Have you filed your Report Of Licensee, Progress Report of Permittee, or Report of Stockpond on the Water Board’s web site? 43% of folks have not, according to an email from the Water Board a few minutes ago:
“ANNUAL WATER USE REPORTING FOR 2018
This is a reminder notification for permits, licenses and registrations to file your 2018 Annual Water Diversion report which was due on April 1, 2019. To date, only 57% of appropriative rights have filed on time. …”
What to do? File right away! Call me at (530) 526-0134 (calls are free).
Remember the adage of “Do something wrong instead of nothing right“? It really applies here – folks who get their reports in this week are highly unlikely to see any fines. You can amend your report any time…people are still amending some 2008 reports (11 years later)!
Filing in May, maybe yes, maybe no fines. By July 1, if not a little sooner, the Water Board will have a list of everyone who is going to get fined no matter what, and it’s just a matter of fighting it or paying the lower settlement amount.
Is it not having your storage or flow data ready to file your worry? There are a lot of engineering companies, including mine, that can help you get that done quickly. Processing data can be a big pain, as it was for me over the last few weeks with 50 reports to file. So talk to someone who does it all the time and stop your headaches, get some peace of mind.
Whatever you do, file something now! Fix it later, get help with amendments, call an engineer for help with the data. Incomplete action now is a lot less expensive than $500/day, $15,000/month.