Reclamation Announces Continuation of Negotiations With Cross Valley Contractors for Water Service

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608
Rena Ballew, 559-487-5504 TTY 800-735-2929 fax 559-487-5397

For Release: December 21, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled continuing negotiations with seven existing Cross Valley contractors, including the county of Fresno, to negotiate long-term contracts for delivery of Central Valley Project water.

Reclamation and the Cross Valley contractors have entered into successive, short-term renewals of an existing contract.  The negotiation session will address mutually beneficial, long-term renewal contracts for water service.    

The Cross Valley contractors are the Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Tri-Valley Water District, the county of Tulare, and the county of Fresno.

The negotiation session will be held:


Tues., December 21, 2010
12:00 p.m.
South-Central California Area Office
Conference Room
1243 "N" Street

The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment.  Participation instructions and all pertinent documents will be provided at the beginning of the session.  For additional information, including directions to the Friant Dam Office, please contact Rena Ballew, repayment specialist, at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-735-2929), fax 559-487-5397, or e-mail

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