Central Valley Project Long-Term Water Service Contract Available for Public Review and Comment

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: November 17, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation and the Colusa Drain Mutual Water Company have completed negotiations of a Central Valley Project (CVP) long-term water service contract for up to 70,000 acre-feet of water for a term of 40 years. The contract was negotiated and completed under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and is available for public review and comment for a period of 60 days.

The form of contract is available on-line at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html, click on 2004 Forms of Contract and scroll to Colusa Drain Mutual Water Company. Written comments must be received by close of business on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, and should be sent to: Mr. Richard Stevenson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5292 or e-mailed to rstevenson@mp.usbr.gov.

To request a copy of the form of contract, please contact Ms. Nancy Anderson at 916-978-5254, TDD 916-978-5608, or e-mail nlanderson@mp.usbr.gov. Exhibits referenced in the individual contracts will not be posted in most cases. The rate exhibits that will be effective when the contracts are signed will not be available until January 2005 (see Article 7 of contracts). If you would like a copy of the exhibit to the current contract, please contact Ms. Anderson.

Negotiations continue for the renewal of the remaining CVP long-term water service contracts. Additional information on Reclamation's contract renewal process is available at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html. If you need help accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or e-mail lwirth@mp.usbr.gov.

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Bureau of Reclamation and the Colusa Drain Mutual Water Company have completed Negotiations