Lower Platte North NRD
April 13, 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

Chair to approve the April Board Meeting Agenda

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

*To approve the March Board Meeting Minutes as distributed to all board members

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. UNL Water Tour - Republican River Basin
Rationale

The UNL Water and Natural Resources Tour will visit the Republican River basin in Nebraska and Colorado, June 23-25.  The tour will begin and end in Holdrege, all details have not be finalized.  Please let Breunig know if you are interested in attending this tour. 

Attachments
6.A.1.a.2. NARD Basin Tour
Rationale

Save the dates of June 15-16 for the annual NARD Basin Tour.  The tour will begin at Gothenburg looking at the canal projects Central Platte NRD has been working on and conclude at the N-CORPE project south of North Platte.

6.A.1.b. Reports
Rationale

Attached to the Executive Committee Minutes find Mountford's report from the NARD Annual Washington, DC Meeting.

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

Attached find Director Ruzicka's excuse of absence from the March Board Meeting. 

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

Bob was a speaker during the NARD Conference in Washington D.C. The three Lower Platte NRDs also met with Weaver on March 24.  Currently the main work is the 2016 Budget, study completion for Fremont GI, study work on the Deadman's Run 205 (for LPSNRD) and a start for the Sarpy County Levee (for Papio NRD). 

Attachments
6.A.2.b.2. Monthly Bill
Rationale

The March Weaver bill has not yet been received

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve payment of the March Weaver Bill in the amount of $3,300 and bill Lower Platte South and Papio NRDs for the share

6.A.2.c. Monthly Education Program
Rationale

George Hunt from EA Engineering has offered to give a presentation on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) for our education program.

6.A.2.d. CCEI Lawsuit
Rationale

No update.

6.A.2.e. Purchasing Policy
Rationale

Mike Almond has led the writing of a revised Purchase Policy with edits from Miyoshi and Lausterer which is attached.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the updated "Purchase Policy" dated 4-13-15 as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

6.A.2.f. 2016 NARD Budget
Rationale

The 2016 NARD budget is attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.

Attachments
6.A.2.g. Board Room Changes
Rationale

Last month we changed the table positions in the board room with good comments from all board members.  Suggestions discussed at Executive Committee included:
1. Name plates for all directors for display at board meetings.
2. A microphone for use by those addressing the board during board meetings
3. Price replacing the current 50 inch monitors with projectors or larger monitors.
4. Look at purchasing a smart board for the board room. 

6.A.2.h. Long Eared Bat
Rationale

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that beginning May 4 the Northern Long Eared bat will receive a designation of "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.  Details are attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.

Attachments
6.A.2.i. Legislation
Rationale

Attached find an update for legislation NARD is following.  Our Chemigation Bill passed by the legislature with no dissenting votes.

Attachments
6.A.3. EQUIPMENT
Rationale

None

6.A.4. PERSONNEL
Rationale

None

6.A.5. FINANCE
6.A.5.a. Approval of Financial Reports
Attachments
Recommended Motion

*Motion to approve the February Financial Report as distributed to all board members

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

*Motion to approve Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

6.A.5.c. Accounts Receivable Over 90 Days
Rationale

The Accounts receivable over 90 days were reviewed and are attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To write off the Danielle Woodbury account receivable from the Colon RWD receivable list and not allow water service on the lot until the $2,500 Rural Water System investment is recouperated ($2,500 minus monthly meter fees received)

6.B. Education, Operations & Rural Water Systems Committee - Action as Required
6.B.1. WILD NE/CREP REPORT
B. Heimann
Rationale

There are no CREP payments.
We are still waiting to hear from NE Game & Parks as to whether their grant proposals for Czechland and Homestead 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 placed the docks in Lake Wanahoo, made white rock paths to the new jetties at Czechland, shred areas as fire breaks on the Wanahoo property in preparation of a future burn, put in a new gate at Sand/Duck Dam 15 for Larry Ourada and will put in another for Dave Lichtig, also cut miscellaneous trees and stumps with the new saw.

6.B.2.b. Tractor Rental Update
B. Heimann
Rationale

The District was informed by the State that we would not be able to rent a tractor this season through their contract with John Deere. For the years to come, we will have that capability as the State has contracted with John Deere a 5 year contract and political sub divisions are written into the contract.

