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Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif.
Media Contact:
Jeffrey McCracken
916-978-5100

Released On: September 28, 2004

Public Information Meeting Scheduled on the Long-Term Central Valley Project and State Water Project Operations Criteria and Plan Biological Assessment
The Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a public information meeting as an update on the consultation of the Operations Criteria and Plan (OCAP) Biological Assessment (BA).

The public information meeting is scheduled on Thursday, October 7, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Best Western Expo Inn, 1413 Howe Avenue, Expo Room, Sacramento California.

The BA describes future operations with certain new facilities and operating criteria in place and was prepared to facilitate compliance with State and Federal Endangered Species Acts. Regulatory and legal requirements are explained and planning models and strategies are described in the BA. The BA identifies many factors influencing the decision-making process and physical and institutional conditions under which the projects currently operate. A separate OCAP document was prepared to serve as a baseline description of the facilities and operating environment of the Central Valley Project.

The BA and OCAP is accessible online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/index.html. To request a copy or CD, please contact Ms. Sammie Cervantes at 916-978-5104, TDD 916-978-5608, or via e-mail at scervantes@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Ms. Ann Lubas-Williams at 916-979-2068, TDD 916-979-2183.

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