Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Turntable Bay Marina Master Development Plan, 38866-38869 [05-13242]

Download as PDF 38866 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 6, 2005 / Notices will only make a decision regarding impacts on National Forest System lands. California Fish and Game Code) issued by the California Department of fish and Game. Scoping Process Public participation will be especially important at several stages during the analysis. The purpose of scoping is to help ensure that a comprehensive and focused EIR/EIS will be prepared that provides a firm basis for the decisionmaking process. Members of the public, affected Federal, State, and local agencies, interested groups, and other interested parties may participate in the scoping process for this project by providing written and verbal comments or recommendations concerning the issues to be analyzed in the EIR/EIS. Comments can be given verbally by attending the scheduled scoping meeting at: Palmdale Water District, July 13, 2005, 7 p.m., 2029 East Avenue Q, Palmdale, CA 93550, (661) 947–4111. Attendees requiring language interpretation services at the Scoping Meeting must call (818) 597–3407, ext. 338 by July 6, 2005. The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. Comment Requested This notice of intent initiates the scoping process which guides the development of the EIR/EIS. The Forest Service is seeking public and agency comment on the proposed project to identify major issues to be analyzed in depth and assistance in identifying potential alternatives to be evaluated. Comments received on this notice, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered as part of the public record on this proposed project, and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, those who submit anonymous comments will not have standing to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR Part 215. Additionally, pursuant to 7 CFR 1.27(d), any person may request the agency to withhold a submission from the public record by showing how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) permits such confidentiality. Persons requesting such confidentiality should be aware that, under the FOIA, confidentiality may be granted in only very limited circumstances, such as to protect trade secrets. The Forest Service will inform the requester of the agency’s decision regarding the request for confidentiality. Where the request is denied, the agency will return the submission and notify the requester that the comments may be resubmitted, without names and addresses, within a specified number of days. Early Notice of Importance of Public Participation in Subsequent Environmental Review: A Draft EIR/EIS will be prepared for comment. The comment period on the draft EIR/EIS will be 45 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The Forest Service believes, at this early stage, it is important to give reviewers notice of several court rulings related to public participation in the environmental review process. First, reviewers of the Draft EIR/EIS must structure their participation in the environmental review of the proposal so that it is meaningful and alerts an agency to the reviewer’s position and contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553 (1978). Also, environmental objections that could be raised at the Draft EIR/EIS stage but that are not raised until after completion of the Final EIR/EIS may be Preliminary Issues The EIR/EIS will present the analysis of the environmental impacts of the proposed project and comparative environmental effects of the alternatives, and will identify mitigation measures for potentially significant impacts. The EIR/EIS will address all issue areas for which potential significant impacts are anticipated. These issue areas include: Air quality; biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazardous materials; land use and public recreation; noise; socioeconomics and environmental justice; traffic; utilities and service system; visual resources; and water resources. Permits or Licenses Required The Regional Director of Natural Resource Management of the Forest Service would issue a Special Use Permit for construction of the grade control structure and maintenance of the Reservoir capacity through sediment removal. Additional permits that may be required for the proposed project could include: A Permit to Operate issued by the Antelope Valley air Quality Management District, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system General Construction Permit issued by California’s Regional Water quality Control Board, a Section 404 Permit (per Section 404 of the Clean Water Act) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a Streambed Alteration Agreement (per Section 1601 of the VerDate jul<14>2003 16:35 Jul 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 waived or dismissed by the courts. City of Angoon v. Hodel, 803 F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir. 1986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v Harris, 490 F. Supp. 1334, 1338 (E.D. Wis. 1980). Because of these court rulings, it is very important that those interested in this proposed action participate by the close of the 45day EIR/EIS comment period so that substantive comments and objections are made available to the Forest Service at a time when it can meaningfully consider them and respond to them in the Final EIR/EIS. To assist the Forest Service in identifying and considering issues and concerns on the proposed action, comments on the Draft EIR/EIS should be as specific as possible. It is also helpful if comments refer to specific pages or chapters of the draft statement. Comments may also address the adequacy of the Draft EIR/EIS or the merits of the alternatives formulated and discussed in the statement. Reviewers may wish to refer to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act at 40 CFR 1503.3 in addressing these points. Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal and will be available for public inspection. (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 21) Dated: June 28, 2005. Susan Swinson, Acting Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 05–13243 Filed 7–5–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Turntable Bay Marina Master Development Plan Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Shasta-Trinity National Forest proposes to authorize a 30-year term permit to Seven Resorts, Inc. to build and operate a resort marina at Turntable Bay located in section 22 & 27, T34N, R4W, MDBM on Shasta Lake. In conjunction with this authorization, Seven Resorts, Inc. (Project Proponent) will relinquish the existing permit for the operation of Digger Bay Marina located in section 12 and 13, T33N, E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 6, 2005 / Notices R5W, MDBM on Shasta Lake. The proposed Turntable Bay Marina and associated land-based development will be designed for water-based recreational use on a year-around basis. Proposed water-based facilities include a retail store, public moorage facilities, boat rentals, and service docks (fuel, septic waste, and refuse collection). Proposed land-based improvements include offramp lighting, paved access road, paved parking, launch ramp, public restrooms, water supply, sanitary waste disposal system, and power and communications utilities. In addition, a non-significant amendment to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to amend management prescription IV, ‘‘Roaded, High Density Recreation,’’ to include the proposed site of the Turntable Bay Marina is proposed. The proposal is within the Shasta Unit of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis should be received no later than 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in November 2005 and the final environmental impact statement is expected during the spring of 2006. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to District Ranger Kristy Cottini, ShastaTrinity National Forest, National Recreation Area Ranger Station, 14225 Holiday Road, Redding, CA 96003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Manager Lee Simons, ShastaTrinity National Forest, National Recreation Area Ranger Station, 14225 Holiday Road, Redding, CA 96003. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Turntable Bay was identified by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, as the most viable site for a new marina on Shasta Lake. Turntable Bay offers direct access from Interstate 5, limited impact from lake level fluctuations, and an area well suited for a variety of recreational activities both on and off the water. Shasta Lake is the largest lake in the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area (NRA), and is managed by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to provide quality recreational experiences to the public. In May 2002, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest issued a prospectus offering the opportunity to relocate an existing marina’s operation on Shasta Lake to Turntable Bay. The Project Proponent submitted a proposal in response to the prospectus and was awarded the opportunity to prepare a conceptual Turntable Bay Marina VerDate jul<14>2003 16:35 Jul 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 Master Development Plan. This plan has been accepted by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Purpose and Need for Action There is a need for the Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, to take action (provide response) on the application submitted by the Project Proponent requesting a special use authorization. The proposed use is construction and operation of a full service marina at Turntable Bay on Shasta Lake within the NRA. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a high-quality recreational opportunity at Turntable Bay. The current Management Guide (NRA Guide) for the Shasta and Trinity Units of the NRA identifies Turntable Bay as the most feasible new location for a resort/marina operation. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest manages the Shasta Unit of the NRA to be a showcase recreational area that supports the enjoyment and use of the natural environment. The combination of water and land surface provides the opportunity to enjoy many types of outdoor recreation; however, environmental factors such as a hot climate, steep terrain, and sparse forest cover favor water-oriented recreation. On the Shasta Unit, the key attraction or recreation resource is the available water surface of Shasta Lake. Recreational boating on Shasta Lake is dependent upon access to the water via shoreline facilities such as marinas, docks, and launch ramps. Fluctuations in the water levels, however, have effects on the provision of and access to water-based recreational services. With regard to the marinas on Shasta Lake, some facilities are located in areas (shallow water ports) that require them to move their docks substantial distances from their land-based facilities and/or close their boat ramps during low water periods. This decreases the consistency, efficiency, and overall quality of services provided. Deepwater ports are more efficient locations for marinas. To allow existing marinas, which are restricted by their locations, to improve the quality of the services they provide, the NRA Guide contains the following recommendation. ‘‘Upon approval by the Forest Service, resort/marinas may merge, or consolidate to one location, or a resort/marina may move to a new location based on the following criteria: • Maintains or improves dispersion of services around the lake. • Accommodates low water conditions. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38867 • Removes or eliminates the threat for threatened and/or endangered species. • The site can adequately support both land and water based facilities and services. • Road access is feasible and reasonable (location and cost). • Utilities (electricity and telephone) are reasonably available to the location. • Compatibility with existing commercial resort/marina locations. • Compatibility with natural resources, such as preservation of watershed or fish habitat values. • Compatibility with public recreation sites or facilities.’’ Based on these criteria, Turntable Bay was determined to be the most viable location for a new marina on Shasta Lake. Turntable Bay possesses many site characteristics which would contribute to efficient and consistent marina operation, including direct access from a major interstate, deep water moorage with limited effects from lake fluctuations, access to utilities, and an area well suited for a variety of recreational activities, both on and off the water. Therefore, the proposed project offers an opportunity to improve the location and quality of facilities/ services currently provided by Digger Bay Marina (an existing marina operated by the Project Proponent) through relocation to Turntable Bay. In comparison, the facility at Digger Bay is located approximately 6 miles form Interstate 5. Access is via Shasta Dam Boulevard, through the City of Shasta Lake, and then north on Digger Bay Road. Digger Bay Road is a lowstandard, narrow, and winding road about 3.5-mile long, making it poorly suited for trailer carrying boats. The boat launch ramp at Digger Bay Marina ends at a depth of 60 feet below full lake level. When the lake surface drops below this level, boasts can no longer be launched at the site. From 60 to 100 feet below full lake level, access to marina facilities on the water is constrained by a winding asphalt road. This road is difficult to negotiate with vehicles and requires frequent repositioning of the docks as water levels change. Below 100 feet from full lake level, marina facilities cannot be accessed form the land at all. Proposed Action The proposed action to issue a 30 year term permit for