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

The 2 jetties and the bank lining are essentially finished at Czechland Lake, only the parking stops on the handicap jetty need to be placed and secured.  Final invoices may be here by Board Meeting.  One invoice from JEO is attached.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To make payment to JEO in the amount of $4,440.00 for construction services provided in the Czechland Lake Improvement Project contract, as attached to the O,E & RW committee minutes

6.B.2.d. Wanahoo SRA
B. Heimann
Rationale

The Wanahoo SRA will open with Game & Parks personnel April 1. The area will have a new site Superintendent.
 
A reminder that NARD and Lower Platte North are organizing a 5K and 1 mile run/walk at Lake Wanahoo on Saturday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m.  The Run-A-Hoo at Wanahoo will benefit the NARD Foundation.

ME Collins has a written proposal for the District in which they want to store the base rock for the County Road 17 street project on the NRD property north of the District's shed.  They would return the area back to its original status, plus pave our driveway entrance from the street. See attached letter.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the proposal from ME Collins that allows them to store aggregate for the County Road 17 project on NRD property and in return will pave the entryway into the NRD building site

6.B.2.e. Ditch 4, Bellwood Watershed
B. Heimann
Rationale

Dennis Kucera a landowner adjacent to Bellwood Ditch 4 had a request for the District to repair 3 drainage head cuts along the ditch into his field.  The existing field drains did not handle the heavy rainfall of last season. The excess water created new head cuts. Heimann looked at the situation with Kucera and hired local contractor Ray Moore to repair the problem while it was dry and before planting started.  Moore did the work for $690.00.

Recommended Motion

*To make payment to contractor Ray Moore in the amount of $690.00 for repair work on the Bellwood Ditch 4 project

6.B.2.f. Conservation Tree Orders
B. Heimann
Rationale

To date the District has ordered 18,000 trees and shrubs.  We have 2,100 in inventory to sell. We currently have 9 sites to plant.

6.B.2.g. South Fremont Study
B. Heimann
Rationale

A meeting with South Fremont sponsors led by Greg Johnson of the COE was held in Fremont on March 16, 2015.  Mr. Johnson briefed the group on the preparation of finishing the feasibility study, final alternatives, budget (cost share requirements), and tentative schedule.  The best alternative to date is a modified "C" Levee formerly called the "U" Shape Levee.  The cost of the study is $550,000 of which 50% is the non-federal sponsors responsibility or $275,000, the District's liability would be $137,500.  They tentatively would like the Final Feasibility Report finished in April, 2016.
A new Inter-local Cooperation Act Agreement Amendment will be developed between the Non-Federal partners when the Corps solidifies the final study cost. 

6.B.2.h. Summer Interns
B. Heimann
Rationale

Heimann and Oaklund interviewed five candidates for three summer intern positions. To date only one has accepted, we hope to finalize this process this week.

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

There are no request for payment.

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

This month we have been running ads on tree sales, water classes, and the Run-a-Hoo event.

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

The spring issue of the Viaduct will begin appearing in area papers this week. The electronic version will be sent Thursday morning (April 2). The issue contains information on Phase II area changes, new chemigation fees, the new piers at Czechland Lake, Run-a-Hoo, and our 2014 Annual Report.

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

 
We have received 2015 exhibitor info for the Platte and Butler county fairs:
  • Platte County: July 8-12, $220
  • Butler County: July 24-27, $100 

Other fairs will be held:

  • Boone County: July 11-15
  • Colfax County: July 23-26
  • Saunders County: July 27-August 3

We should be able to attend all five of these fairs again this year. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve LPNNRD exhibiting at five county fairs (Boone, Butler, Colfax, Platte and Saunders) in summer 2015

6.B.5.b. Education
6.B.5.b.1. Spring Conservation Sensation
Rationale

Registration for the Spring Conservation Sensation opened on March 4 and we reached capacity (~400 students) by mid-afternoon that day. At least two other schools with approximately 100 more students wanted to attend. We may need to consider splitting the event in the future.

