On Wednesday, New York Farm Bureau issued an urgent alert to farms that expect to use 100,000 gallons of water per day in any 30-day period. February 15 is the deadline for New York's farmers to report water usage to the Department of Environmental Conservation or face more stringent regulations moving forward.
Under a new law signed by Governor Cuomo last August, a state permit is required for water withdrawals that meet or exceed 100,000 gallons per day. No water source is exempted.
Farmers who fall under this law and report their usage by February 15, will receive an exemption from the permit requirements. Anyone who reports after that date will lose this important opportunity.
"Contrary to what people may have heard, farms of all sizes that use an average of 100,000 gallons of water per day or anticipate doing so in the future for any 30-day period must report their water usage to the DEC by this coming Tuesday, February 15 and annually thereafter," says Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau.
"There's no cost to report water usage. But while all of us dislike paperwork, investing a few minutes in reporting now will save you a lot of time and energy later," he adds. "I strongly encourage any farmer who may fall within the guidelines of this law to report their water usage to DEC. There really is no time to waste."Water withdrawal reports are due to the DEC by the close of business on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. For additional information and to access water reporting forms, visit DEC's water reporting page on their website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/55509.html.