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Reclamation Announces Public Meetings and Revision of Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608 ,
Melissa Crandell, 916-978-5208 TTY 916-978-5608,

For Release: January 20, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation will host two public meetings to present information and receive comments on the proposed revision to the Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans (Criteria). Reclamation developed the Criteria in response to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 (CVPIA) and in accordance with the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA). The purpose of the Criteria is to promote the highest efficiency of water delivery.

Section 210 of the RRA requires contractors to prepare and submit Water Management Plans (Plans) with definite goals, appropriate water conservation measures and timetables. Contractors are required to submit Plans every 5 years to be evaluated against the Criteria by the Central Valley Project Water Conservation Office. Section 3405(e) of the CVPIA requires that the Criteria be reviewed every 3 years and revised if necessary.

The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Reno, Nevada:  Wednesday, January 26, 2-4 p.m., Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Eldorado
                                Room 2516,  345 North Virginia Street
  • Sacramento, California:  Tuesday, February 8, 1-3 p.m., Federal Building, Cafeteria Conference 
                               Room C-1001, 2800 Cottage Way

Please visit to view the proposed 2011 Criteria. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Written comments should be sent to Melissa Crandell, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825 or e-mailed to For additional information, please contact Ms. Crandell at 916-978-5208 (TTY 916-978-5608).

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