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Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif.
Media Contact:
Jeffrey McCracken
916-978-5100

Released On: June 16, 2005

CVP Long-Term Water Service Renewal Contract for Westlands Water District Available for Public Review and Comment
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Westlands Water District have completed negotiation of a long-term water service renewal contract for approximately 1,150,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project (CVP) water. This amount may increase by a maximum of 37,090 acre-feet before this contract is executed due to finalization of contract assignments including 2,500 acre-feet from Centinella Water District, 2,990 acre-feet from Widren Water District, 27,000 acre-feet from Broadview Water District, and 4,600 acre-feet from Oro Loma Water District. The contract was negotiated and completed under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and is available for a 60-day public review and comment period.

Significant terms of the contract include: an initial 25-year term for irrigation and mixed irrigation and municipal and industrial contracts; tiered water pricing; opportunities for contractors to engage in water management activities such as transfers, water banking, and ground-water recharge; project water measurement; and communication, cooperation, and coordination between the parties to improve management and operation of the CVP.

The form of contract is available on-line at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2005_exec_cts_water_serv/index.html; click on 2004/2005 Forms of Contract and scroll to the desired contract. Written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, August 5, 2005, and should be sent to Mr. Richard Stevenson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento CA 95825. Comments may also be e-mailed to rstevenson@mp.usbr.gov or faxed to 916-978-5292. To request a copy of the form of contract, please contact Ms. Nancy Anderson at 916-978-5254, TDD 916-978-5608.

Negotiations continue for the renewal of the remaining CVP long-term water service contracts. Additional information on the contract renewal process can be accessed online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Julie Carpenter at 916-978-5109, TDD 916-978-5608, or e-mail jcarpenter@mp.usbr.gov.

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