to March 18 will save us $100. Please let Jill know if you are interested in attending.

Attachments
6.A.1.b. March Board Meeting
Rationale

Just a reminder that our Board Meeting for March has been moved to Thursday, March 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

6.A.2. MANAGEMENT ITEMS
6.A.2.a. Directors Absence
Rationale

Attached find Director Pollard, Saalfed and Meduna's excuse of absence from the February Board Meeting.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the absence of Frank Pollard from the February board meeting

6.A.2.b. Bob Weaver
6.A.2.b.1. Monthly Conference Call and Update
Rationale

The monthly Weaver Conference Call was held on March 7.  See Weavers attached report.

Attachments
6.A.2.b.2. Monthly Bill
Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve payment of $3,400 to Bob Weaver for February work and bill Lower Platte South and Papio NRDs for their portion

6.A.2.c. Monthly Education Program
Rationale

Dr. Richard Ferguson and his UNL staff will give an update on the Project Sense Program.  This is the Nitrogen application program that Joe Birkel and Matt Bailey participated in last summer and are committed to again for the next two summers.  LPNNRD along with four other NRDs are helping to sponsor this program.

6.A.2.d. LB 876 Passed by Legislature
Rationale

LB 876 was approved by the Nebraska Legislature last week.  This is the bill that will allow all units of government to vote electronically.  This idea came from our board, was endorsed and forwarded by NARD, sponsored by Senator Jerry Johnson, was expanded by the Government Committee to include all units of government, passed by the legislature and now awaits signature from Governor Ricketts.

6.A.2.e. Nominating Committee Policy
Rationale

Last month a proposed policy for operation of the LPNNRD Officer Nominating Committee was prepared and sent to the full board for their comments.  Discussion occurred and the Executive Committee amended the proposed policy by changing membership from "...all past board chairpersons..." to "...the immediate past five (5) board chairpersons ...".

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the amended LPNNRD Policy for Operation of the Office Nominating Subcommittee

6.A.2.f. Discussion with Steve Oltmans
Rationale

At board retreat it was asked to place on the next Executive Committee a discussion on inviting Steve Oltmans to a board meeting to discuss our manager succession plan. Visiting with Steve he is willing to share his thoughts with the board if you so wish. He would lean more toward hiring a search firm.

The Executive Committee asked that Steve be invited to the April Board Meeting.

6.A.2.g. March Board Meetings
Rationale

Another item from our Director's Retreat was to have discussion on permanently changing the starting time of our March Board meeting from it's current 6:00 p.m. start to 1:30 p.m.  If this change is made it could not go into effect until 2017.

By motion the committee is recommending that the March meeting begin at 1:30 and asked that Mark Seier be contacted about beginning the November meeting at an earlier time.

Recommended Motion

*Beginning in 2017 the starting time for the March Board Meeting shall be 1:30 p.m.

6.A.2.h. Game and Parks Letter
Rationale

Attached find a letter from Game and Parks with their concern on the placement of the car on ice at Lake Wanahoo.  Their concern is the precedence this sets, safety and communication. This item was discussed at our annual Lake Wanahoo SRA Meeting on February 19. G & P would rather see some type of constructed item used that would remain in the lake after sinking and serve as permanent fish habitat.

Attachments
6.A.2.i. Addendum to Agreement - Wahoo Sign
Rationale

We previously approved an agreement with the City of Wahoo for placement of Sign on LPNNRD property, the Wahoo Arrow on Lake Wahaooo Property. The City/Chamber of Commerce is asking that we let them tie electricity from our shed to light the sign. The City will reimburse the NRD for the electricity uses.  The LED lights pull 8 watts maximum total usage.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve Addendum "A" to the "Commercial Lease Agreement" with the City of Wahoo to allow electrical hookup and authorize the board chair to sign the addendum.

6.A.2.j. 2016 Election
Rationale

Attached find a list of candidates that have filed for a position on our Board.

Attachments
6.A.2.k. Lickteig Property
Rationale

Cindy Ourada asked that she and her attorney be given time on the agenda to address the board.

