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Released On: October 26, 2012

Reclamation Releases the 25-Year Warren Act Contract for Delta Lands Reclamation District No. 770 for Public Review

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the negotiated 25-year Warren Act contract for Delta Lands Reclamation District No. 770. The terms and conditions of the contract are in accordance with the Warren Act of 1911 and the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991.

The proposed contract would allow Delta Lands to re-divert Pre-1914 Water Rights floodwaters (non-Central Valley Project water) from the Kings, St. John’s and Tule Rivers into any unused capacity of the Friant-Kern Canal, as needed, over a 25-year period. The non-CVP water, when introduced, would be conveyed to CVP contractors, non-CVP contractors and other entities who can take delivery of the water from the Friant-Kern Canal.

The receiving contractors/entities would be utilizing the non-CVP water for irrigation, municipal and industrial use, groundwater recharge and/or for the benefit of fish and wildlife. Uses of the non-CVP water would be limited to lands that have previously been developed and/or cultivated and have not been fallowed for three or more years. Non-CVP water, not delivered from the Friant-Kern Canal, would be discharged into the Kern River in accordance with the terms and conditions established by the Kern River Watermaster.

The draft contract is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/warren_act. If you encounter problems accessing the draft contract, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 26, and should be sent to Valerie Curley, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. Comments may also be faxed to Curley at 559-487-5397 or emailed vcurley@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the draft contract, please contact Curley at 559-487-5041 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the contract may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno Office at the above address.

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