Lower Platte North NRD
November 03, 2016 8:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Rationale

None

2. SWCP
Attachments
2.a. SWCP Application Approvals
Rationale

Darrell Umscheid     Diversion     $  507.45

Recommended Motion

*To approve the SWCP application for Darrell Umscheid as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the SWCP application for Darrell Umscheid as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Terry Sobota and a second by Don Veskerna.

2.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

None

2.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None

2.d. Nebraska Buffer Strip Payments
Rationale

Nebraska Buffer Strip Program 2016 Payments

 

Charles Barjenbruch            9.5 acres                   $     229.24 
James Barjenbruch             13 acres                    $     341.77
Lavaine Gaskill                    5.5 acres                   $     155.38
Hill Valley Farms                 16.5 acres                 $  3,712.50
Rodney Julsen                     23.1 acres                 $  5,197.50
Ed Luetkenhaus                   4 acres                      $     900.00
Francis Shanle                     9.5 acres                   $     247.00
Ronald Anderson                12.9 acres                   $     759.93
Tom Sprunk                        15.4 acres                  $  3,465.00

                              TOTAL 2016 PAYMENTS:  $  15,008.32

Recommended Motion

To approve 2016 Nebraska Buffer Strip payments as listed for a total of $ 15,008.32

2.e. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Payments
Rationale

Payments:

Mary Jo Spicka     Terraces/tile          $ 7,381.32

Robert Hedges     Lands for Cons.     $ 6,992.00

                  TOTAL:                         $ 14,373.32

Recommended Motion

*To approve the Wahoo Creek cost share payments totaling $14,373.32as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the Wahoo Creek cost share payments totaling $14,373.32as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Larry Feala.

3. WATERSHEDS
3.a. Shell Creek - Watershed Plan
Rationale

NDEQ is making final inputs as requested by EPA.  We are hopeful to get final approval in a week or two. EPA was having a hang up on the rotation of priority watersheds.  They are fine with focusing Section 319 funds on the stream and tributary corridor, but want other funding sources to support the upland work in the priority sub-watersheds.

It appears that EPA is accepting the following compromise:

  1. Increase the width of the stream corridor from 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet (total 3,000 feet) and limit expenditure of Section 319 funds to Best Management Practices installed in the corridor.  This will shift Section 319 funds more toward structural practices [oxbow connections, stream stabilization and retention ponds (e.g., road structures)] and exclusion fencing and pasture management.  It will also accommodate fields with 1/4 miles rows so we don’t have to split eligibility within large fields.
  2. Retain the priority sub-watersheds and rotation schedule, but limit practice funding to sources other than Section 319 funds.
  3. Retain match eligibility for non-federal funds expended for practices installed in the sub-watersheds.
  4. Retain wellhead protection areas as special priority areas for Section 319 eligibility.
  5. Retain eligibility for upgrade of on-site waste water treatment systems as a watershed-wide practice.
  6. Retain outreach as a watershed wide practice/activity.

3.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
3.b.1. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan Phase I
Rationale

Attached is the 9/30/2016, $1,250 invoice that was paid to JEO for contract work in the Wahoo Creek Watershed.  To date, $95,900 of their $120,000 total contract has been paid.  Since much of the remaining contract work will not be completed under Phase I, we have shifted the focus to payments on land treatment contracts to landowner.  Phase I will be finished in March, 2017.

Attachments
4. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
4.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

On October 18th, Miyoshi and Mountford met with the managers and assistant managers at LPSNRD and PMRNRD to discuss the future of the LPRCA.  With Meghan Sittler's resignation, it was decided to wait until all three NRD's have an opportunity to regroup and discuss how or what partners want to continue in the future before a new coordinator is hired.  As you know, LPNNRD is presently a non-dues paying member but is participating with three previous commitments.   The next scheduled LPRCA quarterly meeting is set for 10:00 a.m. at the Papio Missouri River NRD.

Last week we were informed that Corps Headquarters is moving forward to include the Lower Platte River Watershed Restoration in the President's Budget. This is the authority that the Alliance has been working to get approved for 10 years which will provide funding opportunities for conservation work in the Lower Platte Watershed (see attachment).

SEC. 5104. LOWER PLATTE RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION, NEBRASKA.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may cooperate with and provide assistance to the Lower Platte River natural resources districts in the State of Nebraska to serve as non-Federal interests with respect to— (1) conducting comprehensive watershed planning in the natural resource districts; (2) assessing water resources in the natural resource districts; and (3) providing project feasibility planning, design, and construction assistance for water resource and watershed management in the natural resource districts, including projects for environmental restoration and flood damage reduction.

(b) FUNDING.— (1) FEDERAL SHARE.—The Federal share of the cost of carrying out an activity described in subsection (a)(1) shall be 75 percent. (2) NON-FEDERAL SHARE.—The non-Federal share of the cost of carrying out an activity described in subsection (a) may be provided in cash or in kind. 

(c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $12,000,000. 

Attachments
5. OTHER
5.a. Army COE 205 Projects
5.a.1. Fremont 205
Rationale

The Corps of Engineers has organized a Non-Federal partners meeting for Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fremont City Counsel Chambers. The COE will update us on the study and tell us how we will proceed with a public meeting most likely after the first of the year.

5.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

On October 27th, Mountford and Heimann participated in a conference call with the Army COE (attachment) to discuss remaining tasks as the Shell Creek Levee Project is wrapping up. Finial tasks include sediment removal, grading, shaping, and seeding of the south drainage ditch of Highway 30 eastward from Drainage and completion of the Operation and Maintenance Manual.  

  1.  Ditch Clean out plans and specs - JEO has been working diligently in the preparation of plans and specs for the ditch clean out.  Coordination has occurred with the COE.  Plans and specs were sent for review to the COE and NDOR on Oct 26th.  Award of a contract is targeted for November 11. Weather permitting, the work will be completed this fall.  The COE will provide comment on the plans and specs. One comment to be aware of is that a note needs to be added to the plans not to disturb existing drainage structures to address any concern related to the drainage structure No. 1 being impacted.
  2.   O & M Manual Status -The Draft Final O&M Manual has been sent to the Schuyler, LPNNRD, NDOR and Union Pacific on CD’s. Comments have been requested to be submitted by November 18th to the COE.  All are encouraged to closely review the drawing for accuracy.  The O&M Manual goes into effect when the project is turned over.  It will be approved before the project is turned over. Once turned over the sponsor would coordinate with the Readiness Branch who will oversee the project. Inspections will be completed by the Missouri River Project Office.  

Attachments
5.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
Rationale

No new information was presented.

5.c. Review of Projects Financial Statement
5.d. Platte Center Bank Stabilization Project Payment Request
Rationale

Platte Center has completed the latest phase of their Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project and is requesting $11,357 (50% assistance) reimbursement on their $22,714 total invoice as attached.  The Board previously approved 50% assistance up to $11,715 toward this project phase. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve a $11,357 payment to Platte Center on their Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project, which is 50% of the total cost of $22,714 as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve a $11,357 payment to Platte Center on their Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project, which is 50% of the total cost of $22,714 as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Terry Sobota.

6. ADJOURNMENT
Rationale

With no further business, the Projects Committee adjourned (in record time) at 8:28 a.m.