Lower Platte North NRD
January 29, 2015 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE CHAIRPERSON
Rationale

Election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for 2015


 Year Chairperson Vice-Chairperson 
 2014 Jim McDermott Frank Pollard 
 2013 Jim McDermott  Frank Pollard 
 2012 Dave Saalfeld  Jim McDermott 
 2011 Dave Saalfeld Jim McDermott


Set day and time of Water Committee Meeting:
The Water Committee generally meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

1.a. ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON
Recommended Motion

To elect Frank Pollard as Chairperson

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To elect Frank Pollard as Chairperson passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Robert Hilger.

1.b. ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON
Recommended Motion

To elect Bob Meduna as the new Vice-Chairperson

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To elect Bob Meduna as the new Vice-Chairperson passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

1.c. WATER COMMITTEE DAY AND TIME
Rationale

The Water Committee members decided to leave the monthly committee meeting day as it currently is which is the Wednesday 12 days prior to board meeting beginning at 5:00 pm.

2. REGULATORY
2.a. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
Rationale

A public meeting for the update of the LPNNRD GWMA Rules will be held on Friday February 6, 2015 at Ag. Park in Columbus starting at 1:30 pm.

A public hearing for an update of these same rules will be held on February 9, 2015 at the LPNNRD office starting at noon.  This will be just before the February Board meeting.

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

No Updates

2.a.2. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

  • One application has been received for 11 acres in the Morse Bluff Subarea.
  • The district approved LPN-V-014-0387 last fall.  This application was to irrigate six additional acres (Expanded Water Use) from G-068284 and its ranking score of 462.8 put it ninth on the approved list.  Earlier this month the applicant, Dean Bell, inquired about changing this application to a New Well as the cost of burying underground pipe from G-068284 to the six acres would exceed the cost of drilling a new well.  Oaklund sent a letter to Dean Bell regarding this inquiry (see attached).  He was not present at the Water Committee meeting.

2.a.2.A. Producer Request for Guidance
Rationale

Staff spoke with a producer who has an application in the Fremont East subarea.  He is looking at tiling his field, and wanted to know if the NRD would consider the 4" tile as subsurface drip. 

The Committee discussed this issue but since the details were not known, no action was taken.

2.a.2.B. Liberty Land and Livestock Variance Application
Rationale

The LPNNRD Board of Directors have asked the Water Committee to review the previously approved variance application for Liberty Land and Livestock in S33-T18N-R6E in Dodge County.  They had operated the end gun on one of their pivots in violation of previous instructions from the LPNNRD.

Chris Armstrong and Terry Kucera of Liberty Livestock were present at the meeting.  They stated it was most likely a misunderstand and as soon as they were informed to turn the end gun off, they did so.  Because they had complied with our instructions they did not see the necessity to attend the August Board meeting.  

Recommended Motion

To approve the variance requests from Liberty Livestock of LPN V-013-0291 for 13 acres in the SW1/4, S33, T18N, R6E and the variance request of LPN V-013-0288 for 16 acres in the SW1/4, S33, T18N, R6E

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the variance requests from Liberty Livestock of LPN V-013-0291 for 13 acres in the SW1/4, S33, T18N, R6E and the variance request of LPN V-013-0288 for 16 acres in the SW1/4, S33, T18N, R6E passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Joe Birkel.

2.a.3. Variance Requests in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area (Normal Development Area)
Rationale

No new applications have been received.

2.a.4. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No new updates

2.a.5. Well Permit Program
2.a.5.A. Water Use Reports
Rationale

The water use report database is currently being updated by staff, and the reporting forms should be sent out by the end of January.  The deadline for returns needs to be pushed back a month to February 28th, 2015.

Recommended Motion

* To delay the return of Water Use Reports until February 28, 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To delay the return of Water Use Reports until February 28, 2015 passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

2.a.5.B. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: #

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
Kent Hall 1 115 Irrigation Dodge North Bend
KWEA LLC Irrigation Dodge North Bend
Seier & Seier 1 Irrigation  Boone Upper Newman Grove
Claire Ehernberger 1 Irrigation  Colfax North Bend
Western Sand and Gravel Commercial  Saunders  Wann 










 


The total number of approved permits for 2015 is 14


Location of Approved Well Permits for 2015:  Correct as of 2/25/2015
County Irrigation - New Irrigation - Replacement Stock Commercial Municipal Other Total
Butler 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Colfax 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Dodge 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
Boone 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Madison 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Platte 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Saunders 3 0 0 1 0 0 4
Total 9 4 0 1 0 0 14














2.a.6. Special Quantity Subareas
2.a.6.A. LPNNRD Flow Meter List and Requirements
Rationale

Angle and Oaklund have talked to Great Plains Meter about proper meter installation and to UBBNRD about their flow meter maintenance program.  Several points on proper meter installation are outlined on the LPNNRD approved flow meter list (see attached document).  Also attached is information from McCrometer on proper installation.