6.A.3. EQUIPMENT
6.A.4. PERSONNEL
6.A.4.a. Platte County NRCS Clerk
Rationale

Lower Loup NRD has filled the Platte County NRCS Clerk position with Jerri Rosno who began in early February.

6.A.4.b. Mitch O'Reilly Leave Time
Rationale

Last month the board allowed staff to donate up to 20 hour each to assist O & M Technician Mitch O'Reilly during his recovery time.  This time is to be paid out to Mitch at 60% of his normal salary.  205 hours were donated that will carry Mitch until March 9.  Our Long Term Disability insurance kicks in on March 27.  

Mitch has received doctor clearance to return to work up to 4 hours per day with restrictions.  The restrictions are that he not be on his feet more than one to two hours per day, that there be no lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying in excess of 10 pounds.  With these restrictions he cannot preform the duties we hire him for.  Even getting on and off of machinery would be dangerous for him in his current condition.  We will continue to work with him on a week to week basis. He fully intends to return to work full time as soon as possible and be ready for tree planting season.

A few staff members would like to donate additional leave time to get Mitch closer to the March 26 date.  Discussion can occur.

Recommended Motion

*To allow staff to donate up to 59 hours of additional leave time to Mitch O'Reilly

6.A.5. FINANCE
6.A.5.a. Approval of Financial Reports
Rationale

Attached are the December and January Financial Statements. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the December and January Financial Reports as distributed to all board members

6.A.5.b. Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

6.A.5.c. Accounts over 90 Days
Attachments
6.B. Education, Operations & Rural Water Systems Committee - Action as Required
6.B.1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no CREP payments and other activities.

6.B.2. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
6.B.2.a. O & M Crew
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff spent time cutting a large patch of volunteer trees on the Wanahoo SRA behind the shower building.  Also, cut out pines from the nursery and placed them in bundles on the Wanahoo ice. Worked with an area contractor to grade the SRA roads and add rock. 

6.B.2.b. Lake Wanahoo Fishery
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Fisheries Division will be sampling Northern Pike March 3rd - 10th (this includes the weekend), if you would like to volunteer to help please notify NRD staff.

6.B.2.c. Lake Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
6.B.2.c.1. Playground Proposals
Rationale

The Committee listened to playground proposals from Crouch Recreation, Creative Sites, Sterling West and Outdoor Recreation for equipment on the Wanahoo SRA immediately following the committee meeting.  The following staff and Directors (Heimann, Mountford, Murren, TePoel, Sabatka, McDermott, Veskerna, Clausen, Hagerbaumer) looked at  nine different playground sites from all four companies.  A.motion to approve purchase from one of the vendors is anticipated at the 3-10-16 board meeting.

Attachments
6.B.2.c.2. RV Dump Station
Rationale

JEO has revised their RV Dump Station proposal/estimate for design, specifications and to develop a bid proposal package.  This Scope of Services is now $25,920.  We have eliminated the fish cleaning station at this time as Game & Parks is currently re-designing their fish cleaning stations. (See attached)

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve JEO's Engineering and Design proposal to add an RV Dump Station at Lake Wanahoo SRA at a cost of $25,920 (this scope of services takes us all the way through the post construction phase/warranty)

6.B.2.c.3. Game and Parks Budget
Rationale

The annual finance/budget meeting was held February 19th between the NRD and NE Game & Parks. Topics included Expenses to both agencies, proposed budget, 2016 Park Superintendent and staff, adjustment to the work season, new equipment, park improvements and whether to allow ATV's on the ice.

After reviewing the Operating Budget of 2015 it looks as though the NRD will reimburse the Game & Parks $2,113.27.  NRD staff is waiting on some explanations to some expenses or differences between two expense sheets. (G & P operating budget attached)

 

Attachments
6.B.2.d. Eagle Scout Proposal at Lake Wanahoo
B. Heimann
Rationale

Max Hohn has presented an Eagle Scout Project for Lake Wanahoo (attached). The project is to purchase 6 vinyl park benches, assemble, place them on the Lake Wanahoo area anchored to concrete.  The cost to the District for materials is $1,103.61.

