Reclamation Awards Construction Contract for Rehabilitation of San Xavier Farms

Media Contact: Patricia Cox, (602) 216-3830
Ruth Martin, (602) 216-3880

For Release: October 05, 2005

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys today announced a $23,882,653 contract award to Barnard Construction Company of Bozeman, Montana, for improvements to the 1,100-acre San Xavier Cooperative Farm located in the San Xavier District of the Tohono Oodham Nation south of Tucson, Arizona.

Reclamation is committed to working with Native Americans to develop, manage and protect their water resources, said Keys. This rehabilitation project will result in more efficient farm operations and allow the San Xavier District to better utilize its allocation of Central Arizona Project water.

Keys noted that the project, a joint venture between Reclamation and the San Xavier District, is being carried out in accordance with the Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act of 1982 and the Arizona Water Settlement Act of 2004.

The construction will be phased in over a two-year period beginning in 2006. Improvements will include high-efficiency piped water distribution infrastructure, new field irrigation systems, flood protection and improved farm roads.

To accomplish this rehabilitation, Barnard will construct flood channels and roads; provide riprap for erosion control; install flow meters and fertilizer injections systems; and furnish and install extensive concrete, metal, mechanical, and electrical components.

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