Lower Platte North NRD
April 28, 2016 8:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
Attachments
1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

15-B-08     REMD, LLC c/o Dan Homan   Terraces/Tile/Basins     $ 4,284.02

Recommended Motion

* To approve the SWCP Payment for $ 4,284.02 as shown in the Projects Committee minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the SWCP Payment for $ 4,284.02 as shown in the Projects Committee minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Bob Clausen.

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
Rationale

No payments to consider as we have closed out the Cottonwood Creek NDEQ grant and are working on the final report.

1.e. Sand/Duck Creek
Rationale

As reported last month, Eric has wrapped up Sand and Duck Watershed cost-share payments from our last EPA/NDEQ grant.  With over $70,000 of unused grant funding available, we are planning to transfer this money toward water quality monitoring efforts in various streams throughout the entire Wahoo Creek Watershed.

1.f. Wahoo Creek Grant Payments
Rationale

Lands For Conservation:

  Kenneth Fencl    41.5 acres             $    9,130.00

 

Conservation Work:

  Kenneth Fencl     Basins w/Tile         $    4,835.07

                                                         $ 13,965.07

Recommended Motion

*To approve the Wahoo Creek Lands For Conservation payment for $ 9,130.00 and Conservation work payment for $ 4,835.07 for a total of $ 13,965.07 as shown in the Projects Committee minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve the Wahoo Creek Lands For Conservation payment for $ 9,130.00 and Conservation work payment for $ 4,835.07 for a total of $ 13,965.07 as shown in the Projects Committee minutes passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Larry Feala.

1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Rationale

Lands For Conservation:

  Robert Hedges etal          40 acres               $ 7,360.00 

  Ronald  Hula                    5 acres                $    920.00

                                                                    $ 8,280.00

(NOTE: After the Projects Committee met, it was discovered that Robert Hedges acres should have been listed at 40 acres, not 28 as presented.  However the approved total dollar amount remains unchanged) 

Septic System Upgrade:

  Ed Sladky  Repair/Replace system with inspection            $ 3,300.00

Recommended Motion

* To approve the Wahoo Creek Lands For Conservation applications for $ 8,280.00 and Septic System upgrade application for cost share for $ 3,300 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the Wahoo Creek Lands For Conservation applications for $ 8,280.00 and Septic System upgrade application for cost share for $ 3,300 as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Larry Feala and a second by Don Veskerna.

2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
2.a.1. Shell Creek Water Quality Implementation Plan
Rationale

Mountford met with NDEQ on April 8th to review final inputs to the Shell Creek Water Quality Implementation Plan.  It will now be sent back to EPA for final concurrence. After that concurrence is received, we can hopefully move toward grade stabilization structure construction. Attached is a revised draft for your review, however some other revisions were made more recently.  The final plan will be provided with all revisions when available.

Melissia Foreman completed the NET quarterly report as we prepare for future projects. 

Attachments
2.a.2. Mainelli/Wagner Shell Creek Structure Design Invoice Update
Rationale

Attached is Mainelli Wagner & Associates $2,321.27 statement for design work complected on Shell Creek grade stabilization structures.  After this payment, there will be $1,168.35 remaining on our $49,040 contract.  

 

 

Attachments
2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
2.b.1. Wahoo Creek Waterhed Water Quality Plan
Rationale

As part of the Wahoo Creek Water Quality Plan, we committed to monitor the water quality in the watershed to document the benefits of land treatment practices applied and identify future priority areas.  

Mountford has been working with NDEQ on setting up weekly sampling at 18 stream sites in the watershed, May through September, 2016.  NDEQ personnel will take the water samples and set them up in a incubator in our lab.  LPNNRD staff will take sample readings after 24 hours and report to NDEQ. We will be using carryover Sand and Duck Creek grant funds for this monitoring project.  Since we are over matched on other 319 grants, there will be no financial requirement from LPNNRD.  This sampling will not only help us document progress being made through our efforts it will also help us remain in a good position to obtain future grants for helping landowners apply conservation practices.

Attached is the Project Implementation Plan for the Wahoo Creek Special Study (monitoring).  Included is in-kind contributions from the NRD for reading the bacteria plates and some incidental activities we would have to the project. NDEQ requested entering into a Memorandum of Agreement for the in-kind contribution,  to directly connect the NRD with the project.  NDEQ has been negotiating with EPA for quick turnaround so we can start monitoring next week. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve entering into and authorize the General Manger to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with NDEQ for LPNNRD's in-kind contribution to the Wahoo Creek Special Water Quality Monitoring Study

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve entering into and authorize the General Manger to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with NDEQ for LPNNRD's in-kind contribution to the Wahoo Creek Special Water Quality Monitoring Study passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Don Veskerna.

2.b.2. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan Phase II - 9:00 a.m.
Rationale

As authorized by the Board, Assistant Manager Mountford has signed and returned required paperwork on our approved $106,000 grant award from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (as attached). 

