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Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Release Draft Central Valley PIA CPAR Report for Public Review and Comment

December 31, 2008 -- The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released the Draft Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Program Activity Review (CPAR) report for public review and comment.

At the direction of the Department of the Interior?s Assistant Secretary for Water and Science (ASWS) in January 2006, Reclamation, in coordination with the Service, initiated the CPAR process to determine performance goals and funding reduction criteria for the fish and wildlife provisions of CVPIA. Development of the report was prompted in part by stakeholder concerns about CVPIA Section 3407(d)(2), which describes a mechanism by which the Secretary of the Interior could reduce the Restoration Fund contributions from water and power contractors. A Working Group of stakeholders, tribal representatives, and other interested parties and agencies provided information for Reclamation and the Service and participated in developing the report.

The draft CPAR Report is now available for review and comment by the Working Group and other interested parties. Following this review, the report will be submitted for final policy review to the ASWS, the Commissioner of Reclamation, and the Director of the Service. Reclamation and the Service anticipate releasing the final CPAR report in spring or early summer 2009.

The preliminary recommended decision of the report is that there is insufficient basis at this time to justify a reduction in Restoration Funds collection. The draft report is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/docs_reports/index.html

Written comments are due by close of business Friday, February 27, 2009, to the Bureau of Reclamation, Division of Resources Management (MP-400), Attention: CPAR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA 95825, or by e-mail to mheaton@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Mr. Mike Heaton at 916-978-5556 (TDD 916-978-5608).


USFWS:Scott Flaherty 916-978-6156; USBR: Lynnette Wirth, 916-978-5100