Lower Platte North NRD
April 29, 2015 5:00 PM
Water Committee Meeting
1. REGULATORY
1.A. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
1.A.1. Variance Request Penalty
Rationale

Variance Request Penalty for Violation of LPNNRD R&R.  This would apply to the ranking criteria and the issuance for new irrigated acres.  Need to establish a policy on this.  Options that were previous discussed included:

  • 50 points per acre
  • points removed per type of violation, whole field vs. corner
  • 1st time violation given just warning
  • penalty by subarea
  • one, two, or three year suspension, which could be based on number of acres per that violation.
Staff recommendation is the last one.

Committee members discussed this and would like more details on the last point and examples from the Republican NRD's.  

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

The district received two applications in the HCA totaling 40 acres.

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

The district received one application in the NHCA totaling 164 acres.

1.A.4. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
1.A.5. Well Permit Program
1.A.5.a. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: 4

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
 Rainier Resource Holdings 1,  LLC
 2  0   Replacement  Saunders  Todd Valley 
 Samson Inc.  1  0  Replacement  Platte   Lower Shell Creek
 242 Riversedge LLC  1  0  Replacement  Dodge  North Bend









The total number of approved permits for 2015 is 25


Location of Approved Well Permits for 2015:  Correct as of 4/29/2015
 County Irrigation - New  Irrigation - Replacement  Stock  Commercial  Municipal  Other Total 
 Butler 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
 Colfax 1
 Dodge 3
 Boone 0
 Madison 0
 Platte 3
 Saunders 3
 Total  11 13  25 














1.A.5.b. KWEA LLC Replacement Well Modification
Rationale

KWEA LLC is requesting a modification to replacement well permit # LPN-009-1077.  The well is located in the SW 1/4 NE 1/4 1-17-7E in Dodge County (North Bend Subarea).  The permit was approved to replace LPN-007-967 (G-147448), which began pumping sand after one year.  The replacement well was drilled in June of 2009 and it has begun to lose yield.  The original well has not been decommissioned as require by State law and the hole has remained idle for the last 4 years.  KWEA LLC is asking to put a pump down the original well and pump all three wells, in a series, at a lower rate to supply the 324.23 irrigated acres.  All three wells are in the North Bend subarea.  The permit in question and a map of the section are attached.

If granted, the well permit for LPN-009-1077 would be modify from a replacement to a supplemental well permit and the well permit LPN-007-967 would be allowed to be on active status.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve modification of the well permit LPN-009-1077 from a replacement to a supplemental well permit and allow LPN-007-967 (G-147448) to be placed again on active status

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve modification of the well permit LPN-009-1077 from a replacement to a supplemental well permit and allow LPN-007-967 (G-147448) to be placed again on active status passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

1.A.5.c. Ryan Loseke Stock Well Permit 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 the Platte Center subarea and the Platte-Colfax SQS area 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 provide water to the entire operation and is estimated to pump ~13,000,000 gallons annually.  No offset was offered.


Doing the math:
-  13,000,000 gallons / 325,851 gallons per acre foot = ~40 acre feet
-  40 acre feet * 12 inches per foot = 480 acre inches
-  if net corn crop irrigation requirement is 8 inches per acre
-  then 480 acre inches / 8 inches per acre = 60 acres of irrigation

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve the livestock well in the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 36-T19N-R1E in the Platte Center subarea and the Platte-Colfax SQS area of Platte County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the livestock well in the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 36-T19N-R1E in the Platte Center subarea and the Platte-Colfax SQS area of Platte County passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Joe Birkel.

