Reclamation accepting public comments on nine draft interim renewal water service contracts

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: November 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposed today to execute nine Central Valley Project interim renewal water service contracts on the American River Division and San Luis Unit contracts. Public comments are due by January 18, 2019.

Draft interim renewal water service contracts allow Reclamation to continue providing water to water purveyors and provides a temporary bridge between expiring and new long-term renewal contracts. The existing interim renewal water service contracts will expire on February 28, 2021. The contracts include:

Six San Luis Unit Contracts: (1) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, (2) City of Avenal, (3) City of Coalinga, (4) City of Huron, (5) Panoche Water District, and (6) San Luis Water District.

Three American River Division Contract: (1) City of Roseville, (2) Sacrament County Water Agency, and (3) Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Execution of the proposed contracts requires appropriate environmental documentation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The environmental documents will be released separately for public review and comment.

The nine draft contracts are available here. If you encounter problems accessing the contracts, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339).

Written comments on the draft contracts must be received by close of business January 18, 2019, and should be sent to Quentin Branch, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to qbranch@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Mr. Branch at 916-978-5254 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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