the development and operation of Turntable Bay Resort Marina would include the following actions: • All land-based developments are proposed to occur above 1090 feet elevation, to avoid conflicts with a potential increase of 20 feet in the height of Shasta Dam. E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 38868 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 6, 2005 / Notices • Land-based developments will include placement of safety lighting at the north-bound and south-bound ramps of Interstate Highway 5 (Turntable Bay exit). • Reconstruction and construction of a two-land paved access road. • Construction of paved parking areas. • Construction of a four land (60 feet wide) boat-launching ramp. • Construction of public restrooms, water supply, and septic disposal systems. • Construction of disposal area for excess excavation materials. • Revegetation and slope protection measures emphasizing native vegetation. • Construction of power and communication utilities. • Water-based facilities will include a retail store, boat rentals, public moorage docks, and systems for selling fuel, septic pump out, and refuse management. The proposed permit area includes 79 acres above the current high water level of Shasta Lake (1070 feet above mean sea level). This area is currently undeveloped, with the exception of an access road that terminates at the back (west end) of Turntable Bay, immediately east of northbound Interstate 5. The proposed marina and land-based development will be designed to provide recreational opportunities consisting of varied boating and other water-based activities as well as pubic access to park-like areas on land including a day-use picnic area, walking trails, and public restrooms. The development design provides compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and appropriate public law. The proposed marina site includes waters of Shasta Lake within Turntable Bay, the area between Interstate Highway 5 and Shasta Lake north of the Turntable Bay exit, a portion of the existing access road, and an area to the north of Turntable Bay that will be used to place excess excavation material. The shoreline of Shasta Lake in the project area is rugged. The development of roads and parking areas will require grading (estimated 94,000 cubic yards of net excess material). The proposed design has been developed to minimize the total disturbed area and retain as much of the area in an undisturbed condition as possible. The design of appropriate cuts and fills to minimize grading is planned. As designed, the proposed project will minimize impacts to native vegetation and will implement a vegetation management plan that VerDate jul<14>2003 16:35 Jul 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 emphasizes native vegetation in the project design. This plan will also use revegetation strategies to address other potential resource impacts (e.g., visuals, erosion, water quality, and noxious weeds). Upon authorization and construction of Turntable Bay Marina, SCR will relinquish its permit to operate Digger Bay Marina. This will result in abandoning the current land-side operations and relocating the water-side improvements to Turntable Bay. When the Resort/Marina Term Special Use Permit for the Digger Bay location is relinquished, some land-side improvements at the existing Digger Bay site, including paved access roads, parking areas, launch ramp, and utilities (water and septic) will remain intact for possible future use to be determined though subsequent planning by the Forest Service. Possible Alternatives Any action alternatives would be developed based on significant issues to the proposed action following the public scoping process. Lead and Cooperating Agencies USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this environmental impact statement. Other Federal, state, or local agencies may have discretionary approvals and authorities. Responsible Official J. Sharon Heywood, Forest Supervisor, Shasta-Trinity Forest, 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002. Nature of Decision To Be Made The Forest Supervisor will decide whether to implement the proposed action, take an alternative action that meets the purpose and need, to take no action. Scoping Process The project is included in the ShastaTrinity National Forest’s quarterly schedule of proposed actions (SOPA). Information describing the proposed action will also be posted on the Web site, http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ shastatrinity/projects, and advertised in the Redding Record Searchlight. This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. Comments submitted during this scoping process should be in writing and should be specific to the proposed action. The comments should describe as clearly and completely as possible any issues the commenter has with the proposal. The scoping process includes: (a) Identifying potential issues. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (b) Identifying issues to be analyzed in depth. (c) Eliminating non-significant issues or those previously covered by a relevant previous environmental analysis. (d) Exploring additional alternatives. (e) Identifying potential environmental effects of the proposed action and alternatives. Preliminary Issues No preliminary issues have been identified. Permits or Licenses Required By definition, the Forest Service has identified the proposed Turntable Bay Marina as a water-dependent project that will be subject to the requirements of the Clean Water Act. Under the Act, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has the responsibility to ensure that the waters of the U.S. are protected. The location and types of activities associated with proposed action will require issuance of a 404 Permit prior to Forest Service authorization of the Special Use Permit to construct and operate the proposed Turntable Bay Marina. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region, is the agency authorized to issue the 401 certification under the Clean Water Act. Due to the nature of some of the proposed land-based development (i.e., water and sanitation facilities), this agency is also responsible for preparing waste discharge requirements prior to Forest Service authorization of the Special use Permit to construct and operate the proposed Turntable Bay Marina. The California Department of Transportation maintains a right-of-way associated with Interstate 5. Some landbased components of the proposed Turntable Bay Marina may encroach on this right-of-way and require the issuance of a California Department of Transportation encroachment permit prior to Forest Service authorization of the Special Use Permit to construct and operate the proposed Turntable Bay Marina. Comments Requested This notice of intent initiates the scoping process which guides development of the environmental impact statement. Early Notice of Importance of Public Participation in Subsequent Environmental Review A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared for comment. The comment period on the draft environmental impact statement will be E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 6, 2005 / Notices 45 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The Forest Service believes, at this early stage, it is important to give reviewers notice of several court rulings related to public participation in the environmental review process. First, reviewers of draft environmental impact statements must structure their participation in the environmental review of the proposal so that it is meaningful and alerts an agency to the reviewer’s position and contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553 (1978). Also, environmental objections that could be raised at the draft environmental impact statement stage but that are not raised until after completion of the final environmental impact statement may be waived or dismissed by the courts. Court of Angoon v. Hodel, 803 F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir. 1986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v. Harris, 490 F. Supp, 1334, 1338 (E.D. Wis. 1980). Because of these court rulings, it is very important that those interested in this proposed action participate by the close of the 45 day comment period so that substantive comments and objections are made available to the Forest Service at a time when it can meaningfully consider them and respond to them in the final environmental impact statement. To assist the Forest Service in identifying and considering issues and concerns on the proposed action, comments on the draft environmental impact statement should be as specific as possible. It is also helpful if comments refer to specific pages or chapters of the draft statement. Comments may also address the adequacy of the draft environmental impact statement or the merits of the alternatives formulated and discussed in the statement. Reviewers may wish to refer to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act at 40 CFR 1503.3 in addressing these points. Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal and will be available for public inspection. (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 211.) Dated: June 16, 2005. J. Sharon Heywood, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 05–13242 Filed 7–5–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M VerDate jul<14>2003 16:35 Jul 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Craig Ranger District, Tongass National Forest; Alaska; Scratchings Timber Sale EIS Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service, Craig Ranger District will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider a proposal to harvest timber from Suemez Island, located on the Craig Ranger District, Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska. The proposed action would harvest up to 40 MMBF of timber from approximately 5,000 acres. Approximately 16.5 miles of road construction is planned. About 3.5 miles of this road would be temporary construction. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis should be received within 45 days from the date of this notice. The draft environmental impact statement is expected to be completed by October 31, 2005 and the final environmental impact statement is expected to be completed by March 31, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Planning Staff, Thorne Bay Ranger District, Attn: Scratchings Scoping; P.O. Box 19001; Thorne Bay, AK 99919– 0001. Comments can also be faxed to 907–828–3309 or e-mailed to commentsalaska-tongass-thorne-bay@fs.fed.us, subject line: Scratchings scoping EIS comments. Mail correspondence to Planning Staff, Thorne Bay Ranger District, Attn: Scratchings Scoping; P.O. Box 19001; Thorne Bay, AK 99919–0001. The Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts are served by a single, zoned Planning Staff. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed timber sale would occur on Suemez Island in southeastern Alaska. Suemez Island is located west of Prince of Wales Island and southwest of Craig, Alaska. The proposed project lies within Tongass National Forest Value Comparison Units 633, 634, 635, 636 and 637. Land Use Designations (LUD), for the project area, include Timber Production, Modified Landscape, Oldgrowth Habitat and Special Interest Areas. A few potential sale units may be located within the Inventoried Roadless Area #502. No timber harvest is planned in Old-growth Habitat or within the Special Interest Area. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38869 Purpose and Need for Action The purpose of and need for the Scratchings Timber Sale project is to provide timber harvest opportunities suitable for large and possibly small timber purchasers, mill operators and the value-added wood product industries in southeast Alaska in accordance with Forest Plan direction. The Forest Supervisor will decide whether or not to harvest timber from the Scratching Timber Sale project area, and if so, how this timber will be harvested. The decision will be based on the information that is disclosed in the Environmental Impact Statement. The responsible official will consider comments, responses, the disclosure of environmental consequences, as well as applicable laws, regulations, and policies in making the decision and will state that rationale in the Record of Decision. The Scratching Timber Sale would move the project area toward the desired condition described in the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan (TLMP) or Forest Plan). The following Forest-wide goals and objectives as applied to the Scratchings Timber Sale project area include: (1) Improve timber growth and productivity on suitable timber lands made abailable for timber harvest, and manage these lands for long-term sustained yield of timber. (2) Contribute to a timber supply from the Tongass National Forest that seeks to meet annual and Forest Plan planning cycle market demand. (3) Provide opportunities for local employment in the wood products industry that would in turn contribute to the local and regional economies of southeast Alaska. Proposed Action The Craig Ranger District is considering a proposal to harvest 25 to 40 million board-feet (MMBF) of timber from approximately 5,000 acres resulting in a variety of large and small timber sales. A combination of harvest methods may be used. Harvest prescriptions would be written to meet Forest Plan Standards and Guidelines. This will result in units with smaller openings and more partial-cut harvesting than has historically occurred within the Project Area. Approximately 16.5 miles of road construction is planned. About 3.5 miles of road would be temporary construction. Public Participation Public participation is an important part of the analysis process and will E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Turntable Bay Marina 
Master Development Plan

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Shasta-Trinity National Forest proposes to authorize a 30-
year term permit to Seven Resorts, Inc. to build and operate a resort 
marina at Turntable Bay located in section 22 & 27, T34N, R4W, MDBM on 
Shasta Lake. In conjunction with this authorization, Seven Resorts, 
Inc. (Project Proponent) will relinquish the existing permit for the 
operation of Digger Bay Marina located in section 12 and 13, T33N,

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R5W, MDBM on Shasta Lake. The proposed Turntable Bay Marina and 
associated land-based development will be designed for water-based 
recreational use on a year-around basis. Proposed water-based 
facilities include a retail store, public moorage facilities, boat 
rentals, and service docks (fuel, septic waste, and refuse collection). 
Proposed land-based improvements include off-ramp lighting, paved 
access road, paved parking, launch ramp, public restrooms, water 
supply, sanitary waste disposal system, and power and communications 
utilities.
    In addition, a non-significant amendment to the Shasta-Trinity 
National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to amend management 
prescription IV, ``Roaded, High Density Recreation,'' to include the 
proposed site of the Turntable Bay Marina is proposed. The proposal is 
within the Shasta Unit of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National 
Recreation Area.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis should be received 
no later than 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in 
November 2005 and the final environmental impact statement is expected 
during the spring of 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to District Ranger Kristy Cottini, 
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, National Recreation Area Ranger 
Station, 14225 Holiday Road, Redding, CA 96003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Manager Lee Simons, Shasta-
Trinity National Forest, National Recreation Area Ranger Station, 14225 
Holiday Road, Redding, CA 96003.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Turntable Bay was identified by the Shasta-
Trinity National Forest, as the most viable site for a new marina on 
Shasta Lake. Turntable Bay offers direct access from Interstate 5, 
limited impact from lake level fluctuations, and an area well suited 
for a variety of recreational activities both on and off the water. 
Shasta Lake is the largest lake in the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity 
National Recreation Area (NRA), and is managed by the Shasta-Trinity 
National Forest to provide quality recreational experiences to the 
public.
    In May 2002, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest issued a prospectus 
offering the opportunity to relocate an existing marina's operation on 
Shasta Lake to Turntable Bay. The Project Proponent submitted a 
proposal in response to the prospectus and was awarded the opportunity 
to prepare a conceptual Turntable Bay Marina Master Development Plan. 
This plan has been accepted by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for 
environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA).

Purpose and Need for Action

    There is a need for the Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National 
Forest, to take action (provide response) on the application submitted 
by the Project Proponent requesting a special use authorization. The 
proposed use is construction and operation of a full service marina at 
Turntable Bay on Shasta Lake within the NRA. The purpose of the 
proposed project is to provide a high-quality recreational opportunity 
at Turntable Bay. The current Management Guide (NRA Guide) for the 
Shasta and Trinity Units of the NRA identifies Turntable Bay as the 
most feasible new location for a resort/marina operation.
    The Shasta-Trinity National Forest manages the Shasta Unit of the 
NRA to be a showcase recreational area that supports the enjoyment and 
use of the natural environment. The combination of water and land 
surface provides the opportunity to enjoy many types of outdoor 
recreation; however, environmental factors such as a hot climate, steep 
terrain, and sparse forest cover favor water-oriented recreation. On 
the Shasta Unit, the key attraction or recreation resource is the 
available water surface of Shasta Lake. Recreational boating on Shasta 
Lake is dependent upon access to the water via shoreline facilities 
such as marinas, docks, and launch ramps.
    Fluctuations in the water levels, however, have effects on the 
provision of and access to water-based recreational services. With 
regard to the marinas on Shasta Lake, some facilities are located in 
areas (shallow water ports) that require them to move their docks 
substantial distances from their land-based facilities and/or close 
their boat ramps during low water periods. This decreases the 
consistency, efficiency, and overall quality of services provided. 
Deepwater ports are more efficient locations for marinas.
    To allow existing marinas, which are restricted by their locations, 
to improve the quality of the services they provide, the NRA Guide 
contains the following recommendation.

    ``Upon approval by the Forest Service, resort/marinas may merge, 
or consolidate to one location, or a resort/marina may move to a new 
location based on the following criteria:
     Maintains or improves dispersion of services around the 
lake.
     Accommodates low water conditions.
     Removes or eliminates the threat for threatened and/or 
endangered species.
     The site can adequately support both land and water 
based facilities and services.
     Road access is feasible and reasonable (location and 
cost).
     Utilities (electricity and telephone) are reasonably 
available to the location.
     Compatibility with existing commercial resort/marina 
locations.
     Compatibility with natural resources, such as 
preservation of watershed or fish habitat values.
     Compatibility with public recreation sites or 
facilities.''

