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               Big Lost River Ground Water District

–Regular Board Meeting— MINUTES

October 13, 2021

This and all meetings of the Board o Directors are public and subject to pertinent Open Meeting Laws.

Date: 10/13/2021                       Time: 7:10 p.m.            Location: BIC Center, Arco, Idaho

Call to Order by: Mike Telford, co-chairman

Roll Call: Mike Telford, Adam Sorensen, Evan Rogers, Jack Jensen, Jim Gregory, Moj James Broadie, Debbie Broadie

  1. Approval of Minutes of August 4, 2021 not available. (will be read next meeting). (No meeting held in September)
  2. Reading of agenda by Board. Motion made by Jim seconded by Moj James with acceptance by entire board.
  3. The financial report included
    1. bank statements and computer printouts for the checking account and Savings accounts.
    1. Outstanding accounts
    1. Interest rate change for late payments is 5.125% pursuant to the State of Idaho
    1. Final anticipated 2021-2022 Budget handed to each Board member.
    1. Question as to payments made to Pivot Trac and where the monitors are located. Debbie to get this information for the next meeting.

Motion made to accept the financial report as presented by Moj James and Seconded by Jim with agreement from entire Board.

  • Old Business:
    • Discussion regarding Power Consumption Coefficent (PCC) compared to flowmeter. See attached e-mail from Jaxon explaining the difference.
    • Review: Petition to Designate the BLRGWD Basin as a ground water management area. Any changes/updates?
    • Update on Management Plan Draft sent to IDWR from TJ or Jaxon
    • Update on lining projects:
      • Munsey, Island and Eastside : Mike reported that the Timberline projects are close to being started.
      • Burnett: Moj James . Reported that the delay by NRCS affected the price of the liner. Having to pay more for the liner required cutting back on the distance that could be covered. The plan is to start putting in the liner next week.
    • Debbie reported that there were 34 applicants with 77 systems which covered approximately 7,000.00 acres during 2021, that applied and participated in the LESA Program.
    • Usage Reports corrections have not been looked at yet. Mike is using his usage as a test. He will be getting his power records to Jaxon soon for comparisons. Debbie is to find out who is paying Jaxon ‘every year because of issues we have had with flowmeters and the critical nature of the reported data”. See Jaxon’s e-mail of August 10, 2021.
    • Letter to Wa&eF-DistFiGt-34 Irrigation District (Mike) Letter idea is being discontinued.
    • March 2022 Public meeting speakers? Adam, Evan and Mike to arrange.

Annual meeting date is November 3 (changed from October 6) Budget meeting date same as Annual Meeting. Notices printed in the Arco Advertiser and Challis Messenger as well as our in ourNewsletter.

                         j.       IGWA meeting news. Review of TJ Budge’s e-mail. Next IGWA meeting 11/10/2021 at 290

East Linden, in Chubbuck, Idaho (venue has been changed)

  • New Business
    • Review of management plan for new Directors. Board agreed to have an extra work meeting to educate the new board members will be October 27, 2021 @7:00 p.m.
    • New Office lease rent increase. Motion made to accept the increase by Jim and seconded from Moj James with agreement from the Board.
    • Annual Meeting agenda will-include: du,e.u-.a.u-Å– a-a
      • Review of last this year’s Agenda.
      • Minutes from 2020 Budget and Annual Meeting to be read
      • Financial report (Debbie)

a. List only the total amount of outstanding receivables.

4. Annual Budget and Board Meeting Outline

a. Projects

Recharge Project above the dam (Jake) ii. Arco Recreation Project (Mike) iii. Moore Recreation Project (Jack) iv. Lining projects

  1. Arco, Moore, Munsee, Island, Eastside, Timberline (Mike)
    1. Burnett (Moj James)

b. Other surface water conservation projects

i. Debbie reports the numbers that participated in 2021 LESA Program ii. Randy Purser how it is working for him

c. Director’s comments during the Water Users Asso. Seminar (Mike) TJ Budge’s letter to District which was sent to district members in newsletter .

i. What happened in Wood River during 2021 ii. What will happen to BLRiver for next year. (2022)

d. Big Lost River Ground Water District PLAN (Mike)

  • Date of next meeting November 3, 2021, (Budget and Annual Meeting)
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–Regular Board Meeting Agenda— MINUTES for August 4, 2021

This and all meetings of the Board o Directors are public and subject to pertinent Open Meeting Laws.

Date: 8/4/2021                       Time: 7:10 p.m.            Location: BIC Center, Arco, Idaho

Call to Order by: Mike Telford, co-chairman

Roll Call: Mike Telford, Jake Johnson, Jack Jensen, Adam Sorensen, Evan Rogers, Moj James Broadie, Debbie Broadie

  1. Approval of Minutes of July 7, 2021. After Jack Jensen read the minutes, Moj Broadie made a motion to approve the Minutes followed by Jake Johnson’s second and approval by the Board.
  2. After the Board individually read the Agenda, motion to accept was given by Jake Johnson and a

second was by Moj James Broadie. All members agreed.

