Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Actions

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 242 (Tuesday, December 17, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 17, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68941-68943]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27140]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Reclamation
[RR83550000, 201R5065C6, RX.59389832.1009676]
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other
Water-Related Contract Actions
AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of contract actions.
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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been
proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new,
discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice.
This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public
about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management
of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the
Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual
contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in
newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by
Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action.
ADDRESSES: The identity of the approving officer and other information
pertaining to a specific contract proposal may be obtained by calling
or writing the appropriate regional office at the address and telephone
number given for each region in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section
of this notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Kelly, Reclamation Law
Administration Division, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007, Denver,
Colorado 80225-0007; [email protected]; telephone 303-445-2888.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consistent with section 9(f) of the
Reclamation Project Act of 1939, and the rules and regulations
published in 52 FR 11954, April 13, 1987 (43 CFR 426.22), Reclamation
will publish notice of proposed or amendatory contract actions for any
contract for the delivery of project water for authorized uses in
newspapers of general circulation in the affected area at least 60 days
prior to contract execution. Announcements may be in the form of news
releases, legal notices, official letters, memorandums, or other forms
of written material. Meetings, workshops, and/or hearings may also be
used, as appropriate, to provide local publicity. The public
participation procedures do not apply to proposed contracts for the
sale of surplus or interim irrigation water for a term of 1 year or
less. Either of the contracting parties may invite the public to
observe contract proceedings. All public participation procedures will
be coordinated with those involved in complying with the National
Environmental Policy Act. Pursuant to the ``Final Revised Public
Participation Procedures'' for water resource-related contract
negotiations, published in 47 FR 7763, February 22, 1982, a tabulation
is provided of all proposed contractual actions in each of the five
Reclamation regions. When contract negotiations are completed, and
prior to execution, each proposed contract form must be approved by the
Secretary of the Interior, or pursuant to delegated or redelegated
authority, the Commissioner of Reclamation or one of the regional
directors. In some instances, congressional review and approval of a
report, water rate, or other terms and conditions of the contract may
be involved.
    Public participation in and receipt of comments on contract
proposals will be
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facilitated by adherence to the following procedures:
    1. Only persons authorized to act on behalf of the contracting
entities may negotiate the terms and conditions of a specific contract
proposal.
    2. Advance notice of meetings or hearings will be furnished to
those parties that have made a timely written request for such notice
to the appropriate regional or project office of Reclamation.
    3. Written correspondence regarding proposed contracts may be made
available to the general public pursuant to the terms and procedures of
the Freedom of Information Act, as amended.
    4. Written comments on a proposed contract or contract action must
be submitted to the appropriate regional officials at the locations and
within the time limits set forth in the advance public notices.
    5. All written comments received and testimony presented at any
public hearings will be reviewed and summarized by the appropriate
regional office for use by the contract approving authority.
    6. Copies of specific proposed contracts may be obtained from the
appropriate regional director or his or her designated public contact
as they become available for review and comment.
    7. In the event modifications are made in the form of a proposed
contract, the appropriate regional director shall determine whether
republication of the notice and/or extension of the comment period is
necessary.
    Factors considered in making such a determination shall include,
but are not limited to, (i) the significance of the modification, and
(ii) the degree of public interest which has been expressed over the
course of the negotiations. At a minimum, the regional director will
furnish revised contracts to all parties who requested the contract in
response to the initial public notice.
Definitions of Abbreviations Used in the Reports
BCP Boulder Canyon Project
Reclamation Bureau of Reclamation
CAP Central Arizona Project
CUP Central Utah Project
CVP Central Valley Project
CRSP Colorado River Storage Project
EXM Emergency extraordinary maintenance
XM Extraordinary maintenance
FR Federal Register
IDD Irrigation and Drainage District
ID Irrigation District
M&I Municipal and Industrial
O&M Operation and Maintenance
OM&R Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement
P-SMBP Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program
SOD Safety of Dams
SRPA Small Reclamation Projects Act of 1956
USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
WD Water District
    Columbia-Pacific Northwest--Interior Region 9: Bureau of
Reclamation, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-
1234, telephone 208-378-5344.
    New contract actions:
    19. Roza ID, Yakima Project, Washington: Contract for use of water
in dead space of Kachess Reservoir and construction of a pumping plant.
