Lower Platte North NRD
October 29, 2014 5:00 PM
Water Committee
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
1.A.1. DNR Draft Revised Rules Title 457
Rationale

DNR letter is attached about dates for the Revised Rules for Title 457 to determine if a Basin is Fully Appropriated.

1.A.2. Irrigated Acres for 2015 in the HCA and NHCA
Rationale

All letters have been sent to applicants in the Hydrologically Connected Area (HCA) and Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (NHCA).

1.A.3. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

One new well permit has been reviewed and approved by Schomer.

1.A.3.a. Jeff Stork New Well Variance Update
Rationale

Staff spoke with Mr. Stork and Mr. Kremlacek on Thursday October 16th.  Both parties agreed to come in and meet with staff on Wednesday October 22nd.  However, on Monday October 20th, Mr. Kremlacek spoke with Schomer and said that he would not be coming to the meeting due to harvest.  He is willing to discuss the situation, but would prefer doing it at a later date.

Jon Tank and Jeff Stork attended the Water Committee meeting and presented their side of the well variance request.  Mr. Kremlacek was not present due to harvest, but he owns the domestic well that is 35 feet from the proposed irrigation well for Mr. Stork.  A second meeting will try to be scheduled on November 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm., which is one hour before the next Water Committee meeting.

1.A.4. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
Rationale

No updates.

1.A.5. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No updates.

1.A.6. Well Permit Program
1.A.6.a. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: #

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
Charles Emanuel 0 Replacement Dodge North Bend 
 Jonathan Temme  135 New  Boone  Upper Newman Grove 
 John Temme  135 New  Boone  Upper Newman Grove 
 Eugene Stock  0 Supplemental  Platte  Middle Shell Creek 










The total number of approved permits for 2014 is 69

Location of Approved Well Permits for 2014:  Correct as of 11/24/2014
 County Irrigation - New  Irrigation - Replacement  Stock  Commercial  Municipal  Other Total 
 Butler  1
 Colfax  1 2 0
 Dodge  5 9 16
 Boone  7
 Madison  1
 Platte  5 12 
 Saunders 13 23 
 Total  33 29  69 














1.A.6.a.1. Eugene & Carolyn Stock Supplemental Well Application
Rationale

Mr. & Mrs. Stock have applied for a new supplemental well in S12-T19N-R3W Middle Shell Creek subarea of Platte County.  This is not in the Platte - Colfax SQS area.  The ground is currently being serviced by well G-145120 which was permitted by the LPNNRD in 2006 to irrigate 260 acres.  Now they would like to irrigate 80 of those acres with a separate well.  The test hole is attached, as well as a map of the area.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the supplemental well for Mr. Stock in the SE1/4 of the SW1/4, Section 12, T19N, R3W in the Middle Shell Creek subarea to irrigate 80 acres

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve a supplemental well for Eugene and Carolyn Stock in the SE1/4 of the SW1/4, Section 12, T19N, R3W in the Middle Shell Creek subarea to irrigate 80 acres passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Frank Pollard.

1.A.7. Special Quantity Subareas
Rationale

At the invitation of Bob Hilger and Larry Angle, Paul Tipling of McCrometer and Great Plains Meter, gave a presentation on the installation, maintenance, and cost of their flow meters.  He mentioned that while Upper Big Blue NRD (UBBNRD) is not cost sharing with producers on the initial cost of the flow meter it is looking at cost sharing on its maintenance (see attached information).  He also mentioned that the UBBNRD maintenance program is looking to contract this out rather than have NRD staff perform this function.  LPNNRD staff will contact UBBNRD for more details.

We have received a letter from NET outlining the timeline for our grant request for flow meters in the SQS.  Awards will be announced on February 12, 2015 with a public hearing on April 2, 2015.  Final awards will be announced after the April 2, 2015 date.  Our application was one of 122 submitted, with nearly $60 million in funds requested.

Well owners are to have flow meters installed by May 1, 2015 in both SQS areas.  Allocation in the Butler-Saunders SQS is to start in 2015, but not until 2016 for the Platte-Colfax SQS area.  Discussion followed that producers in both SQS areas would only know if cost share funds would be available for flow meters for just one month before the May 1st installation deadline.  

Recommended Motion

To change the deadline for the proper installation of flow meters in the Platte-Colfax SQS from May 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To change the deadline for the proper installation of flow meters in the Platte-Colfax SQS from May 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016 passed with a motion by Frank Pollard and a second by Dave Saalfeld.

1.A.7.a. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Staff plan to meet with Extension in mid to late November to discuss these special classes.  Flow meters and their proper installation will be a major focus of these classes.  Also on the agenda is use of water mark sensors, and our rules covering this area.

