Lower Platte North NRD
March 09, 2015 6:00 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
1. Call to Order
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.

 

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
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the agenda as presented

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
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve minutes as presented

6. Report of Standing Committees
6.A. Executive Committee - Action as Required
6.A.1. MEETINGS
6.A.1.a. Pending
6.A.1.a.1. Nebraska Water and Water Law Conference
Rationale

UNL will be hosting the High Plain Aquifer: Sustainability for Food Production and Water Supply Conference on Thursday, March 19th.  The Nebraska Water Law Conference will be held Friday, March 20th.  Draft agendas are attached to the Executive Committee Minuters.  Registration for both days is $290 and March 20th only is $175.  Please let Breunig know by March 3rd if you are interested in attending.

Attachments
6.A.1.a.2. National Watershed Conference
Rationale

The National Watershed Conference is May 17-20 in Ft. Worth Texas.  This conference is held every two years and we have attended in the past.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To send up to two directors and two staff to the National Watershed Conference in Ft Worth

6.A.1.a.3. Groundwater Foundation Annual Meeting
Rationale

It has been over 10 years since the Groundwater Foundation Annual Meeting has been held in Nebraska.  The October 20-22 conference is scheduled for Lincoln and they are looking for sponsors.  Attached find information that was sent.  The lowest level sponsor is $500 although they will accept general support funds.  Is this something we want to be a part of?

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To be a sponsor for the Groundwater Foundation Annual Conference in the amount of $250

6.A.2. MANAGEMENT ITEMS
6.A.2.a. Directors Absence
Rationale

Attached find Director McDermott's excuse of absence from the February Board Meeting.

Attachments
6.A.2.b. Bob Weaver
6.A.2.b.1. Monthly Conference Call and Update
Rationale

The monthly Weaver Conference Call was held March 6th.

Attachments
6.A.2.b.2. Monthly Bill
Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve the monthly Weaver payment of $3,300 and bill LPS and Papio NRDs for their portion

6.A.2.c. Monthly Education Program
6.A.2.d. CCEI Lawsuit
Rationale

Lausterer gave oral arguments on the CCEI case on February 10.  The Brief can be viewed on line.

6.A.2.e. Recognition Ceremony
Rationale

The Executive Committee has set the date for our Annual Recognition Picnic for June 7 (June 14 Rain date) to be held at Czechland Lake beginning at 5:00 p.m..  All directors, staff and former board members will be invited to attend along with our award recipients.

6.A.2.f. Report from Director Vacancy Sub-Committee
Rationale

The director vacancy committee is tasked with bringing forth a candidate for consideration at our March board meeting.  So far two applications have been received.  

6.A.2.g. NWRA Dues
Rationale

Last year it was found that NWRA was not assessing dues as had been set in their bi-laws.  We have received our annual invoice from them and it is for $2,558.  A group of NRD Managers are working with NWRA to amend the dues structure so that NRD dues are more inline with irrigation districts.  No action is needed at this time.

Attachments
6.A.2.h. Lickteig Request
Rationale

In February 2014 the Wirka Tract (Sand Creek Site 16) was sold at auction and purchased by Dave Lickteig.  Attached find a request from Lickteig's attorney.  The NRD has always maintained that most of the lake would be on the Wirka tract, however there was no way to be sure of this until until the lake filled.  Unfortunately the auction company placed on the flyer that 100% of the lake would be on the land being sold.  Lickteig's attorney seems to be confused as to what our statement of "no public access" means as there is no public access on this lake.  On the land closing agreement the auction company added a statement that the west end of the dam is on adjacent property.

Attachments
6.A.3. EQUIPMENT
6.A.3.a. Microphone System for Board Room
Rationale

Mitch O'Reilly is working with audio visual companies and gave a presentation to the committee which are attached to the Executive Committee Minutes. The committee asked for the board room tables to be changed to allow board members to be closer by narrowing the gap between tables and closing the north end (to form an oval). A decision on the sound system and projector will be delayed until the new room layout can be tried.

Attachments
6.A.4. PERSONNEL
6.A.5. FINANCE
6.A.5.a. Approval of Financial Reports
Rationale

Attached find the January Financial Statement.