The committee and staff questioned if the proposed benches are study enough to meet our needs.  Staff will work with Hohn to see if a more robust bench can be used (may want to use the same bench as is used in our playground RFP).

Attachments
6.B.2.e. District Park Regulations
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff has reviewed our District Park Regulations and made changes where necessary.  Last month waterfowl hunting was approved for Czechland and Homestead Lakes.  The proposed changes will be emailed to all Directors and for approval in April.

6.B.3. ROCK AND JETTY
B. Heimann
Rationale

Nothing to report.

6.B.4. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
6.B.5. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
6.B.5.a. Information
6.B.5.a.1. Radio & eAds
Rationale

The KTIC radio ad and Wahoo Newspaper online eAd will focus on tree orders.  Both ads will run through March.

6.B.5.a.2. 2016 County Fairs
Rationale

We have received the exhibitor application/contract for the 2016 Platte County Fair.  The booth cost is $220.  Platte Co. Fair is July 6-10th.

Other County Fairs that LPNNRD has had a booth present at in the past:

  • Boone County: July 9th-13th
  • Butler County: July 19th-24th
  • Colfax County: July 21st-24th
  • Saunders County: July 24th-31st

Other counties to consider for 2016:

  • Madison County: July 12th-17th
  • Dodge County: August 4th-7th

We are looking to attend the same five fairs again, but Colfax and Butler County Fairs do overlap.  We will look into Madison & Dodge Counties.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve LPNNRD exhibiting at up to 6 county fairs in our district during Summer 2016

6.B.5.a.3. Long Range Plan-Fiscal Year 2016
Rationale

The Long Range Plan has been completed with staff contributions for fiscal year 2016.  The full plan can be viewed in the attachments.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve and adopt the Fiscal Year 2016 Long Range Plan

6.B.5.b. Education
6.B.5.b.1. Fertig Prairie acquisition project
Rationale

The Wachiska Audubon Society would like to ask LPNNRD to consider making a grant towards their organization that would allow for the purchase of the Fertig Prairie near Richland, NE.   This high quality native prairie will be managed for education opportunities and be open for school use and visits by the general public. Please refer to the attachments for more information on the project.

 

Tim Knott from the Wachiska Audubon Conservation Committee is present to further discuss the project.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve pledging $8,839.50 to the Wachiska Audubon Society for the purchase of the Fertig Prairie contingent on the project receiving full funding and the land being purchased by the Society

6.B.5.b.2. Project WILD & Aquatic WILD
Rationale

Desirae TePoel attended a Game & Parks workshop and is now trained and certified to lead Project WILD and Aquatic WILD activities.

6.B.5.b.3. Lower Platte South-Test Your Well Night
Rationale

Bret Schomer and Desirae TePoel attended Lower Platte South's Test Your Well Night at Ashland-Greenwood High School.  This was their largest Test Your Well event with approximately 80 attendees and over 100 water samples.  Lower Platte South worked with the Ashland FFA chapter and the students actually did the water testing for the public. Many of the attendees who brought samples were from our district.  We are looking into the possibility of developing a similar event for education in our district.

6.B.5.c. Computer
6.B.6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

Karen and I have been busy with our new billing software.  We are inputting customer data and rates and are in the process of running a mirror report with our current software looking for issues...have found several and will be working in the next few days to correct.

New trencher attachment is to be in later this week or early next week.

Air relief valves on both systems will be inspected in March and April.

 

6.B.6.a. Colon System
Rationale

Samples were taken and meters were read for the month.

We will be replacing two radio readers on the system in March

We will be repairing a sunken valve this month on the line to Colon

 

6.B.6.b. Bruno System
Rationale

Samples were taken and meters read for the month.

New 6-8" meter rate ($500.00/month) will be taking affect in April.

 

6.B.6.c. Other
6.C. Water Committee - Action as Required
6.C.1. REGULATORY
6.C.1.a. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
Rationale

Recently we had a inquiry from John Wotipka's lawyer asking whether or not Mr. Wotipka had to refile his variance request.  We replied no that it still was on file.  We have discussed this several times during the Water Committee but staff can find no record that a motion was passed to this effect for all un-approved variance requests. A motion is needed to formally approve the system we have used for the past three years.

