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

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 28, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation, the eight Cross Valley Canal Central Valley Project (CVP) Contractors, and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) have completed negotiation of renewal long-term water service contracts for approximately 128,000 acre-feet of CVP water. These contracts are three-party agreements whereby Reclamation makes water available in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta and the water is conveyed to the Cross Valley Canal Contractors by DWR through State Water Project facilities.

The contracts were negotiated and completed under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and are available for a 60-day public review and comment period. The eight Cross Valley Canal Contractors are Counties of Fresno and Tulare, Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Rag Gulch Water District, and Tri-Valley Water District.

Significant terms of the contracts include: an initial 25-year term for irrigation and mixed irrigation and municipal and industrial (M&I) contracts; tiered water pricing; opportunities for contractors to engage in water management activities such as transfers, water banking, and ground-water recharge; project water measurement; and communication, cooperation, and coordination between the parties to improve management and operation of the CVP.

The forms of contract are available on-line at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html; click on 2004 Forms of Contract and scroll to the desired contract. Written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, February 25, 2005, and should be sent to: Mr. Richard Stevenson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento CA 95825. Comments may also be e-mailed to rstevenson@mp.usbr.gov or faxed to 916-978-5292.

To request copies of the forms of contract, please contact Ms. Nancy Anderson at 916-978-5254, TDD 916-978-5608. Negotiations continue for the renewal of the remaining CVP long-term water service contracts. Additional information on the contract renewal process can be accessed online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or e-mail lwirth@mp.usbr.gov.

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Forms of Contract