Recommended Motion

* To approve the January Financial Report as distributed to all board members

6.A.5.b. Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve Manager Miyoshi's time and expense sheets as attached to the Executive Committee agenda

6.A.5.c. Accounts over 90 Days
Attachments
6.B. Education, Operations & Rural Water Systems Committee - Action as Required
6.B.1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
6.B.1.a. Wildlife & CREP Payments
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no CREP payments.
We have not heard if the Federal Grant Funding through NE Game & Parks for projects at Homestead and Czechland Lakes has been approved.

6.B.2. OPERATION & MAINTENANCE & OTHER ITEMS
6.B.2.a. O & M Crew
B. Heimann
Rationale

The O & M crew have completed burning all tree piles at Czechland and Wanahoo.  Prepared Czechland for the contractor to start the rock project. The crew help load 4 of the 6 docks sold from Czechland.

6.B.2.b. Equipment
B. Heimann
Rationale

Heimann looked at a Turbo Tree Saw at Benes Service.  Their price is $6,150.  The saw has 15 four sided cutting teeth, each side should last approximately 100 hrs. Today, those teeth cost $30/piece to replace.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To purchase a Turbo Tree Saw from Benes Service for $6,150

6.B.2.c. Tractor Rental
B. Heimann
Rationale

The State of Nebraska is currently reviewing a new contract for tractor rental through John Deere.  Various tractor sizes are available and the rate is $13.25/hr, with a minimum usage of 300 hours. The review and acceptance to this contract may take up to two weeks.

Platte Valley will rent the District a JD 8245R tractor for $1,100 a month. The District would use this tractor from July 15 - October 15 which would equal $3,300.

Benes Service will not commit a rate or type of tractor until we are closer to the time of need.

Recommended Motion

To rent a JD 8245R tractor from Platte Valley Implement for $1,100 a month

6.B.2.d. Czechland Lake Improvements
B. Heimann
Rationale

The contractor has started hauling the type-C rip-rap to Czechland Lake, they have not started placing the rock. Staff has prepared the area by moving the docks, trimming trees and moving trash barrels.  Four of the six docks have been sold.

Attachments
6.B.2.e. Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
Rationale

Staff met with Game & Parks officials regarding the use, revenue and expenses at Lake Wanahoo SRA on Feb. 17.  The usage of the park and revenue did increase in 2014 and expenses declined.  NGPC expenses are beyond income and legislative subsidy so the deficit of $8,045.17 be subsidized by the District.  Two spreadsheets from each agency are attached.

The NARD and Lower Platte North NRD are organizing a 5K and 1 mile run/walk at Lake Wanahoo on Saturday, April 11.  The Run-a-Hoo at Wanahoo is to benefit the NARD Foundation.  The cost to run the 5K is $35 and $20 for the 1 mile walk.  Bring your shoes for the start at 8:30 a.m.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To pay NE Game & Parks Commission $8,045.17 which is the deficit in operating & maintaining Lake Wanahoo SRA for 2014.

6.B.2.f. Bellwood Watershed Dam repair request
B. Heimann
Rationale

Jamie Yindrick the tenant for Sean McFadden (Zepplin Farms) is requesting to repair a watershed dam which is directly above the District's Bellwood Dam 5-H.  The pipe in the dam is rusted through and eroding around the pipe. This dam was originally designed by NRCS and built in 1956, modified in 1983. This dam directly benefits Bellwood 5-H (road structure).  The replacement pipe is 30" and 48' in length which cost $1,658.29.  Yindrick has contacted the NRCS for advice.  The site is located in Butler County SE Section 10, T-15, R-2.

Recommended Motion

*To assist the repair of Zeppelin Farms dam that is located directly above the Bellwood 5-H NRD watershed dam by paying for the 30", 48' long pipe at a cost of $1,658.29. Installation is at the cost of the landowner and payment is to be made made after the repair is complete and inspected by NRD staff.

