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

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: July 02, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation and the Shasta, Trinity River, and Sacramento River Divisions Contractors (excluding the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors) have completed negotiation of 36 Central Valley Project (CVP) long-term water service contracts (see following list) for approximately 400,000 acre feet of water. 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.

Significant terms of the contracts include: an initial 25-year renewal term for irrigation and mixed irrigation and municipal and industrial (M&I) contracts; an initial 40-year renewal for M&I only 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. Written comments must be received by close of business on Tuesday, August 31, 2004, and should be sent to: Mr. Richard Stevenson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Stevenson at 916-978-5292 or e-mailed to rstevenson@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 remaining CVP long-term water service contracts. 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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Long-Term Water Service Contracts