Lower Platte North NRD
June 08, 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.2. MANAGEMENT ITEMS
6.A.2.a. Directors Absence
Rationale

None

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

The monthly Weaver conference call will be held the first week of June

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

The May Weaver bill will be attached to these minutes when received

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To pay the May Weaver bill in the amount of $3,300 and bill Lower Platte South and Papio NRDs their share

6.A.2.b.3. Annual Increase in Monthly Fees
Rationale

On an annual basis we consider increasing Bob Weavers monthly fee.  The past three years we have allowed close to 3% ($100/month).  Our current rate is $3,300/mo. so a 3% increase equates to $99.  Weaver has asked to have the monthly fee increased to $4,000 per month (21% increase) which is attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To increase the monthly Weaver maximum fee by $100 to a total of $3,400 per month beginning July 1, 2015

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

Meghan Sittler will give a program on Alliance Funding at the monthly board meeting.  A full presentation was given at Projects Committee who asked that a condensed version be given to the entire board.

6.A.2.d. CCEI Lawsuit
Rationale

The Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling of the district court in favor of CCEI in the suit they had filed against us.  Jovan Lausterer attended the Executive Committee meeting to discuss where we go from here.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To accept the court ruling and not appeal the CCEI Lawsuit

6.A.2.e. NWRA Dues
Rationale

For the past three years there has been much discussion on NRD dues for NWRA (Nebraska Water Resources Association).  Attached to the Executive Committee Minutes find the current and proposed dues structure.

Attachments
6.A.2.f. Legal Counsel at Board Meeting
Rationale

Jovan will not be able to attend the May board meeting, Maureen Freeman-Caddy from the firm will fill in his absence.

6.A.3. EQUIPMENT
6.A.4. PERSONNEL
Attachments
6.A.4.a. Staff Performance Appraisals
Rationale

Performance Appraisals for all full-time employees have been completed and were discussed at the 5-26-15 Personnel Sub Committee.  A copy of the Sub Committee Minutes are attached to the Executive Committee Minutes. 

Recommended Motion

To accept and place on file all employee evaluations that were reviewed and discussed by the Personnel Sub-Committee

6.A.4.b. Recommendations for F.Y. 2016 Salary Adjustments
Rationale

The following four motions were approved by the Personnel Sub-Committee and Executive Committee.

 

Base Increase 

  • To approve a 2.5% across the board salary increase for all employees for F.Y. 16.

Adjust Salaries to Meeting Entry Level

All Employees should at minimum be earning the entry level wage for their position.  We currently have two employees who are below this threshold.

  • To make salary adjustments so that all employees are at or above the entry level wage for their position. 

Adjust to "Year 2 of 3" Step Implementation

The direction that the Board gave last year was to fund a portion of the cost to implement the 9-step system over the next three years. 

  • To fund “Year 2 of 3” for implementation of the 9-Step system at a cost of $20,941. 

Due to employment changes the net budget effect for salaries is an increase of .96% for next fiscal year ($1,126,215 in F.Y. 15 - $1,137,068 in F.Y. 16) 

Recommend Step Advances for F.Y. 16

  • To make the following step advances for F.Y. 2016: Oaklund to Step 4, Thompson to Step 5, Breunig to Step 6. 

 

Recommended Motion

1. To approve a 2.5% across the board salary increase for all employees for F.Y. 16.; 2. To make salary adjustments so that all employees are at or above the entry level wage for their position; 3. To fund “Year 2 of 3” for implementation of the 9-Step system at a cost of $20,941; 4. To make the following step advances for F.Y. 2016: Oaklund to Step 4, Thompson to Step 5, Breunig to Step 6.

6.A.4.c. New Position Water Technician
Rationale

The Personnel Sub-Committee discussed needing an additional employee prior to the Colfax/Platte Special Quantity Sub-Area going on line.  Management is suggesting creation of a “Water Technician” position that would have a lower educational requirement and command a lower salary than our Water Specialist positions to fill this need.  Staff was directed to assemble information for the committee looking at a January 1, 2016 start time.

6.A.4.d. Employee Recognition
Rationale

The Personnel Sub-Committee reviewed employee recognition nominations with individuals being agreed upon for each of the four award areas.  Committee members and the board chair will present the awards at the June 7 Recognition Picnic.

6.A.4.e. Manager Evaluation
Rationale

Directors will be given the Manager Evaluation at Committee Meetings and are asked to turn them in to Director Saalfeld at Board Meeting Monday, June 8th.  Saalfeld will assemble the evaluations for review by the Personnel Sub-Committee.

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

* To approve the April Financial Reports as distributed to all board members

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

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

6.A.5.c. Accounts over 90 Days
Attachments
6.A.5.d. Union Bank Note Payment
Rationale

It is time to make our annual payment to Union Bank for the Wanahoo Note. 

  Current Balance $2,521,466.73

  June 2015 payment      350,000.00

     New Balance  $2,171,466.73

 

Recommended Motion

To make payment of $350,000 to Union Bank for note #1606489

6.A.5.e. Interest Payment to Union Bank
Rationale

The semi-annual interest payment on the Union Bank Note is due in June.  For auditing purposes the interest will be paid up to June 30, 2015.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the semi-annual interest payment of $66,924.41 to Union Bank

6.A.5.f. Bruno Loan Payoff
Rationale

It was budgeted to payoff the Bruno Rural Water Loan this fiscal year.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To make payment of $157,141.76 to USDA - Rural Development to pay off the Bruno Rural Water Line Loan

6.A.5.g. Budget
6.A.5.h. Budget Hearings
Rationale

For budgeting the following dates and time are recommended:

  Budget Workshop August 5 5:00 pm

  Budget Hearing August 10 5:00 pm

  Hearing to set Levy September 14 5:00 pm

Recommended Motion

* To set the Budget Hearing for August 10 at 5:00 pm and set the Hearing to set Property Tax Levy for September 14 at 5:00 pm

6.A.5.i. Colfax County Tax Refund
Rationale

Colfax County has informed us that in 2010 Cargill Meat Solutions protested their property tax amount.  The court has ruled in Cargill's favor and the county is asking political sub divisions to refund collected taxes back to the county.  The total award was $320,308.60 of which LPNNRD owes $8,101.01.  A copy of correspondence from the county is attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To make payment of $8,101.01 to Colfax County for the Cargill Meat Solutions tax refund with the payment being made in July 2015 and this amount being reflected in the F.Y. 16 budget

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

Nothing to report.

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

The O & M Crew have been planting trees, building maintenance items, staining the shelters at Czechland Lake and shredding areas of the Wanahoo Recreation area.  We will start watershed dam inspections soon.

6.B.2.b. Tree Program
B. Heimann
Rationale

Tree planting was completed in between all rain days.  Staff planted 8,345 trees and shrubs. There are some remaining conifers in the tree cooler.

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

Operations at Wanahoo are going well with new superintendent Jason Gabel.  The Memorial Day weekend was very good with camping income at $2,938 and visitation at 1,783. Informational signs/boards were installed near the boat ramp, shower building and east entrance.

6.B.2.d. National Guard Camp Flooding
B. Heimann
Rationale

Heavy rainfall in the Lincoln area May 6th & 7th caused the Salt Creek watershed to flood.  Heavy flooding occurred in the Ashland area causing action to take place at the Fuse Plug levee on the south end of the National Guard Camp. Clark Construction was notified to be on location in case the sand levee needed to be excavated to allow flood water into the Platte River.  Clark did remove the sand levee at the end of the day. An invoice of $4,107.50 from Clark Construction is attached for the removal of the sand levee at the National Guard Camp. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To pay Clark Construction $4,107.50 for the removal of the sand levee at the National Guard Camp during the flooding of May 7th.

6.B.2.e. Haying of Wildlife Areas/Recreation sites
B. Heimann
Rationale

There is approximately 195 acres to be hayed on the Wanahoo property starting July 16th and completion date of August 30.  The District would advertise for three weeks with bids due June 30.  Staff intends to skip a year on the Czechland and Homestead sites as they have been hayed the past three years.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To advertise the hay harvest on the Wanahoo property and to accept bids by June 30. Bids will be accepted by the acre.

6.B.2.f. FY 2016 Budget Review
B. Heimann
Rationale

A first glance at the 2016 FY Budget, please review.

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

There are no request for payment this month. To date we have spent $2,627.50 from the Rock & Jetty budget line.

6.B.4. EROSION & SEDIMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
6.B.4.a. Erosion Sediment Complaint
B. Heimann
Rationale

A potential complaint has arose in Platte County just south of Newman Grove.  Heimann and Schomer will investigate this complaint this summer.  The complainant Kenny Nelson is concerned about sediment coming from Barry Johnson's property.

6.B.5. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
6.B.5.a. Information
6.B.5.a.1. Radio & Web Ads
Rationale

We have been running ads promoting outdoor recreation areas & the improvements at Czechland Lake.

6.B.5.a.2. Recognition Banquet
Rationale

The 2015 Recognition Banquet will be held June 7 at Czechland Lake. The schedule is: 

  • 5 pm - Social Hour
  • 6 pm - Dinner
  • 7 pm - Awards 

6.B.5.a.3. ThinkTank Workshop
Rationale

Thompson attended a one-day workshop on social media and communications at UNL on May 19.

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

The Spring Conservation Sensation was held May 6 with ~390 students attending. Due to weather, we had to move to the Saunders County Fairgrounds. Despite the weather and tight quarters, evaluations were very good. "Favorite activity" and "learned the most at" questions on the evaluations got a large variety of responses, which showed that we had a very good mix of activities this year. Two stations were substitutes for activities that only work well outside, and they were rated so highly we will likely add them to next year's event. 

6.B.5.b.2. St. Wenceslaus Field Day
Rationale

Because registration filled up so quickly for Spring Conservation Sensation this year, St. Wenceslaus was not able to attend. We helped them organize a Field Day at Lake Wanahoo on May 12 instead. With the number of students and parent volunteers, we were able to do "live" fishing and students had very good luck catching bass and bluegill. NRD staff also did "Lake Ecosystems" and geo-caching activities with the students. Teachers said they may make this an annual event. 

Attachments
6.B.5.b.3. David City Award
Rationale

The LPNNRD received an award from the David City FFA for supporting ag education. The plaque will be displayed in the office.

6.B.5.b.4. Shell Creek Scholarship
Rationale

We have one application for the Shell Creek Scholarship from Parker Wallin.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* Award Shell Creek Scholarship to Parker Wallin

6.B.5.c. Computer
6.B.5.c.1. Board Room Computer Replacement
Rationale

Our current board room computer is a "hand-me-down" and is near the end of its useful life. We are looking at low-cost replacement options. 

6.B.6. RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
Rationale

- Read meters and collected samples for May - Should have results by Board Meeting

- Printing and sending current billing statements

- Tyler Benal attended Water Operators 4 course in Beatrice last week

- Submitted State required Rural Water Current Operating Budget

- Submitted State required Rural Water Department audit

- Updating Rural Water Dept. inventory

 

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 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 reviewed the rules from the Upper and Lower Republican NRD's (see attached).  Middle Republican NRD is in the process of updating their rules and these were not available on-line.  Directors preferred to follow rules of URNRD but to develop a 'Violation of LPNNRD policy' which would also include transfers, ranking criteria for variance requests, and cost share programs.

Attachments
6.C.1.a.2. Variance Request in the Hydrologically Connected Area (Limited Development Area)
Rationale

No new applications were received in the Hydrologically Connected Area.

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

No new applications were received in the Non-Hydrologically Connected Area.

6.C.1.a.4. Variance Requests in the Restricted Development Areas
Rationale

No new applications were received in the Restricted Development Area.

6.C.1.a.5. Well Permit Program
6.C.1.a.5.A. Well Permits Approved
Rationale

Wells Permits Approved: 1

 Landowner Number of Wells  Number of New Irrigated Acres  Type of Well  County  Subarea 
William K Becker 130 (Transfer) Irrigation Boone Lower Newman Grove 









The total number of approved permits for 2014 is 26


Location of Approved Well Permits for 2014:  Correct as of 5/27/2015
 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  3   0  0  0  0  6
 Boone  1  2  0  0  0  0  3
 Madison  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Platte  3  2  0  0  0  0  5
 Saunders  3  2  0  1  0  0  6
 Total  12   13    0    1    0    0    26 














6.C.1.a.5.B. Tyler Bruhn Extension Request
Rationale

Tyler Bruhn is asking for a year extension to LPNNRD Well Permit LPN-014-1525; a pond well permit appoved 5/29/2014.  The permitted location is in the SW 1/4 SW 1/4 of S30-17-9E, Fremont Subarea (HCA), Dodge County.  The well will be used to maintain a level suitable to for wildlife habitat in and around the pond.  

A copy of the committee motion from 4/30/2014 is attached.

