Carlsbad Project, New Mexico, 52121-52122 [05-17265]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 169 / Thursday, September 1, 2005 / Notices flannelbush), Fremontodendron mexicanum (Mexican flannelbush), Galium buxifolium (island bedstraw), Galium californicum ssp. sierrae (El Dorado bedstraw), Gilia tenuiflora ssp. arenaria (Monterey gilia), Gilia tenuiflora ssp. hoffmannii (Hoffmann’s slender-flowered gilia), Lasthenia burkei (Burke’s goldfields), Lasthenia conjugens (Contra Costa goldfields), Layia carnosa (beach layia), Lesquerella kingii ssp. bernardina (San Bernardino Mountains bladderpod), Lessingia germanorum (=L.g. var. germanorum) (San Francisco lessingia), Lilium occidentale (Western lily), Lilium pardalinum ssp. pitkinense (Pitkin Marsh lily), Limnanthes floccosa ssp. californica (Butte County meadowfoam), Limnanthes vinculans (Sebastopol meadowfoam), Lithophragma maximum (San Clemente Island woodland-star), Lotus dendroideus ssp. traskiae (San Clemente Island broom), Lupinus nipomensis (Nipomo Mesa lupine), Lupinus tidestromii (clover lupine), Malacothamnus clementinus (San Clemente Island bush-mallow), Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nesioticus (Santa Cruz Island bushmallow), Malacothrix indecora (Santa Cruz Island malacothrix), Malacothrix squalida (island malacothrix), Monardella linoides ssp. viminea (willowy monardella), Monolopia (=Lembertia) congdonii (San Joaquin wooly-threads), Navarretia leucocephala ssp. pauciflora (=N. pauciflora) (few-flowered navarretia), Navarretia leucocephala ssp. plieantha (many-flowered navarretia), Nitrophila mohavensis (Amargosa niterwort), Oenothera avita ssp. eurekensis (Eureka Valley evening-primrose), Oenothera deltoides ssp. howellii (Antioch Dunes evening-primrose), Opuntia treleasei (Bakersfield cactus), Orcuttia californica (California orcutt grass), Orcuttia pilosa (hairy orcutt grass), Orcuttia viscida (Sacramento orcutt grass), Oxytheca parishii var. goodmaniana (cushenbury oxytheca), Parvisedum leiocarpum (Lake County stonecrop), Pentachaeta bellidiflora (white-rayed pentachaeta), Pentachaeta lyonii (Lyon’s pentachaeta), Phacelia insularis ssp. insularis (island phacelia), Phlox hirsuta (Yreka phlox), Piperia yadonii (Yadon’s piperia), Plagiobothrys strictus (Calistoga allocarya), Poa atropurpurea (San Bernardino bluegrass), Poa napensis (Napa bluegrass), Pogogyne abramsii (San Diego mesa-mint), Pogogyne nudiuscula (Otay mesa-mint), Polygonum hickmanii (Scotts Valley polygonum), Potentilla hickmanii (Hickman’s potentilla), Pseudobahia bahiifolia (Hartweg’s golden sunburst), VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:30 Aug 31, 2005 Jkt 205001 Rorippa gambellii (Gambel’s watercress), Sibara filifolia (Santa Cruz Island rockcress), Sidalcea keckii (Keck’s checker-mallow), Sidalcea oregana ssp. valida (Kenwood Marsh checker-mallow), Sidalcea pedata (pedate checker-mallow), Streptanthus albidus ssp. albidus (Metcalf Canyon jewelflower), Streptanthus niger (Tiburon jewelflower), Suaeda californica (California seablite), Swallenia alexandrae (Eureka Dune grass), Taraxacum californicum (California taraxacum), Thelypodium stenopetalum (slender-petaled mustard), Thlaspi californicum (Kneeland Prairie penny-cress), Thysanocarpus conchuliferus (Santa Cruz Island fringepod), Trifolium amoenum (showy Indian clover), Trifolium trichocalyx (Monterey clover), Tuctoria greenei (Greene’s tuctoria), and Tuctoria mucronata (Solano grass) in conjunction with recovery efforts throughout the range of the species in California and Nevada for the purpose of enhancing their survival and propagation. We solicit public review and comment on this recovery permit application. Dated: August 16, 2005. Michael Fris, Acting Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 05–17406 Filed 8–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [INT–DES–05–40] Carlsbad Project, New Mexico Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Carlsbad Project Water Operations and Water Supply Conservation. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as joint lead agencies, have prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to assess the consequences of proposed changes in the operation of Sumner Dam and the implementation of a water acquisition program in the Pecos River Basin. The Carlsbad Project Water Operations and Water Supply Conservation DEIS includes a description of alternative means of PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52121 implementing the proposed federal action and presents an evaluation of the environmental, economic, and social consequences that could result from implementing these alternatives. These proposed changes in water operations are designed to conserve the Pecos bluntnose shiner (Notropis simus pecosensis) (shiner) and its designated critical habitat. The water acquisition program is proposed to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. In 1987, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the shiner, a small minnow, as a threatened species and designated two noncontiguous river reaches, totaling approximately 101 miles of the Pecos River, as critical habitat. The shiner has undergone significant population declines and range contraction in the last 65 years and is now restricted to about 194 miles from Fort Sumner State Park to Brantley Reservoir. Lower base flows, lower peak flows, and extended duration of peak flows along with river channel degradation, drought, and intermittency have contributed to loss of habitat and increased mortality (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2003). DATES: A 60-day public review period commences with the publication of this notice. Written comments on the DEIS should be submitted no later than October 31, 2005, to Ms. Marsha Carra, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. Reclamation will conduct four public meetings to obtain public input on the DEIS. All meetings will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public meetings schedule is as follows: • September 19, 2005—Bureau of Land Management Conference Room, 2909 West 2nd Street, Roswell, New Mexico • September 20, 2005—Pecos River Village Conference Center, Room 3, 711 Muscatel, Carlsbad, New Mexico • September 21, 2005—Village Community House, 204 North 4th Street, Ft. Sumner, New Mexico • September 22, 2005—City Hall Meeting Room, 141 5th Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico ADDRESSES: Copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection and review at the following locations: • Albuquerque Main Library, 501 Copper NW., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 • Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 • Carlsbad Irrigation District, 201 South Canal Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 52122 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 169 / Thursday, September 1, 2005 / Notices The DEIS is also available on the Internet at the following Web address: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/albuq/library/ eis/carlsbad/carlsbad.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marsha Carra, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102; telephone (505) 462– 3602; facsimile (505) 462–3780; e-mail: mcarra@uc.usbr.gov or Ms. Coleman Smith, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, P.O. Box 25102, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504; telephone (505) 476–0551, e-mail: coleman.smith@state.nm.us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of Reclamation’s proposed federal action is to avoid jeopardy to the Pecos bluntnose shiner and to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. To avoid jeopardy to the shiner means that Reclamation would ensure that any discretionary action they authorize, fund, or carry out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of a listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat. Reclamation would continue to participate in interagency actions to protect federally-listed species and designated critical habitats, within their legal and discretionary authority. Conserving the Carlsbad Project water supply means delivering the amount of water to the project that would otherwise be available but for changes to operations. The need for Reclamation’s action is to operate the Pecos River facilities so as not to jeopardize the continued existence of the shiner or destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat and to maintain the Carlsbad Project water supply for authorized purposes. Without reoperation of Sumner Dam, stream flows in the Pecos River may be insufficient to meet basic habitat needs of the shiner and the future existence of the shiner may be in jeopardy. Without an accompanying program to acquire and provide water, reductions to the Carlsbad Project water supply would occur. The proposed federal action that requires NEPA compliance is the reoperation of Sumner Dam to provide flows in the Pecos River to conserve the shiner, and the implementation of a water acquisition program to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. The alternatives vary in flow targets or minimum flows at the Taiban or Acme gages. Depending on the alternative, these targets can be constant or variable by time of year or whether river conditions are dry, average, or wet. Action alternatives also include VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:30 Aug 31, 2005 Jkt 205001 common guidance for block releases, a habitat conservation pool, an adaptive management plan, and implementation of an interagency management agreement. Reduction to Carlsbad Project water resulting from changes in operations to conserve the shiner would be offset through a variety of options that are analyzed independently of the alternatives. Other options have been developed to acquire water to directly augment river flows for the benefit of the shiner. Implementation of some of these options would require additional authorization, permitting, and projectspecific NEPA analysis. After the 60-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a final environmental impact statement (FEIS). Responses to comments received from organizations and individuals on the DEIS will be addressed in the FEIS. Public Disclosure Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from public disclosure, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold a respondent’s identity from public disclosure, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety. Dated: August 25, 2005. William E. Rinne, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation. [FR Doc. 05–17265 Filed 8–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 731–TA–696 (Second Review)] Pure Magnesium From China United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of a five-year review concerning the antidumping duty order on pure magnesium from China. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice that it has instituted a review pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)) (the Act) to determine whether revocation of the antidumping duty order on pure magnesium from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, interested parties are requested to respond to this notice by submitting the information specified below to the Commission; 1 to be assured of consideration, the deadline for responses is October 21, 2005. Comments on the adequacy of responses may be filed with the Commission by November 14, 2005. For further information concerning the conduct of this review and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A, D, E, and F (19 CFR part 207). EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Messer (202–205–3193), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearingimpaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server (http:// www.usitc.gov). The public record for this review may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background. On May 12, 1995, the Department of Commerce issued an antidumping duty order on imports of pure magnesium from China (60 FR 25691). Following five-year reviews by Commerce and the Commission, effective October 27, 2000, Commerce issued a continuation of the antidumping duty order on imports of pure magnesium from China (65 FR 64422). The Commission is now conducting a second review to determine whether revocation of the order would be likely to lead to 1 No response to this request for information is required if a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) number is not displayed; the OMB number is 3117–0016/USITC No. 05–5–138, expiration date June 30, 2008. Public reporting burden for the request is estimated to average 10 hours per response. Please send comments regarding the accuracy of this burden estimate to the Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436. E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 169 (Thursday, September 1, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52121-52122]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-17265]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[INT-DES-05-40]


