Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting and Technical Workshop on the CVP Cost Allocation Study on Tuesday, Nov. 19

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

For Release: November 12, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region will hold a public meeting followed by a technical workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 19, to update customers, stakeholders and the public on the ongoing Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study.

The public meeting will focus on the importance of including historical benefits in the study. The technical workshop will focus on the six models that may be used in the study: (1) Farm Budget Tool (irrigation), (2) Statewide Agricultural Production Model (SWAP - irrigation), (3) Least-Cost Planning Simulation Model (LCPSIM - Municipal & Industrial), (4) M&I Demand Model, (5) PLEXOS (Power), and (6) CalSim (Hydrology).

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Public Meeting: 10 a.m. to Noon
Technical Workshop: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way
Cafeteria Conference Rooms C1001-C1002
Sacramento, CA  95825

In 2010, the Region began a process to develop a new cost allocation for the CVP. Cost allocation is a process to determine and distribute the costs of the multi-purpose CVP facilities among the seven congressionally authorized purposes: water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation and water quality. The cost obligation for each authorized purpose will be determined and will be the basis for repayment requirements for irrigation contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and commercial power contractors.

The last major CVP cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. The 1975 allocation has since been subject to minimal annual changes related to project water and power uses. The new allocation will replace the 1975 allocation in its entirety. Reclamation is leading the study in coordination with other federal organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to be completed in 2016.

For questions, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296 (TTY 800-877-8339) or To request special assistance to attend the workshop or to be added to the email notification list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or

Please visit the project website at for additional information on the study. All meeting materials will be posted on the website the day before the meeting.

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