LPNNRD Policy on Pond Wells in the HCA:

  1. In Hydrologically Connected Areas (HCA): A limited number of new or existing wells can be considered by the District in a given year to add ground water to a new or existing pond or lake. 
    1. A flow meter must be installed on new or existing wells used to fill wetlands, ponds, or lakes.
    2. The volume pumped in any given year shall not exceed nine acre inches per LPNNRD approved surface acre(s) of the wetland, pond, or lake.  Annual volume pumped is to be reported to the LPNNRD by January 31st of each following year. 
    3. This well can only be used from September 1 to May 31. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve a 90 day extension to LPNNRD Well Permit LPN-014-1525 in the SW 1/4, SW 1/4 of Section 30-T17N-R9E, Fremont Subarea (HCA), Dodge County. If well is not drilled in 90 days from the June 8th, 2015 Board Meeting, the permit will expire and a new application will have to be submitted

6.C.1.a.5.C. Clay Heavican Pond/Stock Well Application
Rationale

Clay Heavican has submitted a well permit application for a pond/stock well permit in the SE1/4 NE1/4 S1-16-2E Octavia Subarea (HCA), Colfax County.  The well will be used to provide water to approximately 30 head of cattle over the summer months, and to run water over a frozen pond for duck hunting in the winter.  The expected annual water use will total 230,000 gallons. Attached are a section map, a map from 2011 showing the pond and well location, and the breakdown of the water usage.

Water Usage:

-Cattle: 164,200 gal

-Pond: 65,800 gal

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve a well permit for a stock well for Clay Heavican in the SE1/4, NE1/4, Section 1, T16N, R2E in the Octavia Subarea of Colfax County. If the pump delivers more than 50 gpm, then a flow meter and annual reporting to the LPNNRD will be required

6.C.1.a.6. Transfer of Irrigated Acres
Rationale

Staff have worked on a transfer policy for irrigated acres, see attached document.

Committee members reviewed the policy and recommended some changes for further review.  Members also felt that the LPNNRD should develop a 'violation policy'.

Attachments
6.C.1.a.7. Special Quantity Subareas
Rationale

Angle, Benal, Oaklund, and Schomer attended training class at McCrometer (Great Plains Meter) in Aurora on May  18, 2015 to become certified in the repair and maintenance of McCrometer flow meters.  The LPNNRD meter maintenance program will inspect all flow meters but repair and maintenance will only be done on McCrometer meters within the Butler-Saunders SQS area.  Funding for this program will be a new budget item under Water Programs.

Field booklets with information page and aerial have been completed for SQS #1.  Most landowners and/or tenant have returned ‘permission’ sheet to have personnel of LPNNRD get the water level from their well.  Next goal is to complete review of each of the 30 sites in the field and inventory the required flow meters for these wells.  This will be completed by the June Board meeting in case 'cease and desist orders' need to be issued.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Staff has inspected all known irrigation systems in the Butler/Saunders SQS area in the past two weeks. Our Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations – Section R, Rule 3.1 Standard Controls require proper installation of a district approved Flow Meter (under Rule 2.4) by May 1, 2015. Unfortunately several irrigation systems do not have flow meters installed. Recommended motion: To issue “Cease and Desist Orders” to the following landowners and tracts for violation of Lower Platte North NRD Groundwater Management Area Rules and Regulations – Section R, Rule 3.1 and Rule 2.4, failure to properly install a district approved flow meter in the Butler/Saunders Special Quantity Sub-Area by May 1, 2015:

Well Reg # Landowner/Contact Meter? Remarks/comments

G-090143 Duane Ratkovec No meter ordered, Grosch, S.C. (Joe)

G-167693 Gary Vandenberg No space for meter

G-064779 Jamie Yindrick No space for meter

G-064172R Ernie Stara No Replacement well drilled last week
Grosch, S.C. (Joe)

G-058080 Randy Semrad No Electricity not hooked to well.
Well won’t be used in 2015.

G-169044 Duane Ratkovec No meter ordered, Grosch, S.C. (Joe)

G-064385 Duane Ratkovec No meter ordered, Grosch, S.C. (Joe)

G-074246 Duane Ratkovec No meter ordered, Grosch, S.C. (Joe)

G-062859 Ben Kastl No space for meter

G-135952 Gregg Fujan Yes Incorrect installation - 2” line with
Valve before the flow meter

G-059056R Robert T Shanahan No

G-055931 Tom Smaus No

G-055679 Ben Kastl No space for meter

G-055773 Duane Ratkovec No meter ordered, Grosch, S.C. (Joe)

G-140650 Daniel Kellner No meter ordered, Grosch, N.B. (Tracy)


• Standard letters will be sent to violators with the “Cease and Desist Order” informing them of the violation and the potential penalties.
• For owners who have a gap in the irrigation pipe (separating the well from the pivot) and have informed staff that they are waiting on dealer installation, no “Cease and Desist Order” will be issued until June 15. No order will be issued if the flow meter is installed by June 15.
• Any irrigation from a system that has received a Cease and Desist Order listed above and does not have a flow meter properly installed triggers immediate action and the LPNNRD Board authorizes staff and legal counsel to pursue legal action necessary to stop the violation.


6.C.1.a.8. Lower Platte River Basin Water Management Plan Coalition (LPRBC)
Rationale

The last technical meeting was held on May 12, 2015 in Ord at the LLNRD.  Water Banking again was the central focus of the meeting.

The next basin managers meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2015.

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.

6.C.1.a.9. Voluntary Integrated Water Management Plan - LENRD and LPNNRD
Rationale

Staff have been reviewing the "Potential Water Banking Strategies for the LPNNRD" and the "Voluntary Integrated Management Plan for the LPNNRD" both from Olsson Associates.  After further review these will be presented to the Water Committee and Board for their review.

The latest draft of the Goals and Objectives from the Stakeholders Committee is attached.  

The next coordination meeting is scheduled for June 4 at 2:00 pm at Olsson's office in Lincoln.

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

A couple of requests have been received since the last committee meeting.  Oaklund will order kits, bottles, and supplies from HHS.  Requested kits will be mailed in June.

6.C.1.a.10.B. Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network (NAWMN)
Rationale

The Order for NAWMN was picked up from Klein Sales & Service in Osceola on May 26th.  The two ET gages were backordered and will be delivered via UPS in early June.  Aaron Nygren, UNL Extension Educator in Colfax County, will pick up this equipment for delivery/installation to the producer’s site.

 

6.C.1.a.11. Bellwood Phase 2 Area
Rationale

For 2015 this is the thirteenth year for this Phase 2 Area.  This area has been reduced from 32 sections to 21 sections.  Staff will collect a water sample from a well in each of the eleven sections removed (now in Phase 1, like the rest of our district).  These landowners/producers are encouraged to continue to sample their wells for the nitrate content in the irrigation water.

6.C.1.a.12. Richland - Schuyler Phase 2 Area
Rationale

For 2015 this 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.  Staff will collect water samples from wells in these ten sections and continue sampling of some wells in the 55 sections that will go from a Phase 2 designation to Phase 3.

An informational meeting will be planned for July to inform producers of these changes.

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

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

Cert #

Cert date

Name

Re-cert

Comments

6519

5/8/2015

Robert Meduna Jr

No

first-time

6520

5/8/2015

Michael Meduna

No

first-time

6521

5/21/2015

Dean Novak

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.C.1.b. CHEMIGATION
Rationale

For 2014 we had a total of 463 chemigation permits.  Karen Rezac mailed the last reminder notice the week of May 18, 2015.  The renewal deadline is June 1st.  So far we have received 344 renewals and 39 new permit applications for a total of 383.  Approximately 120 permits have not been renewed.

6.C.1.c. LIVESTOCK WASTE PERMITS
Rationale

No new permit applications have been received from DEQ.

6.C.2. GROUND WATER PROGRAMS
6.C.2.a. DECOMMISSIONED WELL PROGRAM
6.C.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 
 Michelle Kuhr Domestic   $303.38  Saunders 






 

6.C.2.a.2. Plugged Wells
Rationale

Two wells have been plugged, reviewed, and ready for cost share payment approval this month.  See attached spreadsheet.

 Well Owner Type of Well  Cost Share Estimate  County 
 Mitchell Heusinkvelt Hand dug well  $592.73  Saunders 
 Maquire Rev. Trust Irrigation well  $485.36  Butler 
       






 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve cost share funds for Mitchell Heusinkvelt for a hand dug well for $592.73 and for Maquire Rev. Trust for an irrigation well for $485.36

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

The training session to use the ELM MODFLOW model is still under review.  Previous training was not user friendly since several layers of different software were required to run the model.

 

6.C.2.b.2. Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA)
Rationale

The southern flight lines in eastern Nebraska have all been flown.  Full report is expected in late July.  Katie Cameron has sent us an example of what the future transects will look like, see attached map.

Attachments
6.C.2.c. NEW MONITORING WELLS
Rationale

The two ordered data loggers have been received.  Oaklund and interns (training) have installed one of these in the Brazda well (Swedeburg subarea) that was drill in 2014.  Oaklund (and Johannes?) will meet with Tracy McConnell of Grosch, N.B. to run camera to bottom of a well north of Richland.

6.C.2.d. GROUND WATER ENERGY LEVELS
Rationale

The summary of results with the hydrographs have been mailed to landowners/producers in the Uplands, Todd Valley, and Platte Valley areas.  Shell Creek information will be the next for mailing.

Angle updated the hydrographs and forwarded this information to Thompson to place on the LPNNRD website.

6.C.2.e. FORMER ORDNANCE PLANT NEAR MEAD
Rationale

The COE is having their open house and summer tour on May 27, 2015 starting at 4:30 pm.  Due to the late notice and the same day and time as the Water Committee, the LPNNRD will not be represented.

 

6.C.3. SURFACE WATER PROGRAMS
6.C.3.a. STATE LAKES, FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 18, 2015
Rationale

Toxic Algae

NO LAKES are on “Health Alert” this week. It is DEQ policy that any lake that has microcystin levels over the established criterion of 20 ppb will be placed on “Health Alert” Status until such time that it has tested below 20 ppb for two continuous weeks. If a lake is under a Health Alert, signs will be posted recommending people avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing, and camping are OK.  

 

Bacteria

EIGHT LAKES tested high for E. coli bacteria this week. E. coli levels measured above 235 colonies/100 ml of sample are considered a higher risk for illness when swimming.  Considering the more rapid changes in bacteria conditions, signs are not posted with these higher levels although DEQ want's people to be aware and use their own judgment on their use.  The Fremont State Lakes are part of this sampling network.

  • Big Indian Creek Lake in Gage County
  • Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County
  • Conestoga Lake in Lancaster County
  • Cub Creek Lake #12A in Jefferson County
  • Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County
  • Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County
  • Valentine Mill Pond in Cherry County
  • Wirth Brothers Lake in Johnson County

6.C.4. OTHER
6.C.4.a. LPNNRD WATER PROGRAMS BUDGET FY14-15
Rationale

Future Potential Ground Water Studies:

  1. Deep Test Holes and Monitoring Wells, this is carryover from present fiscal year /
  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.
  6. SENSE program 
  7. TopIntel coupled with SENSE program

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Proposed new budget Items

  1. Master database, project has been delayed two years
  2. Meter maintenance program

Attachments
6.C.4.b. GMDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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The Summer Session is scheduled for June 10-12, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene Idaho.

Planning has begun for the Annual Conference scheduled for January 6-8, 2016 in Sacramento CA.  Angle will be heading this up.

 

6.C.4.c. 2015 SUMMER INTERNS
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The three summer interns (Reid Beranek, Mike Bougger, and Tommy Geisler) went to Upper Elkhorn NRD at O’Neill, for Natural Resources Ground Water Technician training and testing.  Our interns need this training and license in order to sample wells and do chemigation inspections for the LPNNRD.

6.C.4.d. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
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No members of the general public were in attendance.

 

6.C.4.e. ADJOURNMENT
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With no further business, the Water Committee adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

6.D. Projects Committee - Action as Required
6.D.1. SWCP
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Gottschalk reviewed the attached SWCP spreadsheet and discussed our current status on expending funds for approved projects.

Attachments
6.D.1.a. SWCP Application Approvals
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None

6.D.1.b. SWCP Payments
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14-S-10 Mark Kavan Flow Meter $     600.00
14-P-12 Dean Sander Flow Meter x 2 $  1.250.00
14-P-16 Jason Mejstrik Flow Meter $     571.50
Zane Wondercheck Trees $     326.25
  Johnathon Temme Trees $     212.63
14-B-44 Donald Yindrick Terraces/Tile $  9,909.00
14-C-47 Daryl Glodowski Terraces/Tile $12,500.00

  $ 25,369.38

Recommended Motion

* To approve the seven SWCP Payments totaling $25,369.38 as shown in the Projects Committee Miniutes

6.D.1.c. SWCP Cancellations
Rationale

We will have a complete listing of 2014 SWCP cancellations for approval at June Board meeting.

 

Shell Creek Watershed:
Randy Streblow $5,000.00 Dam Renovation – Tube replacement

Louis Welch $7,915.31 W/S Basins

SWCP:
13-B-57 The Meadow 5 LLC $5,169.24 Planned Grazing
13-S-36 Ronald Woita $625.00 Flow Meter
13-C-42 Shirley Johannes $2,423.44 W/S Basins
13-S-45b Burneil Ecklund $625.00 Flow Meter
14-S-1 Dan & Ailene Wageman $1,000.00 Windbreak Renovation
14-P-3a&b LeRoy Sprunk Sr. $1,250.00 Flow Meter x 2
14-P-21a&b Jeana Buhman $1,250.00 Flow Meter x 2
14-B-22 Lee R. Schmit $5,967.50 Planned Grazing
14-TR-2 Dayle Alswager $1,000.00 Terrace Repair
14-P-34 Larry & Lois Mohrman $1,250.00 Flow Meter x 2
14-B-41 R.Allen Covault $625.00 Flow Meter
14-S-43 Douglas Ritthaler $625.00 Flow Meter         

Recommended Motion

to cancel the listed approved projects. If producer is still interested in the conservation practice (except for FLOW METERS) they will need to re-apply.

6.D.1.d. Cottonwood Creek Payments
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None

6.D.1.e. Sand/Duck Creek Approvals
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We are no longer accepting applications for Sand and Duck Creek watershed as current grant will be closing March 2016.

6.D.1.f. Sand/Duck Cost Share Payment
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None

6.D.1.g. Wahoo Creek Cost Share Approvals
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None

6.D.2. WATERSHEDS
6.D.2.a. Shell Creek Watershed
6.D.2.a.1. Shell Creek Watershed Plan
6.D.2.a.2. Interlocal Agreement with Colfax County
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The Shell Creek Watershed Group desires to use a portion of their $87,000 Environmental Trust Grant to design creek stabilization projects in Colfax and Platte Counties.  They have been working with Colfax County as a potential partner to complete a Colfax County bank stabilization project near County Road 10, just north of County Road H.  The County is offering to provide $10,000 toward the $25,000 total project engineering costs. Since the SCWIG is not a formal entity, Colfax County cannot enter into an interlocal agreement with them to share this cost.  Since LPNNRD is moving toward being the legal entity to help SCWIG accomplish their priorities and will soon be taking over their remaining grant fund, we have been asked to enter into the interlocal agreement with Colfax County.  Until such time the grant is formally turned over to LPNNRD, SCWIG will reimburse us the $15,000.  A draft interlocal agreement with Colfax County has been under review and a final document should be available by the June 8 Board Meeting for review and approval.

Attachments
6.D.2.b. Wahoo Creek Watershed - Water Quality Plan (PIP) Phase I
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Staff met with JEO and Saunders County representatives on May 13 to review the plan and discuss future project priorities. 

Attached is JEO's recent $2,500 invoice and update for the Wahoo Creek Watershed Phase I that will be paid per LPNNRD policy.  We will have paid $91,525 of our $120,000 contract amount with JEO.  NDEQ will be invoiced for 100% reimbursement for this expense.

6.D.3. LOWER PLATTE RIVER CORRIDOR ALLIANCE
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On May 7, a special partner meeting was held at LPSNRD to discuss the proposed LPRCA budget and review how project costs and dues are divided between the partners.  A special subcommittee meeting was held on May 22 to review this in more detail.  After that review, it was determined that the base dues divided equally by the partners is a fair way to share this expense, and beyond that each NRD can determine which LPRCA projects and programs that they want to participate with.  This process has already been occurring for many years. Since 2006, LPNNRD has only contributed about 54% that Papio NRD has contributed and about 50% of what LPSNRD has contributed toward Alliance dues, programs and projects.  Attached are the minutes from the May 22 meeting and the breakdown of each NRD's contributions to the Alliance since 2006. 

Attachments
6.D.3.a. LPRCA Monthly Report
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Meghan updated the committee on the status of Alliance activities during her budget presentation.

6.D.3.b. FY 2015 Project Invoice
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Attached is a $2,000 FY 2015 LPRCA Invoice  for project activities previously approved in our budget.  A committee recommendation for payment is requested. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

* To approve the $2,000 LPRCA invoice, as attached to the Project Committee Minutes, for expenses included in our approved FY 2015 budget

6.D.3.c. LPRCA FY 2016 Budget Presentation
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Meghan Sittler gave the attached power point presentation about the Alliance and the proposed FY 2016 budget.

Attachments
6.D.3.d. LPRCA Budget Proposed Budget Review/Approval
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Meghan discussed the draft proposed LPRCA FY 2016 budget items in detail and received many questions and input from the committee.  The LPRCA proposed budget breakdown includes $58,046 that includes projects and programs that have have been previously approved and have a strong likelihood of being completed.  

There is also another $70,001 of potential expense that is pending, contingent on receiving outside funding assistance. Of this amount, $53,334 is toward ecosystem planning and projects including potential watershed water quality projects.  Another $16,667 is for the possible implementation of recreation plan recommendations that include development/improvement of river access areas, education resources, and project grant applications.  The committee felt that a portion of this total amount should be included in our FY 2016 budget in case these projects move forward.  It was suggested to budget half of the $53,334 and all of the $16,667 for FY 2016.  Meghan will present this budget to the full Board on June 8.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the proposed FY 2016 LPRCA Budget as attached to the Projects Committee minutes, that outlines $58,046 (shown in black) of highly anticipated expenses and an additional $43,334 for possible project /program expenditures

6.D.4. OTHER
6.D.4.a. Army COE 205 Projects
6.D.4.a.1. Fremont 205
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The Army COE has started the General Investigation Study for the Project which is to be completed by September, 2016.

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

The Shell Creek 205 Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on May 21, 2015 with about 30 in attendance.  Director Ruzicka and Mike Murren represented LPNNRD at this event

Attachments
6.D.4.a.2.A. Schuyler's Shell Creek Levee Construction Payment Request
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As you recall, we budgeted $125,000 for the second payment to Schuyler for construction of the Shell Creek Levee.  A recommendation to make this second payment is requested.  The Board previously approved that our intent is to provide up to $600,000 assistance toward the Shell Creek project effort. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the second $125,000 payment to the City of Schuyler for construction of the Shell Creek Levee

6.D.4.b. Shell Creek Landowner Levee Project Update
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Director Bailey reported that the survey work and project plans have been completed.  Hopefully, construction can begin later this year. 

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

Our Hazard Mitigation Plan Update has been approved subject to adoption (see attached letter). On May 29, JEO submitted an invoice totaling $2,608 for work completed as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes. This invoice will be paid as allowed by LPNNRD policy.  As shown, we have expended $81,430 of JEO's approved $126,000 contract for HMP tasks. NEMA will be invoiced for 75% reimbursement on this expense.

Attachments
6.D.4.d. Platte Center Bank Stabilization Project Update and Request
Rationale

Platte Center representative Mark Borchers was present to discus current and upcoming project status and present a new project request.  For FY 2016, Platte Center is requesting assistance on Elm Creek Bank stabilization work totaling $22,631 as attached.  We have $6,750 of FY 2015 budgeted funds that will not be expended in FY 2015.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve budgeting 50% cost share, up to a maximum of $11,315.50 assistance in FY 2016, for the Platte Center Elm Creek Bank Stabilization Project as attached to the Projects Committee Minutes

6.D.4.e. Lower Platte North NRD Local Work Group
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On April 29th, directors Olson, Kavan and Hilger and staff members Mountford and Bartek participated in the 2016 Local Workgroup meeting with NRCS staff and others.  The group reviewed and gave guidance on federal program priority projects and areas for LPNNRD.  Attached to the Projects Committee Minutes are the minutes of the work group meeting.

Attachments
6.D.4.f. Review of Projects Financial Statement/Draft FY16 Budget Review
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The Projects Committee reviewed preliminary FY 2016 Project budget projections.  As of April 30, we have expended 30.24% of the FY 2015 Projects Budget.

6.D.5. WESTERN SARPY/CLEAR CREEK LEVEE REPORT
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Levee segment #4  has instillation of the toe drain and rock placement on the top remaining.  Segment #5 construction looks good as grading and mating are complete. 

7. Additional Action Items
7.A. Shell Creek Scholarship
Rationale

We have received an additional application for the Shell Creek Scholarship from Sandra Mariely Estrada-Gonzalez.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Award the seconded Shell Creek Scholarship to Sandra Mariely Estrada-Gonzalez

7.B. e-Ads Wahoo Newspaper
Rationale

The Wahoo Newspaper is offering an online ad program for their website, which receives 25,000+ page views per month. This would be supplemental to any print ads we run.

Recommended Motion

to renew our online ads on the Wahoo Newspaper website, with a monthly rate not to exceed $150

7.C. Association for Conservation Information Conference
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In the past Troy Thompson has attended the ACI Annual Conference that is scheduled for July 13-17 in Flagstaff, Arizona.  This has proven to be a good source to keep current with new information and educational opportunities in the soil and water conservation area occurring across the country.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve one staff attending the ACI Annual conference July 13-17 in Flagstaff, AZ.

7.D. Butler County Road Dam Assistance Payment
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On October 13, 2014, the Board approved to partner with Butler County on repairing a road dam located west of the intersection of Road S and Road 38, on the south (also known as the Engle Road Dam).  Our approved assistance was 50% of the total actual repair cost, up to a maximum of $4,171.34 assistance.  Butler County has completed this work and is now requesting payment. Total cost of the project was $8,006.27.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

to pay $4,003.14 to Butler County for repair on the Engle Road Dam (located west of the intersection of road Sand road 38, on the south) is requested.

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
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NOTE: The agenda is on file at the LPNNRD office and may be changed up to 24 hours prior to the meeting as scheduled.