Intent To Prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan (OLWMP), Feasibility Study, City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, Central New York State, and Onondaga Nation, 16807-16808 [05-6485]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 62 / Friday, April 1, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/ Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the American River Watershed, California, Folsom Bridge Project, Sacramento County, CA Department of the Army; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Policy Act (CEQA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Sacramento District, and City of Folsom (City) are preparing a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/SEIR) to support a project for the construction of a permanent bridge spanning the American River near Folsom Dam, California. The permanent bridge is part of the American River Watershed Project and was authorized by Congress in the energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–137). The basic study authority for the American River Watershed study was provided under the Flood Control Act of 1962. DATES: A public meeting will be held on April 27, 2005, at the Folsom Community Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ADDRESSES: Send written comments and suggestions concerning this study to Ms. Jane Rinck, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Attn: Planning Division (CESPK–PD–R), 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Requests to be placed on the mailing list should also be sent to this address. The public meeting address is Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jane Rinck, email at Jane.L.Rinck@usace.army.mil, telephone (916) 557–6715, or fax (916) 557–7856. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Public Involvement: The Folsom Bridge Project is being coordinated between Federal., State, and local governments; local stake holders; special interest groups; and other interested individuals and organizations. Scoping meetings have been held to discuss the alternatives and effects to be evaluated in the SEIS/SEIR. The process provides an opportunity for the public to identify significant VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Mar 31, 2005 Jkt 205001 resources in the project area, as well as other issues of concern. To facilitate the process, the Corps and the City held three initial scoping meetings. The first meeting was held on March 9, 2004, in El Dorado Hills. The second meeting was held on March 10, 2004, in Granite Bay, and the third meeting was held on March 11, 2004, in Folsom. An additional public meeting will be held at the Folsom Community Center (see DATES and ADDRESSES). All comments received will be considered in the preparation of the draft SEIS/SEIR. The Corps will announce availability of the draft supplemental document in the Federal Register and other media, and will provide the public, organizations, and agencies with an opportunity to submit comments, which will be addressed in the final SEIS/ SEIR. A 45-day public review period will be provided for individuals and agencies to review and comment on the draft SEIS/SEIR. All interested parties are encouraged to respond to this notice and provide a current address if they wish to be notified of the draft SEIS/ SEIR circulation. 2. Project Information: The American River Watershed Project provides a plan for flood protection along the main stem of the American River by modifying levees to increase conveyance capacity, as well as an ecosystem restoration plan at selected sites along the Lower American River. The American River Watershed Project also increases flood control storage at Folsom Reservoir by raising the dam. The project area for the permanent bridge is located within the city limits of Folsom, California, in Sacramento County. As described in the final Supplemental Plan Formulation Report/ EIS/EIR for the American River Watershed, California, Long-Term Study, February 2002, the Corps initially proposed the construction of a 2,400-foot-long temporary bridge downstream of the dam. The temporary bridge would have been provided a detour route across the American River during project-related construction when the Folsom Dam Road would be closed. After completion of the flood protection project, traffic would have been returned to the Folsom Dam Road. At the discretion of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau), the temporary bridge would have been dismantled or left in service to facilitate dam maintenance. However, this temporary bridge was replaced by a permanent bridge per Congressional direction in 2004. 3. Proposed Action: The proposed action is limited to construction of a permanent bridge and associated PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16807 roadway across the American River in the vicinity of Folsom Dam. 4. Alternatives: The Corps will be evaluating various alignment alternatives for the bridge crossing and associated roadway. During evaluation of the preliminary alternatives, some parts of the alternatives may be modified or changed; some alternatives may be eliminated; and additional alternatives may be added. All alternatives would intersect Folsom Dam Road on the east, cross the areas between the dam and the Folsom State Prison, rise over the American River via the new bridge, and intersect with Folsom-Auburn Road on the west. Some potential alternatives include (1) No Action, (2) Alignment A—North Alignment through Bureau Facilities; (3) Alignment B—Alignment Between Bureau Facilities and Apartments Just South of Alignment A, (4) Alignment C—South Alignment Between the Apartments and Inwood Avenue South of Bureau Facilities. Dated: March 23, 2005. Ronald N. Light, Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 05–6486 Filed 3–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–EZ–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan (OLWMP), Feasibility Study, City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, Central New York State, and Onondaga Nation Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan (OLWMP) project has been initiated through the Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) to help coordinate and implement various improvement projects in the watershed to benefit the public. The project entails developing a multi-purpose/multiobjective evaluation of the Onondaga Lake watershed to (1) integrate existing projects/plans/studies; (2) assess program/project progress; and (3) plan future lake and watershed revitalization programs and projects into a comprehensive Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan. The final product will be used as a tool for the OLP to move toward the rehabilitation of the Onondaga Lake watershed. E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 16808 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 62 / Friday, April 1, 2005 / Notices Projects shall be consistent with the 1993 Onondaga Lake Management Plan and comply with the Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ) and the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the environmental restoration, conservation, and management of Onondaga Lake. Within