6.B.2.g. Ice Jam Expense
B. Heimann
Rationale

An ice jam in the Platte River occurred January 25 - 29 approximately 2 miles south of Hwy 92. When the tie back levee on the north end of the Clear Creek Levee was about to fail, Clark Construction was mobilized to the National Guard Camp near Ashland in anticipation of removal of a fuse plug if the Clear Creek Levee failed.  In case of a failure, the plug is removed to allow water back into the Platte River. Clark Construction submitted an invoice for the use of his excavator, 21 hours at $185.00 which comes to $3,885.00

Recommended Motion

* To pay Clark Construction $3,885.00 for mobilization of his excavator at the Clear Creek levee Fuse Plug during the January ice jam threat

6.B.2.h. Fremont 205 Feasibility Study
B. Heimann
Rationale

A meeting with the COE and the Non-federal partners was held at the NRD office on Feb. 12.  The Corps stated they have approval to transition the 205 Study into a General Investigation Study and the funds are available at $425,000.  The COE covers the first $150,000 leaving the study at $275,000.  The Non-federal partners have to provide $137,500 or 50%.  An Amendment has been developed for the partners as to what percentage each will pay when a formal request is receive by the COE.  This will begin in 2015 rather than being split up between 2015 and 2016.  An estimated construction cost by the Corps is $50-55 million.

6.B.3. ROCK AND JETTY
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no request for payments.

6.B.4. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
6.B.5. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
6.B.5.a. Information
6.B.5.a.1. Newspaper and Radio Ads
Rationale

This month we are running ads on the National Water Quality Initiative signup and the remaining Water Certification classes. 

6.B.5.a.2. Spring Viaduct
Rationale

The spring issue of the Viaduct will come out in March. This is one of our two printed issues of the year distributed in area newspapers.

6.B.5.a.3. NWQI 2015
Rationale

Wahoo Creek was again chosen as a target watershed for National Water Quality Initiative funds from NRCS. We are running ads and have updated the poster from last year to help promote the signup, which ends March 20.

Attachments
6.B.5.a.4. SCWIG Signs
Rationale

Thompson will be helping the Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group with a design for new road signs. The signs will focus on the "Slow the Flow" slogan used for last year's open house. The grant has $10,000 budgeted for signage.

6.B.5.b. Education
6.B.5.b.1. Soil & Water Stewardship Week
Rationale

Soil & Water Stewardship Week orders are due March 6. Orders have been slow to date, we will send a reminder message next week.

6.B.5.b.2. Earth Wellness Festival
Rationale

Thompson will present at the Earth Wellness Festival in Lincoln in late March. 

6.B.5.c. Computer
6.B.5.c.1. New Projector
Rationale

We purchased a new projector for the office - a ViewSonic model PJD5533W for $438.99. It is significantly brighter and sharper than our old projector, which was more than 10 years old. 

6.B.6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

- February water samples were taken on the 24th, results should be available by Board Meeting

- I am working with Troy to assess our System's need for new/upgraded meter reading/billing equipment and software.  We are gathering information and will bring to March Committee meeting.

- We will be adding a new customer to the Colon line this month - Bob (Toby) Malousek, 3914 Browning Drive

- Meeting with Brainard/Dwight is scheduled for Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm.

- Over the next few months I will be developing a comprehensive inventory of the Rural Water Dept's parts, tools and equipment.

- Tyler Benal is enrolled in the May Grade IV Water Operator course.

- We have replaced a damaged meter radio reader on the Colon system caused by snow plow.




6.C. Water Committee - Action as Required
6.C.1. REGULATORY
6.C.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.

6.C.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.

6.C.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

6.C.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.

6.C.1.a.3. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No updates.

6.C.1.a.4. Well Permit Program
6.C.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 
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














6.C.1.a.4.B. Hestekind Well Permit Request
Rationale

The attorney for ‘Robert Hestekind and Leona L Hestekind, Co-Trustees Of the Robert H Hestekind Revocable Trust dated December 18, 2003; and Jerry D Hestekind and Judy Hestekind as joint tenants’  has requested that this permit be reissued in the name of the ‘above’ (see attachment).  The well for this permit, G-172602, was drilled 4/5/2014 and registered with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources on 6/19/2014 by the well driller, Charles Sargent Irrigation Inc – Neligh (see attachment).  A survey, requested by Dale Schlinder, was done on 5/8/14.  This survey showed that the irrigation well was actually located on the Hestekind property and not on the Score property (see second attachment).  On the basis of this survey the attorney for the Hestekinds is making this request.

The Water Committee took no action on the Hestekind request.

