Groundwater Production Reports Due March 1st

Media Contact: Julia Stanford, jstanford@northplainsgcd.org or 806-935-6401

It’s that time of year again – time for groundwater production reporting! It’s important to report your groundwater use, not only to stay in compliance with district rules, but also to help build an accurate picture of what’s going on underground in the aquifer. “Each report, no matter the use, is added to a total usage for the district’s analysis of water usage and how to best manage it. It also serves as a water management tool for the producer,” said Casey Tice, Compliance & Production Coordinator for the district.

All 2018 production reports have been mailed out to the owners of record. Domestic wells, livestock wells, and oil/gas rig supply wells are exempt from production reporting. However, these wells should still be registered with the district. To register an exempt well, download the registration form at www.northplainsgcd.org/forms or stop by the district office.

Production reports must be properly filled out, signed, and sent with all required supporting documentation to North Plains Groundwater Conservation District no later than 5pm on March 1, 2019. Reports may be mailed, e-mailed, or submitted in person. Please notify the district office if you’d like to fax your reports.

If you pumped less than the allowable 1.5 acre-feet of groundwater, you might be able to “save” that water allocation and use some of it at a later date. A Conservation Reserve worksheet is included with most reports. The worksheet may be used to determine reserve after your production numbers are calculated. These are for the producer’s use only and are not required to be turned back into the district.

All reports that are mailed back and are completed and postmarked on or before March 1, 2019 will be considered on time. Any report that is received or postmarked after March 1, 2019 will be subject to a late filing fee of $50 per day, per report until properly filed. Any report that is not complete will be considered not filed until corrected. If you are missing reports, haven’t received reports, or have received reports that you are no longer responsible for, please notify North Plains GCD immediately.

If you have any questions about your production reports, please contact us at 806-935-6401.