the framework of the OLWMP project, an integrated rehabilitation approach will be applied to recognize Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) activities within the lake and watershed. While CERCLA and NRDA are pursued under those authorities (Superfund) and are not subject to NEPA, per se, processes are similar. The Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan reports will discuss and provide an overview of all pertinent on-going watershed programs and projects in appropriate relative detail. Study efforts will include: Identification of various study/project authorities; identification of existing and anticipated lake and watershed conditions (including completed and ongoing projects); identification of lake and watershed water resources problems, needs, goals, and objectives; identification of considered alternatives; assessment of impacts of considered alternatives; evaluation (trade-off analyses) of alternatives and associated impacts (including required planning and environmental coordination and compliance, and consideration of agency and public views); and selection and pursuit of appropriate lake and watershed water resources alternatives/ projects. Studies shall also provide tools, as appropriate, for continued study/project development, management, and monitoring purposes. ADDRESSES: Correspondence should be addressed to: Mr. Tod Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Environmental Analyses Section, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York 14207–3199. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tod Smith at 716–879–4175. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: This study is being conducted under the authority of Section 573 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 1999. Proposed Action: The study will involve a comprehensive evaluation of Onondaga Lake and watershed water resource problems, including studies and research necessary for the identification, integration, and implementation of projects and programs that will facilitate water VerDate jul<14>2003 17:15 Mar 31, 2005 Jkt 205001 resource improvements in the watershed. Alternatives: The No Action (Without Project Conditions) alternative is always a consideration. Under this alternative, no study/project action would be taken. This serves as the basis of comparison for other alternatives. Associated alternatives may include those relative to: institutional processes, water and land use management, HTRW (hazardous, toxic, radioactive waste) remediation, water quality sediment load reduction measures, water quality contamination control measures, water supply measures, water treatment measures, navigation measures, flood damage reduction measures, erosion protection measures, environmental restoration measures, recreational development, and transportation considerations. Scoping Process: The Onondaga Lake Management Conference (OLMC) was conducted to discuss significant water resources problems and potential remedial actions for Onondaga Lake and developed the 1993 Onondaga Lake Management Plan (OLMP). The Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) was formed in 1998 and was authorized to make revisions to the OLMP via Section 573 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 1999. Associated with these efforts, the Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan study has been initiated to further evaluate, formulate, and integrate beneficial water resources programs/ projects in the watershed. Coordination and meetings have already occurred relative to the Onondaga Lake Partnership activities and projects, as well as, for this Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan study. Public involvement processes include an outreach program, public meetings, written and verbal correspondence/coordination, and draft and final report review procedures. A study supplemental Scoping Fact Sheet is being coordinated with various Federal, State, and local agencies and interests, and the Onondaga Nation. Study teams will meet on a routine basis. Additional input from potentially affected Federal, Tribal, State, and local interests is sought by this notice. Information regarding the Onondaga Lake Partnership is available at http:// www.onlakepartners.org/. Significant Issues: The primary issues of this study include the substantial water resource problems in Onondaga Lake and its watershed and the effective formulation and integration of their existing and potential remedial actions. These significant water resource problems adversely affect the optimal PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 use of and economic growth in the watershed. Scoping Meeting: Federal, Tribal, State, and local interests have already been involved with initiation of the Onondaga Lake Partnership and this project (OLWMP) and coordination is already being conducted. At least one new formal scoping meeting is anticipated with the specific date, time, and location to be determined. Availability: It is expected that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) (a programmatic plan development and implementation overview documentation) will be made available to agencies, tribes, interests, and the public about May 2007. Dated: March 23, 2005. Timothy B. Touchette, Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 05–6485 Filed 3–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–GP–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Availability of GovernmentOwned Inventions; Available for Licensing AGENCY: ACTION: Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. SUMMARY: The inventions listed below are assigned to the United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Navy and is available for licensing by the Department of the Navy. U.S. Patent number 6,317,694 entitled ‘‘Method and Apparatus for Selecting a Sand Pack Mesh for a Filter Pack and a Well Casing Slot size for a Well.’’ U.S. Patent number 6,305,878 entitled ‘‘Adjustable Depth Air Sparging Well.’’ U.S. Patent number 6,644,230 entitled ‘‘Locking Marine Bitt.’’ Requests for copies of the patent applications cited should be directed to Kurt Buehler, NFESC, Code 423, 1100 23rd Ave, Port Hueneme, CA 93043–4370, and must include the U.S. Patent number. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement (DPEIS) for the Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan 
(OLWMP), Feasibility Study, City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, Central 
New York State, and Onondaga Nation

AGENCY: Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan (OLWMP) project 
has been initiated through the Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) to help 
coordinate and implement various improvement projects in the watershed 
to benefit the public. The project entails developing a multi-purpose/
multi-objective evaluation of the Onondaga Lake watershed to (1) 
integrate existing projects/plans/studies; (2) assess program/project 
progress; and (3) plan future lake and watershed revitalization 
programs and projects into a comprehensive Onondaga Lake Watershed 
Management Plan. The final product will be used as a tool for the OLP 
to move toward the rehabilitation of the Onondaga Lake watershed.

