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

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, modified, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice on July 26, 2004. 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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sandra L. Simons, Manager, Contract Services Office, Bureau of Reclamation, PO Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225-0007; telephone (303) 445-2902.

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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 Start Printed Page 59266not 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 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 area 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 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 are 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 shall furnish revised contracts to all parties who requested the contract in response to the initial public notice.

The February 27, 2004, notice should be used as a reference point to identify changes. The numbering system in this notice corresponds with the numbering system in the February 27, 2004, notice.

Definitions of Abbreviations Used in This Document

BCP Boulder Canyon Project

Reclamation Bureau of Reclamation

CAP Central Arizona Project

CVP Central Valley Project

CRSP Colorado River Storage Project

FR Federal Register

IDD Irrigation and Drainage District

ID Irrigation District

M&I Municipal and Industrial

O&M Operation and Maintenance

P-SMBP Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program

PPR Present Perfected Right

SOD Safety of Dams

WD Water District

Pacific Northwest Region

Bureau of Reclamation, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234, telephone (208) 378-5223.

Modified contract action:

15. Vale and Warmsprings IDs, Vale Project, Oregon: Repayment contract for reimbursable cost of SOD modifications to Warm Springs Dam.

Mid-Pacific Region

Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825-1898, telephone (916) 978-5250.

New contract action:

41. PacifiCorp, Klamath Basin Area Office, Klamath Project, Oregon: Execution of long-term agreement for lease of power privilege and the O&M of Link River Dam. This agreement will provide for operations of Link River Dam, coordinated operations with the non-Federal Keno Dam, and provision of power by PacifiCorp for Klamath Project purposes to ensure project water deliveries and to meet Endangered Species Act requirements.

Modified contract actions:

7. City of Roseville, CVP, California: Execution of long-term Warren Act contract for conveyance of nonproject water provided from the Placer County Water Agency. The contract will allow CVP facilities to be used to deliver nonproject water to the City of Roseville for use within its service area.

9. El Dorado ID, CVP, California: Execution of long-term Warren Act contracts for conveyance of nonproject water (one contract for ditch rights in the amount of 3,344 acre-feet, and one contract for Project 184 in the amount of 11,000 acre-feet). The contracts will allow CVP facilities to be used to deliver nonproject water to El Dorado ID for use within its service area.

25. Sacramento Suburban WD, CVP, California: Execution of long-term Warren Act contract for conveyance of nonproject water. The contract will allow CVP facilities to be used to deliver nonproject water to the Sacramento Suburban WD for use within its service area.

39. Pershing County Water Conservation District, Pershing County, Lander County, and the State of Nevada; Humboldt Project; Nevada: Title transfer to lands and features of the Humboldt Project.

Lower Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation, PO Box 61470 (Nevada Highway and Park Street), Boulder City, Nevada 89006-1470, telephone (702) 293-8536.

Completed contract action:

30. Harquahala Valley ID, CAP, Arizona: The District has requested that Reclamation transfer title to the District's CAP distribution system and to assign to the District permanent easements acquired by the United States. Title transfer of the District's CAP distribution system is authorized by Pub. L. 101-628 and contract No. 3-07-30-W0289 between the District and Reclamation, dated December 8, 1992.

Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138-1102, telephone (801) 524-3864.

New contract actions:

1.(f) Oxbow Mining, LLC, Aspinall Storage Unit, CRSP: Oxbow Mining, LLC has requested 242 acre-feet of M&I water out of Blue Mesa Reservoir, which requires submission of a Plan of Augmentation to the Division 4 Water Court.

1.(g) United Companies, Aspinall Storage Unit, CRSP: United Companies has requested 7 acre-feet of M&I water out of Blue Mesa Reservoir for the Delta No. 1 Gravel Pit.

1.(h) Mountain View Amish-Mennonite Church, Aspinall Storage Unit, CRSP: The Church has requested 1 acre-foot of M&I water out of Blue Start Printed Page 59267Mesa Reservoir, Water Division 4, case No. 04CW106.

28. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program, Aspinall Storage Unit, CRSP: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has requested 14 acre-feet of water out of Blue Mesa Reservoir to be used at the Chipeta Unit ponds at the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery. The ponds are to be used to grow out the two San Juan River Basin endangered fish species.

29. Town of Palisade, Palisade ID, Mesa County ID, Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; CRSP: The Colorado River is critical habitat for four endangered fish species. These agencies are entering into an agreement for each to provide the following: Reclamation shall provide cost-share funding for the recovery monitoring and research and O&M (October 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1602, Pub. L. 106-392); the Districts are willing to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Reclamation to construct the fish passage; and the Town proposes to provide recreational opportunities on or near the fish passage.

30. Public Service Company of New Mexico, Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program: The agreement identifies that Reclamation may provide cost-share funding for the recovery monitoring and research and O&M (October 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1602, Pub. L. 106-392) of the constructed fish passage.

31. Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Colorado River Water Conservation District; the Recovery Implementation Program for Endangered Fish Species in the Upper Colorado River Basin: Reclamation will provide cost-share funding for enlargement of Elkhead Reservoir (October 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1602, Pub. L. 106-392) in a separate grant agreement.

Completed contract action:

27. South Cache Water Users Association, Hyrum Project, Utah: Contract for repayment of 15 percent of SOD costs at Hyrum Dam. Contract executed June 16, 2004.

Great Plains Region

Bureau of Reclamation, PO Box 36900, Federal Building, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana 59107-6900, telephone (406) 247-7730.

New contract actions:

49. City of Fountain, Colorado; Fryingpan-Arkansas Project; Colorado: Consideration of a request for a long-term contract for the use of excess capacity in the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project.

50. Colorado Springs Utilities; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Colorado-Big Thompson Project: Consideration of a request for a long-term agreement for water substitution and power interference in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

51. Pueblo West Metropolitan District; Pueblo West, Colorado; Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Colorado: Consideration of a request for a 5-to 10-year contract for the use of excess capacity in the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project.

Modified contract action:

4. Garrison Diversion Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota: Renegotiation of the master repayment contract with Garrison Diversion Conservancy District to conform with the Dakota Water Resources Act of 2000; negotiation of repayment contracts with irrigators and M&I users.

Completed contract actions:

34. Debbie A. Axtell (Individual), Boysen Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming. Renew long-term contract for up to 100 acre-feet of irrigation water to service 17.2 acres. Contract executed July 2, 2004.

38. Kansas-Bostwick ID No. 2 (KBID); Franklin, Superior-Courtland, and Courtland Units; Bostwick Division; P-SMBP; Courtland, Kansas: The District requested a deferment of its 2004 repayment obligation. A request was prepared to amend contract No. 009D6B0120 to defer payments in accordance with the Act of September 21, 1959. Amendatory contract executed August 27, 2004.

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Dated: September 13, 2004.

Roseann Gonzales,

Director, Office of Program and Policy Services.

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[FR Doc. 04-22263 Filed 10-1-04; 8:45 am]

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