Recommended Motion

* To approve the updated list of flow meters and meter requirements for properly installation of flow meters within the Lower Platte North NRD

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the updated list of flow meters and meter requirements for properly installation of flow meters within the Lower Platte North NRD passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

2.a.6.B. Cost Share Funding for Flow Meters
Rationale

The LPNNRD did not receive funding from the NET for irrigation flow meters. 
- Therefore, do we offer 50% cost-share on our own for meter purchase and/or installation or have producer pay 100% of the cost?
- Do we offer cost-share assistance on meter maintenance, such as the UBBNRD?  See attached document on their program.

Recommended Motion

To approve establishment of a Flow Meter Repair and Maintenance program for Lower Platte North NRD in the Special Quantity Subareas (SQS) with work to be performed by a certified individual by the flow meter manufacturers

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve establishment of a Flow Meter Repair and Maintenance program for Lower Platte North NRD in the Special Quantity Subareas (SQS) with work to be performed by a certified individual by the flow meter manufacturers passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

2.a.6.C. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

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

- Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 1:30 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.

The Lower Platte South NRD will hold a single class in Valparaiso for producers of their adjoining Quantity management area on Wednesday, February 25th, at 6:00 p.m.  The requirements between the two District's are different enough that producers should attend the NRD class they specifically have irrigation in.  In other words, attendance at one District meeting will not certify attendance in the other District.

2.a.7. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The latest LPRBC meeting was held on January 27, 2015 as part of the NARD Conference.  Election for new Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of the Directors Committee was held and Bob Hilger will be the new Chairperson and Gary Loftis will be the new Vice-chairperson.  Goals and Objectives were also discussed and this document is attached.

2.a.8. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

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

Attached is an invoice from Olsson Associates for the NRD V-IMP program of $11,262.01.

Recommended Motion

To approve payment of $11,262.01 to Olsson Associates for services rendered in the LPNNRD Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of $11,262.01 to Olsson Associates for services rendered in the LPNNRD Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

2.a.9. Cost Share Programs
2.a.9.A. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

No kits have been requested since the last committee meeting.

2.a.9.B. Domestic Well Sample Kits
Rationale

In the fall of 2014 the Postal Service changed its delivery by sending all mail to a “node” office.  For those in the Phase 2 Areas these samples will go to the Norfolk facility, which causes the delivery to take longer than the 30-hour window for the Bacteria testing.  Special deliver is possible but is rather cost prohibitive. 

Question for the Committee do we still want to offer this program just for nitrates or drop the entire cost share for Domestic Well Sample kits?  Of the two parameters tested, bacteria is probably more important than the nitrate sample.

Committee members asked staff to check on return mailing of the kits to area medical centers and have them delivered to the HHS lab in Lincoln.

2.a.10. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports have not yet been received from Osantowski Brothers or Steve Semin.  189 reports have been received for this area.

2.a.11. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports have not yet been received from Chris Dvorak or Galyn Moeller.  402 reports have been received for this area.


2.a.12. LPNNRD Certification
Rationale

There have been six on-line test requests since the last committee meeting.  Four of these have completed the test and a certification card was mailed.  


Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6133

1/7/2015

Todd Taylor

No

first-time

6209

1/9/2015

Adam Bell

No

first-time

6210

1/16/2015

Michael Malena

Yes


6267

1/20/2015

Thomas Osmera

No

first-time


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

Three of the eleven classes have been held.  

Class

Date & time

Location

Attendance

First-time

# 1

Thursday, January 8th @ 2:45 p.m.(after Corn Expo)

Fremont - Christensen Field

75

17

# 2

Thursday, January 15th @ 1:30 p.m.

Columbus -Ag Park

56

6

# 3

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

ARDC - Mead

52

8






# 4

Wednesday, February 4th @ 9:30 a.m.

Schuyler - St Benedict Center



# 5

Wednesday, February 4th @ 1:30 p.m.

Lindsay - Village Office



# 6

Thursday, February 19th @ 1:30 p.m.

David City - Hruska Library



# 7

Tuesday, February 24th @ 9:30 a.m.

Columbus - Pinnacle Bank



# 8

Wednesday, March 4th @ 1:30 p.m.

Fremont - Extension Office



# 9

Tuesday, March 24th @ 9:30 a.m.

David City - Hruska Library



# 10

Thursday, March 26th @ 7:00 p.m.