1.A.6. Certified Irrigated Acre Transfer Request
Rationale

Todd Mueller would like to transfer 17.9 certified irrigated acres

Transferred From:
Field A: S1/2 NW 1/4 29-18-1E Platte County; Lower Shell Creek Subarea

Transferred To:
Field B: 5.4 acres; SE 1/4 SE 1/4 30-18-1E Platte County; Lower Shell Creek Subarea
Field C: 5.3 acres; SW 1/4 SE 1/4 30-18-1E Platte County; Lower Shell Creek Subarea
Field D: 7.2 acres; NWW 1/4 SW 1/4 30-18-1E Platte County; Lower Shell Creek Subarea

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve the transfer of 17.9 certified irrigated acres from a field in S1/2, NW 1/4, Section 29-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek subarea of Platte County to a field of 5.4 acres in the SE1/4, SE1/4, Section 30-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek Subarea of Platte County; to a field of 5.3 acres in SW1/4, SE1/4, Section 30-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek subarea of Platte County; and to a field of 7.2 acres in the NW1/4, SW1/4, Section 30-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek subarea of Platte County

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve the transfer of 17.9 certified irrigated acres from a field in S1/2, NW 1/4, Section 29-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek subarea of Platte County to a field of 5.4 acres in the SE1/4, SE1/4, Section 30-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek Subarea of Platte County; to a field of 5.3 acres in SW1/4, SE1/4, Section 30-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek subarea of Platte County; and to a field of 7.2 acres in the NW1/4, SW1/4, Section 30-T18N-R1E in the Lower Shell Creek subarea of Platte County passed with a motion by Clint Johannes and a second by Robert Hilger.

1.A.7. Special Quantity Subareas
1.A.7.a. LPNNRD SQS Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

Six information packets for SQS #1 (Butler-Saunders) were sent by “certified mail” for the final educational class.  Three producers attended the April 15th class, held in the LPNNRD Board Room.  One requirement for the Butler - Saunders SQS area is that flow meters need to be installed by May 1, 2015.  Staff will start making well site visits in mid May.  

1.A.8. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The last managers meeting was held on April 28, 2015 at LPSNRD and John Miyoshi attended. 

The next technical meeting is scheduled for May 12, 2015 in Ord NE at the LLNRD.

The second Basin Water Banking Workshop has been set for Thursday, June 18, 2015 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Community College - Columbus.

1.A.9. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

The last stakeholders meeting was held on April 7, 2015 at our office.  The Goals and Objectives have been finalized and will be discussed at the next Coordination meeting scheduled for May 5th at 10:00 am.  The Goals and Objectives are attached, as well as the meeting minutes.

The next step is writing the Plan for the V-IMP.

We have received an invoice from Olsson Associates for services rendered for our V-IMP to April 16, 2015.  This is part of our contract with Olsson Assoc. and doesn't need Committee approval but will be voted on by the Board under 'bills pending'.

Attachments
1.A.10. Cost Share Programs
1.A.10.a. Irrigation Well Sample Kits
Rationale

No new kit requests received since the last committee meeting.  Kits will be mailed in June, before the start of the irrigation season.

1.A.10.b. Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network (NAWMN)
Rationale

Eighteen producers have submitted an Order for this cost share program (spreadsheet is attached).

LPNNRD’s cost share portion is $1,533.00 (32%) with the producer portion $3,199.00 (68%).  Aaron Nygren, UNL Extension Educator in Colfax County, and Oaklund have been coordinating for the order. Upon approval Order will be placed.  Our goal for 2015 participation in this cost share program was twenty producers.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve cost share payment of $1,533.00 to the 18 producers listed on the spreadsheet 'LPNNRD NAWMDN - 2015' as attached to the Water Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve cost share payment of $1,533.00 to the 18 producers listed on the spreadsheet 'LPNNRD NAWMDN - 2015' as attached to the Water Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Clint Johannes.

1.A.11. 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.


1.A.12. 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.  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.

An information meeting will be held in mid summer concerning the Richland - Schuyler Phase area.  



1.A.13. LPNNRD Certification
1.A.13.a. LPNNRD Operator Certification Classes
Rationale

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

Cert Number

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6517

4/22/2015

Chad Reeves

No

first-time

6518

4/22/2015

Cole Wojtalewicz

No

first-time

 


1.B. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

For 2014 we had a current total of 463 chemigation permits.  Renewal letters were mailed out in late March and so far we have received 202 renewals and 11 new permit applications.  In addition, we have received notice that 13 permits will be cancelled.  Reminder letters will be mailed in early May to those who have not renewed.  Renewal fee is $30 and the deadline is June 1st.

1.C. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

No new livestock permit applications from DEQ since the last Water Committee meeting.

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

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

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Mitchell Heusinkvelt
Hand dug $592.73  Saunders 
       
       







See attached spreadsheet.

Attachments
2.A.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

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

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
       
       
       








Recommended Motion

Need motion to approve.

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

No new updates.

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

Flights over eastern Nebraska have been completed.  Final report expected by late July of this year.

2.B.3. FUTURE GROUND WATER STUDIES
Rationale

Future Potential Ground Water Studies:

  1. Deep Test Holes and Monitoring Wells, this is carryover from present fiscal year / $60,000
  2. AEM flights over our SQS areas, dependent on getting grant funding
  3. Ground Water elevation model of Wann Basin subarea, tracking contaminate plumes from Former Ordnance Plant near Mead.
  4. Delineation of Tile Drains in LPNNRD, ground water inputs to streams / ~$30,000 for GIS work to $50,000 if include in-field work such as drone flights
  5. Update of Farm Process Model near Ashland NE, previous study completed 3 years ago. / $11,160 each year for 3 years.
On a related note, the Water Department would like to fund a master database for the District, which has already been delayed for two years.

Attachments
2.C. TEST HOLES AND NEW MONITORING WELLS
Rationale

Due to the heavy schedule for the drilling of test holes in Nebraska, C&SD has delayed the drilling of our test holes until later in the summer.  Therefore, most of the NRD funding set aside for test hole drilling in the current fiscal year will not be spent.

A Level Troll 500 data logger has been sent to In-Situ for their review/evaluation of the water level sensor.  An older data logger (Troll 4000, purchased in 1998) has been sent to In-Situ for trade-in of a Level Troll 500 (attached is Sales Quote which includes the 15% discount).  The Troll 4000 is obsolete and is no longer repaired.

Attachments
2.D. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

Staff finished collecting the Spring readings in mid-April.  Subareas of concern for potential “Level” change:  David City (Uplands), Prague (Uplands), Octavia (Platte Valley), and Fremont East (Platte Valley).  The higher water levels in these subareas will make any ‘level’ change unnecessary for this year.  The Prague subarea continues to be the one of most concern.  Ground Water Level Summary Comparison of Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 is attached.

 

Attachments
3. SURFACE WATER PROGRAMS
3.A. USGS WATER QUALITY MONITORING ON SHELL CREEK
Rationale

We received an invoice from USGS for $5,250.00 for water quality monitoring on Shell Creek north of Columbus.

Need motion to approve.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of $5,250 to USGS for continued water quality monitoring at the Shell Creek monitoring station north of Columbus as attached to the Water Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve payment of $5,250 to USGS for continued water quality monitoring at the Shell Creek monitoring station north of Columbus as attached to the Water Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Joe Birkel and a second by Mr. Robert Meduna.

3.B. PRECIPITATION GAUGING NETWORK
Rationale

Precipitation patterns across the District were highly variable, not just in location but over the course of the year.  While it was a wet year in Saunders County, it was near normal near Bellwood, and even below normal at Lindsay.  Lindsay had approximately 23 inches for the year, while normal is closer to 28 inches.  See attached maps and report.

Attachments
4. OTHER
4.A. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rationale

Last call for the GMDA Summer Session in Coeur d'Alene Idaho on June 10-11, 2015.  Conference registration and agenda is attached.

Attachments
4.B. 2014 SUMMER INTERNS
Rationale

The three summer interns are expected to start in mid-May.

4.C. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

Melissa Konecky asked about posting of the Water Committee agenda and ground water energy levels (GWEL).  The GWEL will need to be updated on our webpage.

4.D. ADJOURMENT
Rationale

The Water Committee adjourned at 7:30 pm.