Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Dredged Material Management Plan for the Calcasieu River and Pass, Louisiana, Federal Navigation Channel, 40692-40693 [05-13872]

Download as PDF 40692 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 134 / Thursday, July 14, 2005 / Notices The preferred plan for the riverfront park includes two portals, a river landing, a fishing platform, and an amphitheater and stage. In addition to the features, miscellaneous recreational amenities (e.g., lights, seating areas with benches, trees/vegetation, educational kiosks, and trash receptacles) would be included. Also, the existing access road at the riverside of the levee would be paved. USACE has distributed copies of the Final SEIS to appropriate members of Congress, State and local government officials, Federal agencies, and other interested parties. Copies are also available at the following locations: (1) Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. (2) Osterhout Free Library, South Branch, 2 Airy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. (3) D. Leonard Corgan Library, King’s College, 14 West Jackson Street, WilkesBarre, PA 18711. You may view the Final SEIS and related information on our Web page at http://www.nab.usace.arny.mil/ publications/non-reg_pub.htm. The Final SEIS has been prepared in accordance with (1) The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and (3) USACE regulations implementing NEPA (ER–200–2–2). Jo Ann Grundy, Biologist. [FR Doc. 05–13855 Filed 7–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–41–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Dredged Material Management Plan for the Calcasieu River and Pass, Louisiana, Federal Navigation Channel Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District (CEMVN) is initiating this draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) under the authority of the Rivers and Harbors Act of July 24, 1946 (House Document 190, 79th Congress, 2nd Session) and prior Rivers and Harbors acts; the Rivers and VerDate jul<14>2003 18:32 Jul 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 Harbors Act of July 14, 1960 (House Document 436, 86th Congress, 2nd Session); the Rivers and Harbors Act of October 23, 1962 (House Document 582, 87th Congress, 2nd Session); the Senate Public Works committee on December 27, 1970, and the House Public Works committee on December 15, 1970, under the provisions of Section 201 of the Flood Control Act of 1965 (Pub. L. 89– 298; S.D. 91–111); and Section 107 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1960, as amended by Section 310 and Section 112 of the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1965 and 1970, respectively, to investigate dredged material placement for the next 20 years of maintenance dredging of the Calcasieu and River and Pass, LA. The Calcasieu River and Pass, LA project does not have adequate dredged material disposal areas for the long-term maintenance of the project. Existing disposal sites are at or near capacity, and some disposal sites have been substantially eroded into adjacent water bodies. Other disposal areas have been lost to commercial developments. As a result, remaining disposal areas cannot accommodate the volume of dredged material needed to maintain the Calcasieu River and Pass, LA navigation channel to project-authorized dimensions, and CEMVN has been forced to reduce channel dimensions in some reaches. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning this DEIS should be addressed to Mr. Casey Rowe at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, PM–RP, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160– 0267, phone (504) 862–1583, fax number (504) 862–2572 or by e-mail at Casey.J.Rowe@mvn02.usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Proposed Action. The overall goal of the dredged material management plan is to investigate and develop a long-term management plan to maintain, in an economically and environmentally sound manner, the Federally authorized channel dimensions, and maximize the use of the dredged material as a beneficial resource. 2. Alternatives. A number of alternative dredged material disposal sites will be investigated for the Calcasieu River and Pass, LA project, as well as feasible alternatives to maximize the capacity of existing dredged material disposal areas along the channel. 3. Scoping. Scoping is the process for determining the scope of alternatives and significant issues to be addressed in the DSEIS. For this analysis, a letter will be sent to all parties believed to have an interest in the analysis, requesting their input on alternative disposal sites and PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 issues to be evaluated. The letter will also notify interested parties of public scoping meetings that will be held in the local area. Notices will also be sent to local news media. All interested parties are invited to comment at this time, and anyone interested in this study should request to be included in the study mailing list. Two public scoping meetings will be held in July 2005, in Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes. Depending on public interest, and if further public coordination is warranted, additional meetings may be scheduled. 4. Significant Issues. The tentative list of resources and issues to be evaluated in the DSEIS include essential fish habitat, wetlands, aquatic resources, commercial and recreational fisheries, wildlife resources, water quality, air quality, threatened and endangered species, recreation resources, and cultural resources. Socioeconomic impacts will also be evaluated in the DSEIS, including navigation as well as potential noise impacts. Environmental Consultation and Review. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be assisting in the documentation of existing conditions and assessment of effects of project alternative through Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act consultation procedures. The USFWS will also provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act report. The CEMVN will consult with the USFWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concerning threatened and endangered species and their critical habitat. The CEMVN will coordinate with the Advisory Counsel on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer. The CEMVN will coordinate with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources regarding consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will review the action for consistency with applicable laws regarding the discharge of dredged material as it relates to impacting water quality and will provide the State of Louisiana Water Quality Certification. Coordination may also occur with the following agencies for evaluation of impacts to significant resources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Minerals Management Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Estimated Date of Availability. Funding levels and time constraints will dictate the date when the DSEIS will be available for review. The earliest date E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 134 / Thursday, July 14, 2005 / Notices that the draft EIS is expected to be available is November 2006. Dated: June 23, 2005. Stephen E. Jeselink, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 05–13872 Filed 7–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–84–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Inland Waterways Users Board Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting. Name of Committee: Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). Date: July 27, 2005. Location: Radisson Riverfront Hotel St. Paul, 11 East Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101, (1–651–292–1900). Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 12:30 p.m. Agenda: The Board will hear briefings on the status of both the funding for inland navigation projects and studies, and the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The Board will also consider its priorities for the next fiscal year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Mr. Norman T. Edwards, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CEMP–POD, 441 G. Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314–1000; Ph: 202–761–1934. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. Any interested person may attend, appear before, or file statements with the committee at the time and in the manner permitted by the committee. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 05–13858 Filed 7–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–92–M DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests Department of Education. Notice of proposed information collection requests. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, VerDate jul<14>2003 18:32 Jul 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507 (j)), since public harm is reasonably likely to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by July 22, 2005. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, Desk Officer, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget; 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or faxed to (202) 395–6974. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Director of OMB provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency’s ability to perform its statutory obligations. The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g., new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. ED invites public comment. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40693 Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on respondents, including through the use of information technology. Dated: July 11, 2005. Angela C. Arrington, Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Type of Review: Revision. Title: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). Frequency: SPP—every six years; APR—annually. Affected Public: State, local, or tribal gov’t, SEAs or LEAs; Federal Government. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 60. Burden Hours: 19,500. Abstract: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, signed on December 3, 2004, became Public Law 108–446. In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(1), not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, each State must have in place a performance plan that evaluates the States efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part B and describe how the State will improve such implementation. This plan, referenced here-to-after, is called the Part B State Performance Plan (Part B— SPP). In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(C)(ii) the State shall report annually to the public on the performance of each local educational agency located in the State on the targets in the State’s performance plan. The State shall report annually to the Secretary on the performance of the State under the State’s performance plan. This report, referenced here-toafter, is called the Part B Annual Performance Report (Part B—APR). Additional Information: In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(1), not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, each State must have in place a performance plan that evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part B and describe how the State will improve such implementation. E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 134 (Thursday, July 14, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40692-40693]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-13872]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Dredged Material Management Plan for the Calcasieu 
River and Pass, Louisiana, Federal Navigation Channel

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District (CEMVN) 
is initiating this draft supplemental environmental impact statement 
(DSEIS) under the authority of the Rivers and Harbors Act of July 24, 
1946 (House Document 190, 79th Congress, 2nd Session) and prior Rivers 
and Harbors acts; the Rivers and Harbors Act of July 14, 1960 (House 
Document 436, 86th Congress, 2nd Session); the Rivers and Harbors Act 
of October 23, 1962 (House Document 582, 87th Congress, 2nd Session); 
the Senate Public Works committee on December 27, 1970, and the House 
Public Works committee on December 15, 1970, under the provisions of 
Section 201 of the Flood Control Act of 1965 (Pub. L. 89-298; S.D. 91-
111); and Section 107 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1960, as amended 
by Section 310 and Section 112 of the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1965 
and 1970, respectively, to investigate dredged material placement for 
the next 20 years of maintenance dredging of the Calcasieu and River 
and Pass, LA. The Calcasieu River and Pass, LA project does not have 
adequate dredged material disposal areas for the long-term maintenance 
of the project. Existing disposal sites are at or near capacity, and 
some disposal sites have been substantially eroded into adjacent water 
bodies. Other disposal areas have been lost to commercial developments. 
