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=69323 Reclamation announces 60-day public comment period for Stony Creek Water District’s draft repayment contract
REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced a 60-day public comment period for the Stony Creek Water District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities’ repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor’s request. <P> The contract is 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> Written comments must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, CA 95988, or faxed to 530-934-7679, or emailed to <a href="mailto:jberens@usbr.gov">jberens@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For more information or to request a copy of the draft contract, call 530-892-6203 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69305 Reclamation Announces 60-Day Public Comment Period for the Draft Repayment Contract for the Bella Vista Water District
REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces a 60-day public comment period for the Bella Vista Water District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor’s request. <P> The contract is 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> Written comments must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 1140 W. Wood St., Willows, CA 95988, or faxed to 530-934-7679, or emailed to jberens@usbr.gov. <P> For more information or to request a copy of the draft contract, call 530-892-6203 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69304 Reclamation announces 60-day public comment period for Shasta community services district’s draft repayment contract
REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces a 60-day public comment period for the Shasta Community Services District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor’s request. <P> <p>The contract is 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> Written comments must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, CA 95988, or faxed to 530-934-7679, or emailed to jberens@usbr.gov. <P> For more information or to request a copy of the draft contract, call 530-892-6203 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69303 Reclamation announces City of West Sacramento’s water service contract negotiations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces negotiation sessions for the City of West Sacramento’s water service contract. The dates and times of the negotiations are as follows: <P> February 3, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> February 4, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> February 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> Contact Natalie Wolder for more information or assistance at nwolder@usbr.gov or 530-892-6275 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69244 Reclamation schedules Santa Clara Valley Water District’s second contract amendment negotiations
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a contract negotiation session with Santa Clara Valley Water District on January 29, 2020. The session will address a second amendment to Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Contract No. 7-07-20-W0023, dated June 7, 1977, to replace the existing Article 9 and add language to provide for the points of delivery to be modified by mutual agreement consistent with the Central Valley Project-wide form of contract. <P> The negotiation session will be held at: <P> <p style="text-align: center;">Bureau of Reclamation South-Central California Area Office<br />Jan. 29, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br /> 1243 N. Street Fresno, CA 93721</p> <P> The public is welcome to attend the session and provide comments and review a proposed contract. Contact Cathy James, South-Central California Area Office (Tracy Field Office) at <a href="mailto:mjames@usbr.gov">mjames@usbr.gov</a>, 209-836-6279 (phone) or 209-836-6264 (fax). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69243 Reclamation announces City of West Sacramento’s negotiation’s session for a water service contract
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced public negotiation sessions for the City of West Sacramento’s Water Service Contract. <P> The dates and times of the negotiations are as follows: <P> January 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> January 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> For more information or assistance, contact Natalie Wolder at <a href="mailto:nwolder@usbr.gov">nwolder@usbr.gov</a> or 530-892-6275 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69203 Reclamation’s California-Great Basin office hires two deputy directors
SACRAMENTO, California - The Bureau of Reclamation California-Great Basin office in Sacramento has two new deputy regional directors at the helm, starting this month. <P> “We found ourselves with two high-level leadership vacancies at the same time,” said California-Great Basin Regional Director Ernest Conant. “We were lucky to find both Michelle and Jeff available to fill these crucial roles, and I couldn’t be happier with their selections.” <P> <span class="ImageCallout"> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/michelle-williams-selected.jpg" height="300" width="200" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5"/> </span> Deputy Regional Director of Business Services Michelle Williams will oversee five California-Great Basin divisions: Financial Management, Information Management, Administrative Services, Acquisition Services, and Human Resources. <P> “Michelle’s unique experience in public-private partnerships as a federal program manager has afforded her opportunities to provide oversight and manage high visibility technology programs and infrastructure projects for more than 10 years,” said Conant. <P> Williams’ past oversight includes projects for: Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and other independent agencies. <P> Williams holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in science of management. She is a certified project management professional and completed the senior level