The federal government is reviewing how much its clients pay for water pumped out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and it will update the public on this process at a meeting Nov. 16 in Sacramento.
The Central Valley Project diverts water from the Sacramento, American and other rivers through the Delta to numerous water buyers -- mostly farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the system, charges fees to water and hydroelectric energy buyers for costs associated with operating the network of dams, pumps and canals.
For the first time since 1975, Reclamation is reviewing the way those costs are allocated to ensure its operating costs are covered. This includes a host of Endangered Species Act requirements to protect sensitive fish and other wildlife harmed by water diversions.
The Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study is not expected to be finished until 2017. In the meantime, Reclamation will update the process at a public meeting on Friday, Nov. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento.
For more information, contact project manager Brooke Miller-Levy (916) 978-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the project website at http://ht.ly/f4xv5.
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