Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Requirements for Water Project Feasibility Studies

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: October 28, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the period seeking public comment on the draft directive and standard for feasibility studies to formulate, evaluate and select project plans for implementation. These updated guidelines establish the responsibilities, requirements and procedures for performing detailed planning studies, including feasibility studies conducted for the purpose of recommending congressional action, including approval, authorization, or appropriations, in accordance with Executive Order 12322. The comment period originally closed at 5 PM on October 21, 2011. With today?s announced extension, comments on the draft updated guidelines will continue to be accepted until 5 PM, November 25, 2011.

The Reclamation Manual establishes Reclamation requirements, assigns program responsibility and establishes and documents Reclamation methods of doing business.

The draft directive and standard is available for detailed review at: A summary of the draft update can be found at:

Comments or questions may be directed to Chris Perry at

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Reclamation Manual