Lower Platte North NRD
February 13, 2017 1:30 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
1. Call to Order
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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.

 

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
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Are there any changes or additions to the Agenda

Recommended Motion

If there are no changes or additions, the Agenda is approved as published

4. Comments - Advisors/Guests
4.A. Guest Comments
4.B. NRCS Report
Attachments
4.C. NARD Report
4.D. NRC Report
4.E. Managers Report
Attachments
4.F. Education Program
5. Approval of Minutes
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Are there any changes or corrections to the January minutes? If not the minutes will be approved on consent agenda

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve the January 9, 2017 Minutes as distributed to all board members

6. Report of Standing Committees
6.A. Executive Committee - Action as Required
6.A.1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
6.A.1.a. Off Site Off Table Concerns Near Sand Creek
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No new information has been received since last month.

6.A.2. MEETINGS
6.A.2.a. Pending
6.A.2.a.1. Water For Food Conference
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The 2017 Water For Food Conference is scheduled for April 10-12 in Lincoln.  This year poses some difficulty as April 10 is board meeting day for us.  Our board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm that day so conference participants can adjust their schedule accordingly.

A copy of the conference announcement is attached with the agenda and program details to follow when available.

Attachments
6.A.2.b. Reports
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Attached find Mountford's report from the NRD/NARD Employee Benefits Committee and Intergovernmental Risk Management Pool Association Loss Control Committee Meetings held January 23rd. 

Attachments
6.A.3. MANAGEMENT ITEMS
6.A.3.a. Directors Absence
Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve Sobota's absence from the November Board Meeting

6.A.3.b. Monthly Education Program
Rationale

The Education Program for our February board meeting is two presentations by Joe Birkel on his experience in the Water Leaders Academy and an update on Project Sense.

Phoenix Group has informed us that several board members have requested that they give an update on work completed on our Master Database and what is planned for the second contract (of three planned) at our March 13 board meeting.

6.A.3.c. Director Retreat
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Our Director's Retreat is scheduled for February 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Benedictine Center north of Schuyler.  Topics for the day include:

1.  Manager Selection Process

2.  Groundwater Rules and Regulations

3.  Update on Phoenix Software

4.  Sand Creek Site 15 - Ourada Complaint

5.  Sand Creek Site 15 - Disposition of Farm

6.  Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance - Primer for 2-24-17 Meeting

7.  Basin Water Supply Discussion

8.  HBE 360 Accounting

9.  Costco Discussion

Are there other topics we wish to add or delete from this list?

Which topics do we want to have Lausterer present for discussion?

 

 

Attachments
6.A.3.d. Sand Creek Site 15
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6.A.3.d.1. Rental of Crop Ground and CRP
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The NRD Farm on Sand Creek Site 15 will be discussed at Board Retreat on February 15.  We do not currently have a tenant on the ground and it appears that we will not be selling the farm in the near term.  The tenant for the past three years Harvey Brabec is willing to farm the 40 acres of tillable land plus manage the two small tracts of CRP that are in their final year.

 

Recommended Motion

To approve Harvey Brabec as the tenant for the NRD farm on Sand Creek Site 15 under the same terms as were previously used

6.A.3.d.2. Ourada Complaint
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Lausterer has received a letter from the Ourada's attorney Thomas Thomsen that is attached.  Discussion can occur at the Director's Retreat or in Executive Session.

6.A.3.e. Reports from Water Strategies
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Four or five days a week we receive a report from Water Strategies.  As you can see, the attached report from January 31 is 28 pages long.  Do director's wish to have these reports forwarded to them?  We could forward the reports for one week and then ask those who wish to continue receiving the report to contact us to remain on the list. 

Attachments
6.A.3.f. Murren Claim
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Attached find a claim received by Lausterer from Mike Murren's Attorney.

Appearing on our agenda and in our minutes gives official recognition that the notice has been received and will be treated as a claim.

Because this is a legal matter there should be no discussion of this item unless the board is in Executive Session.

6.A.4. EQUIPMENT
6.A.5. PERSONNEL
6.A.5.a. Unemployment Payment
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We received a billing from the state for unemployment reimbursement for $1,568 that was paid.