federal acquisition certification for program and project managers. Williams also accomplished an executive leadership development program with a Fortune 500 finance company while in the private sector. <br></br> <span class="ImageCallout"> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/jeff-payne-selected.jpg" height="300" width="200" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5"/> </span> Jeff Payne joins as the new Deputy Regional Director of Technical Services, which will oversee area offices in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Carson City, Nevada. Payne will also manage regional divisions of Resources Management, and Safety and Emergency Management. <P> “Jeff has been extensively involved in several of Reclamation's highest-profile water issues and efforts in California and Nevada over the past two decades,” said Conant. “His familiarity with Reclamation, its customers, and our collective challenges comes as a tremendous asset for our region." <P> Jeff Payne holds civil engineering degrees from the University of Kentucky (B.S.) and the University of Washington (M.S.), and is a licensed California Professional Engineer. Payne joins Reclamation from the Friant Water Authority, where he served as its Director of Water Policy. Prior to Friant, Payne was a Principal Engineer at MWH Global in Sacramento, where he led the development of several Reclamation projects, including: risk assessments, feasibility studies, operations plans, and infrastructure investment strategies. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69184 Reclamation waives day-use fees at New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In observance of the civil rights leader’s birthday, Martin Luther King Jr., the Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa will waive day-use fees at direct-managed areas on Jan. 20, 2020. Other fees, such as those at concession-managed areas, overnight camping and boat launching, will still apply. <P> The New Melones Administration Office, Visitor Center and Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, in Sonora. Call the New Melones Visitor Center and Museum for more information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339). Alternatively, call the Administration Office at 209 536 9094, ext. 0 or visit the New Melones Lake website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>. <P> The Lake Berryessa Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Dufer Point Visitor Center is open from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Both facilities are located at 5520 Knoxville Road, in Napa. Call 707-966-2111 during operating hours for information on upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities, purchasing the America the Beautiful Pass or other questions. More information can be found on the Lake Berryessa website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69163 Reclamation ends decades of financial uncertainty for water and power users of the Central Valley Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released the Central Valley Project Final Cost Allocation Study, which determines how to distribute costs of the multipurpose CVP facilities to project beneficiaries. <P> Extending 400 miles through central California, the CVP is a multiuse water resources project that brings reliable water and power to farms and communities of the Central Valley and portions of the Bay Area. Like other Reclamation projects, the infrastructure investment made by Congress to build the CVP is to be repaid by the project beneficiaries. The CVP creates benefits for water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation, and water quality needs. <P> The CVP’s current and interim cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. Reclamation was directed by Congress to complete this Final Cost Allocation Study in 1986. This final cost allocation study will replace the 1975 interim allocation to reflect additional project construction, as well as regulatory, operational, legal and ecological changes that have taken place over the last half century. <P> “This CVP Final Cost Allocation Study marks a huge accomplishment, many years in the making, bringing financial certainty to water and power pricing,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “The Central Valley Project provides water to irrigate approximately one-third of the agricultural land in California. In economic terms, the total value of water supplies, hydropower production, flood control and water quality benefits generated from the CVP is nearly $2 billion annually. I’m proud of Reclamation’s incredible work to ensure the project continues to provide reliable water to California farms and communities.” <P> The Cost Allocation Study will be reflected in rates for 2021 so that irrigation contractors, municipal and industrial contractors, and commercial power contractors have time to plan construction repayment costs due in 2030. <P> “For decades, farmers and communities have faced uncertainty about future costs of water and power. Completion of this important study will provide CVP contractors with certainty in their financial planning,” said California-Great-Basin Regional Director Ernest Conant. “Years of diligent effort and collaboration with our partner agencies, organizations and stakeholders helped determine a cost allocation that depicts the current project benefits.” <P> Reclamation began the process to develop a new cost allocation for the CVP in 2010, working with stakeholders and incorporating public comments to ensure it reflects the best available information through a fully transparent process. <P> Reclamation worked closely with other federal agencies to complete the study, including the Western Area Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Along the way, Reclamation hosted approximately 30 public meetings to solicit input and present information regarding cost allocation methodology and initial results and findings. <P> Information on the study and how to obtain the report can be found on the project website at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/cvp-cost-allocation.