From the LENRD

Phase 1 of the Willow Creek Dam High Artesian Pressure Mitigation Project was approved at the December meeting of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) Board of Directors. 

The board authorized an agreement with HDR Engineering for the project design to mitigate the high artesian pressures at the dam, with a cost not to exceed $50,032.  Phase 1 of the project will primarily involve the installation of wells and pump tests to mitigate the artesian pressures.  LENRD Projects Manager, Curt Becker, said, “This project is another example of the continued effort of the LENRD to partner with agencies in securing available funding.  The district is always looking for grant opportunities to maximize the use of our local tax dollars.”  The total estimated project cost is $307,970.00 with $170,000 coming from the High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The board also approved the 2020 Crop Damage Agreement and payment for the Norman and Agnes Herian land, near the Willow Creek reservoir, in the amount of $6,672.73.

LENRD Assistant Manager, Brian Bruckner, updated the board on the Standard Variance applications that were approved last month.  An error during processing caused the total score for one of the applications from the NON 10/50 area to rank incorrectly.  Upon correction of the error, the corrected total score increased it to be within the range for approval.  The board amended the motions from the November board meeting to reflect the corrected number of 2676.77 new groundwater irrigated acres.

In other action, the board accepted a bid from Precision IT for audio/video equipment for the board room in the amount of $6,905.

The board also approved the service agreement with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for the research project - Visualizing and Assessing Nitrogen Contamination in Northeastern Nebraska, with a contract amount not to exceed $40,216.

In other business, the board accepted the marketing proposal from Hollman Media to assist with a media campaign dealing with the perception of the NRD and to bring public awareness of nitrate use and contamination.  This will be a month-to-month contract, not to exceed the amount of $1,867.50 per month and a one-time fee for website development of $3,180.

The board voted to approve the Dividend Resolution for the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), regarding the use of the NARD Risk Pool to purchase an office building for the NARD.

The board also authorized the general manager to sign an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Norfolk to perform an east drainage study, not to exceed the 50% cost-share amount of $18,825.95.

The LENRD board & staff meet each month to develop and implement management plans to protect our natural resources for the future.  The next LENRD board meeting will be Thursday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m.  Watch for further updates and stay connected with the LENRD by subscribing to their monthly emails.