Lower Platte North NRD
March 30, 2016 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
1.A.1. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

No new updates.

1.A.2. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
Rationale

No new updates.

1.A.3. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No new updates.

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

Wells Permits Approved: Schomer approved 2 well permits since the last Committee meeting.

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
Kenneth Hasemann 1 0 Irrigation/Replacement Dodge North Bend
Fremont Golf Club 1 0 Irrigation/Replacement Dodge Fremont









The total number of approved permits for 2016 is 3.


Location of Approved Well Permits for 2016:  Correct as of 3/30/2016

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 2 0 0 0 0 2
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 2 0 0 0 0 3




 

 

 

 

 

 

1.A.5. Irrigation Transfer Request
Rationale

 

1.A.5.a. Noonan Family Trust Irrigation Transfer Request to Mohrman Trust
Rationale

Proposed Transfer Between Noonan Family Trust and Earl Dean Mohrman Trust – Larry Mohrman Trustee:

Larry Mohrman contacted LPNNRD in February of 2016 to ask about transferring acres from the ground he farms for Noonan Family Trust to his brother’s ground Earl Dean Mohrman Trust.  If allowed, Mr. Mohrman would cease gravity irrigation on the Noonan ground, install a pivot on the west portion of the Noonan ground and pick up a portion of the Mohrman ground as part of the pivot swing.  The Mohrman ground would gain an additional 9.34 acres of irrigation in the NE1/4, Section 25, T19N, R3W.  The transferable acres from the Noonan ground amount to 5.28 acres in the N1/2, Section 30, T19N, RW and shown in the attached map.  The leftover 4.06 acres falls within the 4.9 allowance LPN has traditionally granted for Acre Certification and Variances (both tracts have prior irrigation and have been certified, this would be an additional 4.06 to Morhman).  Chris Poole says that, coupled with the water savings from upgrading from gravity to center pivot irrigation make this a desirable transfer for LPNNRD.  All parties between the Noonan and Mohrman Trusts are amenable to the transfer, therefore they are seeking approval from LPNNRD to allow the transfer of 5.28 acres from Noonan Trust to Mohrman Trust and allow the additional 4.06 acres of pivot irrigation on the Mohrman ground.  Both properties are in the Middle Shell Creek subarea.

Please see the attached map for further clarification.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the transfer of 5.28 certified irrigated acres from the N1/2, Section 30, T19N, R2W, of the Middle Shell Creek subarea owned by the Noonan Family Trust to the Earl Dean Mohrman Trust land in the NE1/4 of Section 25, T19N, R3W also in the Middle Shell Creek subarea and allow additional acres to be developed to complete the pivot circle for a total of 9.34 acres as shown in the attached map

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the transfer of 5.28 certified irrigated acres from the N1/2, Section 30, T19N, R2W, of the Middle Shell Creek subarea owned by the Noonan Family Trust to the Earl Dean Mohrman Trust land in the NE1/4 of Section 25, T19N, R3W also in the Middle Shell Creek subarea and allow additional acres to be developed to complete the pivot circle for a total of 9.34 acres as shown in the attached map passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Joe Birkel.

1.A.5.b. Mark Jenny Transfer Question
Rationale

Mark Jenny contacted the LPNNRD office on 3/29/2016 regarding a transfer of certified irrigated acres.  Mr. Jenny would like the Water Committee to discuss the idea of transferring 29.8 certified irrigated acres from 9-18N-2W Platte County, Platte Center Subarea to an unspecified field in the Lower Loup NRD.  He is not looking for a decision on the matter at this time.

Water Committee members discussed that at the present time a transfer of acres to the Lower Loup NRD is unlikely, however after water banking is established in the entire Lower Platte River Basin, such a transfer may be possible.

 

1.A.6. Special Quantity Subareas
1.A.6.a. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Platte - Colfax SQS area (SQS #2)

All three of the informational classes for this area have been held.  The last scheduled class was yesterday afternoon (March 29, 2016).

  1. 92 landowners/producers attended the first class on Thursday, January 14, 2016.  One director was present at this class.
  2. 49 landowners/producers attended the second class on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  One director was present at this class.
  3. 31 landowners/producers attended the third class on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (yesterday).  One director was present at this class as well.

Some of these attendees were at more than one class.  Most of the attendees neglected to bring their well registration number(s) to the class so cross-referencing for the correct operator for each well may take longer.  This cross checking is necessary to see if anyone still has not attended at least one of these classes, and therefore determine if a fourth class at our office is necessary.  A total of 293 letters were mailed to producers, landowners, and tenants (mailing address information from the Acres Certification database). There are 300 registered high capacity wells in this SQS area.

Updated information was presented such as new approved list of meters, State of Nebraska requirements for backflow prevention, and one solution to limited space for installation of a flow meter (see attached document).  All of this new information will be mailed to all producers in both SQS areas.

 

Attachments
1.A.7. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The next Technical meeting of the LPRBC has been set for Wednesday May 4, 2016 in Ord at LLNRD.  This is the same day as our Spring Conservation Sensation.  Topics and agenda have not yet been finalized.

 

1.A.8. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

No new update.

