Lower Platte North NRD
April 01, 2015 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

The district received one new well variance application for 70 acres in the Todd Valley.

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

The district received two expanded water use variances for a total of 135 irrigated acres in the David City Subarea.

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

No new 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.5. Irrigation Transfer Requests
1.a.5.a. KWEA Transfer Request
Rationale

KWEA Inc., (Justin Taylor) requests to transfer a total of 47.44 acres of gravity irrigation from two parcels, S ½, SW ¼, SW ¼, 4-17-8E and NW ¼, NW ¼, 9-17-8E to a parcel in W ½, SE ¼, 5-17-8E and operate a pivot. See attached map for explanation.

Recommended Motion

*To approve the transfer by KWEA Inc. (Justin Taylor) of 47.44 acres from two parcels, S ½, SW ¼, SW ¼, Section 4, T17N, R8E (Fremont subarea) and NW ¼, NW ¼, Section 9, T17N, R8E (North Bend subarea) to a parcel in W ½, SE ¼, Section 5, T17N, R8E (North Bend subarea)

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve the transfer by KWEA Inc. (Justin Taylor) of 47.44 acres from two parcels, S ½, SW ¼, SW ¼, 4-17-8E (Fremont subarea) and NW ¼, NW ¼, 9-17-8E (North Bend subarea) to a parcel in W ½, SE ¼, 5-17-8E (North Bend subarea) passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Donald Kavan.

1.a.5.b. Gene Kresak Transfer Request
Rationale

Gene Kresak to transfer 35 acres from W ½, SW ¼, 26-14-9E (Wann Subarea) to NE ¼, SW ¼, 34-14-9E (Todd Valley Subarea).  The ground in 26-14-9E is in its last year of the 2 in 10 cycle, so whatever is not transferred in this transfer is lost.  The ground we’re transferring to has had a pivot on it for many years, it just wasn’t used and is outside of its 2 in 10 cycle. The Subarea boundary is basically the road so it does cross Subareas by a couple hundred feet.  Well G-009205 would be the well they’d use and G-053630 would be listed inactive.

This is within the Corps clean up operations for the Former Ordnance Plant near Mead and therefore the LPNNRD should consult them first.

1.a.5.c. 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.

This was initially discussed at March 9, 2015 Board meeting and sent back to the Water Committee for further review.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the transfer by Cottonwood Valley Farms 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 provided that Cottonwood Valley Farms submits a variance request for the field in Section 19, T16N, R2E by September 15, 2015

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve the transfer by Cottonwood Valley Farms 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 provided that Cottonwood Valley Farms submits a variance request for the field in Section 19, T16N, R2E by September 15, 2015 passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Joe Birkel.

1.a.5.d. Bill Becker Transfer Request
Rationale

Bill Becker would like to transfer 130 certified irrigated acres within the Upper Newman Grove Subarea.  The acres will be transferred from three separate sections to a fourth section.  

- 34 Acres will be transferred from the NW 1/4 of Section 1-20-5W

- 69 Acres will be transferred from the NW 1/4; E 1/2 SW 1/4; SE 1/4 of Section 8-22-5W

- 27 Acres will be transferred from the NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 14-22-6W

- 130 Acres will be added to the NW 1/4 of Section 27-22-5W

(See attached Maps)

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the transfer for Bill Becker of 34 acres from the NW 1/4 of Section 1, T20N, R5W; of 69 Acres transferred from the NW 1/4; E 1/2 SW 1/4; and SE 1/4 of Section 8, T22N, R5W; of 27 Acres transferred from the NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 14, T22N, R6W; for a total of 130 acres to be transferred to the NW 1/4 of Section 27, T22N, R5W

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve the transfer for Bill Becker of 34 acres from the NW 1/4 of Section 1, T20N, R5W; of 69 Acres transferred from the NW 1/4; E 1/2 SW 1/4; and SE 1/4 of Section 8, T22N, R5W; of 27 Acres transferred from the NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 14, T22N, R6W; for a total of 130 acres to be transferred to the NW 1/4 of Section 27, T22N, R5W passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

1.a.5.e. Ruzicka Brothers Transfer Request
Rationale

Ruzicka Brothers are requesting a transfer of 5.3 certified irrigated acres from two fields in the North Bend Subarea that are currently enrolled in the CRP program to a third field in the same subarea. 

- 2.1 Acres transferred from the N 1/2 SW 1/4; NE 1/4 NE 1/4  of Section 23-18-5E

- 3.2 Acres transferred from the N 1/2 SW 1/4; SE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Section 31-18-6E

- 5.3 Acres added to the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 of Section 6-17-6E

(See attached maps)

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the transfer for Ruzicka Brothers of 2.1 irrigated acres from the N 1/2 SW 1/4; NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 23, T18N, R5E; and 3.2 Acres transferred from the N 1/2 SW 1/4; SE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Section 31, T18N, R6E; for a total of 5.3 irrigated acres to the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 of Section 6, T17N, R6E

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve the transfer for Ruzicka Brothers of 2.1 irrigated acres from the N 1/2 SW 1/4; NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 23, T18N, R5E; and 3.2 Acres transferred from the N 1/2 SW 1/4; SE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Section 31, T18N, R6E; for a total of 5.3 irrigated acres to the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 of Section 6, T17N, R6E passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

1.a.6. Special Quantity Subareas
1.a.6.A. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

One final SQS class has been scheduled for irrigation operators in the Butler-Saunders SQS area.  It will be held at the LPNNRD office on April 15, 2015 starting at 8:30 am.  A fee of $15 is required.  A letter will be sent to area producers informing them of the class.  At least 5 producers still need to attend.  There are thirty irrigation wells in this area.  GWEL have been measured in ten of these.  Oaklund will continue to work with operators for the remaining wells. 

