Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Advisory Committee (OWAC) Fact Sheet
This guidance document is advisory in nature but is binding on an agency until amended by such agency. A guidance document does not include internal procedural documents that only affect the internal operations of the agency and does not impose additional requirements or penalties on regulated parties or include confidential information or rules and regulations made in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. If you believe that this guidance document imposes additional requirements or penalties on regulated parties, you may request a review of the document.

Form #:  12-059
Guidance Documents
Revised: 1/14/21
SizeFile Name
228 KB 12-059 OWAC Fact Sheet-2021.pdf



The OWAC advises the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy 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 Environment and Energy 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: January 2021)

Name
E-Mail
Phone
Term
Tom Buell
NDEE
245 Fallbrook Blvd,

P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922
Thomas.buell@nebraska.gov
402-471-8283
Designated by the Director of NDEE
Michael Wagner Central District Health Department
1137 South Locust ST
Grand Island, NE 68801

402-471-2186
Appointed:
Dec. 2, 2020
Term: 1st
Ken Myers
K & K Backhoe and Irrigation
848 North 5th Avenue
Broken Bow, NE 68822
308-872-2547
Reappointed: June 2017
Term: 2nd
Jason Kubik Southwick Liquid Waste 105 Locust Street Hickman, NE 68372
402-475-2462
Appointed:
Dec. 2, 2020
Term: 1st
Dana Petersen, P.E. Frontwater Engineering, LLC 18 Merriweather Drive 11 Johnson Lake, NE 68937
308-746-2470
Appointed:
Dec. 2, 2020
Term: 1st
Jacqueline (Jacque) Riener
Southwest Environmental Engineering, LLC
37983 Road 717
McCook, NE 69001
308-340-0063
Reappointed Dec. 2, 2020
Term: 2nd
Chris Schroeder Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department 3131 ‘O’ Street Lincoln, NE 68510
402-441-8000
Appointed: September 2011
Term: 2nd
Dennis Walsh
Siouxland Well
1004 Ithaca Way
Dakota City, NE 68731
402-632-4405
Appointed: December 2020
Term: 1st
Dr. Troy Gilmore
UNL-
Lincoln, NE 68583-0726
402-470-1741
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