Association Update

January 6, 2015 Scottsdale, Arizona

GMDA Board Meeting Minutes

January 6, 2015 – The Saguaro – Scottsdale, Arizona


The Groundwater Management Districts Association (GMDA) meeting was called to order by President Anthony Duplechin at 4:12 p.m.  The Board Members and advisors whose names are underlined were in attendance.  This board listing represents the 2015 GMDA board following Caucus actions:

 State1-Yr Director 2-Yr Director 3-Yr Director Advisor 
 ColoradoJim ReasonerJack Dowell Everett Kissler Wayland Anderson
 KansasOrrin Feril Tim Bays Mark Rude Earl Lewis 
 Louisiana John Jennings Dale Aucoin Tony Duplechin  
 MississippiDean Pennington Ben Griffith Buck Falls  
 NebraskaLarry Angle Lyndon Vogt Linda Luebbe Doug Hallem 
 New MexicoAJ Olsen Bill Netherland   
 Texas Lori BarnesCE Williams Steve Walthour Robert Bradley 

Anthony Duplechin asked for any corrections or amendments to the minutes from the June 6, 2014 Summer Conference held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  With no corrections, additions or deletions, Lyndon Vogt moved the minutes be approved as presented.  Linda Luebbe seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Steve Walthour reported that as of December 31, 2014, GMDA’s bank balance in First State Bank of Stratford, Texas is $55,365.05 which reflects a $55,650.15 for June 1, 2014 beginning balance, $13,600.00 of income and $13,885.10 in expenses for the period from June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  Since June 1, 2014, GMDA has $13,600.00 from dues.  Expenses include $2,680.70 in payments to Anthony Duplechin and Upper Big Blue NRD for conference reimbursements, $372.00 to Casey Designs, $578.00 G Graham Design, $10,00 in dues to the National Water Resources Association, $225,00 to Lovelady, Christy & Associates to prepare and file IRS Form 990N – Return for a Non-Profit Organization, $29.40 to the United States Postal Service for stamps.  In December, GMDA received its exempt status determination from the IRS.  Since the GMDA has joined as the Groundwater Caucus to the NWRA, The Secretary Treasurer requested the board provide guidance regarding reimbursement of expenses to GMDA representatives attending conferences and meetings related to the Groundwater Caucus.  The board by consensus authorized covering the expenses for GMDA representative to NWRA.  As of December 31, 2014, there are 47 paid members and eight honorary lifetime members.

Ben Griffith moved for acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report as presented.  Jack Dowell seconded the motion which passed unanimously.


Representatives provided reports from their caucus’ and their elected boards for the three year term and changed members as necessary to the Secretary Treasurer.  Those changes are reflected above.

CO:  Everett Kissler was elected as the new 3-year director.  Jim Reasoner moved to the 1-year position and Jack Dowell moved to the 2-year position.

KS:  Mark Rude was elected as the new 3-year director.  Orrin Feril moved to the 1-year position and Tim Boese moved to the 2-year position.

LA:  Tony Duplechin was elected as the new 3-year director.  John Jennings was placed in the 1-year position and Dale Aucoin moved to the 2-year position.

MS:  Buck Falls was elected as the new 3-year director.  Dean Pennington moved to the 1-year position and Ben Griffith moved to the 2-year positon.

NE:  Linda Luebbe was elected as the new 3-year director.  Larry Angle moved to the 1-year position and Lyndon Vogt to the 2-year position.

TX:  Steve Walthour was elected as the new 3-year director.  Lori Barns moved to the 1-year position and CE Williams moved to the 2-year position.

NM:  AJ Olsen was elected to the 1-year position and Bill Netherland was elected to the 2-year position.  The 3-year position remains vacant.


Larry Angle was elected vice president by acclimation.  Mark Rude succeeded Tony Duplechin as President.  Tony Duplechin turned the meeting over to Mark Rude.


President Rude reappointed the chairs to committees as follows:  

  • Groundwater and Federal Issues – Lynn Vogt, 
  • Safe Drinking Water Subcommittee – Larry Angle, 
  • Clean Water Subcommittee – Dean Pennington, 
  • Endangered Species Subcommittee – C.E. Williams, 
  • Website – Larry Angle, 
  • Awards – Steve Walthour.


The board generally discussed GMDA’s affiliation with the NWRA and how GMDA will function as a caucus.  Some desire to have consistent representation to the NWRA board meetings and the revolving nature of GMDA leadership was discussed.  Mark Rude expressed his desire to fill one of the two NWRA board seats of the Groundwater Caucus and appointed AJ Olsen to the other, with Lynn Vogt as first alternate.  Mr. Olsen currently serves as chair of the NWRA Groundwater task force of the Federal Affairs committee and Mr. Vogt also serves on that same task force.


Under committee reports each of the states discussed activities and concerns within each of the states.  Texas reported that the Texas Legislature will meet in 2015 and that the session will address brackish groundwater policy and how the state will manage the resource.  Colorado requested that GMDA support its policy position related to development of an in-state agreement for the South Platte and Republican River.  The policy position encouraged the state to implement fair and efficient management of water resources.  Nebraska discussed its concern regarding the federal discussion related to defining the water of the US or WOTUS subject to regulation under the EPA and US Army Corps new proposed rule.  New Mexico expressed a concern regarding the use of groundwater to address a Federal Claim for “Project” water rights.  Tony Duplechin discussed the Louisiana Water Resources Commission and the commission’s plans for a statewide water management and sustainability assessment.  Dean Pennington from Mississippi discussed the Corp of Engineers apparent interest to participate regarding agriculture water supply and aquatic restoration.

Dean Pennington reported that the GMDA Summer conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  We are staying at the “The Coeur d’Alene Hotel” in the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  June 10, 11 and 12.  The Hotel is located on Lake Coeur d’Alene about 30 or 40 miles east of Spokane, Washington.


Larry Angle discussed setting up a conference in California for the Annual Meeting in 2016.

No other business was discussed.

With there being no other business, President Rude adjourned the meeting at 5:28 P.M., January 6, 2015.


Respectfully submitted,



Steve Walthour, GMDA Secretary.








posted Dec 20, 2012, 9:45 AM by Lower Platte North NRD   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 2:08 PM by Larry Angle ]

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