Draft Water Banking Criteria Released for Banking Central Valley Project Water Outside of a Contractor’s Contract Service Area

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

For Release: May 24, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released Draft Water Banking Criteria for banking Central Valley Project water outside of a contractor’s contract service area. Reclamation developed these criteria to implement water banking as authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and as allowed by certain federal contracts.

Reclamation recognizes groundwater banking as an important water management tool in optimizing the use of CVP water while addressing groundwater overdraft in certain areas. 

These criteria will apply to contractors under contract with Reclamation for water service or repayment, water rights settlement, exchange, or other applicable contracts requesting to bank CVP water outside of their contract service area. These criteria set forth the standards under which Reclamation may approve banking and recovering of CVP water outside of the contractor’s contract service area boundary, while protecting the integrity of the CVP. 

Written comments on the criteria must be received by the close of business on June 21, 2013. Send comments to Sheri Looper, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-400, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5290 or emailed to slooper@usbr.gov. The documents are available online at: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/waterbanking. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100, or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

# # #

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR.

Relevant Link: