Lower Platte North NRD
February 01, 2017 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Rationale

No unfinished business from the last Water Committee.

 

2. ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON
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Election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

Year Chairperson Vice-Chairperson
2016 Frank Pollard  Bob Meduna 
2015 Frank Pollard Bob Meduna
2014 Jim McDermott Frank Pollard
2013 Jim McDermott Frank Pollard

Person may serve two consecutive terms.  Term of office is one year.

Robert Meduna was elected Chair and Dave Saalfeld as Vice-Chair of the Water Committee for 2017.

3. WATER COMMITTEE DAY AND TIME
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Set date and time of Water Committee Meeting:

The Water Committee generally meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm.

 

No action was taken so Water Committee will continue to generally meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

 

4. REGULATORY
4.a. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
4.a.1. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

One new application was received for 135 acres. The district currently has 65 applications totaling 4,188.2 acres.

A producer who submitted a variance request, and was approved in the Fall of 2016 for 100 acres, now says he will not go thru with developing those acres.  The Water Committee discussed whether or not to reissue those acres in the Hydrologically Connected Area to the next person or persons on the list.  However, since we have not received it in writing, no action was taken.

The letter relinquishing those 100 acres was received on Monday, February 6, 2016.

4.a.2. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
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No new updates

4.a.3. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
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4.a.3.a. Variance Request of Martin Erickson - First Request
Rationale

Martin Erickson requests changes in his Variance Conditions for his new acres in the RDA in NE 1/4, Section 20, T14N, R7E (see attached LPNNRD policy on RDA and Variance Conditions).  This area is 1 mile south of the Saunders County Hospital in the Swedeburg subarea.

 

Mr. Erickson would like reconsideration on two of the variance and well permit conditions.  The first one deals with only irrigating during the night time hours from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. of the following day or 9 hours during any 24 hour period.

The Committee members wish to change wording on this variance condition that this is recommended, but to allow addition hours during the day or night on a trail basis for one year and later review.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

It is recommended that the well pump and irrigation system to run at night between the hours of 9:00 pm to 6:00 am of the following day, for 9 hours in any 24 hour period, but to allow a longer time period during the day or night on a trail basis for one year and this variance condition will be reevaluated in early 2018

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  It is recommended that the well pump and irrigation system to run at night between the hours of 9:00 pm to 6:00 am of the following day, for 9 hours in any 24 hour period, but to allow a longer time period during the day or night on a trail basis for one year and this variance condition will be reevaluated in early 2018 passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Frank Pollard.

4.a.3.b. Variance Request of Martin Erickson - Second Request
Rationale

Martin Erickson requests changes in his Variance Conditions for his new acres in the RDA in NE 1/4, Section 20, T14N, R7E (see attached LPNNRD policy on RDA and Variance Conditions).  This area is 1 mile south of the Saunders County Hospital in the Swedeburg subarea.

 

Mr. Erickson would like reconsideration on two of the variance and well permit conditions.  The second one deals with the maximum allocation of 7 acre inches in any one year.  He would like this expanded to 8 or 9 inches per year.

After some discussion the Committee members wish to leave this unchanged.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To deny the Martin Erickson variance request of allowing more than 7 acre inches to be applied to the field in the NE1/4, Section 20, T14N, R7E in any one year

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To deny the Martin Erickson variance request of allowing more than 7 acre inches to be applied to the field in the NE1/4, Section 20, T14N, R7E in any one year passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Frank Pollard.

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

Wells Permits Approved: 2

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
Judith A Nelson 1 135 New (Irrigation) Platte Upper Newman Grove
Jack Nagel 1 135 New (Irrigation) Saunders Todd Valley








 


The total number of approved permits for 2017 is 2


Location of Approved Well Permits for 2017:  Correct as of 2/1/2017

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 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Saunders 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2














4.a.5. Special Quantity Subareas
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SQS #1  (Butler-Saunders)

There are 30 irrigation wells in this area.  25 of these have a flow meter; the other five wells were not used in 2016.  All 25 flow meter reporting forms have been returned.  Angle is working on allocation calculations – 2017 will be the third year of their allocation for this SQS area.

 

SQS #2 (Platte-Colfax)

Flow meter report forms are being returned, but reports for about 70 registered irrigation wells are yet to be received.  Staff is working on allocation calculations and results will be sent to producers this month.

 

4.a.6. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The sub-basins have not met to discuss the individual portion of Platte River Flows for each District.  This is the next step in the Basin Plan.

 

4.a.7. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

Staff met with Amy Zoller of DNR at the NARD Conference and they presented a draft plan for our V-IMP.  It includes input from DNR, but she said further comments from Jennifer Schellpeper (Head of DNR Water Planning Division) still need to be done.  They hope to have the final draft done in February.

 

Attachments
4.a.8. Cost Share Programs
4.a.8.A. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

A total of 348 irrigation kits were mailed in 2016.  We have already received a couple of requests for nitrate-nitrogen sample kits for 2017.