As a Political Sub-Division of the State we do not pay unemployment insurance.  However when a previous employee make a claim and the state determines that the claim is valid we are billed the amount that the state makes in payments. 

6.A.5.b. Water Manager Position
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Resumes for filling the Water Manager Position are due in our office by noon on February 1.  As of Tuesday we have received five applications.

Our plan is to conduct interviews next week and hopefully have a recommendation to fill the position at board meeting on February 13.

Attached find information for Daryl Andersen the candidate Miyoshi has selected to fill the Water Resources position.

A motion is needed to ratify the hiring of Daryl Andersen as our Water Manager at terms recommended by Miyoshi

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To hire Daryl Andersen to fill the Water Resources Manager position with the terms as recommended by Miyoshi

6.A.6. FINANCE
6.A.6.a. Approval of Financial Reports
Recommended Motion

To approve the July, August and September Financial Reports as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

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

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

6.A.6.c. Accounting Update and Approval of Financial Reports
Rationale

Cindy Love and Grant Nuttelmann from HBE were present at committee meeting to give an update on where we are with our accounting.  They presented a draft of our July Financials for review and to make sure the format meets our expectations. Once we are in agreement for the content and format for the new financials HBE will prepare July, August and September financials for approval at our February 13 board meeting.  HBE will attempt to complete these financials by Friday so they can be distributed to board members prior to our February 13 board meeting.

HBE will attend the February 13 board meeting to review the new financials.

6.B. Education, Operations & Rural Water Systems Committee - Action as Required
6.B.1. COMMITTEE CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
B. Heimann
Rationale

The committee needs to nominate and elect a committee chair and vice-chair.

Hannah was nominate as Chairman by Kavan, 2nd by Seier, nomination was closed by Folsom and Seier was nominated as Vice-Chairman by Kavan, 2nd by Hannah, nomination was closed by Folsom and a motion was made.

Hannah will be the Chair and Seier the Vice Chair for the O,E & RW Committee for 2017

6.B.2. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
6.B.3. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
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There are no contract payments.

The tree removal contractor for Czechland has yet to start.

6.B.4. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
B. Heimann
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Staff repaired the flatbed on the 1 ton Dodge, replaced the muffler and tailpipe and rear shocks. Currently doing maintenance and repairs to the dump trailer. Other vehicle maintenance as needed. Periodically checking the recreation area restrooms and garbage.

6.B.4.a. Fremont GI Study
B. Heimann
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Staff met with our non-federal partners ( City of Fremont, Dodge County, Inglewood), the Corps of Engineers and FYRA Engineering on Friday, February 27 in Fremont. As previously stated, to construct a levee around Fremont the COE estimates it at $137 million.  To get it to a 1:1 benefit/cost ratio the price tag needs to be closer to $90 million.  By combining a new SE Beltway into a levee system could reduce the cost by $23-25 million. NDOR still does not look favorably at combining the beltway and levee system but, with some political pressure it may be a possibility but it still does not get us to a 1:1 BC Ratio.

FEMA is currently reviewing hydraulic flow models from NDOR.  NDOR's calculations take the hydraulic flows substantially lower than that of the COE. FEMA has been reviewing this for the past 8-9 months.

FYRA Engineering has found a discrepancy in how the hydraulic flows were calculated by the COE in the Platte River floodplain.  Fyra has not yet come up with a reduced discharge number on flood flows. Even if the discharge is reduced and a levee can be constructed less in length and height there is no guarantee that the BC Ratio would change enough to get it to 1:1. FYRA will have the discharge number soon and may also communicate with the Engineer for NDOR.

6.B.4.b. Rawhide Land Partnership Paul Gifford Box Culvert
B. Heimann
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Miyoshi and Brian Newton (acting city administrator for Fremont) have been working with Paul Gifford to resolve placement of the Box Culvert that by contract is owed to Gifford.  LPNNRD has been unwilling to compromise on location of the culvert due to added costs and our understanding of the original contract.  The request is now being made to have LPNNRD pay Fremont to assume the culvert liability.  The attached table shows the informal bids received to preform the work.