    20. Quincy-Columbia Basin ID, Columbia Basin Project, Washington:
Long-term contract to renew master water service contract No. 14-06-
100-9166, as supplemented, to authorize the district to deliver project
water to up to 10,000 First Phase Continuation Acres located within the
district, and to deliver additional project water to land irrigated
under the district's repayment contract during the peak period of
irrigation water use annually.
    Completed contract actions:
    15. Yakima Nation and Cascade ID, Yakima Project, Washington: Long-
term contract for an exchange of water and to authorize the use of
capacity in Yakima Project facilities to convey up to 10 cubic feet per
second of non-project water during the non-irrigation season for fish
hatchery purposes. Contract executed on April 1, 2019.
    17. Cascade ID, Yakima Project, Washington: Contract for Yakima
Tribes use of Cascade ID's canal for Melvin R. Sampson Hatchery.
Contract executed on April 1, 2019.
    Discontinued contract action:
    18. Bitter Root ID, Bitter Root Project, Montana: Amendment to SOD
contract to extend repayment period.
    California-Great Basin--Interior Region 10: Bureau of Reclamation,
2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825-1898, telephone 916-978-
5250.
    New contract actions:
    53. San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority, CVP, California:
Renewal of OM&R contract.
    54. San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority, CVP, California:
Contract for repayment for XM and replacement funded pursuant to
Subtitle G of Public Law 111-11.
    55. City of West Sacramento, CVP, California: Negotiation and
execution of a 40-year long-term water service contract.
    Completed contract actions:
    8. Casitas Municipal WD, Ventura Project, California: Repayment
contract for SOD work on Casitas Dam. Contract executed on October 6,
2014.
    13. Delta Lands Reclamation District No. 770, CVP, California:
Long-term Warren Act contract for conveyance of up to 300,000 acre-feet
of non-project flood flows via the Friant-Kern Canal for flood control
purposes. A contract with a 5-year term was executed on February 10,
2017.
    20. Goleta WD, Cachuma Project, California: An agreement to
transfer title of the federally owned distribution system to the Goleta
WD subject to approved legislation. Contract executed on September
2019.
    Lower Colorado Basin--Interior Region 8: Bureau of Reclamation,
P.O. Box 61470 (Nevada Highway and Park Street), Boulder City, Nevada
89006-1470, telephone 702-293-8192.
    New contract actions:
    14. Ehrenberg Improvement District, BCP, Arizona: Assign Ehrenberg
Improvement Association's Colorado River water delivery contract No. 8-
07-30-W0006, as amended, for 650 acre-feet of water per year, to the
district.
    15. Western Water, LLC and Ehrenberg Improvement District, BCP,
Arizona: Review and approve a proposed partial assignment and transfer
of Arizona fourth-priority Colorado River water in the amount of 85
acre-feet of water per year from Western Water to the district, amend
Western Water's Colorado River water delivery contract No. 16-XX-30-
W0619 to decrease its Colorado River water entitlement by 85 acre-feet
of water per year from 621.48 to 536.48 acre-feet of water per year,
and amend the district's Colorado River water delivery contract No. 8-
07-30-W0006 to increase the district's Colorado River water entitlement
by 85 acre-feet of water per year from 650 to 735 acre-feet of water
per year.
    Completed contract actions:
    3. Bard WD, Yuma Project, California: Consolidate Bard WD's O&M
contracts for the Yuma Project, California, Reservation Division,
Indian and Bard Units, to reflect updated Reclamation policy and
procedures. Contract executed on May 28, 2019.
    10. San Carlos Apache and Pascua Yaqui Tribes, CAP, Arizona:
Execute a CAP water lease for the San Carlos Apache Tribe to lease
1,750 acre-feet of its CAP water to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe during
calendar year 2019. Lease executed on May 6, 2019.
    11. San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Town of Gilbert, CAP, Arizona:
Execute a proposed 100-year lease not to exceed 5,925 acre-feet per
year of CAP water from the Tribe to Gilbert. Lease executed June 12,
2019.
    12. San Carlos Apache Tribe and Freeport Minerals Corporation, CAP,
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Arizona: Execute a CAP water lease for the San Carlos Apache Tribe to
lease 17,000 acre-feet of its CAP water to Freeport Minerals
Corporation during calendar year 2019. Lease executed May 6, 2019.
