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Released On: February 03, 2009

River Basin Water Studies Deadline Extended by Reclamation
Letters of Interest Due by March 4
The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline to submit a letter of interest to collaborate on basin-wide water supply studies through the new Basin Study Program. The new deadline is March 4, 2009.

The Basin Studies will identify water supply issues that potentially may be resolved with changes to water supply system operations, facilities modifications, development of new facilities or non-structural changes. The studies will incorporate the latest science, engineering technology, climate models and innovation.

This is the first-step of a two-step selection process. These letters will be reviewed and those selected, according to published criteria, will work with Reclamation staff to develop a joint study proposal that will be evaluated and ranked by a Reclamation-wide review committee.

The Basin Studies will be cost-shared on a 50/50 basis with willing state, tribal and local partners, and will generally be two years in duration. Because this is not a financial assistance program, Reclamation's share of the study costs may only be used to support work done by Reclamation or its contractors.

If you have any questions, please contact your appropriate regional coordinator identified at www.usbr.gov/wfa.

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