The question is what are we willing to pay to buy our way out of the contract.  If we were going to construction, the above quotes show our cost would be $60,000 (the construction cost for the low bid).  Fremont’s cost is engineering and project inspection.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To have Lausterer prepare an addendum to “Escrow Agreement for Box Culvert Funds” agreement with Paul Gifford that would transfer the liability for construction of the “Gifford Box Culvert” as part of the LPNNRD Rawhide, Section 10 Project to the City of Fremont at a cost to LPNNRD of $55,000

6.B.4.c. Sand/Duck Creek Dam Deficiencies and Site 15 Survey
B. Heimann
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Heimann and Miyoshi met with the COE on Wednesday, January 18 to review the deficiencies on the Sand/Duck Creek Dams.  The Corps states that a letter from Colonel Henderson dated October 14, 2016 officially closed out the Sediment Trap/Wetland, Breakwater Berm, remaining recreational features, Upstream Structures and Dam Site 15 Outlet Channel Repair and the entire project is officially turned over to the LPN NRD for operations and maintenance, repair, replacement and rehabilitation.

The Corps states that the erosion issues outside the project boundaries were to be handled by the NRD because it would have taken more land acquisition therefore making it more costly. They are looking into the possibility of repairing the terraces and tile outlets on Site 16 because it is within the project boundary.  The Corps estimates there's $31,000 remaining in the account for finishing the O & M Manual and figuring the financial credits on the project. They are declining to help financially with any land treatment next door or take any responsibility for any of the reported deficiencies.

To put land treatment on neighboring properties and repair erosion issues in the emergency spillways NRCS designs and estimates total $37,452. Heimann has met with tenant/contractor Roland Kavan on doing this work and helping persuade landowners to put land treatment on their property. Staff recommends that landowners sign up for cost share assistance through SWCP and that the District budget and cover the other 25%. This process may take a year or two.

JEO has surveyed the west property boundary on Site 15 and placed markers for identification. Heimann assisted with a fence post marker, painted pink, in the clump of trees in the lake.  The fence post was tied to a tree with the original lathe that was tied to the same tree.

 

Recommended Motion

*To budget up to $10,000 of LPNNRD funds along with other outside available funds for conservation measures on neighboring properties and have staff work with the neighbors adjacent to the Sand/Duck Creek Dam sites to remedy erosion issues and also repair problems on the dams sites as well

6.B.4.d. Lake Wanahoo Lake Level
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The District advertised and directly sent RFQ/RFP letters to engineering firms in the area that might have interest in the Section 408 process request to the Army Corp’s of Engineers for permission to lower Lake Wanahoo’s permanent water level. RFQ/RFP's were due at the NRD office by 8:00 a.m Tuesday, January 31. The Lake Level Committee recommended to table/postpone the opening and review of the two RFQ/RFP's that were received. The Committee would like more detailed information from the COE on what will be looked at in the 408 process and whether the engineering firms have enough of this COE information to make a proper bid/proposal.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To table the Section 408 proposal opening in order to allow the private property owner group to obtain answers to questions it has from the Corps of Engineers and report back to the advisory panel in order to see if additions and/or changes should be integrated into the Request for Proposals passed with a motion by Morrissey and a second by Bartek

6.B.4.e. Lake Wanahoo Lake Level Proactive Flood Management Proposal
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Mike Sotek of FYRA Engineering was present to propose a "Proactive Flood Management Proposal" in regulating the Wanahoo Lake Level by monitoring the extended weather forecast. The lake level would be managed by opening and closing the gate dependent on the 2-4 day extended weather forecast. Instrumentation such as piezometers would be used to monitor upstream flows to inform us how much water is coming down. FYRA Engineering would develop a step by step management plan based on predicted rainfall events to guide us in regulating the gate level (timing & volume).  We could try this concept for one year manually, if it seems successful, we could work toward automating the system. To help curtail the cost of automation we would apply for funding through NEMA (Hazard Mitigation) and the Water Sustainability Fund.

Recommended Motion

*To move a head with and have FYRA Engineering prepare a proposal for Proactive Flood Management Proposal in which they develop an operating policy in managing the Wanahoo Lake level based on weather and potential incoming flows

6.B.4.f. Vehicle Replacement
B. Heimann
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Staff is recommending selling the oldest vehicle a 2002 Chevy work truck which is located at Czechland Lake and replacing it with our 2005 Dodge Ram. Purchase a new extended cab 4 x 4 pickup through a State Contract.  Find the availability list for vehicles through the State of Nebraska and UNL.

