Members are reminded that if they hold a water abstraction licence from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) that they should be in the process of collating and sending their data returns to the organisation by 31 December 2013.
SEPA has made it easier for licence holders to submit their water abstraction data returns. Previously, licence holders could only submit paper copies of their data, but now these can be sent electronically. Licence holders can still submit their data in a paper form to the office stated on their licence, but SEPA would prefer electronic submissions.
Even if no water has been abstracted for any period, this information must still be reported to SEPA (as a nil return) using the abstraction data returns form.
It is important that data returns are submitted to SEPA in order to allow them to make an accurate assessment of the impact of irrigation on rivers over the summer. Data returns are also required by SEPA for Cross Compliance Purposes administered through SGRPID. Failure to submit data returns is considered non-compliance with a condition of the licence and could affect payments under the Cross Compliance Scheme.
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