Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Permit Application for the Proposed Hemet/San Jacinto Integrated Recharge and Recovery Program in San Jacinto, Riverside County, CA, 10078-10079 [05-3975]

Download as PDF 10078 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 40 / Wednesday, March 2, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Permit Application for the Proposed Hemet/San Jacinto Integrated Recharge and Recovery Program in San Jacinto, Riverside County, CA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Los Angeles District, Regulatory Branch is considering an application from the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) for a Department of the Army permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act to construct a groundwater recharge and storage facility in and adjacent to the San Jacinto River. The proposed project would consist of up to fifteen recharge basins (six in proposed Phase 1 and nine in proposed Phase 2) on approximately 100- acres in the San Jacinto River Channel, upgrades to two existing pump stations, a new approximately 7.7-mile-long water supply pipeline, up to ten extraction wells located west of the San Jacinto River, and up to six monitoring wells located near the western edge of the proposed recharge basins. The Federal action involved in the project is the discharge of dredge and/ or fill materials within waters of the United States. The Corps has determined that the potential impacts on the human environment from such activities may be adverse and significant. Therefore, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to rendering a final decision on EMWD’s permit application. The Corps may ultimately make a determination to grant or deny the permit or conditionally grant the permit. The Draft EIS is intended to be sufficient in scope to address the Federal and environmental issues concerning the proposed Federal permit action. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments about the proposed action or Draft EIS should be addressed to Ms. Deanna L. Cummings, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: 200401197, Los Angeles District, Regulatory Branch, 915 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Site and Background Information. The proposed project would entail the VerDate jul<14>2003 15:00 Mar 01, 2005 Jkt 205001 recharge of up to 43,750 acre-feet per year of water in the Hemet/San Jacinto area of western Riverside County, California. (An acre-foot is equivalent to 325,850 gallons, roughly the amount of water that two southern California families of four uses in and around the house in one year.) The goals of the groundwater recharge project are to: Help meet water rights claims under a draft Settlement Agreement with the ˜ Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians; offset existing overdraft of the Hemet/San Jacinto area groundwater supply; provide an additional 15,000 acre-feet of annual water storage to help meet projected demand increases within EMWD’s eastern service area; and provide up to 45,000 acre-feet of conjunctive use/drought management water storage, contributing to water storage goals identified by the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. 2. Proposed Action. The permit applicant’s preferred alternative is to construct up to fifteen recharge ponds on an approximately 100-acre site in the San Jacinto River channel. This proposed recharge site is within unincorporated Riverside County near the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto, and near the San Jacinto River’s confluences with Poppet and Bautista Creeks. The proposed project would entail the conveyance of State Water Project water to recharge basins located in the San Jacinto River. The potentially affected segment of the San Jacinto River normally is dry and only carries flows following storms or during winters with above-average rainfall. Water supplied to the recharge basins would infiltrate into the San Jacinto Basin, where it would be stored until it (or an equivalent amount of other groundwater in the basin) would be extracted by wells for consumptive use. In order to accomplish this recharge, the proposed project would require the following: • A new, approximately 7.7-mile-long water supply pipeline extending from the EM–14 turnout on the Lakeview Pipeline (near Warren Road) to the proposed recharge basins at the San Jacinto River (this new pipeline would parallel an existing EMWD pipeline); • Upgrades to the existing Warren Road and Commonwealth Avenue pump stations (located along the proposed water supply pipeline route); • Up to fifteen new recharge basins on approximately 100- acres in the San Jacinto River channel; • Up to eight extraction wells located west of the San Jacinto River; and • Up to six monitoring wells located near the western edge of the proposed recharge basins. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In brief, water would be delivered to the proposed project area from California’s State Water Project via the Lakeview Pipeline. Because the Lakeview Pipeline is located several miles west of the San Jacinto River, water would need to be conveyed to the recharge basins through an existing EMWD pipeline (Phase 1) and/or through a proposed new pipeline (Phase 2). Water conveyed to the San Jacinto River would be discharged into the proposed recharge basins, where the water would be allowed to infiltrate the groundwater supply under the river. EMWD would operate two types of wells in association with the proposed project: monitoring and extraction. As their name implies, the monitoring wells would allow EMWD to monitor groundwater levels and quality. Extraction wells would be used to extract water from the groundwater supply, where it would be piped into EMWD’s existing network of water conveyance, storage and treatment facilities. 3. Issues. There are several potential environmental issues that will be addressed in the Draft EIS. Additional issues may be identified during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as potentially significant include: 1. Hydrology, including effects to the San Jacinto River and its floodplain and effects to groundwater, surface water and groundwater quality. 