 

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

LPNNRD On Line Certification

Five on-line test requests have been made in March.  Three on-line tests were completed and one decided to attend the class on March 3rd

Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6678

3/7/2016

Patsy Steinbach

No

14 minutes, 50 seconds

6679

3/7/2016

Jason Steinbach

Yes

9 minutes, 36 seconds

6680

3/7/2016

Michael Steinbach

Yes

6 minutes, 43 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

LPNNRD Certification Classes

With the last class completed (March 29, 2016), the twelve classes for 2016 have been completed:

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

20

1

# 8

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

Fremont -

Extension Office

6

2

# 9

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

David City -

Hruska Library

15

3

# 10

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

David City – Frontier CO-OP

1

0

# 11

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

ARDC - Mead

14

2

# 12

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

Columbus -

Ag Park

10

0

    Total   185 21

 

In early December 2015 the class schedule for the 2016 classes were mailed to:

  • 230 with expiration date of 4/1/2016
  • 123 with expiration date of 4/1/2015
  •   57 with expiration date of 4/1/2014

 

1.B. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

For 2015 we had a total of 515 active chemigation permits.  Renewal forms were mailed out in mid-March and so far we have received 112 renewals.  We have also received 4 new permit applications.

The breakdown, by county for the 112 renewals, are listed below:

 County Number 
 Boone 15 
 Butler 10 
 Colfax
 Dodge 15 
 Madison
 Platte 27 
 Saunders 40 

 

The renewal deadline in June 1st.

1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

No new livestock permit applications from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting.

 

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

No wells are ready for cost share payment this month.  So far it has been a slow year for decommissioned well payments.  The summary is below:

 LPNNRD Budgeted Amount $12,200 
 Cost Share Funds Paid $6,595.53 
 Cost Share Funds Remaining $5,604.47



2.B. LOWER PLATTE NORTH NRD GROUND WATER STUDIES
2.B.1. Elkhorn Loup Model (ELM)
Rationale

Steve Peterson of USGS will visit our office in mid April to install portions of the ELM ground water model on our network.  This will overlap into our Shell Creek watershed.

 

2.B.2. Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA)
Rationale

Katie Cameron, ENWRA coordinator, has sampled the deep test holes and monitoring wells the COE is installing as part of their clean up efforts at the Former Ordnance Plant near Mead.  The COE is sampling for explosives and TCE in the bedrock to see if these contaminants have gone deeper into the Dakota.  Previous efforts focused on the upper portion of the Dakota.  ENWRA is interested in the general water quality of the Dakota since this maybe a usable aquifer in the future.  ENWRA has applied to the WSF for more water quality testing of the Dakota at several locations across eastern Nebraska.  We should know by the end of April if this grant is approved.  Also by the end of April we should know if the grant request to WSF for the AEM flights will be approved or not.

ENWRA is also looking at the installation of monitoring wells in several of the eastern NRD's: LPN, LPS, LE, Papio, and Nemaha.  A well driller will be hired to drill these wells at test hole sites already completed by C&SD.

 

2.C. NEW MONITORING WELLS
Rationale

Attached is the amended agreement with the C&SD and ENWRA to install three monitoring wells in our District at a cost of $44,600.

Two monitoring wells would be installed in the North Bend Subarea, east of the Fremont Cutoff Ditch.  This area has a bedrock high and therefore the aquifer is very thin in this area.  One well would be installed in the shallow sand and gravel aquifer (~25 to 35 feet deep) and the other in the Dakota sandstone (~300 feet deep).  See attached sheet.

The third monitoring well would be installed in the Prague subarea and this well would also be in the Dakota sandstone but ~500 feet deep.  See attached sheet.

The test holes originally scheduled to be drilled this fiscal year will be postponed until the fall of 2016.

For FY15-16 we budgeted $36,000 for monitoring wells and $25,000 for test holes for a total of $61,000.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve and authorize signing "Amendment #1 to the Cooperative Agreement signed June 24, 2015" with UNL Conservation and Survey for three monitoring wells at a cost of $44,600

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve and authorize signing "Amendment #1 to the Cooperative Agreement signed June 24, 2015" with UNL Conservation and Survey for three monitoring wells at a cost of $44,600 passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

2.D. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

Staff began collecting our Spring readings on Tuesday, March 22nd.  The Uplands, Todd Valley, and Wann Basin areas are completed.  Weather-permitting the Platte Valley should be completed this week with Shell Creek scheduled for the week of April 4th to the 8th.  Preliminary, the water levels are up, which was both anticipated and hoped for with the shorter irrigation season and abundance of precipitation in 2015.

 

3. OTHER
3.A. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

The Summer Session for GMDA will be in Yakima WA on June 29 to July 1, 2016.  The Central Colorado Conservancy District is organizing the event.

 

The budget summary for the GMDA Sacramento Conference is below:

 Total Income $53,290.00
 Total Expenses $39,803.48 
 Difference $13,486.52

Therefore we need to send a check to GMDA for $13,486.52 (see attached sheet for details).

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve sending the profit of $13,486.52 from the GMDA Winter Session to GMDA

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve sending the profit of $13,486.52 from the GMDA Winter Session to GMDA passed with a motion by Donald Kavan and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

3.B. SUMMER INTERNS
Rationale

Russ Oaklund and Bob Heimann have been reviewing applications for 2016 LPNNRD summer intern positions.  Interview for two of the applicants has been scheduled for tomorrow.  So far the applications received haven’t been too good.

 

3.C. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Director Kavan stated that in the past eight years 10 new irrigation wells have been installed within one mile of him and he is concerned about all of them running out of water.

Chairman John Hannah and Mary Wotipka were also in attendance.

The Water Committee adjourned at 6:35 pm.