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

CourtInterior Department,Reclamation Bureau
Citation88 FR 60986
Published date06 September 2023
Record Number2023-19132
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 171 (Wednesday, September 6, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 171 (Wednesday, September 6, 2023)]
                [Pages 60986-60987]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2023-19132]
                [[Page 60986]]
                Bureau of Reclamation
                [RR83550000, 234R5065C6, 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.
                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 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
                 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
                 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
                ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
                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
                XM Extraordinary Maintenance
                EXM Emergency 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
                RRA Reclamation Reform Act of 1982
                SOD Safety of Dams
                SRPA Small Reclamation Projects Act of 1956
                USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                WD Water District
                WIIN Act Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act
                 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 action:
                 30. Greenfields ID, Sun River Project, Montana: Consideration for a
                preliminary lease of power privilege for Pishkun Inlet. Consideration
                for additional sites is ongoing.
                 Completed contract action:
                 28. PacifiCorps; Glendo Unit, P-SMBP; Wyoming: Consideration for a
                5-year excess capacity contract. Contract executed on June 6, 2023.
                 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:
                 40. Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Weber Basin Project,
                Utah: Amendment to contract No. 22-WC-40-940 to increase repayment from
                approximately $8M to $23M.
                 41. The Jordanelle Special Service District; Bonneville Unit, CUP;
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                The District desires to enter into a Section 14 of the Reclamation
                Projects Act of 1939 contract for Reclamation to dedicate a water right
                in order for the Utah State Parks to receive water at the Rock Cliff
                Recreation Area for recreational purposes.
                 42. Los Ranchitos Estates, Florida Project, Colorado: Reclamation
                received a request for a long-term water service contract (25 years) to
                augment depletions from residential water uses within the subdivision.
                The proposed contract will be for 36 acre-feet of water annually.
                 43. Forrest Groves Estates, Florida Project, Colorado: Reclamation
                received a request for a long-term water service contract (25 years) to
                augment depletions from residential water uses within the subdivision.
                The proposed contract will be for 43 acre-feet of water annually.
                 44. Country Aire Estates, Florida Project, Colorado: Reclamation
                received a request for a long-term water service contract (25 years) to
                augment depletions from residential water uses within the subdivision.
                The proposed contract will be for 7 acre-feet of water annually.
                 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.
                 Completed contract actions:
                 16. GSC Farm, LLC, and the Town of Queen Creek, Arizona; BCP;
                Arizona: Enter into a proposed partial assignment and transfer of
                Arizona fourth-priority Colorado River water in the amount of 2,033.01
                acre-feet per year from GSC to Queen Creek, amend GSC's Colorado River
                water delivery contract No. 13-XX-30-W0571 to decrease their Colorado
                River water entitlement from 2,913.3 to 69.93 acre-feet per year, enter
                into Colorado River water delivery contract No. 20-XX-30-W0689 with
                Queen Creek for 2,033.01 acre-feet per year of Arizona fourth-priority
                Colorado River water entitlement, and enter into a wheeling agreement
                between the United States and Queen Creek for the wheeling of non-
                project water to be transported through the CAP for the use or benefit
                of Queen Creek. Contracts executed on April 28, 2023.
                 19. Western Water, LLC and Cibola Valley IDD, BCP, Arizona: Approve
                an amendment of Western's contract service area under their contract
                No. 16-XX-30-W0619, as amended (Western Contract), to include the
                previously excluded parcels of land; namely, the eastern halves of
                Assessor Parcel Nos. 301-08-003C and 301-08-003D. The inclusion of
                these lands within the Western Contract service area will make these
                lands eligible to receive Arizona fourth-priority Colorado River water
                from Western. Western has an Arizona fourth-priority Colorado River
                water entitlement under the Western Contract for an annual diversion of
                536.48 acre-feet of Colorado River water for irrigation use within the
                Western Contract service area. Additionally, Reclamation will amend the
                District's contract service area under their contract to exclude
                Western lands. The exclusion of the Western lands from the District's
                contract service area will make the Western lands ineligible to receive
                Arizona fourth-, fifth-, and/or sixth-priority water from the District.
                The District's boundary will remain the same. Contracts executed on
                April 18, 2023.
                Reclamation, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-
                1234, telephone 208-378-5344.
                 Modified contract action:
                 16. Storage Division, Yakima Project, Washington: Contracts with
                water user entities for the repayment of reimbursable shares of the
                costs of the SOD program modification for Kachess Dam.
                 CALIFORNIA-GREAT BASIN--INTERIOR REGION 10: Bureau of Reclamation,
                2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825-1898, telephone 916-978-
                 Completed contract action:
                 9. San Luis WD, CVP, California: Proposed partial assignment of
                4,449 acre-feet of the District's CVP supply to Santa Nella County WD
                for M&I use. Contract executed on January 24, 2023.
                Christopher Beardsley,
                Director, Policy and Programs.
                [FR Doc. 2023-19132 Filed 9-5-23; 8:45 am]
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