Lower Platte North NRD
February 25, 2015 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
Rationale

We need to issue an "Order" for our GWMA rules change.

Recommended Motion

To issue an Order of Designation for the Lower Platte North NRD Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations approved at the February 9, 2015 Board Meeting.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To issue an Order of Designation for the Lower Platte North NRD Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations approved at the February 9, 2015 Board Meeting passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Joe Birkel.

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

Several producers have requested applications for new irrigated acres in the HCA.

1.A.1.a. Ray Kucera Jr. Variance Modification
Rationale

Mr. Kucera is asking permission to alter how he will be irrigating 11 acres that were approved in S2-T16N-R7E in Saunders County.  The expanded water use variance was approved in February of 2014 for 11 acres under the name Ronald V. Freeman, variance number LPN-V-013-0344.  Staff has compared the two irrigation patterns and there would be no change in the original ranking score.  Attached is a map of the field.  The black outline is what was initially approved, and the red is what is proposed.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the modification to variance LPN-V-031-0344 for 11 acres in the NW1/4, Section 2, T16N, R7E for Ray Kucera Jr

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the modification to variance LPN-V-031-0344 for 11 acres in the NW1/4, Section 2, T16N, R7E for Ray Kucera Jr passed with a motion by Mr. Robert Meduna and a second by Robert Hilger.

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

One new application has been submitted for 10 acres in the NHCA.

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

No updates.

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

Wells Permits Approved: 5

Landowner Number of Wells Number of New Irrigated Acres Type of Well County Subarea
KWEA LLC 1 0 Irrigation Dodge North Bend
Allan Shonka 1 0 Irrigation Colfax Lower Shell Creek
Kenneth Ebel 1 0 Irrigation/Replacement Butler Bellwood
Laverna E Maguire Rev Tr 1 0 Irrigation/Replacement Butler Prague
 White & Rupp Fam Tr Irrigation/Replacement  Dodge  North Bend 
 Jerome Herink Irrigation/Replacement Colfax  Middle Shell Creek 
 Karl Grotelueschen Irrigation/Replacement  Platte  Lower Shell Creek 










 



The total number of approved permits for 2015 is 21


Location of Approved Well Permits for 2015:  Correct as of 4/1/2015
County Irrigation - New Irrigation - Replacement Stock Commercial Municipal Other Total
Butler 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Colfax 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Dodge 3 2 0 0 0 0 5
Boone 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Madison 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Platte 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
Saunders 3 0 0 1 0 0 4
Total 11 9 0 1 0 0 21













1.A.4.b. Loseke Stock Well Application
Rationale

Ryan Loseke has applied for a new livestock well in the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 36-T19N-R1E in Platte County.  The well will serve an average of 3500 head of feeder cattle with a permitting limit of up to 4500 head.  The lot was originally permitted for 2500, but was expanded in 2013 to service 4500 head of cattle.  The new well will make up for this expansion and is estimated to pump ~13,000,000 gallons annually.  

1.A.4.c. Duane Kroeger Sand Pit Well Application
Rationale

Duane Kroeger has applied for a new sand pit well to irrigate 15 acres in the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 9-T17N-R3E in Colfax County.  He is currently irrigating out of another sand pit, but would like to pump out of the pit closer to the field.  See attached map.

Attachments
1.A.5. Cottonwood Valley Farms Transfer Request
Rationale

Cottonwood Valley Farms is requesting a transfer of 17 irrigated acres from a farm in the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of S23-T16N-R2E in the Octavia Subarea of Butler County to the SW 1/4 of S19-T16N-R2E in the Bellwood Subarea of Butler County.  They will submit a variance for the field in section 19 with the plan to move the transferred acres back to section 23 if the variance is approved.  Attached is the packet of information submitted by Jesse Hough, Manager of Cottonwood Valley Farms LLC.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve transfer of 17 irrigated acres for Jesse Hough of Cottonwood Valley Farms from a field in the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of S23-T16N-R2E in the Octavia Subarea of Butler County to the SW 1/4 of S19-T16N-R2E in the Bellwood Subarea of Butler County passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

1.A.6. John Temme Transfer
Rationale

John Temme is requesting a transfer of twelve irrigated acres from two certified irrigated corners in the W1/2 SW1/4 in S14-T22N-R6W in Boone County to the SE1/4 SW1/4 and SW1/4 SE1/4 of S15-T22N-R6W. See attached map.

