Florida Project Long-Term Water Service Contract Negotiations to Begin with the Florida Water Conservancy District

Media Contact: Ryan Christianson, 970-385-6590

For Release: November 26, 2013

DURANGO, Colo. - Reclamation and the Florida Water Conservancy District will initiate negotiations for a proposed long-term water service contract for the Florida Project located near Durango, Colo. The first negotiation meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 185 Suttle Street, Suite 2, in Durango, Colo.

The contract will provide terms and conditions for the proposed use of Florida Project water for municipal and industrial, and other miscellaneous beneficial uses.

All negotiation meetings are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments related to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session.

The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting,and can also be obtained on-line or by contacting Ryan Christianson at Reclamation, 185 Suttle Street, Suite 2, Durango, Colorado, 81303, telephone (970) 385-6590 or e-mail at rchristianson@usbr.gov.

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