Mid-Pacific Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70183 Reclamation, DWR to perform exploratory work near B.F. Sisk Dam
<strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources are conducting exploratory work, including clearing, excavation and controlled blasting of rock material in the Basalt Hill area near B.F. Sisk Dam, located between Los Banos and Gilroy, between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during April and May.</p> <p>The exploratory findings on Reclamation lands will help identify size and quality of granular material for the planned construction of a Safety of Dams Modification project.</p> <p>The joint project between Reclamation and DWR will add stability berms and other physical features to the existing 3.5-mile-long earthen B.F. Sisk Dam to reduce risks associated with a large seismic event.</p> <p>The public may hear the controlled blasting when it occurs, but it is not expected to impact the public or the environment. Controlled blasting is a commonly used practice at dam construction sites throughout the United States. Public roads will remain open during the controlled blasts; check recreation area updates on San Luis Reservoir and B.F. Sisk Dam websites before visiting in April.</p> <p>Construction on the multi-year project is planned for summer of 2021. An environmental impact statement/environmental impact report was completed in September 2019, with the Record of Decision/Notice of Determination signed on December 3, 2019.</p> <p>For questions, contact Mynul Chowdhury with Reclamation at 916-978-5335 or <a href="mailto:mchowdhury@usbr.gov">mchowdhury@usbr.gov</a> or Sara Paiva-Lowry with DWR at 916-653-9342 or <a href="mailto:Sara.Paiva-Lowry@water.ca.gov">Sara.Paiva-Lowry@water.ca.gov</a>.</p> <p>For project updates, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/sisk/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/sisk/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70164 Public Notice: Reclamation announces public teleconference negotiations for water service contract with Central Valley Project Contra Costa Water District
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled teleconference negotiation sessions with Contra Costa Water District for a water service contract. <P> The dates and times of the teleconference-only negotiations are as follows (call 877-932-2131 and, when prompted, type in participant passcode 4896209#): <P> March 31, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT<br /> April 1, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT</p> <P> The public is welcome to call in during the teleconferencing negotiations. The public may comment after the closing of each negotiation session. <P> Reclamation plans to release up to 13 draft repayment contracts with south-of-delta contractors. Reclamation will continue to release more draft repayment contracts throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WIIN) Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding Central Valley Project construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years. Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. <P> View contract and WIIN Act information at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P> WIIN Act information is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. Contact Erma Leal at 559-262-0350 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:eleal@usbr.gov">eleal@usbr.gov</a> for more information. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70124 Public Notice: Reclamation announces the Central Valley Project Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District water service contract’s public teleconference negotiation session
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a teleconference negotiation session with Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District for a water service contract. <P> The date and time of the teleconference negotiations are as follows (call 866-718-0082 and, when prompted, type in participant passcode 2620147#): <P> March 26, 2020 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. <P> The public is welcome to call in during the teleconference negotiations. The moderator will announce the agenda and the public is free to make comments at the end of the session. <P> Reclamation plans to release another draft repayment contract with a Central California Area Office contractor for public review later this summer. Reclamation will continue to release draft repayment contracts in addition to these throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding CVP construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion. <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years. <P> A draft form of the proposed conversion contract and exhibits will be available for download at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. For additional information or assistance, contact Georgiana Gregory at <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a> or 916 537-7051. Comments may be submitted to <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a>, faxed to 916-989-7251, or mailed to Georgiana Gregory, at the above address. <P> Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. <P> View contract and WIIN Act information at:<a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70103 Lake Berryessa, New Melones Lake visitor centers temporarily closed
<strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – Today, the Bureau of Reclamation suspended public visitation to New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa visitor centers and administrative offices. Outdoor recreation opportunities including day-use areas, campgrounds, and boat ramps remain open at this time. Reclamation urges visitors to follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention's virus prevention guidance found here: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html">https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html</a>. <P> The health and safety of the public and our employees is our number one priority. These temporary closures are in support of CDC recommended guidelines. <P> Please check our websites or contact us by phone for updates: <p>New Melones Administration Office, 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>Lake Berryessa Administration Office, 707-966-2111, ext. 0 or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70123 Public Notice: Reclamation announces Central Valley Project Delta Division -- C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant repayment contract public teleconference negotiation sessions