4.a.8.B. Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network (NAWMN)
Rationale

Interest in the this program is waning, we had less than 10 producers signed up last year.  NRCS mentions the program at every NRD Certification Class and we are currently taking signups for this summer.

 

4.a.8.c. Flow Meter Maintenance Program
Rationale

We received a blank contract between Tri-City Meters and UBBNRD that will be reviewed by Jovan L.  The idea is this will provide a basis for our own contract with Tri-City Meters.

 

Attachments
4.a.8.D. Flow Meter Cost Share in SQS #2
Rationale

 

Flow meter cost-share applications continue to be received in the mail but at much slower pace.  A second mailing was sent to producers in January to encourage them to take advantage of this cost-share program. 

 

At the November 30, 2016 Water Committee, motion was made to fund GWEL cooperator wells at $1,000 per 8 inch meters ($770 from WSF and $230 from LPNNRD = $1,000) and at $749 per 6 inch meters ($577 from WSF and $172 from LPNNRD = $749)

As of February 1, 2017 we have received a total of 162 applications.  Several of these still need to be inspected to insure that the meter is installed properly.  

Six well sites have applied for 2 meters each, but following motion of the Water Committee, only one meter per irrigation system will receive funding.

Therefore, for the February 13, 2017 Board Meeting, we will have a total of 13 cost-share applications to approve.

 

Water Sustainability Fund (WSF)
8 inch meters 10 x 8" meters or 10 x $770 = $7,700
6 inch meters 3 x 6" meters or 3 x $577 = $1,731
WSF Total $9,431
So Running Total WSF Grant = $112,414 of $200,000 grant
So Remaining Total of WSF Grant = $87,586

 

 

LPNNRD For GWEL Cooperators
8 inch meter 2 x 8" meters or 1 x $230 = $460
6 inch meter 0 x 6" meters or 0 x $172 = $0
Carry over (8 inch meter) 0 x 8" meter or 0 x $230  = $0
LPNNRD Total $460

 

Total For Flow Meter Cost Share Program
WSF & LPNNRD For approval at February 13, 2017 Board Meeting = $9,891

 

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Letters and cost share forms were sent to the nine producers (on 11 irrigation wells) who have not yet installed flow meters (see attached list).  As of February 1, 2017 none of these people have applied for cost share.

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve total flow meter cost share payment of $9,891 for the 13 applications as attached to the Water Committee Minutes with $9,431 to be reimbursed from the Water Sustainability Fund grant and $460 from LPNNRD for the 1 LPNNRD Groundwater Energy Network cooperator well

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve total flow meter cost share payment of $9,891 for the 13 applications as attached to the Water Committee Minutes with $9,431 to be reimbursed from the Water Sustainability Fund grant and $460 from LPNNRD for the 1 LPNNRD Groundwater Energy Network cooperator well passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Frank Pollard.

4.a.9. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale


2016 is the fourteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.  Phase 2 information packets with order were mailed to producers in June, before the start of irrigation.

This area was reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections in 2015.

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

2015

0 to 32.3 ppm

43% (31 of 72)

8% (6 of 72)

49% (35 of 72)

2016

0 to 35.1 ppm

37% (25 of 68)

12% (8 of 68)

51% (35 of 68)

 

Hough Farms water sample of G-065461 collected in August had a 93.6 ppm result for G-065461. After talking with Tommy Hough it was determined that this sample was collected while they were chemigating at this well.  Oaklund arranged with Tommy Hough to re-sample this well.  The result of the second sample was 13.6 ppm, which is within the range of previous sample results (3.70 to 18.5 ppm).  [Note:  The 93.6 result was removed from the above table.]

 

2016 is the fourteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.  Phase 2 information packets with order were mailed to producers in June, before the start of irrigation.

This area was reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections in 2015.

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

2015

0 to 32.3 ppm

43% (31 of 72)

8% (6 of 72)

49% (35 of 72)

2016

0 to 35.1 ppm

37% (25 of 68)

12% (8 of 68)

51% (35 of 68)

 

Hough Farms water sample of G-065461 collected in August had a 93.6 ppm result for G-065461. After talking with Tommy Hough it was determined that this sample was collected while they were chemigating at this well.  Oaklund arranged with Tommy Hough to re-sample this well.  The result of the second sample was 13.6 ppm, which is within the range of previous sample results (3.70 to 18.5 ppm).  [Note:  The 93.6 result was removed from the above table.]

 

2016 is the fourteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.

This area was reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections in 2015.

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

2015

0 to 32.3 ppm

43% (31 of 72)

8% (6 of 72)

49% (35 of 72)

2016

0 to 35.1 ppm

34% (25 of 74)

11% (8 of 74)

55% (41 of 74)

123 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports for 2016 have been received.  Mike Ebel and Daryl Finecy have been contacted for their reports.

 

4.a.10. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2016 is the first year of this Phase 2 Area.  There are 45 registered active irrigation wells in the ten sections of this new area.

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

2016

1.47 to 41.8 ppm

29% (10 of 34)

9% (3 of 34)

62% (21 of 34)

  

55 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports for 2016 have been received.  A few landowners did not pass on the information and forms to their tenant.  Oaklund has contacted these tenants and mailed them the information.