A letter will be sent to area well drillers, pump installers, and irrigation equipment dealers concerning the purchase and proper installation of flow meters for producers in the Butler-Saunders SQS area.  Attachments include a map of the SQS area, approved list of flow meters and their proper installation. 

 

 

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

The next technical Committee meeting for LPRBC is scheduled for April 2, 2015 at the LENRD in Norfolk starting at 10:00 am.


The next Managers Committee meeting is scheduled for April 28, 2015 at LPNNRD in Wahoo.

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

The next meeting for the Stakeholders is scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the LPNNRD office starting at 2:00 pm.

We have received a rough draft of the Water Inventory Study, which is currently being reviewed by staff.

The LPNNRD has received an invoice from Olsson Associates for $6,755.91 for services rendered up to March 10, 2015.  Need motion to approve.

Recommended Motion

To approve payment of $6,755.91 to Olsson Associates for services rendered up to March 10, 2015 for the Voluntary Integrated Management Plan contract for LPNNRD as attached to the Water Committee Minutes.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of $6,755.91 to Olsson Associates for services rendered up to March 10, 2015 for the Voluntary Integrated Management Plan contract for LPNNRD as attached to the Water Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Robert Hilger.

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

No new kit requests since the last Water Committee.

1.a.10. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

2015 is the thirteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.  This area has been reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections, to be in compliance with Section G Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Two Rule 1 Phase Two Criteria.


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

2015 is the twelfth year of this Phase 2 Area.  The 55 sections of this area will go into a Phase 3 Area September 1, 2015, to be in compliance with Section H Ground Water Quality Management Area - Phase Three Rule 1 Phase Three Criteria.  [Section H of our Rules & Regs is included below the table.] 

Also effective September 1, 2015, the ten sections immediately north of this area will become a Phase 2 Area.  These sections are:  Township 18 North, Range 2 East, sections 31 to 36; Township 18 North, Range 3 East, sections 31 to 34.



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

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

 

Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6435

3/18/2015

Gordon Shrader

No

first-time

6436

3/23/2015

Luke Kardell

No

first-time

6473

3/27/2015

Steve Barlean

Yes

 

6474

3/27/2015

Frank Vech

Yes

 

6475

3/30/2015

John Krueger

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scheduled 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

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

26

4

# 9

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

David City -

Hruska Library

11

1

# 10

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

ARDC - Mead

25

1

# 11

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

Columbus -

Ag Park

41

3

The class schedule was mailed to about 500 producers.                374                 49

 


1.b. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

Chemigation renewal letters were mailed out in mid March.  For the start of 2015 we have a total of 468 chemigation permits.  So far, we have received two new applications and 63 renewals.  We have also received 13 cancellations, probably due to the new chemigation fees now in place.  The renewal deadline is June 1st. 

The latest Chemigation Rules and Regulations were mailed to DEQ for their review and hopefully their approval. These are basically the same rules that were mailed to them in December 2014 and their had one change at that time, which was incorporated into our latest rules.


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 
 Jeremy Janssen
Janssen Tarnov Nursery
31713 325 Avenue
Columbus NE 68601
Swine
12,000 Head, 480 A.U. 
New Construction and Operation Permit  NM1/4, Section 22, T19N, R3W  Platte 
         
         

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

Five 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 
 Cole Barry Domestic $382.13  Saunders 
 White Rupp Family Trust Irrigation  $504.56  Dodge 
 LaVerna Maquire Rev. Trust Irrigation  $511.98  Butler 
 Frontier Coop Two Irrigation  $1,184.35  Colfax 







 

2.a.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

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

 

Recommended Motion

Need motion to approve.

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

AEM flights over the southern half of Eastern Nebraska are scheduled for April.  Postcards will be mailed to LPNNRD residents near the flight lines (see attached).

Angle met with Katie Cameron (ENWRA and CSD) and Matt Marksen (CSD driller) to review potential locations for test holes within our District, some of which are along the flight lines.  It will likely be June before CSD can get started.  Since the AEM data can see so deep now, the major topic was a question on how deep the test holes needed to be drilled. 


2.c. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

Staff began collecting our Spring readings on Monday, March 23rd.  The Uplands, Todd Valley, and Wann Basin are completed.  Platte Valley should be completed this week with Shell Creek scheduled for next week.  Preliminarily, the water levels are up, which was both anticipated and hoped for with the shorter irrigation season in 2014 and the amount of precipitation in August-September.  Precipitation thus far in 2015 has been lacking.

3. OTHER
3.a. GMDA SUMMER SESSION
Rationale

The 2015 GMDA Summer Session will be held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho June 10-12, 2015 (see website www.gmdausa.org for details).   The agenda should be finalized soon.  Angle helped on the Nebraska portion of the program.


3.b. 2014 SUMMER INTERNS
Rationale

Oaklund and Heimann are currently interviewing potential summer interns.  We again are looking at three individuals.

3.c. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Melissa Konecky and Mary Wotipka attended the Water Committee, but did not address the members.