Recommended Motion

*Unapproved Variance Requests for new irrigated acres in any given year will automatically by carried over to subsequent years provided the applicant wishes the variance request to be carried over, the information on the original variance request is still current or the Board of Directors has not rescinded this motion

6.C.1.a.1. Well Permit Program
6.C.1.a.1.A. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: 0

Landowner Number of Wells Number of New Irrigated Acres Type of Well County Subarea
           



 

The total number of approved permits for 2016 is 1

Location of Approved Well Permits for 2016:  Correct as of 3/2/2016

County Irrigation - New Irrigation - Replacement Stock Commercial Municipal Other Total
Butler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colfax 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dodge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Boone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Madison 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Platte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Saunders 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1






 

 

 



6.C.1.a.1.B. Fremont Family YMCA Dewatering Well
Rationale

The Fremont Family YMCA has applied for a new dewatering well in the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 24-17-8E Fremont Subarea, Dodge County. The well will be used for initial construction and on a permanent basis when the draining the pool. The water will be discharged into the storm drain.  Currently the well permit is incomplete, such as the gallons per minute that the well would pump is not listed on the permit.

This may be reviewed again at the Board meeting if the permit has been completed by that time.

Attachments
6.C.1.a.2. Special Quantity Subareas
6.C.1.a.2.A. Butler - Saunders SQS (SQS #1)
Rationale

Angle has developed a calculation spreadsheet in Excel software that looks at the water used in previous years to figure next year's allocations and to work with their individual flow meter reading.  In SQS #1 the breakdown is as follows:

Total number of wells = 30

Number of wells with no meters = 5 (Producers signed a pledge in 2015 that they would not use the well until a meter is installed.  One well has no pump.)

Number of wells with meters = 25 (meter in acre inches = 16 / meter in gallons = 9)

Acre inches used in 2015:

  • Range = 0.0 to 5.02 acre inches (7 of these wells with meters, were not used)
  • Average = 1.11 acre inches

An individual water use report will be sent to each well owner in this SQS area showing past water use and their remaining allocation.  Rolling allocation is 27 acre inches over a three year period.

 

6.C.1.a.2.B. Platte - Colfax SQS (SQS #2)
Rationale

 
Platte - Colfax SQS 
  • Two of the three informational classes for this area have been held.  The last scheduled class is Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. (prior to evening NRD certification class).  It too will be held at Ag Park, Columbus.
  • 92 landowners/producers attended the first class on Thursday, January 14, 2016.  One director was present at this class.
  • 49 landowners/producers attended the second class on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  One director was present at this class.

293 letters were mailed to producers, landowners, and tenants (mailing address information from the Acres Certification database).

 

6.C.1.a.3. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

No new update

 

6.C.1.a.4. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

Angle met with Amy Zoller of DNR on February 25th to review the Goals and Objectives of our V-IMP.  After these are approved we plan to take these back to the Stakeholders Comm.

The draft version for the V-IMP Plan is attached.  Water Committee members urge all Board members to read/review the V-IMP plan.

 

Attachments
6.C.1.a.5. Cost Share Programs
6.C.1.a.6. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2016 is the fourteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.  This area was reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections in 2015 - to be in compliance with Section G Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Two Rule 1 Phase Two Criteria.

133 reports for the 2015 crop year have now been received.  Four completed fertilizer reports have still not been received and the deadline was December 31, 2015.

  • W½SW¼, Section 8-T16N-R1E            Steve Semin (certified letter sent)
  • NE¼, Section 21-T16N-R1E                 Gary Kreikemeier (certified letter sent)
  • NW¼, Section 22-T16N-R1E                Gary Kreikemeier (certified letter sent)
  • NE¼, Section 22-T16N-R1E                 Steve Semin (certified letter sent)

Two reports have not yet been received from Steve Semin.  Semin was the last one to submit his reports for the 2014 crop year.  The U S Postal Service has attempted to deliver the certified letter to Steve Semin.  If he hasn’t signed for it by March 8, 2016, it will be returned to sender (LPNNRD).  Steve Semin called Oaklund on March 2nd at noon and indicated that he had now signed for the certified letter. 

