Reclamation Schedules Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, MP Region Public Affairs Officer, 916 978-5100

For Release: October 17, 2011

In 2010, the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region began a process to develop a new cost allocation for the Central Valley Project. A public meeting has been scheduled to update the interested public on the current status of the study. The meeting will be held:

Friday, October 21, 2011, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Federal Building,
Cafeteria Conference Rooms C1001-C1002
2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA  95825

Cost allocation is a process to determine and distribute the costs of the multi-purpose Central Valley Project (CVP) facilities among the seven congressionally authorized purposes: water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation and water quality. The cost obligation for each authorized purpose will be determined and will be the basis for repayment requirements for irrigation, municipal and industrial, and commercial power contractors.

The last major CVP cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. The 1975 allocation has since been subject to minimal annual changes related to project water and power uses. The new allocation will replace the 1975 allocation in its entirety.

The study is being led by Reclamation in coordination with other federal organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to be completed in 2017.

For questions or to request special assistance to attend the meeting, please contact Traci Michel, Project Manager, at 916-978-5009 (TTY 916-978-5608) or

Please visit the project website for additional information on the study. All meeting materials will be posted on the website following the meeting.

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