Lower Platte North NRD
April 30, 2015 9:00 AM
Projects Committee Meeting
1. SWCP
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Gottschalk reviewed the SWCP spreadsheet as attached to the Projects Committee Minutues.

1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
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SUMMER APPROVAL:
David & Cynthia Hartman Skull Creek Watershed Terraces/Tile $ 9,599 25% EQIP
Maryland Novacek Butler County Cropland to grass $ 2,436.60 75%

Recommended Motion

* To approve SWCP summer applications totaling $12,035.60,as shown in the Projects Committee minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve SWCP summer applications totaling $12,035.60,as shown in the Projects Committee minutes passed with a motion by Bob Clausen and a second by Dave Saalfeld.

1.b. SWCP Payments
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14-B-42 Walter Bohaty Flow Meter $    625.00
14-D-49 Gary Mintken Diversion/Waterway $ 2,386.32

Recommended Motion

* To approve SWCP Payments totaling $3,011.32, as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To approve SWCP Payments totaling $3,011.32, as shown in the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Bob Clausen.

1.c. SWCP Cancellations
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We are compiling our SWCP cancellations and will have them for our next Projects committee.

1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
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Thomas Kloser Terraces/Tile $ 4,257.44
Shanahan Family Tr. Terraces/Tile $ 4,252.71

Recommended Motion

* To Approve Cottonwood Creek Watershed Payments totaling $8,510.15, as shown in the Proejects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  * To Approve Cottonwood Creek Watershed Payments totaling $8,510.15, as shown in the Proejects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Don Veskerna and a second by Bob Clausen.

1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
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None

1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
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None

1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
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None

2. WATERSHEDS
2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
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There has been much time spent with Shell Creek business the last few weeks.  These activities included receiving new grants for watershed activities, discussing and planning use of old grant funds, planning SCWIG's future as LPNNRD's advisory subcommittee and discussions about hiring former Schuyler teacher Tom Wheelson to assist other schools with sampling programs.  

It appears that the transition of SCWIG's old Environmental trust grant to LPNNRD will need to occur around September.  At that time SCWIG and LPNNRD will need to adopt SCWIG's new operating procedures as they become strictly our advisory group for the watershed.

2.a.1. Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan
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The Shell Creek Watershed Environmental Enhancement Plan is still being reviewed by EPA. 

2.a.2. Shell Creek Environmental Trust Grant Approval
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The Nebraska Environmental Trust has officially awarded a $155,000 grant for the Shell Creek Watershed.      Mountford attended an award seminar and ceremony on April 10.   Attached are grant documents that were signed and returned on April 27. This grant companies  a $50,000 NDEQ grant that was awarded last fall. 

Recommended Motion

To approve acceptance of the $155,000 Environmental Trust Grant for the Shell Creek Watershed and ratify Assistant Manager Mountford's signing of the grant contract and documents as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve acceptance of the $155,000 Environmental Trust Grant for the Shell Creek Watershed and ratify Assistant Manager Mountford's signing of the grant contract and documents as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Dave Saalfeld and a second by Don Veskerna.

2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed - Water Quality Plan (PIP) Phase I
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Staff will meet with JEO and NDEQ on May 1 to review and give finial input to the Wahoo Creek Watershed Plan Phase I report.  After NDEQ completes their review, it will be forwarded to EPA for comment. 

Attached is a $15,725 invoice and update from JEO for work completed under contract. 
Total contract: $120,000
Contact completed: $89,025 (74%)
Contact remaining: $30,975 (16%)

3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report - Meghan Sittler @ 9:00 a.m.
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Meghan was present to discuss Alliance business.  She is putting together various project invoices that will be presented at the May 28th Projects Committee Meeting along with the proposed FY 2015-16 budget discussion. At the Alliance 9:00 a.m. meeting at LPSNRD on May 7, the partners will discuss details for the upcoming Alliance budget.  One major topic will be whether or not to continue with the Obstruction Removal Project near Two Rivers State Park.  LPNNRD has already voiced that we do not support this project.  LPNNRD Directors are encouraged to attend and give input at the May 7th meeting.

4. OTHER
4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
4.a.1. Fremont 205
4.a.2. Schuyler 205
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As reported earlier, activities on the Shell Creek levee are wrapping up and the focus is on the future of the Platte River levee.  A final walk through took place last week. It appears that Schuyler is eventuating whether or not to proceed with finishing 30% design of this potential project because of the Army COE's preferred levee alignment (which is not the City's desired alignment) and the estimated high cost of construction.   The Army COE is scheduled to meet with the City on May 12 to answer questions and discuss future plans.  

The Army COE is also planning a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Shell Creek levee, possibly the week of May 18.

4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
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Survey information has been completed by the Engineer and the next step will be to complete the no-rise certificate for Schuyler's approval.  

4.c. All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- JEO Progress Report and Invoice
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Attached is JEO's $4,322 invoice and update for work completed under contract on our All Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Total Contract: $126,000
Contract Complete: $78,822 (63%)
Contract Remaining: $30,975 (37%)

4.d. Review of Projects Financial Statement
4.e. NEMA Repeditive Property Loss Acquistion Project Proposal @ Fremont
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Miyoshi and Mountford attended a informational meeting on April 3rd between the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Fremont city staff regarding a potential project to purchase identified repetitive loss properties in flood prone areas.  Presently there are 16 properties identified in the repetitive loss category of which four are listed as severe. Depending on the loss severity, 75% to 100% of the appraised property value can be offered to willing homeowners for buyout and removal from the floodplain.  It is unknown how interested Fremont is in participating, but we have been identified as a potential partner for this voluntary buyout program. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., May 8, at the Fremont City Office Chambers.  

4.f. LPNNRD Local Working Group Meeting Update
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Directors Olson, Kavan and Hilger and Assistant Manager Mountford attended the annual Local Working Group meeting at LPNNRD on April 30.  Information and priorities for the  FY 2016 federal program funds were discussed. It is anticipated that $1.3 to $1.4 million will be available in LPNNRD for new EQIP contracts. 

4.g. Platte Center Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project Update
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Platte Center is making plans to move forward with their Elm Creek Bank stabilization project.  They will be prioritizing the most erosive areas and report back to the Projects Committee.   We have $6,750 budgeted to assist them this fiscal year.

5. SAND CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROJECT REPORT
5.a. Lake Wanahoo
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Warranty work and re-seeding is taking place this week.

5.b. Upstream Structures - Update
6. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
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  • Segment 4B 
  • Contractor is placing topsoil on the project 
  • Segment 5 
  • Placing of the mat continues
  • Estimated completion date is May 25  

A tour of the WS/CC Project occurred after the Projects Committee Meeting.  

7. ADJOURNMENT
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This no further business, the Projects Committee adjourned at 10:15 a.m.