Recommended Motion

To approve the transfer of 12 irrigated acres from two LPN certified irrigated corners in the W1/2, SW1/4, in Section 14-T22N-R6W in the Upper Newman Grove Subarea in Boone County to the SE1/4 SW1/4 and SW1/4 SE1/4 of S15-T22N-R6W also in the Upper Newman Grove Subarea of Boone County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the transfer of 12 irrigated acres from two LPN certified irrigated corners in the W1/2, SW1/4, in Section 14-T22N-R6W in the Upper Newman Grove Subarea in Boone County to the SE1/4 SW1/4 and SW1/4 SE1/4 of S15-T22N-R6W also in the Upper Newman Grove Subarea of Boone County passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

1.A.7. Mike Steinbach Transfer Request
Rationale

Mike Steinbach would like to transfer 42 acres from the E1/2 SE1/4 of S31-T17N-R9E in the Fremont Subarea of Dodge County to the SW1/4 SW1/4 of S21-T17N-R9E in the North Bend Subarea of Dodge County.  See attached map and request letter.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the transfer of 42 irrigated acres for Mike Steinbach from the E1/2, SE1/4, of Section 31-T17N-R9E in the Fremont Subarea of Dodge County to the SW1/4, SW1/4, of Section 21-T17N-R9E in the North Bend Subarea of Dodge County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the transfer of 42 irrigated acres for Mike Steinbach from the E1/2, SE1/4, of Section 31-T17N-R9E in the Fremont Subarea of Dodge County to the SW1/4, SW1/4, of Section 21-T17N-R9E in the North Bend Subarea of Dodge County passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

1.A.8. Special Quantity Subareas
1.A.8.a. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Two educational classes have been held for producers in the Butler-Saunders SQS.  Twenty-one producers attended.

The Lower Platte South NRD will hold a single class on Wednesday February 25, 2015 in Valparaiso for producers of their adjoining Quantity management area.

1.A.8.b. Meter Maintenance Program
Rationale

Lower Platte North NRD

Meter Repair and Maintenance Program (see attached LPNNRD approved flow meters)

 

  1. Yes or No to establish a Meter Repair and Maintenance Program / staff recommends we start such a program.
  2. If yes, Maintenance cost share program for one meter (McCrometer) or all approved flow meters / staff recommends we cost share and do maintenance on one meter, McCrometer.
  3. Contractor or LPNNRD / staff recommend that LPNNRD run this program.
  4. Cost share options
    1. Republican NRD’s: NRD staff does the labor for the maintenance programs and producer pays 100% of the cost on equipment.
    2. UBBNRD: They contract out the maintenance program / The individual meter is not eligible for cost share repair more than once every 4 years (meter can receive cost share payment only once in a 4 year period) / cost share rate is 50% not to exceed $150 per a water meter repair /
    3. LPNNRD recommendation: / NRD staff do the repair and maintenance program / cost share rate is 50% not to exceed $200 on each individual meter in a 4 year period (meter can be repaired more than once in a 4 year period, up to a limit of $200 in cost share funding) / on meters installed before February 17, 2015 then LPNNRD will consider cost share on purchase of straightening vanes, flow stabilizers, and anti-reverse feature as part of that $200 cost share limit in a 4 year period.
  5. Cost share amount – 50%, or some other amount
  6. Water meters are not eligible for cost-share payment on equipment replacement or repair if the flow meter is still under warranty.