    Upper Colorado Basin--Interior Region 7: Bureau of Reclamation, 125
South State Street, Room 8100, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138-1102,
telephone 801-524-3864.
    New contract actions:
    28. Bostwick Park Water Conservancy District, Bostwick Park
Project, Colorado: Preliminary lease and funding agreement for
development of the lease of power privilege for hydropower development
on the Silver Jack Dam Bypass Pipeline. The purpose of this agreement
is to receive funding from the district for Reclamation's assistance in
the development of the lease of power privilege and identify timelines
for the process.
    29. Emery Water Conservancy District, Emery Project, Utah: The
district is pursuing title transfer efforts for all of the Emery
Project works including the dams, diversion facilities, conveyance
facilities, and water rights. Reclamation and the district are
discussing a memorandum of agreement to outline roles in this effort.
    30. Fort Sumner ID, Carlsbad Project, New Mexico: Reclamation is
pursuing negotiations with the district to contract with Reclamation
with the intent that the district would refrain from calling for up to
3,500 acre-feet of water annually under its water right and make it
available to Reclamation for storage in Sumner Reservoir for the
purpose of maximizing the quantity of water available to the Carlsbad
Project.
    Missouri Basin--Interior Region 5: Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box
36900, Federal Building, 2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, Montana
59101, telephone 406-247-7752.
    New contract actions:
    35. Webster ID No. 4; Solomon Division, P-SMBP; Kansas:
Consideration of a repayment contract for XM and replacement funded
pursuant to Subtitle G of Pub. L. 111-11.
    36. Canyon Limited Liability; Boysen Unit, P-SMBP; Wyoming:
Consideration for renewal of contract No. 009E6A0035.
    37. North Dakota State Water Commission, Snake Creek Pumping Plant,
North Dakota: Consideration for a use-of-facilities contract.
    38. Goshen ID, North Platte Project: EXM and replacement contract
funded pursuant to Subtitle G of Pub. L. 111-11 for work on the Fort
Laramie Canal and Tunnels.
    39. Garfield County, Colorado; Ruedi Reservoir, Fryingpan-Arkansas
Project; Colorado: Consideration for amendment to contract No.
139D6C0105 for an additional place of use.
    40. Ainsworth ID; Ainsworth Unit, P-SMBP; Nebraska: Amendment of
contract No. 17SD630055 for SOD modification costs associated with
Merritt Dam.
    41. Lugert-Altus ID, W.C. Austin Project, Oklahoma: Consideration
for amendment to contract No. Ilr-1375.
    42. Ptarmigan Partners, LLC and Christine-Elliot Armstrong
Revocable Trust and Andrew W. Armstrong Revocable Trust, Shoshone
Project, Cody, Wyoming: Consideration for amendment to contract No.
019E6A0227.
    Completed contract actions:
    16. Glen Elder ID No. 8; Glen Elder Unit, P-SMBP; Kansas:
Consideration to renew long-term water service contract No. 2-07-60-
W0855. Contract executed March 12, 2019.
    21. Town of Thermopolis; Boysen Unit, P-SMBP; Wyoming:
Consideration for renewal of long-term water service contract No. 8-07-
WS050. Contract executed on May 13, 2019.
    26. Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Acting by and
through its Water Activity Enterprise, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project,
Colorado: Consideration to amend Pueblo Lease of Power Privilege
contract No. 17XX650016. Contract executed on March 25, 2019.
    38. Goshen ID, North Platte Project: EXM and replacement contract
funded pursuant to Subtitle G of Pub. L. 111-11 for work on the Fort
Laramie Canal and Tunnels. Contract executed August 26, 2019.
    40. Ainsworth ID; Ainsworth Unit, P-SMBP; Nebraska: Amendment of
contract No. 17SD630055 for SOD modification costs associated with
Merritt Dam. Contract executed on July 15, 2019.
    Discontinued contract action:
    8. Busk-Ivanhoe, Inc., Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Colorado:
Contract for long-term carriage and storage, and/or a new contract for
an additional use of water.
Gayle Kunkel-Shields,
Acting Director, Policy and Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-27140 Filed 12-16-19; 8:45 am]
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