Long-Term and Interim Renewal Central Valley Project Water Service Contracts and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Available for Public Review

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

For Release: October 19, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District have completed negotiations for renewal of their existing water service contract that provides for the delivery of up to 30,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water for municipal and industrial uses. The existing contract will expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

Negotiation of long-term and interim renewal contracts are authorized consistent with Section 3404(c) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Reclamation intends to execute an interim renewal contract to be effective Jan. 1, 2013, to provide for continued water service to the District. This contracting action will comply with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. Both the long-term and the interim renewal contracts have been negotiated and Reclamation is releasing both contracts to the public for a 60-day review and comment period.

The initial interim renewal contract will have a term of 26 months and is undertaken under the authority of the CVPIA to provide for continued operation between the expiration of the original water service contract and long-term renewal of that contract. This interim renewal contract will expire on Feb. 28, 2015.

Please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/ to review the draft contracts. To review the draft interim renewal contract, please click on “2013 Interim Renewal Contracts;” to review the draft long-term contract, please click on “2012 Long-Term Contracts.” If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, Dec. 17, and should be mailed to Karen Hall, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, or faxed to 916-978-5290 or emailed to khall@usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft contracts, please contact Hall at 916-978-5254 (TTY 800-735-2929).

The Draft Environmental Assessment supporting this contracting action is available for public review at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11251. Written comments on the Draft EA must be received by close of business Monday, Nov. 19, and should be mailed to Beth Dyer, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, CC-411, Folsom, CA 95630 or emailed to elizabethdyer@usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Dyer at 916-989-7256 (TTY 916-989-7285).

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Draft Contracts