    Based on these criteria, Turntable Bay was determined to be the 
most viable location for a new marina on Shasta Lake. Turntable Bay 
possesses many site characteristics which would contribute to efficient 
and consistent marina operation, including direct access from a major 
interstate, deep water moorage with limited effects from lake 
fluctuations, access to utilities, and an area well suited for a 
variety of recreational activities, both on and off the water. 
Therefore, the proposed project offers an opportunity to improve the 
location and quality of facilities/services currently provided by 
Digger Bay Marina (an existing marina operated by the Project 
Proponent) through relocation to Turntable Bay.
    In comparison, the facility at Digger Bay is located approximately 
6 miles form Interstate 5. Access is via Shasta Dam Boulevard, through 
the City of Shasta Lake, and then north on Digger Bay Road. Digger Bay 
Road is a low-standard, narrow, and winding road about 3.5-mile long, 
making it poorly suited for trailer carrying boats.
    The boat launch ramp at Digger Bay Marina ends at a depth of 60 
feet below full lake level. When the lake surface drops below this 
level, boasts can no longer be launched at the site. From 60 to 100 
feet below full lake level, access to marina facilities on the water is 
constrained by a winding asphalt road. This road is difficult to 
negotiate with vehicles and requires frequent repositioning of the 
docks as water levels change. Below 100 feet from full lake level, 
marina facilities cannot be accessed form the land at all.

Proposed Action

    The proposed action to issue a 30 year term permit for the 
development and operation of Turntable Bay Resort Marina would include 
the following actions:
     All land-based developments are proposed to occur above 
1090 feet elevation, to avoid conflicts with a potential increase of 20 
feet in the height of Shasta Dam.

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     Land-based developments will include placement of safety 
lighting at the north-bound and south-bound ramps of Interstate Highway 
5 (Turntable Bay exit).
     Reconstruction and construction of a two-land paved access 
road.
     Construction of paved parking areas.
     Construction of a four land (60 feet wide) boat-launching 
ramp.
     Construction of public restrooms, water supply, and septic 
disposal systems.
     Construction of disposal area for excess excavation 
materials.
     Revegetation and slope protection measures emphasizing 
native vegetation.
     Construction of power and communication utilities.
     Water-based facilities will include a retail store, boat 
rentals, public moorage docks, and systems for selling fuel, septic 
pump out, and refuse management.
    The proposed permit area includes 79 acres above the current high 
water level of Shasta Lake (1070 feet above mean sea level). This area 
is currently undeveloped, with the exception of an access road that 
terminates at the back (west end) of Turntable Bay, immediately east of 
northbound Interstate 5. The proposed marina and land-based development 
will be designed to provide recreational opportunities consisting of 
varied boating and other water-based activities as well as pubic access 
to park-like areas on land including a day-use picnic area, walking 
trails, and public restrooms. The development design provides 
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 
appropriate public law. The proposed marina site includes waters of 
Shasta Lake within Turntable Bay, the area between Interstate Highway 5 
and Shasta Lake north of the Turntable Bay exit, a portion of the 
existing access road, and an area to the north of Turntable Bay that 
will be used to place excess excavation material.
    The shoreline of Shasta Lake in the project area is rugged. The 
development of roads and parking areas will require grading (estimated 
94,000 cubic yards of net excess material). The proposed design has 
been developed to minimize the total disturbed area and retain as much 
of the area in an undisturbed condition as possible. The design of 
appropriate cuts and fills to minimize grading is planned.
    As designed, the proposed project will minimize impacts to native 
vegetation and will implement a vegetation management plan that 
emphasizes native vegetation in the project design. This plan will also 
use revegetation strategies to address other potential resource impacts 
(e.g., visuals, erosion, water quality, and noxious weeds).
    Upon authorization and construction of Turntable Bay Marina, SCR 
will relinquish its permit to operate Digger Bay Marina. This will 
result in abandoning the current land-side operations and relocating 
the water-side improvements to Turntable Bay. When the Resort/Marina 
Term Special Use Permit for the Digger Bay location is relinquished, 
some land-side improvements at the existing Digger Bay site, including 
paved access roads, parking areas, launch ramp, and utilities (water 
and septic) will remain intact for possible future use to be determined 
though subsequent planning by the Forest Service.

Possible Alternatives

    Any action alternatives would be developed based on significant 
issues to the proposed action following the public scoping process.

