Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Cambria Water Supply Project, San Luis Obispo County, CA, 11084-11085 [2012-4313]

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Download as PDF 11084 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 37 / Friday, February 24, 2012 / Notices [FR Doc. 2012–4339 Filed 2–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–C DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Army Education Advisory Committee Meeting Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Sunshine in the Government Act of 1976 (U.S.C. 552b, as amended) and 41 Code of the Federal Regulations (CFR 102–3. 140 through 160, the Department of the Army announces the following committee meeting: Name of Committee: Army Education Advisory Committee (AEAC). Date of Meeting: March 14–15, 2012. Time of Meeting: 0800–1600. Place of Meeting: Deputy Chief of Staff G–3/5/7 Conference Room, 950 Jefferson Ave., Building 950, 3rd Floor, Ft. Eustis, VA. Proposed Agenda: Purpose of the meeting is to gather and review information, discuss, and deliberate issues related to shifting Army training from an instructor-centric to a learnercentric paradigm required by the Army 2020 learning environment. The agenda will include topics relating Arm Learning Model 2015 and to support context-based, collaborative, problemcentered instruction. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information please contact Mr. Wayne Joyner, Designated Federal Officer, at albert.w.joyner.civ@mail.mil, (757) 501– 5810, or to the following address: Army Education Advisory Committee, Designated Federal Officer, Attn: ATTG–OPS–EI (Joyner), 950 Jefferson Ave., Building 950, Ft. Eustis, Virginia 23604. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Meeting of the Advisory Committee is open to the public and any member of the public wishing to attend this meeting should contact the Designated Federal Officer previously listed at least ten calendar days prior to the meeting for information on base entry. Individuals without a DoD Government Common Access Card require an escort at the meeting location. Attendance will be limited to those persons who have notified the Committee Management Office of their intention to attend. Filing Written Statement: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.140d, the Committee is not obligated to allow the public to srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Feb 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 speak, however, any member of the public wishing to provide input to the Committee should submit a written statement in accordance with 41 CFR 102–3.140(c) and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the procedures described in this paragraph. Written statements can be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer at the address listed (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Statements being submitted in response to the agenda mentioned in this notice must be received at least ten calendar days prior to the meeting which is the subject of this notice. Written statements received after this date may not be provided to or considered by the Advisory Committee until its next meeting. The Designated Federal Officer will review all timely submissions with the Advisory Committee Chairperson and ensure they are provided to members of the Board before the meeting that is the subject of this notice. After reviewing written comments, the Chairperson and the Designated Federal Officer may choose to invite the submitter of the comments to orally present their issue during open portion of this meeting or at a future meeting. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–4304 Filed 2–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Cambria Water Supply Project, San Luis Obispo County, CA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Cambria Community Services District (CCSD), the nonFederal sponsor under a Project Cooperation Agreement dated March 27, 2006, intend to jointly prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) to study, plan, and implement a project to provide for a reliable water supply for the community of Cambria in San Luis Obispo County. The relatively remote location of Cambria has resulted in the area relying solely upon local groundwater for its current water supply. The groundwater supplies from SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Santa Rosa and San Simeon groundwater basins no longer are adequate to meet existing demand under extreme drought conditions or to meet projected future demand in most years. DATES: Submit comments on or before March 24, 2012. ADDRESSES: Kathleen Anderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053–2325. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Anderson, (818) 776–9049 Ext. 2106; or Email at kathleen.s.anderson@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Corps intends to prepare a joint EIS/EIR to assess the environmental effects associated with the proposed project. CCSD is the state lead agency for the EIR pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 1. Authorization. The proposed project would be conducted in accordance with Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1992 (Pub. L. 102–580), as amended, which states in part: * * * (a) IN GENERAL—The Secretary is authorized to provide assistance to nonFederal interests for carrying out waterrelated environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects described in subsection (c), including waste water treatment and related facilities and water supply, storage, treatment, and distribution facilities. Such assistance may be in the form of technical and planning and design assistance. If the Secretary is to provide any design or engineering assistance to carry out a project under this section, the Secretary shall obtain by procurement from private sources all services necessary for the Secretary to provide such assistance, unless the Secretary finds that (1) the service would require the use of a new technology unavailable in the private sector, or (2) a solicitation or request for proposal has failed to attract 2 or more bids or proposals. (f) ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE—The Secretary may provide assistance under subsection (a) and assistance for construction for the following: (48) CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA— $10,300,000 for desalination infrastructure, Cambria, California. 