A signed certified receipt card has been received from Kreikemeier.  Incomplete reports for his two tracts listed above were received in the mail on Monday, February 29, 2016.  Oaklund spoke with Kreikemeier on the phone on Monday February 29th.  Kreikemeier contacted a Director from the Bellwood area and the Director called Oaklund regarding this matter.

Steve Semin and Gary Kreikemeier are habitually late on turning in their fertilizer reports.

Recommended Motion

*To send certified letters to Steve Semin and Gary Kreikemeier prior to board meeting informing them that completed fertilizer reports need to be submitted to the LPNNRD by March 9, 2016 or a cease and desist order will be issued at the March 10 Board Meeting and that their future fertilizer reports are due on December 31st of each year or a cease and desist order will be issued at the next LPNNRD Board Meeting.

6.C.1.a.7. Richland - Schuyler Phase 3 Area
Rationale

2016 is the first year of this Phase 3 Area (to be in compliance with Section H Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Three Rule 1 Phase Three Criteria).  This Phase 3 area went into effect September 1, 2015.  The 55 sections of this area first went into a Phase 2 Area in 2004.

407 reports for the 2015 crop year have now been received.  22 reports were received from Dan Zoucha on February 24th.

6.C.1.a.8. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

On September 1, 2015, the ten sections immediately north of the Phase 3 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.  Soil samples and water samples are required for 2016.

 

6.C.1.a.9. LPNNRD Certification
6.C.1.a.9.A. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Four on-line test requests have been made since the last committee meeting (one of these requests was yesterday March 1st), but no on-line tests were completed.  

Half of the twelve scheduled classes have been completed.  Two classes are scheduled for later this week.

Class

Date & time

Location

Attendance

First-time

# 1

Thursday, January 7th @ 3:00 p.m.

(after Corn Expo)

Fremont - Christensen Field

30

3

# 2

Thursday, January 14th @ 1:30 p.m.

Columbus -

Ag Park

32

4

# 3

Friday, January 29th @ 1:30 p.m.

ARDC - Mead

14

2

 

 

 

 

 

# 4

Thursday, February 18th @ 1:30 p.m.

David City – Frontier CO-OP

12

1

# 5

Friday, February 19th @ 9:30 a.m.

Lindsay -

Village Office

21

2

# 6

Monday, February 22nd @ 9:30 a.m.

Schuyler –

St Benedict Center

10

1

 

 

 

 

 

# 7

Thursday, March 3rd @ 9:30 a.m.

Columbus –

Pinnacle Bank

 

 

# 8

Friday, March 4th @ 1:30 p.m.

Fremont -

Extension Office

 

 

# 9

Wednesday, March 9th @ 1:30 p.m.

David City -

Hruska Library

 

 

# 10

Tuesday, March 22nd @ 9:30 a.m.

David City – Frontier CO-OP

 

 

# 11

Thursday, March 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

ARDC - Mead

 

 

# 12

Tuesday, March 29th @ 7:00 p.m.

Columbus -

Ag Park

 

 

A total of 119 have been certified with 13 for the first time.

6.C.1.a.10. Certifying Acres
Rationale

Landowner Brach Johnson has contacted US House Representatives, US Senators and NE State Senators about his case of the LPNNRD de-certifying his property of 32.8 acres in the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 7, T18N, R2E Colfax County.  This land has never been irrigated and currently is in the Platte - Colfax SQS subarea. Information has been sent to each of these political offices. 

 

6.C.1.b. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

So far for 2016 we have 515 permits on file and 1 new permit application.  Renewal forms will be mailed out in mid-March with renewals due by June 1st.  The cost of renewals is $30.

Attached is the Chemigation summary for 2015, which includes a list of chemicals used in 2014.  Nitrogen is still the most chemical used.

 

Attachments
6.C.1.c. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

The LPNNRD has received one livestock permit applications from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting.