If the existing topper on the Chevy does not fit the Dodge, a new topper will need to be purchased.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To purchase a 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 LS Extended Cab 4 x 4 through Sid Dillon on State Contract #14618 for $27,923 and to sell the 2002 Chevy after delivery

6.B.4.g. Equipment Upkeep and Information
B. Heimann
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Staff would like to replace the rear dual tires on our JD 4430. We use this tractor on many slopes and traction has become questionable. We budgeted an extra $3,000 under Equipment Upkeep for this purpose. Heimann would like to purchase tires from Bill's Tire Service in Columbus at a cash price and have Marv Ourada from Prague mount them.  The price estimate is $2,700.  Heimann received tire quotes from Ourada Tire Service, Bill's Tire and Bauer Built in Fremont. Tire prices ranged from $540 to $824 a tire.

Drill Revenue from Rezac Seed for the second half of 2016 was $5,912.23. Fifty percent is $2,956.12 less $176.97 for repairs.  The NRD's  share is $2,779.15.

Revenue from Schuyler Co-op for the second half of 2016 was $3,301.60. Fifty percent is $1,650.80.

Platte County drill at Rosendahl Farms had revenue of $1,233. Fifty percent is $616.50 less $600.00 for repairs.  The NRD's share is $16.50.

Recommended Motion

*To purchase four new tires for the JD 4430 from Bill's Tire Service and have them mounted by Ourada Tire Service at an estimated price of $2,700

6.B.4.h. Emergency Action Plans (EAP) Updated Cottonwood Dams 7A, 21A and Lake Wanahoo
B. Heimann
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Heimann with the assistance and review from the Dept. of Natural Resources Dam Safety Officials has updated the Emergency Action Plans for our high hazard dams, Cottonwood Dams 7A, 21A and Lake Wanahoo. DNR has reviewed and approved them.  All are available to look at in Heimann's office.

6.B.4.i. Wanahoo Recreation Area
B. Heimann
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A meeting with Game & Parks to discuss Lake Wanahoo Recreation revenue and expenses is scheduled for Thursday, February 9th at 10:00 here at the NRD office.

The Dump Station contractor has not restarted since the weather has turned on us.

6.B.5. ROCK AND JETTY
6.B.6. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
6.B.7. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
6.B.7.a. Information
6.B.7.a.1. Radio & eAds
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The KTIC radio ad and the Wahoo Newspaper eAd for January will focus on purchasing 2017 park permits.  

Attachments
6.B.7.a.2. Viaduct
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The 2017 winter edition of the Viaduct was distributed in area newspapers January 18th-January 28th.   The online edition was sent on Monday, January 23rd.  

6.B.7.b. Education
6.B.7.b.1. Test Your Well Nights
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Test Your Well Nights have been scheduled with the Bishop Neumann FFA and the East Butler FFA chapters.  East Butler Test Your Well Night, in partnership with the Lower Platte South NRD, will be on February 8th from 5-7 pm at East Butler High School in the gym.  Bishop Neumann Test Your Well Night will be on February 22nd from 6:30-7:30 pm at Bishop Neumann High School in the cafeteria.

6.B.7.b.2. Pheasants Forever Donation Request
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The Pheasants Forever Lower Platte Chapter has sent a donation request for their 18th Annual Banquet on March 24th at the Ashland VFW.  They are requesting $250 for overall banquet package merchandise.  Their request includes that the goal of the banquet is to raise funds that can be used to go back to Saunders County and the state to help with Open Fields and Waters, Wanahoo, Youth Hunts, Pollinator Programs, etc.

In 2016, $250 was donated to the banquet in recognition of the partnership with the Pheasants Forever Lower Platte Chapter.  The 2016 banquet program is attached.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To donate $250 to the Pheasants Forever Lower Platte Chapter for the Annual Banquet in recognition of their partnership and assistance to Lower Platte North NRD projects and efforts

6.B.7.c. Computer
6.B.8. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

We have been involved in communications with HBE regarding accounting practices for our systems and will continue to work with them regarding billing, accounting and inventory practices.