6.B.5.b.2. Soil and Water Stewardship Week
Rationale

Soil & Water Stewardship materials have been packaged and are ready for delivery. Orders did not pick up this year and we ended up with 19 orders for a total of $984.56 (down approximately 50% from last year). 

Attachments
6.B.5.b.3. Earth Wellness Festival
Rationale

Thompson presented the "Secrets of Scat" activity at Earth Wellness Festival in Lincoln on March 25. This year was the biggest Earth Wellness Festival ever, with ~3,500 students attending.

6.B.5.c. Computer
6.B.5.c.1. PCI Compliance
Rationale

As part of the requirements for accepting online credit card payments, we are required to maintain certain security procedures to remain "PCI Compliant." We passed the PCI testing last week and are in compliance. 

6.B.6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

- All March Rural Water samples passed.
- Conducted maintenance on two water meter radios
- Ordered 7 new Neptune radio antena's for Bruno/Colon lines
- traced and marked water line for digger's hotline
- investigated Butler Power trenching location west of Bruno
- Three Colon customers currently on "Shut-off" list
- Working with Strong Plumbing (Fremont) to test/certify 6 system back flow devices

6.C. Water Committee - Action as Required
6.C.1. REGULATORY
6.C.1.a. GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT AREA
6.C.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.

6.C.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.

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

No new 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
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













6.C.1.a.5. Irrigation Transfer Requests
6.C.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.

Attachments
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)

6.C.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.

Attachments
6.C.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

6.C.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

6.C.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

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

 

 

6.C.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.

6.C.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.

Attachments
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.

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

No new kit requests since the last Water Committee.

6.C.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.


6.C.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.



6.C.1.a.12. LPNNRD Certification
6.C.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

 


6.C.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.


6.C.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 
         
         

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







 

Attachments
6.C.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.

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


Attachments
6.C.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.

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


6.C.3.b. 2014 SUMMER INTERNS
Rationale

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

6.C.3.c. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Rationale

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

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

SWCP APPROVALS:

TREES:
Dennis Prochaska 595 Trees $ 602.44
Johnathon Temme 200 Trees $ 225.00 (Lower Loup planting)
Zane Wondercheck 329 Trees $ 370.13 (Lower Loup planting)
$ 1,197.57

Approvals:
Roberta Johnson Terrace/Div/Tile $ 4,119.91 (Dodge County - Last Fall app.
25% with EQIP)
John O. Schultz Terraces/Tile $ 4,754.34 (Above Site 21A)
$ 8,874.25

SUMMER APPROVALS:
Celestine Chapek W/S Basins/Tile $   6,993.66 Butler Co.
Randy Fendrich W/S Basins/Tile $ 12,450.00 Butler Co.
Raymond Mitchell Grass Waterway/Fabric $       668.31 Dodge Co.
Don Anderson Terraces/Tile/Basins $ 12,500.00 Saunders Co.
Carrieta Dappert Terraces/Tile $   8,109.88 Saunders Co.
Glenn Chvatal Terrace/Tile $   1,455.00 Saunders Co.
Merlin Fick Terrace/Tile $   2,736.00 Saunders Co.
$ 44,912.85




Recommended Motion

*To approve SWCP Applications totaling $54,984.67 as listed in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.b. SWCP Payments
Rationale

14-S-9 Rita Freeman Saunders Co. Flow Meter $    568.50
14-P-50 Stephen Wieser Platte Co. Flow Meter $    586.55
$ 1,155.05

Recommended Motion

*To approve two SWCP cost share payments totaling $1,155.05 as listed in the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.1.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

None

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

Arlene Erickson Terraces/Tile/Basin $ 7,005.99
Vennie Kavan Terraces/Tile $ 2,714.54
$ 9,720.53

Recommended Motion

*To approve two Cottonwood Creek cost share payments totaling $9,720.53 as listed in 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 Approvals
Rationale

None

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

At the February 26th Projects Committee Meeting, proposed FY 2015 changes were reviewed as attached.  The committee review the policy again was asked for any final changes.  Attached is a draft showing proposed changes and a clean copy for Board Approval.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve the revised Soil & Water Conservation Program (SWCP) Policy for 2015, with noted changes as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.2. WATERSHEDS
6.D.2.a. Shell Creek - Watershed Plan
Rationale

NDEQ has reviewed the Shell Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan and has forwarded it to EPA for review.  In the meantime, SWIG is working to use $87,000 of their existing Environmental Trust Grant for grade stabilization project designs, contacting schools about establishing more Shell Creek Science groups, and for some new watershed signage.  

We will continue to assist SWIG with their transition to eventually becoming strictly an advisory group to LPNNRD which will include them under our liability insurance.  

Matt Bailey led discussion on hiring Tom Wheeldon to assist the Shell Creek Group with education and signup efforts.

6.D.2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed - Water Quality Plan (PIP) Phase I
Rationale

Staff met with JEO on March 30th to review progress on the draft Wahoo Creek Watershed Plan.  The committee is asked to recommend payment of attached invoices for work accomplished under contract.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of two JEO invoices totaling $31,300, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for contract work completed on the Wahoo Creek Watershed Water Quality Plan Contract

6.D.3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
Rationale

For preparing the FY 2015-16 LPRCA Budget, Meghan has sent out member questionnaires for receiving input.  If you haven't already, please review and give input by the end of Friday.  

Attachments
6.D.3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
Rationale

It is anticipated that Meghan will have a monthly report by the April 13 Board Meeting.

Attachments
6.D.4. OTHER
6.D.4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
6.D.4.a.1. Fremont 205
6.D.4.a.2. Schuyler 205
Rationale

  • Contractor has returned to site
  • Right of Way markers are in place
  • Gates installed
  • Final grading completed East of old Highway 30
  • Same activities are just starting West of old Highway 30

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

Matt Bailey gave an update on the Shell Creek Landowner Levee that informed us that the effort is moving forward, although much slower than was anticipated.

6.D.4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
Rationale

Attached are progress reports and invoices from JEO totaling $14,663 for work completed on our District-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan.  As of March 13, 2015, 60% of the contract work was completed.  A committee recommendation to pay these invoices is requested.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment on two JEO invoices totaling $14,663 as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for contract work completed on our District-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan

6.D.4.c.1. Woodcliff (SID #8) HMP Assistance Request
Rationale

As part of our Hazard Mitigation Grant, we received an additional $37,500 to pass along to communities that might want to complete further analysis for a potential HMP project.  While three communities had possible proposals, only Woodcliff (SID #8) has come forward with a request to proceed with analysis of their road/dike stabilization project.  Up to $7,500 of grant funds (75% of up to $10,000) would be used on the Woodcliff project analysis.  A Committee recommendation is requested to approve up to $7,500 of our approved HMP funding for Woodcliff's HMP project analysis is requested.  Woodcliff has informed us that they will reimburse LPNNRD the 25% of the local cost for this analysis.   

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve up to $7,500 (75% of estimated $10,000 total cost) of our HMP grant funding for Woodcliff's (SID #8) HMP project analysis, with the requirement that Woodcliff reimburse LPNNRD 25% ($2,500) of the total cost

6.D.4.c.2. Floodwater Dam Breach Inundation Mapping Project Opportunity
Rationale

 As part of our Hazard Mitigation Grant, we received an additional $37,500 to pass along to communities that might want to complete further analysis for a potential HMP project.  While three communities had possible proposals, only Woodcliff (SID #8) has come forward with a request to proceed with analysis of their road/dike stabilization project.  Up to $7,500 would be used on the Woodcliff project analysis, which would leave $30,000 (represents 75% cost share) of grant funding for LPNNRD HMP analysis.  

As JEO presented to us earlier this year, we have an opportunity to complete breach inundation mapping on several of our floodwater dams.  This mapping would help us alert county zoning and flood plain administrators to avoid permiting housing development in these higher risk areas in the event of dam failure.  Presently, twelve of our fifty structures have breach routing maps.  We have identified another 29 structures  that would have homes below them and/or have a higher risk of future downstream residential development (see attached priority list) .  With this information, we would also have knowledge of which homes are already in harms way in the event of a potential dam failure and work with emergency management to alert people of possible danger.   

JEO has indicated that the total cost for this breach inundation mapping would be $2,000 per structure.  At the very least, we should consider this mapping for least 20 dams where we would receive 75% NEMA grant assistance ($30,000) of the $40,000 total cost (LPNNRD's finial expense would be $10,000). At the same time this work is being completed, we should discuss whether we should also proceed with mapping the other nine dams on our priority list, although no grant assistance would be available to help with the $18,000 total cost.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve a contract addendum with JEO to complete breach inundation mapping on LPNNRD's top 20 prioritized floodwater structures as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes and have the addendum prepared for presentation at the April 13th Board meeting

6.D.4.d. GPS Survey Equipment Repair
Rationale

On February 9, 2015, the Board approved providing 50% ($3,054) of the estimated $6,107 total cost to repair our GPS survey equipment used to layout conservation work.  NRCS agreed to provide 50% of the repair.  RDO Integrated Controls completed the repairs and invoiced us a total of $2,874.20 for our half of the repairs.  The committee is asked to recommend payment.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve paying RDO Integrated Controls $2,874.20, as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes, for our half of completed repairs on our GPS survey equipment

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

As of February 28, 2015, 28.19% of budgeted Project Expenses and 35.65%of Land Treatment Expenses have been expended.  See attachments for details.

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

  • Segment 4B
    Contractor is placing topsoil on portions of the project
    Waiting on a contract mod approval to extend a portion of levee near the area where the ice jam occurred in February. 
  • Segment 5
    Contractor is 30% complete
    Major focus area is the Big Sandy Lake Area
    Estimated completion date is May 25  
  •  
  • The tour of the WS/CC Project has been rescheduled for April 30th, following the Projects Committee Meeting

7. Additional Action Items
7.A. Schuyler FFA Sponsorship
Rationale

Attached find a letter from the Schuyler FFA requesting sponsorship to help with expenses to attend the National Land Judging contest.  The team placed first at State and qualified for the National Land Judging competition in May.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve a $150 donation to the Schuyler FFA Land Judging team to help with expenses to attend the National Land Judging contest.

7.B. SWCP Payment
Rationale

14-B-36 Gary Yindrick Butler County Flow Meter $537.50

14-B-35 Yindrick Farms, LLC Butler County Flow Meter $537.50

14-S-15 David Feist Saunders County Flow Meter $625.00

13-B-51 Dwaine Schmit Butler County Flow Meter x 2 $1,250.00
Total $2,950.00

Recommended Motion

To approve SWCP payments totaling $2,950 as attached to the April Additional Action Items

7.C. Sand and Duck Creek Payment
Rationale

14-S&D-3 Shirley Vhylidal Saunders County Basin/Tile $7,958.50

Recommended Motion

To approve the Shirley Vhylidal Sand and Duck Creek cost-share payment totaling $7,958.50

7.D. Decommissioned Well Payments
Rationale

Dave Deerson Saunders County $1,131.38 2-Well Abandonments
Greg Haskins Dodge County $797.60 2-Well Abandonments
Total $1,928.98

Recommended Motion

To approve the decommission well payments totaling $1,928.98 as attached to the April Additional Action Items

7.E. Czechland Lake Improvement Contractor Payment
Rationale

Contractor Sibbernsen Excavating has completed the Czechland Lake Improvement Project.  He is requesting final payment of $28,963.73.  Heimann and Travis Hazard of JEO inspected to the site.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

to make final payment to Sibbernsen Excavating in the amount of $28,963.73 for work completed on the Czechland Lake Improvement Project.

7.F. V-IMP Payment to Olsson Associates
Rationale

Olsson Associates mailed the attahced January Invoice to the office, which was not received.  A motion is needed to approve payment of $12,049.11 to Olsson Associates for services rendered up to January 31, 2015 for the Voluntary Integrated Management Plan contract for LPNNRD as attached

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve payment of $12,049.11 to Olsson Associates for services rendered up to January 31, 2015 for the Voluntary Integrated Management Plan contract as attached to the April Additional Action Items

8. Approval of Bills Pending
Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve April Bills Pending as attached to the meeting agenda

9. Consent Agenda Adoption
Recommended Motion

To approve Consent Agenda as attached to the April Agenda

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.