Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Advisory Committee (OWAC) Fact Sheet
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Revised: 3/14/17
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The OWAC advises the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality on proposed rules and regulations relating to the Private Onsite Wastewater treatment System Contractors Certification and System Registration Act, on Title 124 – Rules and Regulations for the Design, Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, and on administration of the Act as requested by the Director. The committee shall meet not less than annually. The Director may also call special meetings of the advisory committee, as needed.

The advisory committee is composed of eleven members. Seven are appointed by the Director of the Department of which five are private onsite wastewater treatment system professionals and two are registered environmental health specialists or officials representing local public health departments which have established programs for regulating private onsite wastewater treatment systems. The remaining four members include the Director of Health and Human Services or his or her designated representative; the Director of Environmental Quality or his or her designated representative; and one representative with experience in soils and geology and one representative with experience in biological engineering, both of whom shall be designated by the vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The members of the committee appointed by the Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Director, but not for more than two four year terms. The Director shall appoint a replacement for any member who shall resign or otherwise conclude his or her term on the committee for any position which the Director made the initial appointment. The members of the committee appointed by the Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Director, but not for more than two four year terms.

Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Advisory Committee Members
(List last updated: March 2017)

Name
E-Mail
Phone
Term
Mark Bauer
NDEQ

1200 N Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922
402-471-8283
Designated by the Director of NDEQ
Mark Graf
DHHS – Division of Public Health
Norfolk Office
209 North 5th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701-4091
402-370-3284
Designated by the Director of DHHS- Division of Public Health
Nate Hartman
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept.

3140 N Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
402-441-8643
Appointed: September 2011
Term: 2nd
Ken Myers
K & K Backhoe and Irrigation
848 North 5th Avenue
Broken Bow, NE 68822
308-872-2547
Appointed: June 2013
Term: 1st
Tony Mendes
Tony Mendes Excavating
200121 Rolling Hills Road
Scottsbluff, NE 69361-5527
308-631-9695
Reappointed: April 2012
Term: 2nd
Roger Pollman
Pollman Heating & Air
324 3rd Street
P.O. Box 621
Fairbury, NE 68352-0621
402-239-2086
Appointed June 2016
Term: 1st
Jacqueline (Jacque) Riener
Southwest Environmental Engineering, LLC
37983 Road 717
McCook, NE 69001
308-340-0063
Appointed June 2016
Term: 1st
Jon Ruff
Douglas County Health Dept.
1819 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68183-0401
402-444-7244
Appointed: September 2011
Term: 2nd
Matt Weides
Weides Water LLC
248 O Road
Axtell, NE 68924-3632
308-743-2044
Reappointed: April 2012
Term: 2nd
Tiffany Messer
UNL-Biological Systems Engineering

217 LW Chase Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0726
402-472-2232
Designated by the Vice Chancellor of UNL – IANR
Aaron Young
UNL - Survey Geologist
602 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege St
Lincoln NE 68583-0096
402-472-8339
Designated by the Vice Chancellor of UNL – IANR