ARDC - Mead



# 11

Tuesday, March 31st @ 7:00 p.m.

Columbus - Ag Park






















 


























The class schedule was mailed to about 500 producers.

2.b. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

Latest updates following DEQ comments and Board recommendations to the LPNNRD Chemigation rules have been made (see attached document).  Our public hearing is scheduled for noon on February 9, 2015 just before the February Board meeting.

2.c. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

No new livestock permit applications from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting.  However, we did receive two requests for transfers of operating permits.

 Name Livestock  Type of Permit  Legal Description  County 
 Schwartz Wilke Farms
32296 190th Street
Sleepy Eye, MN
Swine  Transfer of Construction and Operating Permit  SE1/4, SE1/4, Section 1, T19N, R1E,  Platte
 Schwartz Wilke Farms
32296 190th Street
Sleepy Eye, MN
Swine  Transfer of Construction and Operating Permit   NE1/4, NW1/4, Section 12, T19N, R1E,   Platte 

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

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

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 David Deerson 2 Irrigation $1,508.50  Saunders 
 Chester Knuth Trust 2 Stock $412.00  Saunders 
       






 

3.a.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

Two wells have been plugged, reviewed, and ready for cost share payment approval this month.

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Bernard Hain 2 Stock  $784.19  Butler 
       






 

Recommended Motion

* To approve cost share payment to Bernard Hain to decommission two stock wells for $784.19

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve cost share payment to Bernard Hain to decommission two stock wells for $784.19 passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

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

No new update.

3.b.2. Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA)
Rationale

The last technical committee meeting was held on January 27, 2015 during the NARD conference.  Agenda topics included:

  • Preliminary results of the Fall 2014 AEM flights.  Signal penetration is down to 1,500 ft.
  • Spring 2015 AEM flights likely in March to April, which will include parts of LPNNRD.
  • Along with the AEM flights some more test holes maybe necessary.  Our test holes (some along these flight lines and others not) may not be drilled by CSD until June.  
  • ENWRA long range plan
  • COE AEM flights of the Former Ordnance Plant near Mead.
  • Water sampling of monitoring wells at the pilot sites.
  • Recharge sites, they need more sites in eastern Nebraska.
ENWRA did not receive funding from NET for additional test holes as part of these AEM flightlines.

The Water Sustainability Fund rules, ranking criteria, guidelines will likely not be ready until 2016.

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

We have received an invoice from USGS for the continuous water quality monitoring station on Shell Creek north of Columbus for $5,250 (invoice is attached).  Need motion to approve payment 

Recommended Motion

To approve payment of the $5,250 invoice from USGS for the continuous water quality monitoring site on Shell Creek

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of the invoice for $5,250 from USGS for the continuous water quality monitoring site on Shell Creek passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

5. OTHER
5.a. UNL Project SENSE
Rationale

University personnel addressed the Water Committee about Project SENSE.  They are looking for five NRD's to have four sites within each district to test new technology that would use sensors to detect if the chlorophyll in the crop was deficient or not.  These sensors would be mounted on a Hi-Boy and if the crop was nitrogen deficient the Hi-Boy would automatically apply the extra nitrogen needed.  Estimate cost is $26,500 each year for three years of the project.

Committee members felt this would be one method to address the increasing nitrate-nitrogen levels in the Richland-Schuyler Phase 2 area.

Recommended Motion

To approve participation in the UNL SENSE Project for three years at an estimated cost of $26,500 per year. The project will begin in 2015 with the first billing to be received after July 1, 2015 (fiscal year 2015-16)

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve participation in the UNL SENSE Project for three years at an estimated Cost of $26,500 per year. The project will begin in 2015 with the first billing to be received after July 1, 2015 (F.Y. 2015-16) passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Donald Kavan.

5.b. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

  • The last annual conference was held in Scottsdale AZ on January 6-8, 2015.  Focus of the conference was on the Central Arizona Project which delivers Colorado River water to the central part of the State.  Water is used for agriculture, industry and municipal including the cities of Phoenix and its many suburbs, down to Tucson AZ.
  • Kansas is giving serious consideration of using Missouri River water to replenish the depleted water supplies in western Kansas.
  • The Summer Session will be held in Coeur d'Alene Idaho, which is near Spokane WA.  The meeting will be held in early June.
  • The next annual conference will be held in Sacramento CA in early January 2016.

5.c. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Comments were received from:
-  Terry Kucera and Steve Arneal of Liberty Livestock
-  Allan Shonka about his supplemental well
-  University personnel about the SENSE program
-  Simon Rock from HDR concerning the LPRBC