  • The financial report was given by Debbie. Adam Sorensen made the motion to accept the financial reports with Jake Johnson giving a second. All Board members agreed.
  • Old Business:
    • Election of Officers: The following were elected as officers by the entire Board: Mike Telford, Chairman; Adam Sorensen, Co-Chairman; Jack Jensen, Sec./Treas.
    • Update: Petition to Designate the BLRGWD Basin as a ground water management area.

Nothing new to report

  • Update on Management Plan Draft sent to IDWR on March 10, 2020 by Jaxon. Nothing new to report.
    • Jake Johnson reported that the fellow who was thinking of selling/leasing the property for the recharge project backed out. Nothing more to report
    • Jaxon Higgs stated by e-mail that there was nothing to report on the Little Wood River water issues. Board discussed that this settlement is an example of not having a management plan.
    • Update on lining projects:
      • Mike reported that the Munsey, Island and Eastside projects are still being worked on and not sure when they will begin work.
      • Moj James stated that the Burnett project is on track.
      • Per the request of the Board, Debbie reported that the NRCS explained that the LESA (Lower Elevation Sprinkler Application) project had 24 projects which reduced water use by 7-10%. Debbie was asked to find out if that was 24 people or 24 pivots.
      • Usage Reports
      • Sorensen’s discrepancy with Jaxon’s report has not been addressed. Adam will work on this in the fall.

ii. What to do about users who use over their limit. Board agreed that the State will take care of this.

  • New Business
    • Mike’s Draft letter was discussed. Mike will re-write and submit it next month.
    • The Board decided to delay the public meeting regarding Representative Mike Simpson’s dam project until March 2022. The Board felt it more important to have a public meeting with speakers that could inform and educate the public regarding water reduction and usage. Adam Sorensen, Evan Rogers and Mike Telford will contact the speakers by the next Board Meeting in September. Invitations will be sent to BLRGWD

Members.

  • Division Director Terms were checked and approved by the Board.
    • The current budget (from November 1, 2020- August 4, 2021) and the estimated budget for the 2020-2021 year were reviewed. The board approved to keep the 2021-2022 estimated budget the same as last year with the $1.00 fee ($.50 towards usage and $.50 towards CFS). Jake Johnson made the motion to accept the same budget for the coming year. Moj James made the 2nd with the Board’s acceptance.

i. The annual meeting will be-October-6, 2021, in conjunction with the public meeting with speakers (see “B”).

  • The new NRCS program was discussed and noted
    • The IGWA meeting will be August 25, 2021, 9:30 — 12:00 p.m. in Burley. Mike will plan on going and all Board Members were encouraged to attend.
    • Date of next meeting will be September 1, 2021.

Motion to adjourn made by Moj James and 2nd by Jake Johnson. Dated this

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–Regular Board Meeting— Minutes of July 7, 2021

This and all meetings of the Board o Directors are public and subject to pertinent Open Meeting Laws.

Date: July 7, 2021                       Time: 7:20 p.m.             Location: BIC Center, Arco, Idaho

Call to Order by: Mike Telford, Co-Chairman

Roll Call: Jack Jensen, Evan Rogers, Moj James Broadie, Mike Telford, Debbie Broadie

  1. The agenda was reviewed by the board. Mike made the motion to accept the agenda as outlined with a 2nd by Moj James Broadie .
  2. Minutes from April 7. 2021 Board Meeting were read by Jack Jensen. Jack Jensen moved to accept the minutes as read with Moj James making a second, all approved.
    1. Debbie was asked to report the terms of each District Director for August meeting.
  3. The financial report was given by Debbie Broadie. After examining the bank statements and reconciliation summaries of the checking account as well as the Savings account, a motion by Moj James and 2 nd by Jack to accept the report as submitted, all members agreed.
  4. Old Business:
    1. All board members in attendance agreed to postpone appointing a new chairman until more members are in attendance.
    1. No information received regarding Adam Sorensen’s water usage report not concurring with Jaxon’s report as Adam was not present. Adam to report at next board meeting.
    1. Mike Telford made a motion to appoint Moj James Broadie to complete Moj Broadie Sr.’s term as a Director of Division 3. Evan Rogers gave a 2nd with the Board in agreement.
    1. No update received as of this date on the petition to designate the BLRGWD Basin as a ground water management area. Jaxon will verbally confirm to IDWR that our ground water district is still working on this.
    1. No new updates on the Draft of the Management Plan which was sent to IDWR on March 10, 2020 by Jaxon.
    1. No report on the Recharge project by Jake Johnson. To be reported next meeting.
    1. Project reports:
      1. Munsey, Island and Eastside: Mike reported disappointment in the delay of getting the NRCS contract signed.
      1. Burnett: Moj James reported that the Burnett lining will begin this fall as funding has been received.
    1. Letter drafted by Mike Telford was read and discussed. With a motion from Evan and a 2 nd from Jack with all Board Members agreeing to send the draft to the absent Board members prior to sending it to Water District 34.
  5. New Business
    1. IGWA Board Meeting will be August 25, 2021 9:30 — 12:00 p.m. in Burley at the Convention Center.
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–Regular Board Meeting— Minutes of April 7, 2021

