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Released On: July 19, 2013

Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Water Banking Criteria of Central Valley Project Water

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced a two-week extension of the public comment period for the Draft Water Banking Criteria for banking Central Valley Project water outside of a contractor’s contract service area. The comment period was scheduled to close on Monday, July 22, 2013, but will now close on Monday, August 12, 2013.

Reclamation developed these draft criteria to implement water banking as authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and as allowed by certain Federal contracts. When finalized, the criteria will apply to water service contractors as well as repayment, water rights settlement, exchange or other applicable contractors requesting to bank CVP water outside of their contract service area. The criteria sets forth the standards under which Reclamation may approve banking and recovery of CVP water outside of the contractor’s contract service area boundary while protecting the integrity of the CVP. Reclamation recognizes groundwater banking as an important water management tool in optimizing the use of CVP water, while addressing groundwater overdraft in certain areas. 

Written comments on the draft criteria must be received by close of business Monday, August 12. Send comments to Sheri Looper, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-400, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5290 or emailed to slooper@usbr.gov. The document is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/waterbanking. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

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