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The Documents for the 7D Review of 2007 Interim Guidleines

January 03, 2021
by John Weisheit

Reclamation's website for the 7D Review

 

7D REVIEW BY DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

Memo (2/7/20) from Bureau of Reclamation about the Section 7.D review of Interim Guidelines, now underway until December of 2020. In his 12/13/2019 remarks at Annual Conference of Colorado River Water Users Association (video), Interior Secretary Bernhardt stated:

• 'Section 7.D of the 2007 Guidelines [the update of 12/10/2007, listed below] calls for Reclamation to initiate work prior to Dec. 31, 2020 on a formal review of the effectiveness of the 2007 Guidelines.'
• 'This provision provides an opportunity to take an objective look at where we've been, and where we are, with our operational rules.'
• 'We want to wrap up this effort, culminating in the 'Section 7.D Report,’ around this time next year."
• 'The report will be a Reclamation product but it will rely on important input from the Basin States, Tribes, NGOs and the public, as the report is developed."

7D DOCUMENTS

Approach

• The Section 7.D Review wll be retrospective; a 'look-back' at past operations and not a
   consideration of future activities.
• The Review will result in a Report that: 1) evaluates the effectiveness of the Guidelines and 2)
   documents our operational experience with the Guidelines.
• Through this Review, we hope to build a solid foundation that informs decision-makers in future
   negotiations and bring partners, stakeholders and the public to a common understanding of
   past operations and their effectiveness.
• Input from the Basin States, Tribes, NGOs, other Federal agencies, and the public will be
   factored into the Review.
• Outreach with Basin States, Tribes, NGOs, and other Federal agencies will occur at 2 primary
   milestones: 1) at the start of the Review, with a discussion of the Report scope, approach, and
   schedule and 2) when the draft Report is ready for review.
• In March, we anticipate holding webinar(s) to present and discuss the Report scope, approach,
   and schedule with the Basin States, Tribes, and NGOs. Additional meetings with groups of tribes
   and individual tribes will follow as requested.
• In late summer, we anticipate holding webinar(s) to provide the draft Report to the Basin States,
   Tribes, and NGOs for review. Received comments will be considered and factored into the draft
   Report as appropriate. Additional meetings with groups of tribes and individual tribes will
   follow as requested.
• We anticipate publishing the final Report near the end of 2020.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OF 7D REVIEW

7D Review: Letters of Submission for the Draft

Draft Report Webinar

Draft Report & Appendix A

7D Draft Report Comments

Final Report & Appendix

Stakeholder Meeting Overview


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