Reclamation to Continue Negotiations on Operation and Maintenance Contract for the Animas-La Plata Project

Media Contact: Pat Page, 970-385-6560

For Release: May 27, 2009

Negotiations are set to continue between Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office and the Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Association (Association) on a contract that will identify the terms and conditions for the operation, maintenance, and replacement (OM&R) responsibilities for the Animas-La Plata Project. The negotiation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2009, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, and continuing Wednesday, June 3, 2009, from 9:00 pm to noon. The meeting will be held at the San Juan Water Commission's office at 7450 East Main Street, Farmington, NM. The first negotiation session occurred March 24-25 in Durango, CO.

The Association is comprised of Project sponsors including the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, the La Plata Conservancy District, the Navajo Nation, the San Juan Water Commission, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. The contract will become effective when the Animas-La Plata Project is completed and has been transferred from construction status to operation and maintenance status.

All negotiations are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty (30) minute comment period following the negotiation session. The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting, or can be obtained on our website or by contacting Ryan Randol of the Bureau of Reclamation, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 300, Durango, Colorado, 81301, telephone (970) 385-6531 or e-mail

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Relevant Link:

Draft Animas-La Plata Project Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Contract