GMDA Board Meeting
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:
| State||1-Yr Director ||2-Yr Director ||3-Yr Director ||Advisor |
| Colorado||Jim Reasoner||Jack Dowell ||Everett Kissler ||Wayland Anderson|
| Kansas||Orrin Feril ||Tim Bays ||Mark Rude ||Earl Lewis |
| Louisiana ||John Jennings ||Dale Aucoin ||Tony Duplechin || |
| Mississippi||Dean Pennington ||Ben Griffith ||Buck Falls || |
| Nebraska||Larry Angle ||Lyndon Vogt ||Linda Luebbe ||Doug Hallem |
| New Mexico||AJ Olsen ||Bill Netherland || || |
| Texas ||Lori Barnes||CE 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
Griffith moved for acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report
as presented. Jack Dowell seconded the
motion which passed unanimously.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 –
- 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
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.
Steve Walthour, GMDA Secretary.