140 Sacramento River Settlement Contracts Available for Public Review and Comment

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: July 09, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation and the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors have completed negotiations for the renewal of 140 Sacramento River Settlement contracts (see following list) for approximately 2.2 million acre feet of water. The contracts are available for a 60-day public review and comment period.

Significant terms of the contracts include: an initial 40-year term of contract; Central Valley Project (CVP) water to be priced at an annually adjusted cost-of-service rate; payment of a charge to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Restoration Fund; opportunities for contractors to engage in water management activities such as transfers, water banking, and ground-water recharge; 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 Settlement Contractors Forms of Contract. Written comments must be received by close of business on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 , and should be sent to: Mr. Donald Bultema, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 988 , Willows CA 95988. Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Bultema at 530-934-1302 or e-mailed to dbultema@mp.usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the forms of contract, contact Ms. Sammie Cervantes at 916-978-5104, TDD 916-978-5608. Negotiations continue for the renewal of the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District settlement contract. Additional information on Reclamation's contract renewal process can be accessed online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html.

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