2. Background: Cambria, an unincorporated community, is located in the coastal region of central California, in the northwestern portion of San Luis Obispo County. Cambria lies within the Santa Rosa Creek Valley. Located along Highway 1, Cambria is approximately 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo and approximately four miles south of San Simeon. The primary transportation corridor that bisects Cambria is Highway 1, which traverses the community in a north-south E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 37 / Friday, February 24, 2012 / Notices orientation. Currently, Cambria has a population of approximately 6,400 permanent residents with a substantial tourist and second home population. The CCSD provides water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, fire protection, garbage collection, and a limited amount of street lighting and recreation. The CCSD currently serves a population of about 6,400 as well as a large number of visitors to the Central Coast and covers approximately four square miles. The relatively remote location of Cambria has resulted in the area relying solely upon local groundwater for its water supply. 3. Proposed Project. To study, plan, and implement a project to provide for a reliable water supply for the community of Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, CA. 4. Alternatives. Potential water supply alternatives were compiled from studies conducted by the CCSD over a period of more than ten years identifying and evaluating potential sources of additional potable water for CCSD. The alternatives initially being considered for the proposed project include seawater desalination, local and imported surface water, groundwater, hard rock drilling, and seasonal reservoir storage. 5. Scoping Process. a. Potential impacts associated with the proposed project will be fully evaluated. Resource categories that will be analyzed include: Physical environment, geology, biological resources, air quality, water quality, recreational usage, aesthetics, cultural resources, transportation, noise, hazardous waste, socioeconomics and safety. b. The Corps intends to hold a public scoping meeting(s) for the EIS/EIR to aid in the determination of significant environmental issues associated with the proposed project. Affected federal, state and local resource agencies, Native American groups and concerned interest groups/individuals are encouraged to participate in the scoping process. Public participation is critical in defining the scope of analysis in the Draft EIS/EIR, identifying significant environmental issues in the Draft EIS/ EIR, providing useful information such as published and unpublished data, and knowledge of relevant issues and recommending mitigation measures to offset potential impacts from proposed actions. The time and location of the public scoping meeting will be advertised in letters, public announcements and news releases. c. Individuals and agencies may offer information or data relevant to the environmental or socioeconomic VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Feb 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 impacts of the proposed project by submitting comments, suggestions, and requests to be placed on the mailing list for announcements to (see ADDRESSES) or the following email address: kathleen.s.anderson@usace.army.mil. d. The project will require concurrence by the California Coastal Commission with the federal Coastal Consistency Determination in accordance with the Coastal Zone Management Act, as well as certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Depending upon the recommended alternative, the project may also require additional real property rights for construction and operation of a facility, and compliance with the Endangered Species Act. 6. Scoping Meeting Date, Time, and Location. The Public Scoping Meeting will take place on March 15, 2012, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Veterans Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428. 7. Availability of the Draft EIS/EIR. The Draft EIS/EIR is scheduled to be published and circulated in September 2012. Pursuant to CEQA, a public hearing on the EIS/EIR will be held by the CCSD following its publication. Dated: February 15, 2012. R. Mark Toy, Colonel, U.S. Army, Commander and District Engineer, Los Angeles District. [FR Doc. 2012–4313 Filed 2–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Installation of a Terminal Groin Structure at Lockwood Folly Inlet and to Conduct Supplemental Beach Nourishment Along the Eastern Oceanfront Shoreline of Holden Beach, in Brunswick County, NC Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office has received a request for Department of the Army authorization, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act, from the Town of Holden Beach to develop and implement a shoreline protection plan that includes the installation of a terminal groin structure on the west side SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11085 of Lockwood Folly Inlet (a federally maintained navigational channel) and the nourishment of the oceanfront shoreline along the eastern end of Holden Beach. DATES: A public scoping meeting for the Draft EIS will be held at Holden Beach Town Hall, located at 110 Rothschild Street in Holden Beach, on March 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. Written comments will be received until March 26, 2012. ADDRESSES: Copies of comments and questions regarding scoping of the Draft EIS may be submitted to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division. ATTN: File Number 2011–01914, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and Draft EIS can be directed to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Project Manager, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, telephone: (910) 251–4811. Additional description of the Town’s proposal can be found at the following link, http:// www.saw.usace.army.mil/WETLANDS/ Projects/index.html, under Holden Beach Terminal Groin and Nourishment Project. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Description. Over the past decades, the eastern end of Holden Beach has experienced consistent and relatively severe erosional conditions along the oceanfront shoreline and primary dune system. As a result of chronic erosion, the Town has implemented, typically in coordination with the U.S. Corps of Engineers federal channel maintenance dredging, periodic beach nourishment activities within this eastern stretch and near the inlet. These measures have been short-term in nature; and it is the Town’s desire to implement a long-term beach and dune stabilization strategy. As stated by the Town, this strategy would help protect public and private infrastructure from future storms. Their proposal includes constructing a terminal groin near the Lockwood Folly Inlet (western side) and conducting supplemental sand placement along the eastern end of the island. Final locations and placement of sand will be determined during the project design process. For the groin structure, final location and design has yet to be determined. No groin structure is proposed on the opposite, or eastern, side of Lockwood Folly Inlet. 2. Issues. There are several potential environmental and public interest issues that will be addressed in the EIS. Additional issues may be identified during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as potentially significant include: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/
Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Cambria Water Supply 
Project, San Luis Obispo County, CA

