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<br /> <br />RECEIVED <br />United States Department of the Interior OCT 29 2004 <br /> <br />BUREAU OF RECLAMA TI 0 N !lPIorado Water ConsalVation Board <br /> <br />Upper Colorado Regional Office <br />125 South State Street, Room 6107 <br />Salt Lake City, Utah 84138-1102 <br /> <br />IN REPLY REFER TO: <br /> <br />UC-443 <br />WTR-4,03 <br /> <br />'('''' ? n ? <br />"I 'i ,,V _ [,-,~O~, <br />~ - - . <br /> <br />Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board <br />1313 Sherman Street, Room 721 <br />Denver, CO 80203 <br /> <br />Subject: Contract Number 04- WC-40-9050, for the Lease and Sublease of Steamboat <br />Lake Water for Purposes of the Endangered Fish Recovery Implementation <br />Program for the Upper Colorado River Basin <br /> <br />Dear Sirs/Madams: <br /> <br />We received five copies of the subject contract on August 17, 2004. To satisfy National <br />Environmental Policy Act requirements, on October 15, 2004, Reclamation completed a <br />Categorical Exclusion Checklist which is enclosed for your information. After review by my <br />staff and the Office of the Regional Solicitor, all copies ofthe subject contract have been <br />signed and are therefore in full effect. <br /> <br />This contract, effective through 2008, allows Reclamation to lease up to 2,000 acre-feet of <br />Steamboat Lake Water from Colorado State Parks, and sublease same water to the Colorado <br />Water Conservation Board to supplement Yampa River flows for the Endangered Fish <br />Recovery Implementation Program for the Upper Colorado River Basin. <br /> <br />In accordance with paragraph 2 of this contract, Reclamation has initiated a $67,480 payment <br />to Colorado State Parks for water released in August of2003. <br /> <br />Three originals of the executed contract are enclosed for distribution to this letter's <br />addressees, with the remaining originals to Reclamations Western Colorado Area office and <br />to this office's Documentary Files. <br /> <br />"..; "-"'-- <br /> <br />~,~, <br />