2. Biological resources, including impacts to wetlands, waters of the United States and Federal-listed threatened or endangered species and their habitat. 3. Land use and recreation. 4. Visual quality (aesthetics). 5. Geology and soils. 6. Transportation. 7. Cultural (historic and prehistoric) resources. 8. Noise. 9. Air quality. 10. Hazards and public safety. The proposed project would require a number of Federal permits and approvals prior to implementation, including a Clean Water Act section 404 Permit, Clean Water Act section 401 Water Quality Certification and a Federal Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit. 4. Alternatives. In addition to EMWD’s proposed project (the preferred alternative), the Draft EIS will evaluate reduced project and/or locational alternatives and a No Action Alternative. 5. Scoping Process. A public meeting will be held to receive public comments and assess public concerns regarding E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 40 / Wednesday, March 2, 2005 / Notices the appropriate scope and preparation of the Draft EIS. Participation in the public meeting by Federal, State and local agencies and other interested organizations and persons is encouraged. The Corps will also be consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. The scoping meeting for the Draft EIS will be held at the James Simpson Neighborhood/Senior Center, 305 E. Devonshire Avenue, Hemet, CA at 6:30 p.m. on March 8, 2005. Parties interested in being added to the Corps’ electronic mail notification list can register at: http:// www.spl.usace.army.mil/regulatory/ register.html. This list will be used in the future to notify the public about scheduled hearings and availability of future public notices. 6. Availability of the Draft EIS. The Corps expects the Draft EIS to be made available to the public in June 2005. A public hearing will be held during the public comment period for the Draft EIS. Alex C. Dornstauder, Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 05–3975 Filed 3–1–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–92–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Innovation and Improvement; Overview Information; Women’s Educational Equity Act Program (WEEA); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.083A. Note: The Department is not inviting applications under CFDA Number 84.083B (research and development grants) for FY 2005. Applications Available: March 2, 2005. Deadline for Notice of Intent To Apply: April 1, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 18, 2005. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 15, 2005. Eligible Applicants: Public agencies; private nonprofit agencies; organizations, including communityand faith-based organizations; institutions; student groups; community groups; and individuals. Estimated Available Funds: $2,519,942. Estimated Range of Awards: $125,000–$250,000. DATES: VerDate jul<14>2003 15:00 Mar 01, 2005 Jkt 205001 Estimated Average Size of Award: $175,000. Maximum Award: $250,000 is the maximum award for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 14–15. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 48 months. Full Text of Announcement 10079 Estimated Range of Awards: $125,000–$250,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,000. Maximum Award: $250,000 is the maximum award for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 14–15. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 48 months. I. Funding Opportunity Description III. Eligibility Information Purpose of Program: The purpose of the WEEA program is: (a) To promote gender equity in education in the United States; (b) to provide financial assistance to enable educational agencies and institutions to meet the requirements of title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and (c) to promote equity in education for women and girls who suffer from multiple forms of discrimination based on sex, race, ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, disability, or age. Priority: Under this competition we are particularly interested in applications that address the following priority. Invitational Priority: For FY 2005 this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets the invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is: Invitational Priority: Projects designed to increase the number of low-income women and girls pursuing and excelling in advanced courses in mathematics or science (including computer science), and entering highly skilled careers in which they have been underrepresented. 1. Eligible Applicants: Public agencies; private nonprofit agencies; organizations, including communityand faith-based organizations; institutions; student groups; community groups; and individuals. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not involve cost sharing or matching. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7283–7283g. Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 99 apply only to an educational agency or institution. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $2,519,942. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: You may obtain an application package via Internet or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via Internet use the following address: http:// www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write or call the following: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1–877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1–877– 576–7734. You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.083A. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed in section VII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this program. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 
Permit Application for the Proposed Hemet/San Jacinto Integrated 
Recharge and Recovery Program in San Jacinto, Riverside County, CA

AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI).

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Los Angeles 
District, Regulatory Branch is considering an application from the 
Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) for a Department of the Army 
permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act to construct a 
groundwater recharge and storage facility in and adjacent to the San 
Jacinto River. The proposed project would consist of up to fifteen 
recharge basins (six in proposed Phase 1 and nine in proposed Phase 2) 
on approximately 100- acres in the San Jacinto River Channel, upgrades 
to two existing pump stations, a new approximately 7.7-mile-long water 
supply pipeline, up to ten extraction wells located west of the San 
Jacinto River, and up to six monitoring wells located near the western 
edge of the proposed recharge basins.
    The Federal action involved in the project is the discharge of 
dredge and/or fill materials within waters of the United States. The 
Corps has determined that the potential impacts on the human 
environment from such activities may be adverse and significant. 
Therefore, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA), the Corps will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
prior to rendering a final decision on EMWD's permit application. The 
Corps may ultimately make a determination to grant or deny the permit 
or conditionally grant the permit. The Draft EIS is intended to be 
sufficient in scope to address the Federal and environmental issues 
concerning the proposed Federal permit action.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments about the 
proposed action or Draft EIS should be addressed to Ms. Deanna L. 
Cummings, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: 200401197, Los Angeles 
District, Regulatory Branch, 915 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 
90017.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Project Site and Background Information. 
The proposed project would entail the recharge of up to 43,750 acre-
feet per year of water in the Hemet/San Jacinto area of western 
Riverside County, California. (An acre-foot is equivalent to 325,850 
gallons, roughly the amount of water that two southern California 
families of four uses in and around the house in one year.) The goals 
of the groundwater recharge project are to: Help meet water rights 
claims under a draft Settlement Agreement with the Soboba Band of 
Luiseno Indians; offset existing overdraft of the Hemet/San Jacinto 
area groundwater supply; provide an additional 15,000 acre-feet of 
annual water storage to help meet projected demand increases within 
EMWD's eastern service area; and provide up to 45,000 acre-feet of 
conjunctive use/drought management water storage, contributing to water 
storage goals identified by the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
    2. Proposed Action. The permit applicant's preferred alternative is 
to construct up to fifteen recharge ponds on an approximately 100-acre 
site in the San Jacinto River channel. This proposed recharge site is 
within unincorporated Riverside County near the cities of Hemet and San 
Jacinto, and near the San Jacinto River's confluences with Poppet and 
Bautista Creeks. The proposed project would entail the conveyance of 
State Water Project water to recharge basins located in the San Jacinto 
River. The potentially affected segment of the San Jacinto River 
normally is dry and only carries flows following storms or during 
winters with above-average rainfall. Water supplied to the recharge 
basins would infiltrate into the San Jacinto Basin, where it would be 
stored until it (or an equivalent amount of other groundwater in the 
basin) would be extracted by wells for consumptive use. In order to 
accomplish this recharge, the proposed project would require the 
following:
     A new, approximately 7.7-mile-long water supply pipeline 
extending from the EM-14 turnout on the Lakeview Pipeline (near Warren 
Road) to the proposed recharge basins at the San Jacinto River (this 
new pipeline would parallel an existing EMWD pipeline);
     Upgrades to the existing Warren Road and Commonwealth 
Avenue pump stations (located along the proposed water supply pipeline 
route);
     Up to fifteen new recharge basins on approximately 100- 
acres in the San Jacinto River channel;
     Up to eight extraction wells located west of the San 
Jacinto River; and
     Up to six monitoring wells located near the western edge 
of the proposed recharge basins.

In brief, water would be delivered to the proposed project area from 
California's State Water Project via the Lakeview Pipeline. Because the 
Lakeview Pipeline is located several miles west of the San Jacinto 
River, water would need to be conveyed to the recharge basins through 
an existing EMWD pipeline (Phase 1) and/or through a proposed new 
pipeline (Phase 2). Water conveyed to the San Jacinto River would be 
discharged into the proposed recharge basins, where the water would be 
allowed to infiltrate the groundwater supply under the river. EMWD 
would operate two types of wells in association with the proposed 
project: monitoring and extraction. As their name implies, the 
monitoring wells would allow EMWD to monitor groundwater levels and 
quality. Extraction wells would be used to extract water from the 
groundwater supply, where it would be piped into EMWD's existing 
network of water conveyance, storage and treatment facilities.
    3. Issues. There are several potential environmental issues that 
will be addressed in the Draft EIS. Additional issues may be identified 
during the scoping process. Issues initially identified as potentially 
significant include:
    1. Hydrology, including effects to the San Jacinto River and its 
floodplain and effects to groundwater, surface water and groundwater 
quality.
    2. Biological resources, including impacts to wetlands, waters of 
the United States and Federal-listed threatened or endangered species 
and their habitat.
    3. Land use and recreation.
    4. Visual quality (aesthetics).
    5. Geology and soils.
    6. Transportation.
    7. Cultural (historic and prehistoric) resources.
    8. Noise.
    9. Air quality.
    10. Hazards and public safety.

The proposed project would require a number of Federal permits and 
approvals prior to implementation, including a Clean Water Act section 
404 Permit, Clean Water Act section 401 Water Quality Certification and 
a Federal Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit.
    4. Alternatives. In addition to EMWD's proposed project (the 
preferred alternative), the Draft EIS will evaluate reduced project 
and/or locational alternatives and a No Action Alternative.
    5. Scoping Process. A public meeting will be held to receive public 
comments and assess public concerns regarding

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the appropriate scope and preparation of the Draft EIS. Participation 
in the public meeting by Federal, State and local agencies and other 
interested organizations and persons is encouraged. The Corps will also 
be consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the 
Endangered Species Act and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. The 
scoping meeting for the Draft EIS will be held at the James Simpson 
Neighborhood/Senior Center, 305 E. Devonshire Avenue, Hemet, CA at 6:30 
p.m. on March 8, 2005. Parties interested in being added to the Corps' 
electronic mail notification list can register at: http://
www.spl.usace.army.mil/regulatory/register.html. This list will be used 
in the future to notify the public about scheduled hearings and 
availability of future public notices.
    6. Availability of the Draft EIS. The Corps expects the Draft EIS 
to be made available to the public in June 2005. A public hearing will 
be held during the public comment period for the Draft EIS.

Alex C. Dornstauder,
Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer.
[FR Doc. 05-3975 Filed 3-1-05; 8:45 am]
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