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority have scheduled teleconference negotiation sessions for a repayment contract covering costs for extraordinary maintenance work on the C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant, pursuant to Title IX, Subtitle G of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of March 30, 2009 (P.L. 111-11, 43 U.S.C. § 510). <P> The negotiations will be conducted only by teleconference. The dates and times of the teleconference negotiations are as follows (call 877-932-2131 and, when prompted, type in participant passcode 4896209#): <P> <strong><u>Fresno, California<br /> </u></strong>March 23, 9:30 a.m.<br /> March 24, 9:30 a.m.<br /> March 25, 9:30 a.m.<br /> <P> The public is welcome to call in during the teleconference negotiations. The moderator will announce the agenda and the public is free to make comments at the end of the session. For further information, contact Travis Buttelman, California Great-Basin Regional Office, Sacramento, at 916-987-5247 or <a href="mailto:jbuttelman@usbr.gov">jbuttelman@usbr.gov</a>, or Michael LeBarre, South-Central California Area Office, Fresno, at 559-262-0346 or <a href="mailto:mlebarre@usbr.gov">mlebarre@usbr.gov</a> (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70085 Reclamation shifts two public meetings for Truckee Canal Extraordinary Maintenance Project to web-based virtual meeting room from March 25 to April 20
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation shifted two public meetings scheduled for March 24 and 25 in Fernley and Fallon, respectively, to a web-based virtual meeting room from March 25 to April 20. The Truckee Canal Extraordinary Maintenance draft Environmental Impact Statement public meetings scheduled for March 24 and 25 will shift to a web-based virtual environment on March 25 through April 20. The virtual “meeting” will be accessible at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/programs/truckee-canal-eis/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/programs/truckee-canal-eis/index.html</a>. <P> Website visitors will be able to access the draft EIS, view the public meeting materials, submit questions and view responses. <P> The draft EIS is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=25717">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=25717</a>. Submit written comments to Laurie Nicholas, Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, Nevada 89701; fax to 775-884-8376; or email to <a href="mailto:TruckeeEIS@empsi.com">TruckeeEIS@empsi.com</a>. All emailed or faxed comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. PDT and all mailed or personally delivered comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. PDT on April 20, 2020. <P> For more information on the draft EIS, contact Laurie Nicholas at 775-884-8360 or <a href="mailto:lnicholas@usbr.gov">lnicholas@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information on the project, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/programs/truckee-canal-eis/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/programs/truckee-canal-eis/index.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70084 Reclamation releases draft congressionally mandated repayment contract for Central Valley Project contractor Stockton East Water District, Eastside Division
<strong>FOLSOM, Calif</strong>. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today ongoing congressionally mandated contract conversions pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Today’s release includes the Stockton East Water District draft contract from the Eastside Division for a 60-day public comment period. This contract is one of over 86 repayment contract conversions requested by federal Central Valley Project contractors. </p> <p>Reclamation plans to release one additional draft repayment contract from the Central California Area Office for public review in April 2020. Reclamation will also release another draft repayment contract this fall. </p> <p>Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding CVP construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion.</p> <p>Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years.</p> <p>Written comments on this contract must be received by close of business on May 18, 2020, and sent to Georgiana Gregory, Central California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, California 95630; or faxed to 916-989-7151, or emailed to <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a>. A draft form of the proposed conversion contract and exhibits will be available for download at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>.</p> <p>Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: </p> <p>All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. </p> <p>The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. </p> <p>View contract and WIIN Act information at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or assistance, contact Georgiana Gregory at <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a> or 916 537-7051. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70045 Shasta Dam Visitor Center temporarily closed
<strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong> – Today, the Bureau of Reclamation temporarily suspended public visitation to the Shasta Dam Visitor Center. In support of the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Shasta Dam Visitor Center will be temporarily closed, including tours, until further notice. The health and safety of the public and our employees is our number one priority. <P> Water deliveries and powerplant operations will continue without interruption. Mission essential functions, including security and law enforcement, will continue. <P> Check our website for updates at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta-dam.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta-dam.html</a> or call 530-247-8555 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70044 American River Water Education Center temporarily closed to all visitors
<strong>FOLSOM, Calif.</strong> – Today, the Bureau of Reclamation temporarily suspended public visitation and activities at the American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam until further notice. In support of the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American River Water Education Center will be temporarily closed. The health and safety of the public and our employees is our number one priority. <P> Folsom Dam water deliveries and powerplant operations will continue without interruption. Mission essential functions, including security and law enforcement, will continue. <P> Please check our website for updates: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70063 Public Notice: Reclamation announces Central Valley Project Delta Division – San Luis Unit water service contracts’ public negotiation session
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the Delta Division – San Luis Unit water service contracts’ public negotiation session. The negotiation’s location, date and time are as follows: <P> <br />March 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.<br /> South-Central California Area Office<br /> 1243 N. Street<br /> Fresno, California 93721 <P> Reclamation plans to release an additional 40 draft repayment contracts with south-of-delta contractors starting this month. Reclamation will continue to release more draft repayment contracts throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding Central Valley Project construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion. <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years. <P> Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> All negotiated contracts are available at: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx. <P> View contract and WIIN Act information at: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/. <P> For more information or assistance, contact Erma Leal at eleal@usbr.gov or 559-262-0350 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69963 Reclamation begins Nimbus Hatchery’s fish ladder project; new trail detour near Sacramento Aquatic Center
<strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation is beginning its first phase of construction for fish passage at Nimbus Fish Hatchery beginning in mid-March and ending around October.</p> <p>A temporary detour will reroute recreationists to cross Hazel Avenue, using the existing traffic light near the entrance to the California State University, Sacramento Aquatic Center.</p> <p>The detour will remain for about two years while the fish passage project is under construction. Recreationists are advised to exercise caution and adhere to posted signage throughout the area. </p> <p>The fish ladder will help maintain a reliable system for collecting adult fish to assist with meeting mitigation obligations for spawning areas blocked by the Nimbus Dam construction.</p> <p>Learn more about these improvements by visiting <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/hatchery/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/hatchery/</a></p> <p>Contact Mark Curney with questions at 916-537-7110 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jcurney@usbr.gov">jcurney@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69933 Reclamation postpones Project Learning Tree workshops at New Melones
<strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation is postponing the Project Learning Tree workshops scheduled for March 20 and 21 at New Melones Lake.</p> <p>A new date for the workshops has not yet been determined. Participants who previously signed up for the workshop should contact the Project Learning Tree organization for reimbursement.</p> <p>For questions or concerns, contact Project Learning Tree Coordinator Sandy Derby <a href="mailto:stderby@ucanr.edu">stderby@ucanr.edu</a> or New Melones Lake Natural Resource Specialist Sandra Patania at <a href="mailto:spatania@usbr.gov">spatania@usbr.gov</a></p> <p>For additional information on New Melones Lake, call the Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 or the Administration Office at 209-536-9094, ext. 0, or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69923 Reclamation changes two Trinity River Restoration Program’s scheduled meetings
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Trinity River Restoration Program is changing two meetings scheduled for March 18 and 19 in Weaverville. The Trinity Management Council quarterly meeting scheduled for March 18 and 19 has shifted to a web-based teleconference on March 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Details will be posted with an updated agenda at <a href="https://www.trrp.net/">https://www.trrp.net/</a>. <P> The informational public meeting scheduled for March 19 at 6 p.m. has been canceled. The topic was the annual spring restoration flow release schedule. <P> A daily schedule of flow releases will be available at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/">www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/</a>. The public may subscribe to automated notifications of Trinity River release changes (via phone or email) at <a href="https://www.trrp.net/restoration/flows/flow-release-notifications/">https://www.trrp.net/restoration/flows/flow-release-notifications/</a>. <P> For additional information, visit <a href="https://www.trrp.net/">https://www.trrp.net/</a> or contact Kevin Held at 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:kheld@usbr.gov">kheld@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69883 Reclamation releases draft congressionally mandated repayment contract for Central Valley Project City of West Sacramento contractor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today ongoing congressionally mandated contract conversions pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Today’s release includes one draft repayment contract assignment for Sacramento River Division’s City of West Sacramento for a 60-day public comment period. This is one of over 86 repayment contract conversions requested by federal Central Valley Project contractors. <P> Reclamation plans to release an additional 12 draft repayment contracts with north-of-delta contractors for public review in 2020. Reclamation will continue to release more draft repayment contracts throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding CVP construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion. <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created storage account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for all project purposes in dry years. <P> Written comments on this contract must be received by close of business on Monday, May 4, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Northern California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, California 95988; or faxed to 530-934-7679; or emailed to jberens@usbr.gov. <P> Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> <p>All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>.</p> <P> <p>View contract and WIIN Act information at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. </p> <P> <p>For more information or assistance, contact Jacob Berens at <a href="mailto:jberens@usbr.gov">jberens@usbr.gov</a> or 530-892-6203(TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69823 Reclamation releases draft congressionally mandated repayment contract for Central Valley Project 4M Water District contractor
REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today ongoing congressionally mandated contract conversions pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Today’s release includes one draft repayment contract assignment from the Sacramento River Division’s 4M Water District for a 60-day public comment period. This is one of over 86 repayment contract conversions requested by federal Central Valley Project contractors. <P> Reclamation plans to release an additional 13 draft repayment contracts with north-of-delta contractors for public review in 2020. Reclamation will continue to release more draft repayment contracts throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding CVP construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion. <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created storage account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for all project purposes in dry years. <P> Written comments on this contract must be received by close of business on Monday, May 4, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Northern California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, California 95988; or faxed to 530-934-7679; or emailed to <a href="mailto:jberens@usbr.gov">jberens@usbr.gov</a>. <p>Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions:</p> <P> <p>All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>.</p> <P> <p>View contract and WIIN Act information at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. </p> <P> <p>For more information or assistance, contact Jacob Berens at <a href="mailto:jberens@usbr.gov">jberens@usbr.gov</a> or 530-892-6203(TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P> <P> <P>