Recommended Motion

To approve the establishment of a Lower Platte North NRD meter repair and maintenance program with the following conditions:
LPNNRD personnel will do spot inspections on all 5 approved flow meters to make sure they are running properly, but LPNNRD personnel will conduct detailed repairs and maintenance on only McCrometer flow meters;
LPNNRD personnel will provide the labor for the maintenance program and the well owner will pay 100% for the cost of parts, equipment repair or replacement;
Water meters needing repair or maintenance are not eligible for the LPNNRD meter maintenance program if the flow meter is still under warranty

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the establishment of a Lower Platte North NRD meter repair and maintenance program with the following conditions: LPNNRD personnel will do spot inspections on all 5 approved flow meters to make sure they are running properly, but LPNNRD personnel will conduct detailed repairs and maintenance on only McCrometer flow meters; LPNNRD personnel will provide the labor for the maintenance program and the well owner will pay 100% for the cost of parts, equipment repair or replacement; Water meters needing repair or maintenance are not eligible for the LPNNRD meter maintenance program if the flow meter is still under warranty passed with a motion by Mr. Robert Meduna and a second by Joe Birkel.

1.A.9. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The last technical committee met in Ord at LLNRD on February 10, 2015 (see attached minutes).  The main topics were DNR depletion analysis tool under development as part of the Upper Platte Basin project.  DNR anticipates the tool to be used first for the Upper Platte basin in the next few months and eventually state wide by the end-of-summer.  The other topic was on Water Banking.  David Kracman of the Flat Water Group presented on the history and accepted definition of water banking as well as examples of various kinds of water banking both in Nebraska as well as an example in California.  Water Banking can be actual physical water and/or paper water.

The Water Banking workshop will be held in Columbus NE at the Community College on March 10, 2015 starting at 1:00 pm.

1.A.10. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

The latest Stakeholder meeting was held on February 3, 2015.  Stakeholders were asked to vote on individual action plans within the goals and objectives as to their estimate of the time and expense to carry out each action (see attached minutes).  Results will be shown at the next Stakeholder meeting on April 7, 2015 at our office starting at 2:00 pm.  Only one or two stakeholder committees remain and the contract is to end in June of this year.

1.A.11. Cost Share Programs
1.A.11.a. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

One kit has been requested since the last committee meeting.  Kits will be mailed in June, before the start of the irrigation season.

1.A.12. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 was the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area. 2014 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports have now been received from Osantowski Brothers and Steve Semin.  211 reports have been received for this area.


To be in compliance with our Rule we will need to either reduce the size of this Phase 2 Area or discontinue it.  The Bellwood Phase 2 & Subarea Groundwater Results (attachment) is summary of LPNNRD’s sampling - this map shows that high nitrates are still an ongoing concern in a portion of this area.  The recommendation for this area is to reduce it from the 32 sections approved in 2003 to 21 sections for 2015 (map attached).

Need motion to change boundary of Phase 2 area.

Recommended Motion

To remove the following sections from the existing Bellwood Phase 2 Ground Water Management area and place them back into the Phase 1 area: T16N, R1E, Sections 6, 7, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and T16N, R2E, Section 30 to take effect on March 9, 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To remove the following sections from the existing Bellwood Phase 2 Ground Water Management area and place them back into the Phase 1 area: T16N, R1E, Sections 6, 7, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and T16N, R2E, Section 30 to take effect on March 9, 2015 passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

1.A.13. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2014 was the eleventh year of this Phase 2 Area.  2014 Annual Fertilizer Application Reports have now been received from Chris Dvorak.  406 reports have been received for this area.

 

To be in compliance with our Phase 3 rule we should declare the 55 sections of the Richland-Schuyler Area (map with most recent LPNNRD sampling is attachment) as Ground Water Quality Management Area -Phase Three.  If 50% or more of the wells sampled are > 10.01 ppm then a Phase 3 area can be declared. Additional Phase Three rules are:

Rule 2 Continuation of Phase One and Two Rules  A continuation of Phase One Rules as defined in Section E, Rules 1-6, Section F, Rule 2 and in Phase Two Rules as defined in Section G, Rules 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11 shall apply.  

Rule 3 Fertilizer Application On All Soils  The application of commercial nitrogen fertilizer is prohibited in the fall and winter on all soils until after March 1. Spring applications of commercial nitrogen fertilizer will require split applications (pre-plant and side-dress) or the use of an approved inhibitor applied as recommended. If a split application is used and 50 percent or more of nitrogen fertilizer is applied as a pre-plant, the use of an approved inhibitor, applied as recommended, is still required.  

Rule 4 Record that District Approved Inhibitor was Used  If 50% or more of commercial nitrogen fertilizer is applied at pre-plant, then operators are required to furnish the District a record from the fertilizer dealer that a District inhibitor was used at recommended rates. This record shall accompany the Fertilizer Application report made to the District by December 31 of each year.

Need motion to change to Phase 3 area

 

Recommended Motion

To move the Richland-Schuyler Phase 2 ground water management area to a Phase 3 ground water management area for the following sections: T17N, R2E, Sections 1 through 30; T17N, R3E, Sections 3 through 11, Sections 13 through 22, Sections 27 through 30; T17N, R4E, Sections 17 and 18 and to move the following sections from Phase 1 to Phase 2: T18N, R2E, Sections 31 through 36; T18N, R3E, Sections 31 through 34 to take effect on September 1, 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To move the Richland-Schuyler Phase 2 ground water management area to a Phase 3 ground water management area for the following sections: T17N, R2E, Sections 1 through 30; T17N, R3E, Sections 3 through 11, Sections 13 through 22, Sections 27 through 30; T17N, R4E, Sections 17 and 18 and to move the following sections from Phase 1 to Phase 2: T18N, R2E, Sections 31 through 36; T18N, R3E, Sections 31 through 34 to take effect on September 1, 2015 passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Robert Hilger.

1.A.14. LPNNRD Certification
1.A.14.a. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

 Cert. Number Cert. Date  Name  Re-Cert.  Comments 
 6344 2/13/15  Craig Jelinek  No  first timer 
         








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

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Six of the eleven scheduled classes have been held.  The class scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, February 4th, was cancelled due to blowing and drifting snow. 

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

Cancelled

# 5

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

Lindsay -

Village Office

24

1

# 6

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

David City -

Hruska Library

36

2

# 7

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

Columbus -

Pinnacle Bank

28

6






# 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.                   271                40



1.A.15. Norman Kavan Jr. Request for Certified Irrigated Acres
Rationale

Norman Kavan Jr. is asking the Board to recognize a field in the NW 1/4 of S27-T14N-R8E in Saunders County, as being historically irrigated.  Mr. Kavan has submitted FSA-578 forms showing a range of 113 to 146 certified irrigated acres between the years of 2000 and 2004.  The Kavan's were unaware of the 2 in 10 rule for historically irrigated acres when they purchased the farm in 2009.  They applied for 40 in 2011 and were approved but decided to allow the variance to expire.  Justin Kavan reapplied in 2013 and the variance application has yet to be approved due to the 2,500 acre limit in the HCA.  Attached is a map of the proposed system as well as the supplied FSA-578 forms.  The new pivot will irrigate approximately 60 acres from an existing well located in the same quarter.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the request for Norm Kavan Jr. for 60 acres in the NW1/4 of Section 27, T14N, R8E in the Todd Valley Subarea of Saunders County to be listed as historically irrigated since the application date was turned in during 2013, however irrigation of the remaining acres will only be allowed pending approval by the LPNNRD of a variance request submitted for this ground

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the request for Norm Kavan Jr. for 60 acres in the NW1/4 of Section 27, T14N, R8E in the Todd Valley Subarea of Saunders County to be listed as historically irrigated since the application date was turned in during 2013, however irrigation of the remaining acres will only be allowed pending approval by the LPNNRD of a variance request submitted for this ground passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Clint Johannes.

1.A.16. Bob Vering Certified Acre Request
Rationale

Bob Vering is requesting 69.3 irrigated acres for a farm he owns in the SE1/4 of S28-T18N-R8E in Dodge County.  The acres were part of a cattle operation that has since been converted to crop land.  The field was irrigated in 2014 and the violation was discovered during the acre certification process.  Mr. Vering would like the Board to consider his water use for the cattle as an offset for the new irrigated acres.  The attached map shows the quarter in question, but does not reflect the current irrigation system.  