Attachments
6.C.1.a.4.C. Taylor Farms General Partnership, KWEA LLC, Supplemental Well Request
Rationale

Justin Taylor is requesting a supplemental well in the NE1/4 NW1/4 of S8-T17N-R8E in North Bend Subarea of Dodge County.  A permit for the proposed location was previously approved by the Board in 2013 (LPN-013-1359).  The well will be tied together with a second well to irrigate 59 certified irrigated acres in the same legal description.  Attached is a map of the field and the well log from the well currently located on the property.  This well log shows the potential aquifer is only about 11 feet thick.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the supplemental well for Justin Taylor in the NE1/4, NW1/4,of Section 8-T17N-R8E in North Bend Subarea of Dodge County

6.C.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.

Recommended Motion

*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

6.C.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

6.C.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

6.C.1.a.8. Special Quantity Subareas
6.C.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.

6.C.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.

Attachments
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

6.C.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.

6.C.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.

6.C.1.a.11. Cost Share Programs
6.C.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.

6.C.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.

Attachments
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

6.C.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

 

Attachments
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

6.C.1.a.14. LPNNRD Certification
6.C.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



6.C.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

6.C.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
6.C.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.

6.C.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

6.C.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.

6.C.2. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
6.C.2.a. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
6.C.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 
       







6.C.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 
       






 

Attachments
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

6.C.2.b. LOWER PLATTE NORTH NRD GROUND WATER STUDIES
6.C.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.

Attachments
6.C.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.

6.C.3. OTHER
6.C.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.

6.C.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. 

6.C.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.
 

Attachments
6.D. Projects Committee - Action as Required
6.D.1. SWCP
Rationale

Gottschalk reviewed the current SWCP spreadsheet with the committee.  We have expended approximately 36% of State and local SWCP funding. 

Attachments
6.D.1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
Rationale

No applications for approval were presented.

6.D.1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

14-B-53 Mary Ann Shuey Rev. Trust Flow Meter $ 625.00

Recommended Motion

* To approve the $625.00 SWCP Payment for Mary Ann Shuey Rev.Trust as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None

6.D.1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
Rationale

Leonard & Shirley Chmelka Living Trust Basins/Terraces/Tile $ 5,878.42
Kenneth D. Fencl Basins/Waterways $ 1,927.66

TOTAL: $ 7,806.08

Recommended Motion

*To approve the Cottonwood Creek cost share payments totaling $7,806.08 as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
Rationale

None

6.D.1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
Rationale

None

6.D.1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Payments
Rationale

WAHOO CREEK PAYMENTS:

Lawrence Mach Terraces/Basin/Pipe $ 1,712.57

(This is the first payment for Wahoo Creek.  These payments coordinate with Federal EQIP funding)

Recommended Motion

* To approve the Wahoo Creek Cost Share payment totaling $1,712.57 for Lawrence Mach as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.h. SWCP Policy Review
Rationale

The Committee reviewed proposed 2015 changes our SWCP Policy as attached and gave input.  We will be asking for a recommendation to approve the final draft at the April 2 Projects Committee Meeting.  

6.D.2. WATERSHEDS
6.D.2.a. Shell Creek
Attachments
6.D.2.a.1. Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan
Rationale

NDEQ is finishing their edits to the completed Watershed Water Quality Plan  and will be sent to EPA for comments soon.

6.D.2.a.2. Shell Creek Watershed PIP for New Grants
Rationale

Staff met with NDEQ, SCWIG and NRCS personnel on February 24 to to discuss recent EPA 319 and Environment Trust grant awards and work on a Project Implementation Plan.  We have been approved for $50,000 from NDEQ and have been preliminarily approved for another $155,000 from NET for grade control structures and other watershed BMP's.  There is also another $87,000 from prior approved NET grant awards which is planned to be used toward project engineering and design. 

6.D.2.a.3. Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group Liability Concern
Rationale

During the February 10th SCWIG meeting, group members requested Assistant Manager Mountford to investigate their potential liability acting as LPNNRD's Advisory Group and if they could be covered under our liability coverage.  This topic was presented to our attorney, Jovan Lausterer, and his suggestions for proceeding are attached.   SCWIG has been in existence for about fifteen years and has been a vital partner in accomplishing conservation measures in the watershed.  SCWIG initially helped secure and administer several grants and teamed with the Praireland RC&D to apply for and disperse those funds.  Although SCWIG will be closing out an older grant with the Environmental Trust this year, LPNNRD has taken over the lead role with new Shell Creek grant efforts.  We suggest looking into the costs for our insurance provider, LARM, to add liability coverage for SCWIG solely acting as our advisory group.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve investigating liability coverage for the Shell Creek Watersed Improvement Group (SCWIG), solely acting as LPNNRD's advisory group, with our insurance provider LARM

