Lower Platte North NRD
December 29, 2014 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
1.A.1. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

No new updates.

1.A.2. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
Rationale

No new updates

1.A.3. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No new updates

1.A.4. Well Permit Program
1.A.4.A. Supplemental Well Permit for Ralph Diffey
Rationale

Mr. Diffey has submitted a supplemental irrigation well application for 80 acres in the W½SW¼ of Section 5-T17N-R6E Dodge County (North Bend Subarea).  These acres are currently irrigated with two registered wells using gated pipe. Diffey plans to purchase a center pivot and wipe ½-circle.  The two current wells would be used to irrigated the “corners”.  Due to the gas lines that are located beneath a portion of this “80” and their easements it is too costly to trench an underground line from one of the existing wells to the proposed pivot point location.  Neither Ralph Diffey nor Harold Diffey has a Nitrogen & Water Management (NRD) certification and Oaklund told Harold Diffey that the well permit could not be approved until the certification is obtained.  Harold Diffey related that he intends to go to the first certification class on January 8, 2015, in Fremont, following the Corn Expo.  This would be prior to the January 12, 2015 Board meeting.

Recommended Motion

* To approve the supplemental irrigation well permit for Harold Diffey and Ralph Diffey in the W1/2, SW1/4, Section 5, T17N, R6E Dodge County for 80 acres, pending completion of the NRD operator certification for Harold Diffey and/or Ralph Diffey

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the supplemental irrigation well permit for Harold Diffey and Ralph Diffey in the W1/2, SW1/4, Section 5, T17N, R6E Dodge County for 80 acres, pending completion of the NRD operator certification for Harold Diffey and/or Ralph Diffey passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by William Taylor.

1.A.4.B. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: 9

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
Amiel L Beranek Liv Rev Tr  1   100  Irrigation Uplands Morse Bluff 
 Noha Farms  1  65  Irrigation  Todd Valley Todd Valley 
 William R Juranek  1  154  Irrigation  Uplands David City 
 Paul Kettelson  1  0  Irrigation/Replacement  Shell Creek Upper Shell Creek 
 Gary Mausbach  1  90  Irrigation  Shell Creek Middle Shell Creek 
 Ralph Diffey  1  0  Irrigation/Supplemental  Platte Valley North Bend 
 Gerald S Schofield  1  140  Irrigation  Todd Valley  Todd Valley
 Gary Mausbach  1  95  Irrigation  Shell Creek Middle Shell Creek 
 Grace A Stewart Family Tr  1  115  Irrigation  Shell Creek Middle Shell Creek 










 


















The total number of approved permits for 2015 is 9



Location of Approved Well Permits for 2015:  Correct as of 1/29/2015
 County Irrigation - New  Irrigation - Replacement  Stock  Commercial  Municipal  Other Total 
 Butler  1
 Colfax  0
 Dodge  1
 Boone  0 
 Madison  0
 Platte  3
 Saunders  3
 Total  8














1.A.5. Potential Violation of Expanded Irrigation
Rationale

Liberty Livestock has been contacted by phone concerning their irrigation of acres that were not approved by the LPNNRD.  They plan to attend either the upcoming Board meeting or the next Water Committee meeting.
They will be contacted again after the holidays.

1.A.6. Special Quantity Subareas
1.A.6.A. GWMA R&R Changes
Rationale

Updates to the GWMA Rules and Regulations are presented for Water Committee review (see attached).  The goal is to get these approved at the January Board meeting and hold a Public Hearing before the February Board meeting. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the modified LPNNRD Ground Water Management Area Rules & Regulations, advertise in area newspapers for three weeks, and hold a public hearing before the February 9, 2015 Board meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the draft LPNNRD Ground Water Management Area Rules & Regulations as attached to the Water Committee Minutres, advertise in area newspapers for three weeks, and hold a public hearing before the February 9, 2015 Board meeting passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Dave Saalfeld.

1.A.6.B. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Two educational classes have been scheduled for producers in the Butler-Saunders SQS:

- Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. (afternoon)
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. (evening)

Both classes will be held at Hruska Library in David City.  
Attendance will be required for all irrigators in this SQS.

1.A.7. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

  • A special Lower Platte Basin meeting is being planned for January 27th at 1:00 pm at the next NARD Legislative Conference in Lincoln.
  • The next meeting of the Technical Committee is scheduled for February 2, 2015 at the LLNRD office in Ord at 10:00 am.

1.A.8. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

The next Stakeholders meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2015 at the LPNNRD office at 2:00 pm.