This and all meetings of the Board o Directors are public and subject to pertinent Open Meeting Laws.

Time: 7:15 p.m.              Location: BIC Center, Arco, Idaho

Call to Order by: Chairman, Moj Broadie

Roll Call: Moj Broadie, Adam Sorensen, Evan Rogers, Jake Johnson, Jack Jensen, Mike Telford, and Debbie Broadie

Visitors: Jaxon Higgs connected by conference call.

1. With a motion from Jake with a second from Mike, the Agenda was approved after being read & approved by the entire Board.

  • Minutes from February 3. 2021 was read and approved by the board. Mike made a motion with Jake making the 2nd to approve these minutes.
  • Office Manager’s report given by Debbie. Bank statements as well as balance due list were distributed to the Board. Mike made the Motion to accept the Office Manager’s report with Jake giving a second.
  • Old Business:
    • Update of IGWA was presented by Mike. Jaxon Higgs was connected by conference call discussing the following.
      • Discussion regarding the INL study of isotopes, water and the drought all being factors which intertwine with the Big Lost River Basin.
      • Big Wood River has 2 Ground Water districts. They currently have issues with Magic Reservoir/Wells in Bellevue Triangle water rights. The Department declared them a Ground water management area. Their committee came up with a plan of 10% reduction and recharge. The director rejected their 10% reduction and gave them a date to have another plan or he would create one. iii. Jaxon would like to sit down and go over the usage report with the members/board.
    • Update: Petition to Designate the BLRGWD Basin as a ground water management area. Future status will still be no sooner than 2021 perTJ. No update from IDWR or Attorney TJ Budge as of April 7, 2021.
    • The Draft of Management Plan which was sent to IDWR on March 10, 2020 by Jaxon was discussed. The key is that the Director wants the members to be in harmony with the plan, otherwise he will come up with the plan. The board agreed that the plan as it stands (with inserts) is a great place to start negotiation. Attention was drawn to the 2013-2015 priority baseline dates which were established for the basin as being a very important factor. Jaxon noted that the members need to pay attention to their Usage reports that were mailed to them. We have to be able to argue what we know to be the most correct data. Farmers know their farms and water usage better than the Department does. The Board requested Debbie to send notices to the members requesting information as to any improvements they have made regarding water conservation. Our district needs to be able to claim credit for the conservation done in the past years. All information will be cataloged for future reference upon any mitigation/questions from IDWR. Adam Sorensen expressed his concerns of his usage reports stating he used more water in 2020 than in 2019 even though 1/3 of his land was not irrigated for one-half of the year in 2020. He contacted Lucas who verified that the Sorenson’s usage numbers were not correct.
    • Moore Park update was presented by Jack who stated that there are problems with grant funding due to lack of matching funds. He will continue giving up updates in the future.
    • Debbie updated information on the Idaho Codes pertaining to member’s penalties for not paying assessments. It was determined that the law could change again before the 3 year time frame (billing of 2023) arrives at which time we can file liens or shut off water as Idaho Code allows at that time.
  • New Business
    • Congressman Mike Simpson’s presentation on breaching the dams could not be arranged. Will be rescheduled later.
    • Jake Johnson presented his idea of building a recharge area on a 40 acre +/- plot which would gather water from the Chili Canal and drain into a drain field. Jake will approach the Recharge Committee with this idea. Whether to lease the ground for 99 years or purchase the ground was also discussed. Excellent research from Jake on this project.
    • Usage reports of 2019 and 2020 sent by Jaxon Higgs to members. As stated above, he would like the members to study their usage reports. Several members have questioned Lucas and have had issues with the figures. These corrections are needed to complete an accurate report.
    • Webb request for annexation was submitted to the Board. To complete this request,

Debbie will have the information printed in the papers and then filed at the courthouse.

  • Moj Broadie turned in his resignation as Chairman. Board respectfully thanked him for his service during the last 6 years. He would suggest Moj James Broadie as his replacement for his District.

Motion to adjourn made by Moj Broadie

 2021.

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