 

 

4.a.11. Richland - Schuyler Phase 3 Area
Rationale

2016 is the first year of this Phase 3 Area.  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.  

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

2015

0 to 53.3 ppm

23% (55 of 238)

12% (29 of 238)

65% (154 of 238)

2016

0 to 50.5 ppm

25% (58 of 228)

10% (22 of 228)

65% (148 of 228)

367 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports have been received.  Mark Horejsi, Dan Zoucha, Leander Rerucka, and Chad Sukstorf have been contacted for their reports.  Horejsi has reports for both this area and the next (below) area.  It seems that some producers have the CO-OP fill out their Annual Fertilizer Application Reports and then the producers simply sign them.

 

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

Online testings in January:

Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6762

1/10/2017

Tyler Bruhn

Yes

 

6763

1/19/2017

Ronald McGill

Yes

 

6806

1/25/2017

Chris Gustafson

Yes

 

 

2017 Certification Classes for Nitrogen and Water Management

Class

Date & time

Location

Attend

First-

Timers

# 1

Thursday, January 5th @ 3:00 p.m.

(after Corn Expo)

Fremont - Christensen Field

36

6

# 2

Wednesday, January 18th @ 1:00 p.m.

ARDC - Mead

42

12

# 3

Thursday, January 26th @ 1:30 p.m.

Columbus - Ag Park

46

5

 

 

 

 

 

# 4

Tuesday, February 7th @ 9:30 a.m.

David City – Hruska Library

 

 

# 5

Friday, February 10th @ 10:00 a.m.

Lindsay - Village Office

 

 

# 6

Tuesday, February 21st @ 9:00 a.m.

Fremont - Extension Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# 7

Wednesday, March 1st @ 9:30 a.m.

Columbus - Pinnacle Bank

 

 

# 8

Tuesday, March 7th @ 9:00 a.m.

Fremont - Extension Office

 

 

# 9

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

David City – Hruska Library

 

 

# 10

Wednesday, March 15th @ 7:00 p.m.

ARDC - Mead

 

 

# 11

Thursday, March 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

Columbus - Ag Park

 

 

      316 letters with class schedule for those expiring 4/1/2017 were mailed in December.

      84 letters with class schedule for those that expired 4/1/2016 were mailed in December.

      88 letters with class schedule for those that expired 4/1/2015 were mailed in December.

 

Attachments
4.b. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

No new update.  For 2016 we have 478 renewals and 95 new permit applications for a current total of 573.  In 2015 we had a total of 515 chemigation permits.

The chemigation summary for 2016 is due to DEQ by March 1, 2017 and Tyler Benal has already submitted this report.

 

4.c. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

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

5. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
5.a. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
5.a.1. Well Estimates
Rationale

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

 

5.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 
Carson Day 18" Irrigation Well $581.81 Dodge






 

Recommended Motion

*To approve cost share payment of $581.81 to Carson Day for decommissioning of an irrigation well in Dodge County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve cost share payment of $581.81 to Carson Day for decommissioning of an irrigation well in Dodge County passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Jim McDermott.

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

The latest Technical Committee meeting was held on January 24, 2017 at the NARD Legislative Conference.

Topics discussed included:

  • GeoCloud for all AEM data collected in the State
  • Recharge Discussion
  • Future AEM flights and getting grants
  • USGS age dating of ground water
  • Renewal of ENWRA coalition

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Nebraska GeoCloud Program is funded by a grant from the Water Sustainability Fund (approved on December 12, 2016) to house all AEM data collected in the State into one database for easier access.  Cooperating partners include DNR, 10 NRD's, CSD, and USGS.  Attached is a Interlocal Agreement for this 3 year effort.  They are looking for a commitment from LPNNRD of $3,400 a year for three years starting with the next fiscal year (FY2017-2018).  A webinar is planned for February 23, 2017 with all parties involved (including the Netherlands) to review the process involved and details of the program.

This will be discussed further at the next Water Committee meeting.

 

Attachments
5.b.2. Platte and Elkhorn River Valley Integrated Water Monitoring
Rationale

No new update.

 

5.b.3. Lower Platte River Consortium
Rationale

The next meeting for the Lower Platte River Consortium meeting is set for February 23, 2017 for 2:00 p.m. at LPSNRD.

 

6. SURFACE WATER PROGRAMS
6.a. USGS WATER QUALITY MONITORING ON SHELL CREEK
Rationale

The USGS has submitted a bill to the LPNNRD for continuous water quality monitoring on Shell Creek for $2,700.  This is part of a cooperative agreement the NRD has with USGS.

 

Attachments
7. OTHER
7.a. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Mary Wotipka wants the Water Committee and Board to reconsider the variance request by John Wotipka for new irrigated acres in the Restricted Development Area in NE1/4, Section 25, T14N, R6E.  The original well permit application was made in 2005 but it wasn't until 2013 that they developed the land, which was after the area was declared a Restricted Development Area in 2008.