1.A.9. Cost Share Programs
1.A.9.A. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

A total of 369 kits have been requested and sent (two of these were in mid-December).  The results from 359 of these kits have been received from HHS/Lincoln and sent to the producers; nitrate-nitrogen range is 0.00 to 101.0 ppm.  

1.A.9.B. Domestic Well Sample Kits
Rationale

No new updates since the last Water Committee

1.A.10. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 is the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area.  108 producer sample results have now been received (nitrate-nitrogen range of 0.00 to 22.3 ppm).  Two additional sample results since last meeting were 4.63 and 11.8 ppm. and have updated in the table below.

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% (55 of 108)

13% (14 of 108)

36% (39 of 108)



1.A.11. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 is the eleventh year of this Phase 2 Area.  251 producer sample results have now been received (nitrate-nitrogen range of 0.00 to 101.0).  One additional result has been received since the last meeting at 8.20 ppm. and has been updated in the table below.

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% (68 of 251)

9% (22 of 251)

64% (161 of 251)


1.A.12. LPNNRD Certification
1.A.12.A. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

No on-line tests have been completed since the last committee meeting.  Staff of LPNNRD met with UNL County Extension Educators on Monday, December 1st, to set up classes.  Eleven classes have been scheduled (class schedule attached) and mailed to about 500 producers.

Attachments
1.A.13. Certifying Acres in Saunders and Dodge Counties
Rationale

No new updates.

1.B. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

At the end of 2014, the District had a  456 chemigation permits.  

Attached are updates to the LPNNRD Chemigation Rules, which includes our new fee schedule.  This is to be reviewed at the Board meeting in January and then advertise for three weeks for review (and hopefully) approval at the February Board meeting.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve changes to the LPNNRD Chemigation Rules and Regulations, to advertise for three consecutive weeks in area newspapers, and to hold a public hearing one hour in advance of the February 9, 2015 Board meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve changes (in draft form as attached to the Water Committee Minutes) to the LPNNRD Chemigation Rules and Regulations, to advertise for three consecutive weeks in area newspapers, and to hold a public hearing one hour in advance of the February 9, 2015 Board meeting passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Dave Saalfeld.

1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

The LPNNRD has received one new livestock permit application from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting.

 Name Livestock  Type of Permit  Legal Description  County 
Raikes Farm Enterprises Cattle
10,000 head
10,000 A.U. 
Expansion of existing Permit SW1/4 and SE1/4, Section 16,
T13N, R9E 
Saunders 








Raikes Farm Enterprises wants to modify an existing operation of 6, 000 head (6,000 A.U.) with an addition of 4,000 head for a total of 10,000 head of cattle (10,000 A.U.).

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 
 Philip & Jeana Buhman Irrigation $666.95  Platte 







 

2.A.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

Three wells have been plugged, reviewed, and ready for cost share payment approval this month (see attached spreadsheet).

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Don Yindrick Irrigation  $870.96 Butler
Jamie Yindrick 2 x Domestic  $854.59 Butler






 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve cost share payment to Don Yindrick to decommission an irrigation well for $870.96 and to Jamie Yindrick to decommission two domestic wells for a total of $854.59

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve cost share payment to Don Yindrick to decommission an irrigation well for $870.96 and to Jamie Yindrick to decommission two domestic wells for a total of $854.59 passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Joe Birkel.

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

The last training session was held on December 4 and 5, 2014 at the LLNRD in Ord.  Training involves using the completed USGS ground water flow model with GIS applications to develop maps.  The next training session has not yet been scheduled.

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

Data from the latest helicopter flights (AEM) will be presented at the next NARD conference near the end of January 2015.  The next round of helicopter flights are scheduled for the spring of 2015 and one of these flight lines will go over the Prague subarea.

We have received an invoice from ENWRA for our 2015 dues of $30,000 (invoice is attached).

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of ENWRA 2015 dues for $30,000

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of ENWRA 2015 dues for $30,000 passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Joe Birkel.

2.C. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

Staff have been working on updating the hydrographs from the data loggers placed in several of our monitoring wells.  Staff will place several of these in our upcoming SQS and NRD operator certification classes that are to be held over the winter.

3. OTHER
3.A. LPNNRD Long Range Plan
Rationale

Draft copy of LPNNRD Long Range Plan is attached.  This will be voted on at the January 12, 2015 Board meeting.

Attachments
3.B. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

GMDA Annual Conference will be held January 6 - 8, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Directors Lon Olson, Don Veskerna, and Gene Ruzicka plan to attend.  Staff members Bret Schomer and Larry Angle will also attend.

3.C. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Simone Rock of HDR attended the Water Committee.