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
(Corps) and Cambria Community Services District (CCSD), the non-Federal 
sponsor under a Project Cooperation Agreement dated March 27, 2006, 
intend to jointly prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/
Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) to study, plan, and implement a 
project to provide for a reliable water supply for the community of 
Cambria in San Luis Obispo County. The relatively remote location of 
Cambria has resulted in the area relying solely upon local groundwater 
for its current water supply. The groundwater supplies from the Santa 
Rosa and San Simeon groundwater basins no longer are adequate to meet 
existing demand under extreme drought conditions or to meet projected 
future demand in most years.

DATES: Submit comments on or before March 24, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Kathleen Anderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles 
District, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Anderson, (818) 776-9049 Ext. 
2106; or Email at kathleen.s.anderson@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Corps intends to prepare a joint EIS/EIR 
to assess the environmental effects associated with the proposed 
project. CCSD is the state lead agency for the EIR pursuant to the 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
    1. Authorization. The proposed project would be conducted in 
accordance with Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act 
(WRDA) of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-580), as amended, which states in part:

    * * * (a) IN GENERAL--The Secretary is authorized to provide 
assistance to non-Federal interests for carrying out water-related 
environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development 
projects described in subsection (c), including waste water 
treatment and related facilities and water supply, storage, 
treatment, and distribution facilities. Such assistance may be in 
the form of technical and planning and design assistance. If the 
Secretary is to provide any design or engineering assistance to 
carry out a project under this section, the Secretary shall obtain 
by procurement from private sources all services necessary for the 
Secretary to provide such assistance, unless the Secretary finds 
that (1) the service would require the use of a new technology 
unavailable in the private sector, or (2) a solicitation or request 
for proposal has failed to attract 2 or more bids or proposals.
    (f) ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE--The Secretary may provide assistance 
under subsection (a) and assistance for construction for the 
following:
    (48) CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA--$10,300,000 for desalination 
infrastructure, Cambria, California.

    2. Background: Cambria, an unincorporated community, is located in 
the coastal region of central California, in the northwestern portion 
of San Luis Obispo County. Cambria lies within the Santa Rosa Creek 
Valley. Located along Highway 1, Cambria is approximately 35 miles 
north of San Luis Obispo and approximately four miles south of San 
Simeon. The primary transportation corridor that bisects Cambria is 
Highway 1, which traverses the community in a north-south

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orientation. Currently, Cambria has a population of approximately 6,400 
permanent residents with a substantial tourist and second home 
population.
    The CCSD provides water supply, wastewater collection and 
treatment, fire protection, garbage collection, and a limited amount of 
street lighting and recreation. The CCSD currently serves a population 
of about 6,400 as well as a large number of visitors to the Central 
Coast and covers approximately four square miles. The relatively remote 
location of Cambria has resulted in the area relying solely upon local 
groundwater for its water supply.
    3. Proposed Project. To study, plan, and implement a project to 
provide for a reliable water supply for the community of Cambria in San 
Luis Obispo County, CA.
    4. Alternatives. Potential water supply alternatives were compiled 
from studies conducted by the CCSD over a period of more than ten years 
identifying and evaluating potential sources of additional potable 
water for CCSD. The alternatives initially being considered for the 
proposed project include seawater desalination, local and imported 
surface water, groundwater, hard rock drilling, and seasonal reservoir 
storage.
    5. Scoping Process.
    a. Potential impacts associated with the proposed project will be 
fully evaluated. Resource categories that will be analyzed include: 
Physical environment, geology, biological resources, air quality, water 
quality, recreational usage, aesthetics, cultural resources, 
transportation, noise, hazardous waste, socioeconomics and safety.
    b. The Corps intends to hold a public scoping meeting(s) for the 
EIS/EIR to aid in the determination of significant environmental issues 
associated with the proposed project. Affected federal, state and local 
resource agencies, Native American groups and concerned interest 
groups/individuals are encouraged to participate in the scoping 
process. Public participation is critical in defining the scope of 
analysis in the Draft EIS/EIR, identifying significant environmental 
issues in the Draft EIS/EIR, providing useful information such as 
published and unpublished data, and knowledge of relevant issues and 
recommending mitigation measures to offset potential impacts from 
proposed actions. The time and location of the public scoping meeting 
will be advertised in letters, public announcements and news releases.
    c. Individuals and agencies may offer information or data relevant 
to the environmental or socioeconomic impacts of the proposed project 
by submitting comments, suggestions, and requests to be placed on the 
mailing list for announcements to (see ADDRESSES) or the following 
email address: kathleen.s.anderson@usace.army.mil.
    d. The project will require concurrence by the California Coastal 
Commission with the federal Coastal Consistency Determination in 
accordance with the Coastal Zone Management Act, as well as 
certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the 
Regional Water Quality Control Board. Depending upon the recommended 
alternative, the project may also require additional real property 
rights for construction and operation of a facility, and compliance 
with the Endangered Species Act.
    6. Scoping Meeting Date, Time, and Location. The Public Scoping 
Meeting will take place on March 15, 2012, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Veterans 
Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428.
    7. Availability of the Draft EIS/EIR. The Draft EIS/EIR is 
scheduled to be published and circulated in September 2012. Pursuant to 
CEQA, a public hearing on the EIS/EIR will be held by the CCSD 
following its publication.

    Dated: February 15, 2012.
R. Mark Toy,
Colonel, U.S. Army, Commander and District Engineer, Los Angeles 
District.
[FR Doc. 2012-4313 Filed 2-23-12; 8:45 am]
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