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Released On: April 27, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: Project Completion Ceremony Announced for the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie

Media Contacts: 
Reclamation:     Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100, plucero@usbr.gov
SLDMWA:         Frances Mizuno, 209-832-6200, frances.mizuno@sldmwa.org
DWR:               Jennifer Iida, 916-653-3925 jiida@water.ca.gov

For Release On:  April 27, 2012 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Project Completion Ceremony Announced for the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie

SACRAMENTO,Calif.--The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), will celebrate the completion of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. With completion, the Intertie will connect the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct to relieve Delta-Mendota Canal conveyance limitations, allow for maintenance and repair activities and provide the flexibility to respond to Central Valley Project and State Water Project emergency operations.

The Department of the Interior committed $15.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the completion of the Intertie. CALFED funding was $8.8 million. The remaining funding came from contributed funds and Reclamation budget. The total project cost is $29 million. The new facility is located approximately five miles west of the city of Tracy, Calif.

WHO: Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (Invited)
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (Invited)
Congressman Jerry McNerney (Invited)
Congressman Dennis Cardoza (Invited)
Congressman Jim Costa (Confirmed)
Mark Cowin, Director, DWR
Dan Nelson, Executive Director, SLDMWA
City of Tracy
Members of the State Senate and Assembly
Other leaders from the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, Banta-Carbona Irrigation District, West Stanislaus Irrigation District, Westlands Water District, Western Area Power Administration, San Luis Water District, Friant Water Authority and Shimmick Construction Company

WHAT: Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project Completion Ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy-Livermore, CA. Click the following link to see a map: 
Grant Line Road & Delta-Mendota Canal Access Road.

Directions:

Westbound I-205 to I-580: Take Exit 63 for Grant Line Road toward Byron, turn right at W Grant Line Road. Be prepared to turn right immediately before crossing the Delta-Mendota Canal.

Eastbound I-580: Take Exit 63 for Grant Line Road toward Byron, turn left at W Grant Line Road. Be prepared to turn right immediately before crossing the Delta-Mendota Canal.

Please be advised: Media credentials are required.

For additional information on the project, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/intertie/index.html.

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