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HPWD Board approves deadline extension

Following a Feb. 19 public hearing, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) Board of Directors unanimously approved rule amendments allowing an extension of the reporting deadline for groundwater produced during calendar year 2012.

Problems with the district’s meter reporting web site prompted the rule amendment which extends the production reporting deadline to June 1, 2013. The first annual production reports for calendar year 2012 were to be submitted to the district no later than March 1, 2013.

The amendment to District Rule 5.17 reads as follows: “Notwithstanding Subsection (d), the first annual production report required under this rule is for production during calendar year 2012 and must be submitted to the District no later than June 1, 2013. All annual production reports thereafter shall continue to be due March 1 as required under Subsection (d). This subsection does not impact the temporary moratorium on fines established under Section VII of the District’s Enforcement Policy and Civil Penalty Schedule. This subsection shall automatically expire and be of no further force and effect on January 1, 2014.”

Two persons spoke in favor of the deadline extension at the public hearing, which was held immediately before the regular monthly Board of Directors meeting.

Lynn Tate of Amarillo, president of the HPWD Board of Directors, thanked everyone for their patience in working with the new system and asks anyone encountering problems with the reporting program to contact the district office at (806) 762-0181 or by e-mail at jed.leibbrandt@hpwd.com or gerald@hpwd.com.