[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 175 (Monday, September 11, 1995)] [Notices] [Page 47180] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 95-22300] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Criteria for Evaluating Water Conservation Plans AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of draft decision of evaluation of water conservation plans. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: To meet the requirements of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) developed and published the Criteria for Evaluating Water Conservation Plans (Criteria) dated April 30, 1993. These Criteria were developed based on information provided during public scoping and public review sessions held throughout Reclamation's Mid-Pacific (MP) Region. Reclamation uses these Criteria to evaluate the adequacy of all water conservation plans developed by project contractors in the MP Region, including those required by the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982. The Criteria were developed and the plans evaluated for the purpose of promoting the most efficient water use reasonably achievable by all MP Region's contractors. Reclamation made a commitment (stated within the Criteria) to publish a notice of its draft determination on the adequacy of each contractor's water conservation plan in the Federal Register and to allow the public a minimum of 30 days to comment on its preliminary determinations. This program is on-going; an updated list will be published to recognize districts as plans are revised to meet the Criteria. DATES: All public comments must be received by Reclamation by October 11, 1995. ADDRESSES: Please mail comments to the address provided below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debra Goodman, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-402, Sacramento, CA 95825. To be placed on a mailing list for any subsequent information, please write Debra Goodman or telephone at (916) 979-2397. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under provisions of Section 3405(e) of the CVPIA (Title 34 of Public Law 102-575), ``The Secretary (of the Interior) shall establish and administer an office on Central Valley Project water conservation best management practices that shall * * * develop criteria for evaluating the adequacy of all water conservation plans developed by project contractors, including those plans required by section 210 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982.'' Also, according to Section 3405(e)(1), these criteria will be developed ``* * * with the purpose of promoting the highest level of water use efficiency reasonably achievable by project contractors using best available cost- effective technology and best management practices.'' The MP Criteria states that all parties (districts) that contract with Reclamation for water supplies (municipal and industrial contracts greater than 2,000 acre feet and agricultural contracts over 2,000 irrigable acres) will prepare water conservation plans which will be evaluated by Reclamation based on the following required information detailed in the steps listed below to develop, implement, monitor, and update their water conservation plans. The steps are: 1. Coordinate with other agencies and the public. 2. Describe the district. 3. Inventory water resources. 4. Review the past water conservation plan and activities. 5. Identify best management practices to be implemented. 6. Develop schedules, budgets, and projected results. 7. Review, evaluate, and adopt the water conservation plan. 8. Implement, monitor, and update the water conservation plan. The MP contractors listed below have developed water conservation plans which Reclamation has evaluated and preliminarily determined meet the requirements of the Criteria.
Clear Creek Community Services District Fresno Irrigation District Orland-Artois Water District Stockton East Water District Public comment on Reclamation's preliminary (i.e., draft) determinations at this time is invited. Copies of the plans listed above will be available for review at Reclamation's MP Regional Office and MP's area offices. If you wish to review a copy of the plans, please contact Ms. Goodman to find the office nearest you. Dated: August 28, 1995. Franklin E. Dimick, Assistant Regional Director. [FR Doc. 95-22300 Filed 9-8-95; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-94-M