 Name Livestock  Type of Permit  Legal Description  County 

Linwood Pig

c/o Larry Dowd

PO Box 129

Columbus NE 68602

Swine

2,200 Head

880 A.U.

Transfer of construction and operating permit SE1/4, of SW1/4, Section 35, T17N, R3E

Butler









 

Linwood Pig permit is a transfer permit request to new ownership of an existing operation previously owned by ONeill Farms - Star Breeding. 

6.C.2. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
6.C.2.a. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
6.C.2.a.1. Well Estimates
Rationale

Two new wells has been reviewed and approved by Gottschalk for decommissioning since the last Committee meeting.

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
Jamie Schnakenberg domestic well $459.56 Saunders
Keith and Ardith Ziegenbein domestic well

$476.25

Saunders
       






  

 

 

6.C.2.a.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

One well has been plugged, reviewed, and ready for cost share payment approval this month.

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
Rita Divis domestic well $243.75 Saunders
       
       








Recommended Motion

* To approve payment of $243.75 to Rita Divis to decommission a domestic well

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

Test hole drilling is to start later this week in LPSNRD.  Several sites are planned for LPN but details still need to be worked out.

 

6.C.2.b.2. Water Conveyance Study
Rationale

LPSNRD plans to submit a grant request to the Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) concerning a study to look at water conveyance from upper portions of the Lower Platte River Basin to the lower reaches of the river past the Lincoln and Omaha municipal well fields (see attached sheet).  A dollar figure has not been established yet.

Committee members discussed the details, merits, and potential cost of this study.  This study could aid funding of the construction cost of a potential storage reservoir near Octavia for future irrigation, offsets, and/or recreation if this is a viable site.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To state that Lower Platte North NRD would be interested in Lower Platte South NRD pursuing a grant request to the Water Sustainability Fund to address the ability of water from other portions the Lower Platte River Basin to convey water to the lower reaches of the basin, contingent on the overall cost of the study

6.C.2.b.3. Potential Reservoir Siting in LENRD
Rationale

A Joint Funding Agreement between LPS, LPN, Papio, and LE NRD's is being proposed to site potential storage projects within the LENRD for later release of water to benefit the Lower Platte River Basin.  $5,000 is being requested from LPN, LPS, and Papio NRD's with the balance of the study to be paid by LENRD.  

Since the water inventory reports (as part of the V-IMP) for LPN and LE NRD's included such siting, not sure if this study is needed.  Staff will contact LENRD for more information by the March 10, 2016 Board Meeting.

6.C.2.c. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

Staff will start the spring readings of our GWEL network wells later in the month of March.

 

6.C.2.d. FORMER ORDNANCE PLANT NEAR MEAD
Rationale

Attached are the latest flow recorders from the Corps of Engineers on the clean up efforts at the Former Ordnance Plant near Mead (see attached).  This pumping is year round and is roughly equivalent to 50 to 60 center pivots pumping water over the summer.  In relation to Platte River flows this is not a significant amount, but it should still be noted as a kind of stream augmentation project by the LPNNRD because ground water is being contributed to the river at least 9 months out of the year.

 

 

Attachments
6.C.3. OTHER
6.C.3.a. GMDA SUMMER SESSION
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The GMDA Summer Session is being scheduled for June 29 to July 1, 2016 in Yakima WA.   No other details are yet available.

 

6.C.3.b. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
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Mary Wotipka addressed the Water Committee again asking when John Wotipka request for new irrigated acres would be approved.  A variance request has been submitted but this land is within the restricted development area but ~one mile from the border of the hydrologically connected area.  It has not ranked high enough for recent approvals.

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The following information is from the December 30, 2013 Water Committee minutes.

John Wotipka is seeking to expand his irrigated acres in the Restricted Development Area (RDA) eight years after his initial approval in 2005 of NRD well permits and the State well registration (for details see attached sheet).  Wotipka and members of his family were present at the Water Committee meeting and stated that when the wells were originally registered additional acres were allotted to each permit to allow for this future expansion and these should still be allowed.  The LPNNRD position is that since this full expansion did not occur in 2006, the LPNNRD well permits, the State (DNR) well registration and the County Assessor Records should have been updated to reflect the actual acres being irrigated, but this was not done.  The District also required a variance application for expansion of acres in this RDA starting in 2008 and no variance was filed with the NRD.   It was recommended by Johannes, seconded by Pollard, to deny the expansion of irrigated acres for well G-095822 and well G-136546 beyond the number of acres actually irrigated by each well in 2006.  Recommendation Carried.

 

 

 

6.D. Projects Committee - Action as Required
6.D.1. SWCP
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Gottschalk reviewed the attached SWCP spreadsheet with the committee.

Attachments
6.D.1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
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None

6.D.1.b. SWCP Payments
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14-S-56 John Schultz Terraces/Tile $ 4,795.59 (Above structure 21a)

Recommended Motion

*To approve the SWCP Payment to John Schultz for $4,795.59 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.c. SWCP Cancellations
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None

6.D.1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
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None

6.D.1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
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None

6.D.1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
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None

6.D.1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Payments
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Curtis Havelka Conservation work Basins/Tile $ 1,366.42 (10%)

Recommended Motion

*To approve the $1,366.42 Wahoo Creek cost share payment to Curtis Havelka as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.h. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
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New Lands for Conservation Application:

 Darrell Kubik 15.32 acres $   2,818.88

 David & Cynthia Hartman x2 74.83 acres $ 13,768.72
           (40.55 & 34.28 acres)

Czech Pres. Church 35 acres $   6,440.00

$ 23,027.60

Existing EQIP Contracts - Lands for Conservation Applications:

James Egr 15 acres $   2,760.00

Kathleen Vrana 25 acres $ 4,600.00

Douglas Kavan x 2 38 acres $ 6,992.00
( 10.6 & 27.4 acres)

Laverne Kadavy 16 acres $ 2,944.00

William Laughridge 16.2 acres $ 2,980.80

Jerry Urban 25 acres $ 4,600.00

  TOTAL: $ 24,876.80

 

Recommended Motion

*To approve eleven Wahoo Creek Lands for Conservation applications totaling $47,904.40 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.i. SWCP Policy Review & Input
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Mountford reviewed draft changes to our SWCP policy for 2016 as attached.  The committee is asked to review and give input for any proposed final changes at the March 31 Projects committee meeting.    

Attachments
6.D.2. WATERSHEDS
6.D.2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
6.D.2.a.1. Shell Creek Grant - Mainelli Invoice Payment
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Attached is the most recent invoice totaling $18,608 from Mainelli Wagner & Associates, Inc. for design work on three (three are on a separate contract) of four grade stabilization structures he is designing on Shell Creek in Colfax County.  This After this payment, we will have a total of  $45,550.38 paid on our $49,040 contract ($3,489.62 remains).  No Board motion for payment is needed since this was a prior Board approved contract.

Attachments
6.D.2.a.2. Shell Creek Grant - Cover Crop Payment
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Attached is a $3,200 cover crop payment request from ACC Farms (Platte County) for 2015.  This payment was 100% reimbursed to LPNNRD from prepaid NET grant funds that we have in our account.  Committee recommendation for payment is requested. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To pay ACC Farms (Platte County) $3,200 for their 2015 cover crop payment as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.2.a.3. Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan
Attachments
6.D.2.a.4. Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan
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Attached are the revised goals and objectives for the Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan.  After EPA's review, the plan will hopefully be officially approved. 

Attachments
6.D.2.a.5. Newman Grove Water Testing Supplies
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The Newman Grove Science Club is requesting assistance to purchase water testing supplies for their 2016 Shell Creek Sampling program.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve financial assistance of $1,028.50 to the Newman Grove School toward purchasing water testing supplies, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for their 2016 Shell Creek Water Quality Sampling Program

6.D.2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
6.D.2.b.1. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan - Phase II
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As mentioned last month and at the Directors Retreat, we have been preliminarly approved for a $106,000 Environmental Trust grant for Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan - Phase II (letter attached).  These funds will accompany $168,215 of NDEQ funds and $500,000 of Special Water Quality Inititive EQIP funds for additional conservation projects in the Wahoo Creek Watershed.