6.D.2.a.4. Newman Grove Science Club Assistance Request (attachment)
Rationale

The Newman Grove Science Club is requesting our assistance in purchasing water testing supplies and equipment for 2015 sampling of Shell Creek.  In the past we have shared this expense with SCWIG who has used available grant funds to help the club. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve 50% cost share, up to $280 assistance, for helping the Newman Grove Science Club purchase water testing supplies and equipment for sampling Shell Creek in 2015 as listed in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed
6.D.2.b.1. Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan Phase I
Rationale

We anticipate receiving an invoice from JEO's for work completed on the Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan by Board Meeting.  If received, board review and approval will be requested at that time.  

6.D.3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
6.D.3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

Meghan Sittler was present to update the Projects Committee on several Alliance activities.  She briefed the committee that LPRCA members will have a discussion (9:00 a.m.on April 21, at LPSNRD) regarding the obstruction removal project at Two Rivers State Park.  As we know, the project costs doubled due to pier removal requirements required by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Discussion on whether the partners wish to continue with a portion of the project or drop this effort entirely will occur.  Discussion on the upcoming draft Alliance Budget for FY 2015-2016 will also occur at that time.   Also attached to the Projects Committee Minutes is Meghan's written January 2015 report. 

Attachments
6.D.4. OTHER
6.D.4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
6.D.4.a.1. Fremont 205
Rationale

Heimann updated the committee on the current status of the Fremont 205 Study as detailed in the O, E, & RW Committee Minutes.

6.D.4.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

Contractor plans on returning to the job site early March.  The following items need to be completed: Final Grading, Staking of Boundary Markers and Seeding.

6.D.4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
Rationale

Director Bailey gave an update on the slow process of getting needed information from the Army COE that is required  to complete his no-rise certificate needed for the landowners project east of Schuyler.  Suggestions were given that will hopefully move things along quicker.

6.D.4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Rationale

JEO continues to work on completing our All-Hazard Mitigation Plan update for the District.  They are in the process of contacting Woodcliff, Colon and Dwight about completing some detailed analysis on priority projects. We will also determine if we wish to use some of the available grant funding to complete downstream breach route mapping on a few of our floodwater dams.   This information would be used for informing county zoning and floodplain officials to prohibit residential development in those mapped areas.  

6.D.4.d. Projects Committee Time
Rationale

The Projects Committee decided to change the starting time of  their future meetings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

6.D.4.e. Review of Projects Financial Statement
Rationale

Attached are the Project Financials as of January 31, 2015.  The Projects Budget as of that time was 27.19% expended.  The Land Treatment Budget (found under Water Expenses) was 32.32% expended. 

Attachments
6.D.5. SAND CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROJECT REPORT
6.D.6. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
Rationale

Segment 4B -
Contractor is working with the COE on a contract modification to extend the current levee construction area and cross section of the area affected by the ice jam flooding. This segment if 75% completed.

Segment 5
Contractor has completed work on Camp Ashland side of the river and is focusing on the Big Sandy Development Area, which is to be completed by mid-May.

7. Additional Action Items
7.A. WS/CC Segment 5 Powerline Relocation
7.B. Wanahoo Entrance Paving
7.C. Czechland Lake Improvement Payment to JEO
Rationale

We have received an invoice of $2,500 from JEO for the construction oversight on the Czechland Lake Shoreline Improvements Project. This is 16.66% of the total cost for the construction oversight.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To make payment to JEO in the amount of $2,500 for the construction oversight on the Czechland Lake Shoreline Improvements Project.

7.D. Czechland Lake Improvement Payment to Contractor
Rationale

Sibbernsen Excavating has submitted an invoice of $57,655.80 for 63% of the completed construction on the Czechland Lake Shoreline Improvements Project. The east and north piers have been established and the shoreline armoring has begun.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To pay an invoice of $57,655.80 to Sibbernsen Excavating for 63% of the completed construction on the Czechland Lake Shoreline Improvements Project.

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.