Mr. Vering addressed the Committee on his situation.  He would like to sign with NRCS and list this as irrigated ground due to the higher seeding rate for a cover crop.  NRCS also has a non-irrigated rate and Committee members felt he could sign up with that program.  The Water Committee took no further action.

Attachments
1.A.17. Certifying Acres in Saunders and Dodge Counties
Rationale

Poole reports that certification papers were due February 1, 2015 from Dodge County.  He reports that about 80% of these have been turned in.  As in other situations, the last ones to turn in their reports take the longest.

1.B. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

Rules will be submitted to DEQ for their review and hopefully their approval.

Renewal forms are being developed for our District and these will be mailed out in late March or early April.

Recommended Motion

To issue an Order of Designation for the Lower Platte North NRD Chemigation Rules and Regulations approved at the February 9, 2015 Board Meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To issue an Order of Designation for the Lower Platte North NRD Chemigation Rules and Regulations approved at the February 9, 2015 Board Meeting passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

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

 Name Livestock  Type of Permit  Legal Description  County 
Scott Schmid Feedlot
127 Road I
Columbus NE 68601
Cattle
3,500 Head
3,500 A.U. 
Construction &
Operating Permit 
NW1/4, Section 30, T18N, R2E  Colfax 
Little Pine Ridge Feedyard
PO Box187
Bellwood NE 68624
Cattle
10,800 Head
10,800 A.U. 
Expansion on
Operating Permit 
SW1/4, Section 23, T16N, R2E  Butler 









  • The Scott Schmid Feedlot operation is two miles north of the current Richland-Schuyler Phase 2 area.
  • The Little Pine Ridge Feedyard is expanding operations of existing 5,000 Head with addition of 5,800 Head for a total of 10,800 head or 10,800 A.U.  This operation is 4 miles east of the current Bellwood Phase 2 area.

2. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
2.A. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
2.A.1. Well Estimates
Rationale

Two 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 
 Karl Grotelueschen 1 Irrigation $951.68  Colfax 
 Gary Labenz 1 Domestic  $235.94  Platte 
       







2.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 
Charles Emanuel & Sons 1 Irrigation  $514.03  Dodge 
Wilma Loseke  1 Irrigation  $613.16  Platte 
       






 

Recommended Motion

* To approve cost share payment to Charles Emanuel to decommission an irrigation well for $514.03 in Dodge County and to Wilma Loseke to decommission an irrigation well for $613.16 in Platte County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve cost share payment to Charles Emanuel to decommission an irrigation well for $514.03 in Dodge County and to Wilma Loseke to decommission an irrigation well for $613.16 in Platte County passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

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

The ENWRA Technical Committee met on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015 to discuss the addition of 125 miles of AEM flightlines that are to be flown this spring (see attached sheet).  These are still scheduled to be flown in late March into April.

2.C. NEW MONITORING WELLS
Rationale

LPNNRD staff has identified several sites for future test holes and potential monitoring wells.  C&SD division is currently scheduling test hole drilling for June and it is not clear if the test holes requested by our NRD will be drilled within this fiscal year.

3. OTHER
3.A. GMDA SUMMER SESSION
Rationale

The GMDA Summer Session is scheduled for Coeur d'Arlene, Idaho on June 10-12, 2015.  Agenda is still being worked on, but one possible topic is the use of drones in agricultural production.




The 2015 GMDA Summer Session will be held at the Coeur d'Alene Golf and Spa Resort on June 10-12, 2015.
The 2015 GMDA Summer Session will be held at the Coeur d'Alene Golf and Spa Resort on June 10-12, 2015.

3.B. 2014 SUMMER INTERNS
Rationale

The LPNNRD is again considering hiring two to four interns this summer.  Work areas will include tree planting, spraying dams and other areas for weeds, repairing fence, ground water sampling, chemigation, summer gwel readings, etc.  Bob Heimann and Russ Oaklund will interview and hire these individuals. 

3.C. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Arnie Stuthman addressed the Water Committee about his request for 40 additional irrigated acres.  His original application for more acres (in the now SQS area) was made in 2012 and he purchased the pivot at that time.  His application was apparently lost in the mail since the LPNNRD never received it.