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Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study on Friday, July 18, at the Western Area Power Administration Offices in Folsom

Media Contact: Shana Kaplan, 916-978-5100,

For Release: June 09, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the methodology on calculating the economic benefits for irrigation and municipal and industrial water supply. The public meeting will be held:

Friday, July 18 - 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Western Area Power Administration
New Melones/Shasta Conference Rooms
114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA  95630

Individuals planning to attend the meeting who are not United States’ citizens will need to be cleared in accordance with Western’s security procedures a minimum of 30 days prior to the July 18 meeting date. Individuals needing to be cleared should contact Howard Hirahara, Western, at 916-353-4019 by close of business Thursday, June 19. On the day of the meeting, all attendees will need to have a current government-issued identification card with a picture, such as a driver’s license or passport, to be allowed entry to the facility.

In 2010, the Region began a process to develop a new cost allocation for the CVP. Cost allocation is a process to determine and distribute the costs of the multi-purpose CVP facilities among the seven congressionally authorized purposes: water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation and water quality. The cost obligation for each authorized purpose will be determined and will be the basis for repayment requirements for irrigation contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and commercial power contractors.

The last major CVP cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. The 1975 allocation has since been subject to minimal annual changes related to project water and power uses. The new allocation will replace the 1975 allocation in its entirety. Reclamation is leading the study in coordination with other federal organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to be completed in 2016.

For questions or to submit comments, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296
(TTY 800-877-8339) or To request special assistance to attend the meeting or to be added to the email notification list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or

For additional information on the study, please visit the project website at All meeting materials will be posted on the website the day before the meeting.

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