The Central Valley Water Board will begin enforcing against farming operations for failure to submit a Farm Evaluation by the due date of March 1, 2015. Farming operations could face fines as high as $1,000 per day for every day after the due date. As of the date of Central Valley Water Board letter (May 21), the maximum fine would be $81,000.
The CRC kept our Farm Evaluation database open until April 20, 2015. In order to provide additional opportunities to comply, the database will reopen from June 1 to July 31, 2015. If the database does not indicate a report has been filed, rice farmers not in compliance will receive a letter from our office. You will be able to check the database during this time frame if you have doubts whether your Farm Evaluation was submitted.
Please do not call the rice commission office, as we have no access to your Farm Evaluation. You know your Farm Evaluation was submitted if you were able to print a final copy.
Access through: www.calricenews.org
Click on: Waste Discharge Requirement
Click on: Start an Evaluation under Rice WDR Farm Evaluation
Enter the last seven digits of your pesticide use permit number
For additional information and updates, you can read the posts under www.calricenews.org and click on Waste Discharge Requirements.