6.B.8.a. Colon System
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Water samples were taken and delivered to our lab on 1-24-17 and bills have been processed and are ready to mail.

I have met with the Wahoo Post Office regarding delivery issues we have been experiencing the past couple months.  We are having water bills returned to us as "unable to deliver"  to addresses we know are active and correct.  They have informed me they are looking into these issues and will keep me informed.

6.B.8.b. Bruno System
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Water samples were taken and delivered to our lab on 1-24-17 and bills have been processed and are ready to mail.

6.B.8.c. Other
6.C. Water Committee - Action as Required
6.C.1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
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No unfinished business from the last Water Committee.

 

6.C.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.

6.C.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.

 

6.C.4. REGULATORY
6.C.4.a. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
6.C.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.

 

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

6.C.4.a.3. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
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6.C.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

6.C.4.a.3.B. Variance Request of Martin Erickson - Second Request
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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

6.C.4.a.4. Well Permit Program
6.C.4.a.4.A. Well Permits Approved
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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














6.C.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.

 

6.C.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.

 

6.C.4.a.7. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
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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
6.C.4.a.8. Cost Share Programs
6.C.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.

6.C.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.

 

6.C.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
6.C.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

6.C.4.a.9. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
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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.

 

6.C.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.

 

 

6.C.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.

 

6.C.4.a.12. LPNNRD Operator Certification
6.C.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
6.C.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.

 

6.C.4.c. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

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

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

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

 

6.C.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

6.C.5.b. LOWER PLATTE NORTH NRD GROUND WATER STUDIES
6.C.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

=============================

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

No new update.

 

6.C.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.C.6. SURFACE WATER PROGRAMS
6.C.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
6.C.7. OTHER
6.C.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.

 

6.D. Projects Committee - Action as Required
6.D.1. Selection of Projects Chair and Vice Chair
Rationale

Matt Bailey nominated Terry Sobota as Projects Committee Chair.  Nominations were closed and all voted in favor. Bob Clausen nominated Don Veskerna as Vice Chair. Nominations were closed and all voted in favor.

Terry Sobota will serve as Chair and Don Veskerna as Vice Chair for the Projects Committee for 2017.

 

6.D.2. Projects Committee Time and Date.
Rationale

The Projects Committee has been meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday's just prior to the Executive Committee Meeting. We will continue with this unless the Committee wishes to change. 

6.D.3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Rationale

No unfinished business to address. 

6.D.4. SWCP
6.D.4.a. SWCP Application Approvals
Rationale

We have had several new applications requesting Spring approval.  We currently offer no Spring SWCP program so these applications will be returned asking if producer would be interested in having them considered for Summer work.

6.D.4.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

16-D-9   Darrell Umscheid   Diversion     $ 315.58

                                       TOTAL            $ 315.58

 

Recommended Motion

*To approve the $315.58 SWCP Payment to Darrell Umscheid as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.4.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None at this time

 

6.D.4.d. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
Rationale

Ronald Furasek   Terraces/Tile/Waterway  $ 12,186.42  (This represents 25% cost-share, coordinating with EQIP)

Recommended Motion

*To approve the Wahoo Creek Cost Share application for Ronald Furasek totaling $12,186.42, as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.4.e. SWCP Policy Update
Rationale

Attached is the SWCP policy with proposed changes as has been reviewed the past two months.  The committee is asked to continue to review and give final recommendations at the next Projects Committee meeting.  

Attachments
6.D.5. WATERSHEDS
6.D.5.a. Shell Creek Watershed
6.D.5.a.1. Shell Creek Environmental Enhancement Plan Implementation
Rationale

Now that the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan is approved by NDEQ/EPA, we are moving forward with project implementation under the Shell Creek Environmental Enhancement Plan Implementation.   We continue to work with NDEQ to get a project implementation plan completed which will hopefully be done and ready to move forward by March.

6.D.5.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
6.D.5.b.1. RCPP Approval on Wahoo Creek Sites 26 & 27
Rationale

As reported last month, the NRCS has approved our Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) application for constructing future flood reduction dams 26 and 27.  We had an initial meeting with NRCS on January 12 and will be working on an agreement with them over the coming weeks.