Lead and Cooperating Agencies

    USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this environmental 
impact statement. Other Federal, state, or local agencies may have 
discretionary approvals and authorities.

Responsible Official

    J. Sharon Heywood, Forest Supervisor, Shasta-Trinity Forest, 3644 
Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The Forest Supervisor will decide whether to implement the proposed 
action, take an alternative action that meets the purpose and need, to 
take no action.

Scoping Process

    The project is included in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest's 
quarterly schedule of proposed actions (SOPA). Information describing 
the proposed action will also be posted on the Web site, http://
www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity/ projects, and advertised in the 
Redding Record Searchlight. This notice of intent initiates the scoping 
process, which guides the development of the environmental impact 
statement. Comments submitted during this scoping process should be in 
writing and should be specific to the proposed action. The comments 
should describe as clearly and completely as possible any issues the 
commenter has with the proposal. The scoping process includes:
    (a) Identifying potential issues.
    (b) Identifying issues to be analyzed in depth.
    (c) Eliminating non-significant issues or those previously covered 
by a relevant previous environmental analysis.
    (d) Exploring additional alternatives.
    (e) Identifying potential environmental effects of the proposed 
action and alternatives.

Preliminary Issues

    No preliminary issues have been identified.

Permits or Licenses Required

    By definition, the Forest Service has identified the proposed 
Turntable Bay Marina as a water-dependent project that will be subject 
to the requirements of the Clean Water Act. Under the Act, the U.S. 
Army Corp of Engineers has the responsibility to ensure that the waters 
of the U.S. are protected. The location and types of activities 
associated with proposed action will require issuance of a 404 Permit 
prior to Forest Service authorization of the Special Use Permit to 
construct and operate the proposed Turntable Bay Marina.
    The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley 
Region, is the agency authorized to issue the 401 certification under 
the Clean Water Act. Due to the nature of some of the proposed land-
based development (i.e., water and sanitation facilities), this agency 
is also responsible for preparing waste discharge requirements prior to 
Forest Service authorization of the Special use Permit to construct and 
operate the proposed Turntable Bay Marina.
    The California Department of Transportation maintains a right-of-
way associated with Interstate 5. Some land-based components of the 
proposed Turntable Bay Marina may encroach on this right-of-way and 
require the issuance of a California Department of Transportation 
encroachment permit prior to Forest Service authorization of the 
Special Use Permit to construct and operate the proposed Turntable Bay 
Marina.

Comments Requested

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process which guides 
development of the environmental impact statement.

Early Notice of Importance of Public Participation in Subsequent 
Environmental Review

    A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared for 
comment. The comment period on the draft environmental impact statement 
will be

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45 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the 
notice of availability in the Federal Register.
    The Forest Service believes, at this early stage, it is important 
to give reviewers notice of several court rulings related to public 
participation in the environmental review process. First, reviewers of 
draft environmental impact statements must structure their 
participation in the environmental review of the proposal so that it is 
meaningful and alerts an agency to the reviewer's position and 
contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 
553 (1978). Also, environmental objections that could be raised at the 
draft environmental impact statement stage but that are not raised 
until after completion of the final environmental impact statement may 
be waived or dismissed by the courts. Court of Angoon v. Hodel, 803 
F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir. 1986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v. 
Harris, 490 F. Supp, 1334, 1338 (E.D. Wis. 1980). Because of these 
court rulings, it is very important that those interested in this 
proposed action participate by the close of the 45 day comment period 
so that substantive comments and objections are made available to the 
Forest Service at a time when it can meaningfully consider them and 
respond to them in the final environmental impact statement.
    To assist the Forest Service in identifying and considering issues 
and concerns on the proposed action, comments on the draft 
environmental impact statement should be as specific as possible. It is 
also helpful if comments refer to specific pages or chapters of the 
draft statement. Comments may also address the adequacy of the draft 
environmental impact statement or the merits of the alternatives 
formulated and discussed in the statement. Reviewers may wish to refer 
to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing 
the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act at 
40 CFR 1503.3 in addressing these points.
    Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who 
comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal 
and will be available for public inspection.

(Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 
1909.15, Section 211.)

    Dated: June 16, 2005.
J. Sharon Heywood,
Forest Supervisor.
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