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/cvp-cost-allocation.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69103 Reclamation issues Record of Decision for Mendota Pool Group program offering affordable, reliable water for farmers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation issued a Record of Decision Friday for an action that optimizes water supply and reduces pumping impacts through the Mendota Pool Group 20-Year Exchange Program, expected to begin in early 2020. <P> Reclamation and Westlands Water District evaluated alternatives and recommended an action to allow annual exchanges over a 20-year period of up to 25,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water for groundwater that is introduced into the Mendota Pool, which is a small non-federal reservoir located near Mendota, around 35 miles west of Fresno in Fresno County. <P> Reclamation uses Mendota Pool Group groundwater to meet CVP contractual demands at the Pool. In exchange, CVP water that would have been delivered to the Pool from the Delta-Mendota Canal is diverted into the San Luis Canal and delivered to Mendota Pool Group lands in Westlands Water District for irrigating existing crops. Implementation of Preferred Alternative 2 will improve water reliability, reduce groundwater pumping impacts and will help to recharge or replenish the local aquifer. <P> The Mendota Pool Group is an unincorporated association of farmers that own or operate farmland in Westlands Water District, as well as in the Mendota Pool area. The Exchange Program incorporates design constraints, management actions, monitoring, and reporting requirements, as well as groundwater recharge components intended to replenish the local groundwater basin through use of existing and new recharge facilities. <P> The Record of Decision and previous environmental documents are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36282">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36282</a> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69083 Salmon Habitat Projects completed along the Sacramento River at Anderson River Park
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and its diverse set of partners, including the Yurok Tribe, the State of California, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and several non-governmental organizations, completed a new side channel habitat improvement project in Anderson River Park, south of Redding, at the end of 2019. <P> The project re-established an historic side channel through Anderson River Park providing year-round flow through the channel for juvenile salmon rearing habitat. The Yurok Tribe served as construction contractor, excavating one-half mile of side channel. Total new habitat established is a nearly one-mile long side channel flowing year-round. <P> Previously the downstream end of the channel was a backwater slough choked with non-native vegetation and harboring primarily non-native fish, many of which feed on young salmon. The upper part of the area had many low-lying areas that were perennial stranding areas for juvenile fish. These areas have been connected to the flowing channels. Woody material was incorporated along the channel banks to provide cover for young fish. <P> This is the first phase of this project with future plans to excavate two additional channels nearby in the same park area. The park land is owned by the City of Anderson and California Department of Fish and Wildlife and is open to public use. <P> “These multi-partner, multi-disciplinary teams help increase the efficiency of water and financial resources to foster anadromous fish production in the Central Valley,” said Ernest Conant, Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director for the California-Great Basin Region. “Together, we can build on this success to substantially increase natural fish production in the region.” <P> Project partners include the Sacramento River Forum, Chico State University, River Partners, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Yurok Tribe, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. <P> Funding was provided through the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. The CVPIA recently began implementation of a structured decision-making process guided by experts in aquatic habitat, biology and engineering to help prioritize habitat actions. The process identified the upper Sacramento River as a high priority action area for increasing Central Valley salmon production and to work towards the salmon doubling goal of the CVPIA. This prioritization resulted in five upper Sacramento River habitat actions completed in 2019: two spawning gravel/coarse substrate replenishment projects in the Redding area and three side channel habitat projects from Anderson to Red Bluff. <P> See press release from California State University at Chico for details of celebratory partnership event on January 10, 2020, 10:30 a.m. at Anderson River Park in Anderson, and 2:30 p.m. at the Rio Vista site in Red Bluff. <P> For information on CVPIA or other restoration projects, contact Heather Casillas, 916-978-5360, <a>hcasillas@usbr.gov</a> or John Hannon, 916-414-2413, <a>jhannon@usbr.gov</a>, or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69044 Public Notice: Reclamation releases draft congressionally-mandated repayment contracts for Central Valley Project contractors
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing public notice for congressionally-mandated contract conversions pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Today’s notice includes five additional draft repayment contract assignments from the Delta Division and San Luis Unit for a 60-day public comment period. These are the 10th through 14th of more than 75 repayment contract conversions requested by federal Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors. <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> 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. 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> Reclamation plans to release an additional 10 draft repayment contracts with north-of-delta contractors for public review in mid-January 2020 and approximately 25 additional draft repayment contracts with south-of-delta contractors starting in March 2020. Reclamation will continue to release draft repayment contracts in addition to these throughout the year. <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.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.pdf</a>. <P> Written comments on this set of contracts must be received by close of business on February 19, 2020, and sent to Erma Leal, South-Central California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno CA 93721; or faxed to 559-262-0371; or emailed to eleal@usbr.gov. <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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=68983 Reclamation uses latest science to improve water reliability in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced a major step to optimize water deliveries and power production for California communities and farms in an environmentally sound manner. The agency released a final environmental impact statement analyzing Central Valley Project and State Water Project long-term operations based on new biological opinions from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries to protect threatened and endangered species. <P> “This is a vital milestone for water reliability in California. It ensures our actions improve the quality of life for people and protect our environment,” said California-Great Basin Regional Director Ernest Conant. “We’ve embraced the latest science to allow real-time monitoring and other operational improvements throughout the system to protect fish.” <P> The EIS outlines several alternatives for operating the CVP and SWP. The preferred alternative best balances the need to provide a safe and reliable water supply to farms, families and communities with protections for critical species. Actions include real-time monitoring of endangered species, habitat restoration and improving temperature management strategies. <P> Specifically, the alternative provides better cold water management at Shasta Reservoir to directly benefit spawning salmon; a $14 million investment to accelerate ongoing reintroduction efforts of imperiled winter-run chinook salmon populations on Battle Creek and other Sacramento River tributaries; and an additional $50 million for a conservation hatchery in the Delta that will assist with the recovery of the Delta smelt and other Delta species of concern. <P> These and other actions will significantly improve conditions for endangered species while ensuring optimal delivery of water for farmers and communities. Reclamation expects to finalize these actions with a record of decision in 2020. <P> The final environmental impact statement is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=39181">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=39181</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=68965 Public Notice: Reclamation announces public comment period for 15 draft Interim renewal water service contracts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to execute 15 Central Valley Project interim renewal water service contracts for two-year terms to begin March 1, 2020. Public comments are due by Feb. 17, 2020 for the Cross-Valley Canal and Delta Division contracts. The existing interim renewal water service contracts will expire on Feb. 29, 2020. The proposed contracts will allow Reclamation to continue providing water service to the water purveyors until long-term renewal contracts can be executed. The contracts include: <P> Eight Cross Valley Canal Contracts: (1) County of Fresno (2) Hills Valley Irrigation District (3) Kern-Tulare Water District (4) Kern-Tulare Water District (Rag gulch) (5) Lower Tule River Irrigation District (6) Pixley Irrigation District (7) Tri-Valley Water District and (8) County of Tulare. <P> Seven Delta Division Contracts: (1) City of Tracy (2) a two-party contract with Santa Clara Valley Water District and Westlands Water District (3) Widren Water District (4) Centinella Water District (5) Broadview Water District (6) Westlands Water District Distribution District 2 for Mercy Springs and (7) Westlands Water District’s main contract. <P> 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. <P> Please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt-contracts/2019-interim-contracts/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt-contracts/2019-interim-contracts/index.html</a> to view the 15 draft contracts. <P> Comments must be received by close of business, Feb. 17, 2020 to qbranch@usbr.gov. You may also mail comments to Quentin Branch, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, or faxed to 916-978-5292. For additional information, please contact Branch at 916-978-5254 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=68964 Public Notice: Reclamation releases draft American River Division repayment contracts for Central Valley Project contractors
<strong>FOLSOM, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing the American River Division&rsquo;s draft repayment contracts for a 60-day public comment period. The American River Division contractors include the following: East Bay Municipal Utility District, City of Folsom, Placer County Water Agency, City of Roseville, Sacramento County Utility District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and San Juan Water District.&nbsp;</p> <p>These draft contracts provide project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). The WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor&rsquo;s request.</p> <p>The 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>Written comments must be received by close of business on February 17, 2020, and sent to Georgiana Gregory, Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Rd., Folsom CA 95630, or faxed to 916-537-7035, or emailed to <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact Gregory for more information, or to request a draft contract copy at: ggregory@usbr.gov. WINN Act information located at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P>