As a result, remaining disposal areas cannot accommodate the volume of 
dredged material needed to maintain the Calcasieu River and Pass, LA 
navigation channel to project-authorized dimensions, and CEMVN has been 
forced to reduce channel dimensions in some reaches.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning this DEIS should 
be addressed to Mr. Casey Rowe at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, PM-RP, 
P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267, phone (504) 862-1583, fax 
number (504) 862-2572 or by e-mail at 
Casey.J.Rowe@mvn02.usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Proposed Action. The overall goal of the dredged material 
management plan is to investigate and develop a long-term management 
plan to maintain, in an economically and environmentally sound manner, 
the Federally authorized channel dimensions, and maximize the use of 
the dredged material as a beneficial resource.
    2. Alternatives. A number of alternative dredged material disposal 
sites will be investigated for the Calcasieu River and Pass, LA 
project, as well as feasible alternatives to maximize the capacity of 
existing dredged material disposal areas along the channel.
    3. Scoping. Scoping is the process for determining the scope of 
alternatives and significant issues to be addressed in the DSEIS. For 
this analysis, a letter will be sent to all parties believed to have an 
interest in the analysis, requesting their input on alternative 
disposal sites and issues to be evaluated. The letter will also notify 
interested parties of public scoping meetings that will be held in the 
local area. Notices will also be sent to local news media. All 
interested parties are invited to comment at this time, and anyone 
interested in this study should request to be included in the study 
mailing list.
    Two public scoping meetings will be held in July 2005, in Calcasieu 
and Cameron Parishes. Depending on public interest, and if further 
public coordination is warranted, additional meetings may be scheduled.
    4. Significant Issues. The tentative list of resources and issues 
to be evaluated in the DSEIS include essential fish habitat, wetlands, 
aquatic resources, commercial and recreational fisheries, wildlife 
resources, water quality, air quality, threatened and endangered 
species, recreation resources, and cultural resources. Socioeconomic 
impacts will also be evaluated in the DSEIS, including navigation as 
well as potential noise impacts.
    Environmental Consultation and Review. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (USFWS) will be assisting in the documentation of existing 
conditions and assessment of effects of project alternative through 
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act consultation procedures. The USFWS 
will also provide a Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act report. The 
CEMVN will consult with the USFWS and National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS) concerning threatened and endangered species and their critical 
habitat. The CEMVN will coordinate with the Advisory Counsel on 
Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer. The 
CEMVN will coordinate with the Louisiana Department of Natural 
Resources regarding consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Act. 
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will review the 
action for consistency with applicable laws regarding the discharge of 
dredged material as it relates to impacting water quality and will 
provide the State of Louisiana Water Quality Certification. 
Coordination may also occur with the following agencies for evaluation 
of impacts to significant resources: U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Minerals Management Service, Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and 
Fisheries.
    Estimated Date of Availability. Funding levels and time constraints 
will dictate the date when the DSEIS will be available for review. The 
earliest date

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that the draft EIS is expected to be available is November 2006.

    Dated: June 23, 2005.
Stephen E. Jeselink,
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Engineer.
[FR Doc. 05-13872 Filed 7-13-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3710-84-M