Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: April 08, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a public workshop on the draft Criteria for Developing Refuge Water Management Plans (Refuge Criteria). The Refuge Criteria will apply to National Wildlife Refuges, State Wildlife Areas and private wetlands (referred to as Refuges) that hold water supply contracts with Reclamation. The Refuge Criteria outlines the criteria for developing and submitting refuge plans.

The workshop will be held:

In Sacramento Thursday, April 15, 2004 1 - 3 p.m. Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way Cafeteria Conference Rooms C1001 and C1002

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act mandates that the Department of the Interior provides set quantities of water to Refuges. The Department of the Interior Administrative Review Process determined that the Refuges should prepare and implement water management plans. In 2001, Reclamation entered into water service contracts with the Refuges, whereas contract compliance is contingent upon successful Refuge Plan development and implementation.

The workshop is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the draft Refuge Criteria and will aid the Refuges in understanding the process for developing and submitting their refuge plans. The draft criteria is available online at For more information or to request a copy of the draft criteria, contact Ms. Shana Kaplan at 916-978-5211, TDD 916-978-5608, or e-mail

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