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Lower Colorado Water Supply Project

In 1986, Congress enacted the Lower Colorado Water Supply Project Act (Public Law 99-655) which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to construct, operate, and maintain the Lower Colorado Water Supply Project to supply water for domestic, municipal, industrial and recreational purposes. In 2005, the act was amended to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the City of Needles for the design and construction of Stage 2 of the Project that will add 5,000 acre-feet of capacity to the Project. The amendment further authorized the Secretary to contract with additional entities who hold Section 5 contracts for municipal and industrial uses within the State of California for the use of any unused Project water (Public Law 109-103, Sec. 203).

In 1992, the City of Needles contracted with the Department of Interior for rights to water created under the project and assumed administrative responsibility to execute subcontracts for the use of Colorado River water with other eligible water users. 

Eligible subcontractors are limited to persons or non-Federal governmental agencies whose lands or interests in lands are located adjacent to the Colorado River in the State of California, who do not hold rights to Colorado River water or whose rights are insufficient to meet their present or anticipated future needs as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

For more information see:

Lower Colorado Water Supply Project Act, the Project, and subcontracting eligibility requirements

To obtain an application to subcontract with the City of Needles to receive water through the Lower Colorado Water Supply Project, click here.

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