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    Projects shall be consistent with the 1993 Onondaga Lake Management 
Plan and comply with the Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ) and the Project 
Labor Agreement (PLA) for the environmental restoration, conservation, 
and management of Onondaga Lake.
    Within the framework of the OLWMP project, an integrated 
rehabilitation approach will be applied to recognize Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and 
National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) activities within the lake 
and watershed. While CERCLA and NRDA are pursued under those 
authorities (Superfund) and are not subject to NEPA, per se, processes 
are similar. The Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan reports will 
discuss and provide an overview of all pertinent on-going watershed 
programs and projects in appropriate relative detail.
    Study efforts will include: Identification of various study/project 
authorities; identification of existing and anticipated lake and 
watershed conditions (including completed and ongoing projects); 
identification of lake and watershed water resources problems, needs, 
goals, and objectives; identification of considered alternatives; 
assessment of impacts of considered alternatives; evaluation (trade-off 
analyses) of alternatives and associated impacts (including required 
planning and environmental coordination and compliance, and 
consideration of agency and public views); and selection and pursuit of 
appropriate lake and watershed water resources alternatives/projects. 
Studies shall also provide tools, as appropriate, for continued study/
project development, management, and monitoring purposes.

ADDRESSES: Correspondence should be addressed to: Mr. Tod Smith, U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Environmental Analyses 
Section, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York 14207-3199.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tod Smith at 716-879-4175.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Authority: This study is being conducted under the authority of 
Section 573 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 1999.
    Proposed Action: The study will involve a comprehensive evaluation 
of Onondaga Lake and watershed water resource problems, including 
studies and research necessary for the identification, integration, and 
implementation of projects and programs that will facilitate water 
resource improvements in the watershed.
    Alternatives: The No Action (Without Project Conditions) 
alternative is always a consideration. Under this alternative, no 
study/project action would be taken. This serves as the basis of 
comparison for other alternatives.
    Associated alternatives may include those relative to: 
institutional processes, water and land use management, HTRW 
(hazardous, toxic, radioactive waste) remediation, water quality 
sediment load reduction measures, water quality contamination control 
measures, water supply measures, water treatment measures, navigation 
measures, flood damage reduction measures, erosion protection measures, 
environmental restoration measures, recreational development, and 
transportation considerations.
    Scoping Process: The Onondaga Lake Management Conference (OLMC) was 
conducted to discuss significant water resources problems and potential 
remedial actions for Onondaga Lake and developed the 1993 Onondaga Lake 
Management Plan (OLMP).
    The Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) was formed in 1998 and was 
authorized to make revisions to the OLMP via Section 573 of the Water 
Resources Development Act (WRDA) 1999. Associated with these efforts, 
the Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan study has been initiated to 
further evaluate, formulate, and integrate beneficial water resources 
programs/projects in the watershed.
    Coordination and meetings have already occurred relative to the 
Onondaga Lake Partnership activities and projects, as well as, for this 
Onondaga Lake Watershed Management Plan study. Public involvement 
processes include an outreach program, public meetings, written and 
verbal correspondence/coordination, and draft and final report review 
procedures. A study supplemental Scoping Fact Sheet is being 
coordinated with various Federal, State, and local agencies and 
interests, and the Onondaga Nation. Study teams will meet on a routine 
basis. Additional input from potentially affected Federal, Tribal, 
State, and local interests is sought by this notice. Information 
regarding the Onondaga Lake Partnership is available at http://
www.onlakepartners.org/.
    Significant Issues: The primary issues of this study include the 
substantial water resource problems in Onondaga Lake and its watershed 
and the effective formulation and integration of their existing and 
potential remedial actions. These significant water resource problems 
adversely affect the optimal use of and economic growth in the 
watershed.
    Scoping Meeting: Federal, Tribal, State, and local interests have 
already been involved with initiation of the Onondaga Lake Partnership 
and this project (OLWMP) and coordination is already being conducted. 
At least one new formal scoping meeting is anticipated with the 
specific date, time, and location to be determined.
    Availability: It is expected that the Draft Programmatic 
Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) (a programmatic plan development 
and implementation overview documentation) will be made available to 
agencies, tribes, interests, and the public about May 2007.

    Dated: March 23, 2005.
Timothy B. Touchette,
Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer.
[FR Doc. 05-6485 Filed 3-31-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3710-GP-M