Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study on Friday, March 28
Media Contact: Margaret Gidding, 916-978-5100
For Release: March 21, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the draft Findings and Recommendations Table that was posted today on the CVP Cost Allocation Study website.
Reclamation asks the public to review the table and corresponding materials prior to the meeting. The public will have 30 days from March 28, 2014, to comment on the information in the table. Reclamation will then consolidate and incorporate the comments as appropriate. To access the table, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/cvp-cas/ and click on “Documents” in the blue bar to the left of the page.
The public meeting will be held on Friday, March 28, 10 a.m. to Noon, 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.
Comments on the draft table are due by Monday, April 28, 2014. For questions or to submit comments, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296 (TTY 800-877-8339) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request special assistance to attend the meeting or to be added to the email notification list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or email@example.com.
For additional information on the study, please visit the project website at www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS. All meeting materials will be posted on the website the day before the meeting.
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