1.A.8. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The last meeting of the LPRBC Technical Committee was held on October 28, 2014 at the Lower Loup NRD in Ord, NE.  The main discussion focused on Action Items for the goals and objectives.  Basin wide Water Banking was briefly discussed, but will be on our agenda for the December 2, 2014 meeting in Norfolk.

1.A.9. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

  • The last Stakeholder meeting was held on October 7, 2014 at the LPNNRD office.  We had good attendance and discussion on the Goals and Objectives.  A draft copy of the Water Balance Study was forwarded to NRD staff for review.  The Water Inventory Study will not be ready until later this fall.

  • The next Coordination meeting will be held on November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am at Olsson's new office near the Lincoln Arena. 

  • The NRD has received an Invoice for $8,751.28 from Olsson Assoc. for services rendered through October 4, 2014 (see attached invoice).

  • Recommended Motion

    To approve payment of $8,751.28 to Olsson Associates for services rendered for the District's Voluntary Integrated Management Plan

    Actions Taken

    Motion Passed:  To approve payment of $8,751.28 to Olsson Associates for services rendered on the District's Voluntary Integrated Management Plan passed with a motion by Frank Pollard and a second by Dave Saalfeld.

    1.A.10. Cost Share Programs
    1.A.10.a. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
    Rationale

    366 kits have been requested and sent (one of these was mailed today).  The results from 355 of these kits have been received from HHS/Lincoln with a range of 0.00 to 101.0 ppm.

    1.A.10.b. Domestic Well Sample Kits
    Rationale

    The remaining kit (in bold text in the table below) has been used and results sent to the landowner.  This cost-share program in available only in the Phase 2 areas.

    Kit #

    Date sent

    Date collected

    Nitrate

    result

    (in ppm)

    Bacteria

    0 = no hit

    1 = hit

    Remarks

    14-3386

    7/9/2014

    7/15/2014

    10.1

    0

    [184]

    14-3461

    7/21/2014

    8/4/2014

    0.00

    0

    [197]

    14-3462

    7/22/2014

    8/4/2014

    7.93

    0

    [166]

    14-3463

    7/22/2014

    8/4/2014

    17.5

    0

    [166]

    14-3508

    8/1/2014

    9/28/2014

    0.11

    x

    [269] bacteria > 30 hours

    14-3608

    8/18/2014

    8/26/2014

    11.5

    x

    [237] bacteria > 30 hours

    14-3630

    8/20/2014

    8/26/2014

    15.7

    x

    [248] only returned nitrate bottle

    1.A.10.c. Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network (NAWMN)
    Rationale

    All 50% cost share payments from cooperating producers have been received.

    1.A.11. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
    Rationale

    2014 is the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area.  106 producer sample results have been received (range of 0.00 to 22.3 ppm).

    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

    2004

    0 to 25 ppm

    46.3% (44 of 95)

    8.4% (8 of 95)

    45.3% (43 of 95)

    2005

    0 to 25 ppm

    47% (44 of 94)

    15% (14 of 94)

    38% (36 of 94)

    2006

    0 to 24 ppm

    41% (29 of 71)

    14% (10 of 71)

    45% (32 of 71)

    2007

    0 to 31 ppm

    48% (48 of 100)

    9% (9 of 100)

    43% (43 of 100)

    2008

    0 to 28 ppm

    53.75% (43 of 80)

    7.5% (6 of 80)

    38.75% (31 of 80)

    2009

    0 to 22 ppm

    45.5% (41 of 90)

    15.5% (14 of 90)

    39% (35 of 90)

    2010

    0 to 35.7 ppm

    48.65% (54 of 111)

    11.71% (13 of 111)

    39.64% (44 of 111)

    2011

    0 to 26.6 ppm

    51% (56 of 110)

    6% (7 of 110)

    43% (47 of 110)

    2012

    0 to 28.9 ppm

    57% (61 of 107)

    9% (10 of 107)

    34% (36 of 107)

    2013

    0 to 25.8 ppm

    50% (53 of 107)

    9% (10 of 107)

    41% (44 of 107)

    2014

    0 to 22.3 ppm

    51% (54 of 106)

    13% (14 of 106)

    36% (38 of 106)

     

    1.A.12. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
    Rationale

    2014 is the eleventh year of this Phase 2 Area.  249 producer sample results have been received (range of 0.00 to 101.0).

     

    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

    2004

    0 to 47 ppm

    30% (42 of 139)

    10% (14 of 139)

    60% (83 of 139)

    2005

    0 to 120 ppm

    31.3% (74 of 236)

    10.2% (24 of 236)

    58.5% (138 of 236)

    2006

    0 to 53 ppm

    28% (50 of 181)

    14% (26 of 181)

    58% (105 of 181)

    2007

    0 to 99 ppm

    32% (75 of 231)

    10% (22 of 231)

    58% (134 of 227)

    2008

    0 to 46 ppm

    28% (53 of 190)

    12% (23 of 190)

    60% (114 of 190)

    2009

    0 to 57 ppm

    33% (72 of 216)

    6% (13 of 216)

    61% (131 of 216)

    2010

    0 to 57.5 ppm

    31% (70 of 229)

    7% (15 of 229)

    62% (142 of 229)

    2011

    0 to 65.8 ppm

    28% (67 of 241)

    9% (21 of 241)

    63% (153 of 241)

    2012

    0 to 52.6 ppm

    29% (70 of 241)

    9% (21 of 241)

    62% (150 of 241)

    2013

    0 to 94.0 ppm

    25% (63 of 252)

    9% (23 of 252)

    66% (166 of 252)

    2014

    0 to 101.0 ppm

    27.3% (68 of 249)

    8.4% (21 of 249)

    64.3% (160 of 249)

     

    1.A.13. LPNNRD Operator Certification
    Rationale

    No on-line tests have been completed since the last committee meeting.

    1.A.13.a. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
    Rationale

    Staff plan to meet with County Extension personnel in mid to late November to discuss next year's NRD Operator Certification Classes.  Another topic will be operator certification with producers in the SQS subareas that will focus on water quantity.

    1.A.14. Certifying Acres in Saunders and Dodge Counties
    Rationale

    • Saunders County Update:  With harvest in full swing we've only had a couple turned in since the last Water Committee.  Entering these into the GIS and recording well modifications for DNR has been top priority since Dodge County creation wrapped up.
    • Dodge County Update:  Dodge County is ready to send.  There are right at 680, which is less than anticipated.  They’ll be sent out in one mailing after Harvest.  Poole is anticipating that being late in the second week of November.  Because of various holidays occurring around the time of the mailing, the due date will be February 1, 2015.  This should give people plenty of time to take care of any after harvest business and family commitments.

    1.B. CHEMIGATION
    Rationale

    A total of 12 inspections need to be done before the end of the year or these permits will lapse.  These producers have been notified and asked to contact the NRD if they wish their wells inspected.  

    1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
    Rationale

    The LPNNRD has received 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

    One new well has been reviewed and approved by Gottschalk for decommissioning since the last Committee meeting.

     Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
     Willa Loseke Irrigation $613.16  Platte 




     

    2.A.2. Plugged Wells
    Rationale

    No new wells have been plugged, reviewed, or ready for cost share payment approval by the Board for this month.



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

    No new update.  The next training class of the MODFLOW model and GIS interface is scheduled for December 4 & 5, 2014 in Ord at the LLNRD.

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

    • NRD staff drove the proposed ENWRA flight lines in early October looking for power lines, pipe lines, cable and telephone lines or other potential electronic signals that could affect the AEM signal.
    • The northern portion of the ENWRA AEM flights were completed by mid-October.  Initial data showed signal penetration to a depth of 800 ft. and more.  Data inversion and coupling this information with test hole data are the next steps, but they should have the preliminary data by the time of the NARD Conference in late January.  It is hoped that this could be one of the sessions at the Conference.
    • Several of the AEM flights used the Fremont airport as a base for operations.

    2.C. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
    Rationale

    Staff began collecting the Fall GWEL readings on October 23rd. and readings from the Uplands sites have been completed.  Dustin Divis, a senior at David City High School, accompanied Oaklund Tuesday October 28th in the afternoon to learn about our data loggers and GWEL sites near David City.  Divis did “hands on” with both monitoring wells and readings at well sites.  Staff started GWEL readings on the Todd Valley sites on October 29th. and Platte Valley and then Shell Creek sites will follow.  The Wann Basin subarea (multi-agencies) collection of readings is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th.

    2.D. GROUND WATER QUALITY SAMPLING
    Rationale

    Staff continued its water sampling of our monitoring wells in October.   Sixteen of these have now been sampled for nitrates, pesticides, and major ions.

     

    2.E. FORMER ORDNANCE PLANT NEAR MEAD
    Rationale


    The next Public meeting will be November 12, 2014 at the Yutan VFW County Club.  The time will be 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  US Army Corps of Engineers personnel will be on hand to answer any questions.

    3. OTHER
    3.A. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
    Rationale

    The 2015 GMDA Annual Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 6-8, 2015.  The main focus will be on the Central Arizona Project which provides water for agriculture, industrial, and municipal use.

    3.B. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC