Well Permits

Well Permits

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Monolith Well Permit Application Process

Three well permit applications by Monolith Materials were approved by the LPSNRD Board of Directors during a special meeting of the Board on June 29th.  An audio link to the Monolith applications discussion and vote during the meeting is provided below. 

June 29th Special LPSNRD Board Meeting Monolith Discussion and Vote (Water Resources Subcommittee Chair Larry Ruth opened the discussion.)
June 29th Special Meeting News Release
 

Monolith submitted its final applications for three water well permits to LPSNRD on June 4th.  The applications and supporting information are linked HERE.

LPSNRD held a series of four meetings in June, leading up to and including final consideration of the Monolith well permit applications by the LPSNRD Board on June 29th.  A news release and other informational materials are linked here.

  • June 15th – Open House, Hallam Village Auditorium Meeting Room, Hallam, NE
  • June 17th - Public Input Meeting, virtual and in-person
  • June 22nd – Water Resources Subcommittee Meeting, where the subcommittee approved a recommendation to the full Board
  • June 29th – Special Board Meeting for final consideration of the three well permit applications

An audio recording of the June 17th Public Input Meeting is available HERE.  Long pauses between testimonies have been edited from the recording for listener convenience.

 

(The remainder of this timeline of events is chronological.)

In September, 2020, Monolith Materials began aquifer tests at its plant near Hallam, NE, as part of the process of receiving a water well permit from the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD).  Monolith had been granted a permit for one well in July, 2020, for the purpose of conducting the tests, which are required under LPSNRD's Groundwater Rules and Regulations.  The testing was followed by hydrogeologic modeling using the test data.  Monolith issued a draft analysis of the modeling in December 2020.  The full report is linked below.

Draft Monolith Hydrogeologic Analysis Report


LRE Water, a firm hired by LPSNRD, has studied the Draft Monolith Hydrogeologic Analysis Report.  LRE's findings and recommendations were presented to the LPSNRD Board of Directors on February 17, 2021.  The presentation to the Board is linked below.

LRE Water Presentation to LPSNRD Board, 2-17-2021
 

Later in February, 2021, LRE Water issued a final report of their findings and recommendations concerning  the Monolith Hydrogeologic Analysis Report.  The full report from LRE Water is linked below.

Review of the Monolith Materials Inc. Groundwater Flow Model
 

On March 2, 2021, Monolith and its consultant, Olsson, made a presentation to LPSNRD's Water Resources Subcommittee and discussion was held on Monolith's well permit application.  An audio recording of the virtual meeting is linked below.

LPSNRD Water Resources Subcommittee, 3-2-2021


A special meeting of the LPSNRD Board of Directors was held on March 24th.  The Board required additional information be presented for the Monolith well permit.  A news release summarizing the special meeting is posted below, along with a meeting agenda link and a link to an audio recording of the meeting.

March 24th Special Meeting News Release
March 24, 2021 - Special Meeting Audio
Agenda


The Board of Directors, at its regular meeeting on April 21st, approved two variance requests by Monolith concerning two additional wells to be used as backup for the plant.  Discussion on two other variance requests was tabled until the Board's May 19th meeting.  A link to a news release summarizing action is posted below.

April 21st Board Meeting News Release


In May, Monolith submitted an addendum to its Groundwater Modeling Report, in response to additional information requested by the LPSNRD Board.  The addendum is linked below.

Monolith Groundwater Modeling Report Addendum


LPSNRD's consultant, LRE Water, responded to the Monolith addendum and the response is linked below.

LRE Water Addendum Response


At its May 19th meeting, the LPSNRD Board approved not requiring additional information from Monolith about the impact its wells would have on the Hallam area water supply, saying it has enough information to consider the Monolith application.  The Board also requested Monolith submit its well permit application on June 4th, 2021, since the Board plans final consideration of the application by the end of June.  The Board also indicated it plans to hear public comments on the three proposed Monolith wells prior to its final consideration of the application.  A news release about the meeting is linked below.

May 19, 2021 LPSNRD Board Meeting News Release

Back to top of page to view Monolith-related events in June 2021

 

Instructions & Documents for All Well Permit Applications

Instructions & Documents for All Well Permit Applications
Instructions & Documents for All Well Permit Applications

The permitting of wells is a way LPSNRD protects groundwater and existing groundwater users.  A proposed well's size and location determine the procedure a property owner needs to follow before approval of the well is considered. The process needed to obtain a well permit depends on how much water the well can pump and the location of the proposed well. The District's groundwater reservoirs map (first link below) will be useful in this process.

Anyone wanting to construct a new or replacement well in one of the District's groundwater reservoirs that pumps more than 50 gallons per minute (GPM) must obtain a well permit from the District before they begin construction.

Anyone wanting to construct a new or replacement well in the Remaining Area of the District that pumps more than 20 GPM must obtain a permit before starting construction. There are a few exceptions to these rules. Wells drilled to pump 50 GPM or less that are to be used for human consumption (domestic wells), fire control, sanitation, or to water livestock do not require a permit from the District.

A non-refundable $50 filing fee ($250 late permit fee) is required for each permit application. Once a correctly completed application is received, District staff conduct a site visit to identify the GPS location of the proposed well the applicant has previously staked out. Once preliminary approval of the permit is given, the applicant has one year to construct the well and complete the required water quality tests and/or conduct the required aquifer test necessary to receive final approval by the District.

All newly permitted wells are required to have a water meter installed before using the well. You must annually report water usage to the District. To put it simply: If you need a well permit, you also need a water meter installed before using the well.

Certification of irrigated acres may also be required before irrigating.

Note: You will not need all of the documents below in order to obtain a well permit. If you are just beginning the permit process, begin at the top of the list, then download other documents as you determine your needs. Contact LPSNRD with any questions you have during the application process.