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Reclamation Announces First Session to Negotiate New Repayment Contracts for Central Valley Project Friant Division

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100, 01/12/2010 00:32

For Release: January 12, 2010

Reclamation will hold the first public session to negotiate new repayment contracts with existing long-term water service contractors in the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project.  The existing Friant Division long-term water service contracts will be converted to repayment contracts under mutually agreeable terms and conditions pursuant to Section 9 (d) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (Part I, Title X of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11, March 2009).  The converted contracts will have accelerated repayment provisions to make funds available for implementing the Settlement Act.  which requires the conversion by December 31, 2010. 

The Friant Division, Hidden Unit, and Buchanan Unit contractors include:

  • Arvin-Edison Water Storage District
  • Chowchilla Water District
  • City of Fresno
  • City of Lindsay
  • City of Orange Cove
  • County of Madera
  • Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
  • Exeter Irrigation District
  • Fresno County Waterworks #18
  • Fresno Irrigation District
  • Garfield Water District
  • Gravelly Ford Water District
  • International Water District
  • Ivanhoe Irrigation District **
  • Lewis Creek Irrigation District
  • Lindmore Irrigation District
  • Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District
  • Lower Tule River Irrigation District
  • Madera Irrigation District
  • Orange Cove Irrigation District
  • Porterville Irrigation District
  • Saucelito Irrigation District
  • Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District
  • Southern San Joaquin Municipal Utility District
  • Stone Corral Irrigation District
  • Tea Pot Dome Water District
  • Terra Bella Irrigation District
  • Tulare Irrigation District
** Partial assignment to Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District is pending final approval.
The negotiation session will be held in:
Friday, January 15, 2010
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
South-Central California Area Office
1243 N Street

The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment.  Participation instructions will be provided at the beginning of the session along with the pertinent documents.  For additional information, please contact Ms. Barbara Hidleburg, Repayment Specialist, at 559-487-5063 (TDD 800-735-2929) fax 559-487-5397 or e-mail

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