April 2019 Metrics Report

Emerging Risks / Issues:
  • NDEQ team members continue to devote considerable resources to the recovery related to the March storms. NDEQ established a response and recovery Incident Command System to effectively meet the challenges presented. NDEQ’s role is now focused on providing debris management assistance to local jurisdictions. NDEQ staff have been instrumental in:
    • Providing assistance handling the huge amounts of sand and sediment, and vegetative debris;
    • Addressing livestock carcass disposal;
    • Locating and managing orphan containers; and,
    • Testing private drinking water wells and assisting public water supply systems get back in service.n has been detected in Nebraska so far; however, on-going investigations focus on Department of Defense sites.
  • The Environmental Quality Council met on April 3rd to hold hearings on four NDEQ proposals. All proposals included revisions related to the elimination of redundancy between state and federal regulations and simplifying NDEQ regulations. All proposals were adopted.
  • Title 115 – Addressed various procedural issues including the adoption of model rules of agency procedure promulgated by the Attorney General.
  • Title 117 – Updated surface water quality standards to latest federal recommendations.
  • Title 129 – Clarified the relationship between Air Quality Construction and Operating permits.
  • Title 131 – Made significant revisions to update and streamline regulations applicable to wastewater facilities and NDEQ’s drinking water construction assistance programs.
Misc. Items of Note:
  • In June 2018, Shell Creek was delisted for atrazine – nationally the first watershed to delist due to a watershed plan implemented by federal, state and local partners. NDEQ staff and Newman Grove students and teachers continued the Shell Creek effort by touring the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Water Sciences Center.