6.D.5.b.2. FYRA Proposal for Water Sustainability Fund/ Wahoo Creek Plan Update
Rationale

Last month, the LPNNRD Board requested that FYRA Engineering submit a proposal to assist with updating the Wahoo Creek Watershed Plan as required by NRCS for our approved federal assistance for completing Wahoo Creek Dam Sites 26 and 27 and assist with preparing an application to the Nebraska Water Sustainability Fund to assist with the local costs associated with the project.  FYRA assisted LPNNRD with technical information needed for our RCPP application and has experience with Water Sustainability Fund applications. Mike Sotak and Janel Kaufman with FYRA were present to discuss their proposal  with the committee, as attached, to move forward as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes.

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To have FYRA Engineering prepare a contract agreement for updating the Wahoo Creek Watershed Plan and to help prepare a Water Sustainability Fund application for Wahoo Creek Dam Sites 26 and 27

6.D.5.b.3. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan Phase II
Rationale

We are working with NDEQ to finalize their assistance with implementing projects with the next phase in Wahoo Creek.  NDEQ has agreed to increase their initial commitment from $168,215 to $400,000. These funds will be combined with $106,000 from the Environmental Trust and funds from Saunders County and LPNNRD to complete up to four road dams in the Wahoo Creek Watershed.  Some of these funds will focus on completing additional water quality monitoring, provide lands for conservation payments to landowners and conduct information and education activities. 

6.D.6. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
6.D.6.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

A planning meeting with Alliance Partners is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., February 24 at Camp Ashland.  It will be important for Board members to attend as this will be the opportunity to discuss our future involvement with the Alliance. It will also be an opportunity to suggest changes to the overall structure if we wish to consider continuing as a partner.  It will be equally important for Directors who are contacted to participate with a survey that will be conduced prior to the meeting. 

6.D.7. OTHER
6.D.7.a. Army COE 205 Projects
6.D.7.a.1. Fremont 205
Rationale

Staff met with our non-federal partners ( City of Fremont, Dodge County, Inglewood), the Corps of Engineers and FYRA Engineering on Friday, February 27 in Fremont. As previously stated, to construct a levee around Fremont the COE estimates it at $137 million.  To get it to a 1:1 benefit/cost ratio the price tag needs to be closer to $90 million.  By combining a new SE Beltway into a levee system could reduce the cost by $23-25 million. NDOR still does not look favorably at combining the beltway and levee system but, with some political pressure it may be a possibility but it still does not get us to a 1:1 BC Ratio.

FEMA is currently reviewing hydraulic flow models from NDOR.  NDOR's calculations take the hydraulic flows substantially lower than that of the COE. FEMA has been reviewing this for the past 8-9 months.

FYRA Engineering has found a discrepancy in how the hydraulic flows were calculated by the COE in the Platte River floodplain.  Fyra has not yet come up with a reduced discharge number on flood flows. Even if the discharge is reduced and a levee can be constructed less in length and height there is no guarantee that the BC Ratio would change enough to get it to 1:1. FYRA will have the discharge number soon and may also communicate with the Engineer for NDOR.

6.D.7.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

On January 19, Mountford and Heimann met with Army COE, City of  Schuyler and Lumir Jedlichka to inspect and discuss Lumir's concerns with improving drainage along the dry side of the levee on his property and improve  ramp access to his land at "F" street.   The COE will allow Lumir to add dirt/gravel on both sides of the access ramp on his property to match the elevation of the ramp which should help his grain trailers pass over it without high centering.  The City of Schuyler will continue to work with Lumir on improving the drainage along the levee. Work has begun cleaning the drainage ditch along highway 30 and that effort is going well with about 60% complete.  Most of the ditch cleaning  was complete but removal of the spoil pile remained.

6.D.7.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
6.D.7.c. Review of Projects Financial Statement
6.D.8. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Rationale

No new updates.  We are still waiting for the Army COE to complete the project's operation and maintenance manual.

7. Additional Action Items
8. Approval of Bills Pending
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve bills pending as presented

9. Consent Agenda Adoption
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve Consent Agenda as presented

10. Comments from Directors/Guests
11. Meeting Establishment/Adjournment
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.