UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

April 24, 2017

O’Neill, Nebraska

CALL TO ORDER:

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 7:05 P.M. by Chairman Gene Kelly.  The meeting was advertised and a copy of the Open Meetings Act was posted for public review.         

 

DIRECTORS PRESENT:

Gary Bartak                     Mark Carpenter               Jake Dvorak                   Curtis Gotschall             Ted Hughes

Jim Keller                        Gene Kelly                       John Meuret                    Michael Moser             Aaron Rice

Roy Stewart                    Dale Wiles                       Chip Whitaker (7:10 PM)         

                           

DIRECTORS ABSENT:

Chris Dierks                     Keith Heithoff                 

 

STAFF PRESENT:

Dennis Schueth, General Manager

Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator

Sarah Nevison, Water Resources Manager

Andrea Fisher, Administrative Secretary

Jake Morten, Forestry, Wildlife & Resource Conservationist

Kelly Kloppenborg, Water Resources Technician

Wayne Frederick, Water Resources Technician

Tanner Jenkins, Bazile Groundwater Management Project Coordinator

 

GUESTS PRESENT:

Joel Klammer – NRCS Office – Ainsworth       

Amy Timmerman – UNL Extension – Holt County

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA:

]It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Dale Wiles to adopt the agenda.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dvorak, Gotschall, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dierks, Heithoff & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

MINUTES:

The minutes of the March Meeting were reviewed by the Directors. [It was moved by Curtis Gotschall and seconded by Michael Moser to approve the minutes of the March Meeting.  AYE:  Carpenter, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Whitaker, White & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  Bartak & Dvorak.  ABSENT:  Dierks, Heithoff & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

TREASURERS REPORT:

The March treasurers report was reviewed by the Directors.  [It was moved by Roy Stewart and seconded by Michael Moser to approve the March Treasurers Report.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dvorak, Gotschall, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dierks, Heithoff & Whitaker.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

PUBLIC FORUM- INPUT:

None

 

Whitaker arrived at 7:10 PM.

 

AGENCY & STAFF REPORTS:

NARD Report:  Ted Hughes reported that the next board meeting would be held June 12 in Norfolk, NE in conjunction with the basin tour, which is scheduled for June 12-14.  Anyone interested in attending the Basin Tour should contact the office.  Dennis Schueth reported that the 2020 National Envirothon budget for Nebraska has been updated and the UENRD portion has been lowered from $5,797 to $3,036.  Dennis also discussed the current legislative session and that they continue working on budget issues and property tax relief.  He also gave an update on LB 98 to extend the 3 cents levy for fully and over appropriated basins.    

 

DNR Report:  Dennis Schueth handed out Garry Anderson’s written report and reviewed it with the directors.  It noted the reductions being proposed by the Governor for Nebraska’s state agencies and proposed future budget cuts.  This will affect the Soil and Water Conservation Fund, the Resources Development Fund and the Water Sustainability Fund. 

 

NRCS Report:  Joel Klammer, NRCS office in Ainsworth, reviewed the NRCS report sent out by Brandon Peterson.  Joel also reported on the EQIP and CSP contracts generated in the Ainsworth field office.  NRCS is currently operating with a continuous resolution which is scheduled to end April 29, 2017.  Hopefully the resolution will be extended.  The hiring freeze has also been lifted; however, they will be doing targeted hiring and not every position will be filled at this time.    

 

RC&D Report:

North Central RC&D:  No Report. 

Loup Basin RC&D:  No Report.

Northeast RC&D:  No Report.         

 

Information & Education Report: Beth Walsh’s report was mailed out in the Directors packets. 

 

Water Resources Report:  Sarah Nevison’s report was mailed out in the Directors packets.  Sarah reported that due to landowners submitting well applications we have discovered acres which have not been certified.  As of May 1, 2017, no well permits will be issued if landowners have not completed their acre certification based on the updated GWMP Rules and Regulations.  Flowmeter readings and static water level measurements have been completed and the report will be ready next month.  Sarah also reviewed the proposed changes in the safe levels of Blue-Green Algae.  EPA is proposing going from 20 ppb (parts per billion) to 4 ppb.  This is an issue in the Willow Creek watershed and affects the Willow Creek State Recreational Area reservoir near Pierce.  Levels in the past have closed the reservoir to swimming in the late summer months.  If the EPA lowers the current Blue-Green Algae levels as proposed, this could mean an earlier closure to swimming at the rec area.  Sarah also noted Earth Day; and, that K&W (Kurt & Wayne) Farms of Stuart won the 2017 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award.         

   

Bazile Management Area-Report:  Tanner Jenkins reported that the new 319 funding was received March 31.  The grant covers 50% of the salary of the project coordinator; and, provides $180,000 for cost share.  Tanner will be working closely with NRCS to hopefully use some of these funds as incentives for best management practices in conjunction with EQIP and NWQI.  Tanner also reviewed best management practice incentives for the Bazile area and the tier structure for cost share.

 

Holt County Extension Amy Timmerman, Irrigation Field Day August 30-Financial Request:  Amy Timmerman, Holt County Extension Educator, attended the meeting to request sponsorship for the 2017 Irrigation Management Field Day August 30.  The field day will again be held at Richard Uhrenholdt’s in southern Antelope County and feature various speakers.  A new component of the event will be the addition of a demonstration field.  Demonstrations scheduled at this time include drones and an infield demo on irrigation sprinklers.  There are various levels of sponsorship from $250 to $5,000.  The sponsorship deadline is May 15th so they can get started on all the promotional and outreach materials for the event.       

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:

[It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Michael Moser to excuse the absence of Chris Dierks and Keith Heithoff.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dvorak, Gotschall, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dierks & Heithoff.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Legislative, Finance and Planning Committee:  The committee met prior to the board meeting to review the current bills. 

Water Resources and Watershed Committee:  The Committee met prior to the board meeting.

Personnel, Equipment, Promotion & Education Committee:  The Committee met prior to the board meeting. 

COALITION/TASK FORCE UPDATE:

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  Dennis Schueth’s report was mailed out in the Director’s packets.  A copy is included with the official copy of the minutes in the office. 

 

The next regular board meeting will be held May 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM. 

 

[It was moved by John Meuret and seconded by Ted Hughes to adjourn at 8:20 PM.  AYE:  Bartak, Carpenter, Dvorak, Gotschall, Hughes, Keller, Kelly, Meuret, Moser, Rice, Stewart, Whitaker & Wiles.  NAY:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.  ABSENT:  Dierks & Heithoff.  MOTION CARRIED.