Animas-La Plata Project Repayment Negotiations Continue between Reclamation and Colorado
Media Contact: Brett Griffin, (970) 385-6531
For Release: January 10, 2012
The Bureau of Reclamation and the state of Colorado are continuing negotiations on a proposed repayment contract for the Animas-La Plata Project. The contract will provide the terms and conditions by which the state will repay the construction costs associated with all or a portion of its statutory allocation of project water. The fourth negotiation meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2012, at 08:00 a.m. at Reclamation's office, 835 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 300, Durango, Colo. 81301.
The contract to be negotiated will provide for storage and delivery of project water, identify the amount of project construction costs to be paid to the federal government by the state, and provide for operation and maintenance of the project.
All negotiations are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session. The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting, or can be obtained on our website, under Current Focus or by contacting Brett Griffin of the Bureau of Reclamation, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 300, Durango, Colorado, 81301, telephone (970) 385-6531.
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