Attachments
6.D.3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
6.D.3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
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Meghan Sittler was present and reviewed recent LPRCA activities.  Attached is a schedule for upcoming Recreation Public meetings scheduled in Ashland, Columbus and Fremont.  Board members are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings if possible.  Meghan's full February report is attached. 

Attachments
6.D.3.b. Leshara USGS Monitoring Agreement
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In February, the Board approved being a partner for establishing a water quality monitoring gauge near Leshara.  Attached is the agreement with USGS for the Leshara site for your reference.  LPSNRD plans to take action on this agreement on behalf of all of the partners at the Platte River subcommittee meeting, March 21 and Board meeting March 23rd.  They will also execute the separate agreements with the municipalities as well. 

As shown on the attached spreadsheet, the total annual cost of $36,854.67 will be shared each of the three years between USGS, LPNNRD, LPSNRD, PMRNRD, MUD and Lincoln Well Field.  LPNNRD's annual commitment will be a total of $20,427 over the three year period ($6,809 average per year).  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To budget a total of $20,427 ($6,809 average per year) over the next three fisacal years) for our contribution for operation of the USGS water quality monitoring gauge near Leshara as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.4. OTHER
6.D.4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
6.D.4.a.1. Fremont 205
6.D.4.a.2. Schuyler 205
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Weather permitting, the contractor will finish grading and seeding. 

6.D.4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
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No new developments but things seem to be moving forward.

6.D.4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
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JEO has completed our flood pool and breach inundation maps on 20 of our non-high hazard floodwater dams. We met with JEO on February 19 to review and give input on the maps.   This information will help us work with Saunders, Butler and Platte Counties in identifying higher flood risk areas and help them avoid permitting development in those areas.  The completed maps will eventually be posted on our web site and director download page as well.  FEMA/NEMA will be providing $30,000 (75%) reimbursement on our $40,000 JEO contract to complete this work.

We received the final bill and progress report for contact work completed on our Hazard Mitigation Plan update and associated work as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. This $4,924.90 payment will complete the $126,000 HMP contract with JEO.   

Attachments
6.D.4.d. Review of Projects Financial Statement
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As of January 3, 2016, 54.59% for the Projects budget was expended.

6.D.4.e. Sand Creek
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The landowners that boarder the Wanahoo Wetland met with Miyoshi on February 26, see attached minutes.

At this time we need to decide if we want to move forward with tiling the three properties or hire one of the firms that submitted an RFP to come up with a solution for us.

  Estimated cost to tile the 40 acres - $40,000

  RFPs

  Headwaters Corporation - $19,830

  EA Engineering - $15,000-$40,000

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To offer tiling and Wetland Reserve Program options to landowners impacted by the Wanahoo Wetland contingent on receiving a hold harmless agreement before exploring other options

6.D.5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
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The contractor needs to complete installing gates, hopefully by our March 10th Board Meeting.

7. Additional Action Items
7.A. Wahoo Creek 319 Grant Lands for Conservation Cancellation
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               David & Cynthia Hartman x2       74.83 acres                                       $ 13,768.72
                                                                           (40.55 & 34.28 acres)

 

Recommended Motion

To cancel David and Cynthia Hartman ($13,768.72) Wahoo Creek Lands for Conservation Cost-Share Application

7.B. Wahoo Creek 319 Grant Lands for Conservation Approvals
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               Tim Kastl 28 acres $5,152.00

               Steven Vasa 40 acres $7,360.00

TOTAL: $12,512.00         

Recommended Motion

To approve two additional Wahoo Creek 319 Lands for Conservation cost-share applications totaling $12,512

8. Approval of Bills Pending
Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve bills pending as presented

9. Consent Agenda Adoption
Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve Consent Agenda as presented

10. Comments from Directors/Guests
11. Meeting Establishment/Adjournment
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NOTE: The agenda is on file at the LPNNRD office and may be changed up to 24 hours prior to the meeting as scheduled.