As reported last month, with the successful approval of our NET and NDEQ grants in the Wahoo Creek Watershed, we are ready to discuss moving forward with the design of two larger grade stabilization structures in the watershed. JEO has proposed a contract to complete this design work which would be paid by the grants.  Saunders County, who is a project partner, has offered to contract with JEO, and LPNNRD would reimburse them with grant funds.  JEO completed the Wahoo Creek Watershed Plan and assisted with the applications for moving into this next project phase. John Peterson with JEO will be present to answer questions about their proposal.

Moving forward, it is important to first get clarification from NDEQ if we and/or the County are required to send out Requests for Proposals to various firms to complete this work.  We also need to complete a formal grant agreement with NDEQ before any contract is approved.  The Committee is asked to discuss this situation and give input. 

Attachments
3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE - 8:00 a.m.
3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

Meghan Sittler was present to update the committee on LPRCA activities and accomplishments.

3.b. LPRCA FY 2017 Proposed Budget
Rationale

Meghan will be present to review LPRCA's proposed FY 2017 budget.  Committee recommendation to approve the Alliance budget after review and input is requested. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the LPRCA 2017 selected budget project and program items (as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes) totaling $51,200 (as shown in black) and to budget an additional $34,167 for projects and programs (50% of the total shown in red) that will require Board approval before moving forward

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the LPRCA 2017 selected budget project and program items (as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes) totaling $51,200 (as shown in black) and to budget an additional $34,167 for projects and programs (50% of the total shown in red) that will require Board approval before moving forward passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
Rationale

All the non-federal partners agreed to continue the study and have signed the Amended Inter-local agreement. We will anticipate the COE asking for the funding in the new fiscal year. We have not heard anything new regarding the study.

4.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

The Schuyler Shell Creek Levee project is now complete. The City of Schuyler is waiting for the operation and maintenance manual from the Army Corps of Engineers.

4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
4.c. Review of Projects Financial Statement
4.d. Platte Center Bank Stabiization Project Extention Request
Rationale

LPNNRD has been a long time partner with Platte Center their bank stabilization project on the portion of Elm Creek that flows through the Village.  They are requesting that our budgeted project cost-share support be carried into fiscal year 2017 since they will not be completing this project until after July 1. 

Recommended Motion

* To approve carrying Platte Center's approved and unused $11,315 for their Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project into our FY 2017 fiscal year budget 2017

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve carrying Platte Center's approved and unused $11,315 for their Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project into our FY 2017 fiscal year budget 2017 passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Don Veskerna.

4.e. NRCS Conservation Technician Assistance Request - 8:30 a.m.
Rationale

With the upcoming spring and summer application of conservation practices in the Lower Platte North NRD area NRCS District Conservationist Mark Walkenhorst  is requesting (as attached) our consideration to hire four collage age students from May to end of July, 2016, to assist in the promotion, application and planning of the EQIP and NRD conservation programs (especially the Shell Creek, Sand and Duck and Wahoo creek watersheds).  

The four individuals will also assist county NRCS and NRD technicians with the following activities; Addressing NRD application’s and sign-ups, working with landowners and producers concerning irrigation practices such as irrigation water management and the review and documentation for payment certification on any flowmeters, and any other irrigation requests.  The will also assist the NRD and NRCS technicians with the spring/summer application workload regarding EQIP and NRD projects that have been approved. This assistance will be providing assistance to the technicians in the survey, design and layout of the various conversation practices (water and sediment control basins, terraces, waterways and underground outlets) planned for this spring/summer. 

These students will also, assist with the various agronomy practices that have been or will be installed this summer. Verification and assistance to the landowners and producers in the design and application of Residue Mgt. - No Till, Cover Crops, Critical Area Planting, Permanent seeding for CRP, NRCS contracts and NRD applications and assist with the Nebraska Buffer Strip Program contracts in the five counties. 

 In addition, they will assist the administrative assistants in all five counties with administration (organization, management) of the NRD applications for the Lower Platte North.

Lastly, they will be used to work with landowners and producers in Butler, Colfax, Dodge, Platte and Saunders concerning 2016 compliance spot checks/field reviews. It is intended that these individuals will start promoting and working with landowners and producers, by looking ahead to 2017, and making them aware that HEL compliance procedures specific to levels of erosion and the control of “all” ephemeral erosion will be changing.

Mark's total proposed $17,600 dollars needed would fall within our normal annual budgeted amounts used to assist NRCS technicians with field layout of conservation practices.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve use of our normally budgeted NRCS Conservation Technician Assistance Funds for use on conservation activities as attached to the Projects Committee minutes, not to exceed a total of 960 hours

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve use of our normally budgeted NRCS Conservation Technician Assistance Funds for use on conservation activities as attached to the Projects Committee minutes, not to exceed a total of 960 hours passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Larry Feala.

5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Rationale

This project is now complete. 

5.a. Western Sarpy/Clear Creek Project Annual Payment to PMRNRD
Rationale

We have received PMRNRD's annual $150,000 payment request for the Western Sarpy/Clear Creek Project.

Since we usually get committee/board approval for payment at our June Board meeting, no recommendation is needed at this time, but the invoice is attached for review and questions. 

Attachments
6. ADJOURNMENT
Rationale

With no further business, the Projects Committee adjourned at 9:36 a.m.