Carlsbad Project, New Mexico

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Carlsbad Project Water 
Operations and Water Supply Conservation.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 
1969 (as amended), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the New 
Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as joint lead agencies, have 
prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to assess the 
consequences of proposed changes in the operation of Sumner Dam and the 
implementation of a water acquisition program in the Pecos River Basin. 
The Carlsbad Project Water Operations and Water Supply Conservation 
DEIS includes a description of alternative means of implementing the 
proposed federal action and presents an evaluation of the 
environmental, economic, and social consequences that could result from 
implementing these alternatives.
    These proposed changes in water operations are designed to conserve 
the Pecos bluntnose shiner (Notropis simus pecosensis) (shiner) and its 
designated critical habitat. The water acquisition program is proposed 
to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. In 1987, the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service listed the shiner, a small minnow, as a threatened 
species and designated two noncontiguous river reaches, totaling 
approximately 101 miles of the Pecos River, as critical habitat. The 
shiner has undergone significant population declines and range 
contraction in the last 65 years and is now restricted to about 194 
miles from Fort Sumner State Park to Brantley Reservoir. Lower base 
flows, lower peak flows, and extended duration of peak flows along with 
river channel degradation, drought, and intermittency have contributed 
to loss of habitat and increased mortality (U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 2003).

DATES: A 60-day public review period commences with the publication of 
this notice. Written comments on the DEIS should be submitted no later 
than October 31, 2005, to Ms. Marsha Carra, Bureau of Reclamation, 
Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New 
Mexico 87102.
    Reclamation will conduct four public meetings to obtain public 
input on the DEIS. All meetings will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
The public meetings schedule is as follows:
     September 19, 2005--Bureau of Land Management Conference 
Room, 2909 West 2nd Street, Roswell, New Mexico
     September 20, 2005--Pecos River Village Conference Center, 
Room 3, 711 Muscatel, Carlsbad, New Mexico
     September 21, 2005--Village Community House, 204 North 4th 
Street, Ft. Sumner, New Mexico
     September 22, 2005--City Hall Meeting Room, 141 5th 
Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

ADDRESSES: Copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection and 
review at the following locations:
     Albuquerque Main Library, 501 Copper NW., Albuquerque, New 
Mexico 87102
     Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 
Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
     Carlsbad Irrigation District, 201 South Canal Street, 
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220

[[Page 52122]]

    The DEIS is also available on the Internet at the following Web 
address: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/albuq/library/eis/carlsbad/
carlsbad.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marsha Carra, Bureau of 
Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102; telephone (505) 462-3602; facsimile 
(505) 462-3780; e-mail: mcarra@uc.usbr.gov or Ms. Coleman Smith, New 
Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, P.O. Box 25102, Santa Fe, New 
Mexico 87504; telephone (505) 476-0551, e-mail: 
coleman.smith@state.nm.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of Reclamation's proposed 
federal action is to avoid jeopardy to the Pecos bluntnose shiner and 
to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. To avoid jeopardy to the 
shiner means that Reclamation would ensure that any discretionary 
action they authorize, fund, or carry out is not likely to jeopardize 
the continued existence of a listed species or result in the 
destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat. Reclamation 
would continue to participate in interagency actions to protect 
federally-listed species and designated critical habitats, within their 
legal and discretionary authority. Conserving the Carlsbad Project 
water supply means delivering the amount of water to the project that 
would otherwise be available but for changes to operations. The need 
for Reclamation's action is to operate the Pecos River facilities so as 
not to jeopardize the continued existence of the shiner or destroy or 
adversely modify designated critical habitat and to maintain the 
Carlsbad Project water supply for authorized purposes. Without 
reoperation of Sumner Dam, stream flows in the Pecos River may be 
insufficient to meet basic habitat needs of the shiner and the future 
existence of the shiner may be in jeopardy. Without an accompanying 
program to acquire and provide water, reductions to the Carlsbad 
Project water supply would occur.
    The proposed federal action that requires NEPA compliance is the 
reoperation of Sumner Dam to provide flows in the Pecos River to 
conserve the shiner, and the implementation of a water acquisition 
program to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. The alternatives 
vary in flow targets or minimum flows at the Taiban or Acme gages. 
Depending on the alternative, these targets can be constant or variable 
by time of year or whether river conditions are dry, average, or wet. 
Action alternatives also include common guidance for block releases, a 
habitat conservation pool, an adaptive management plan, and 
implementation of an interagency management agreement. Reduction to 
Carlsbad Project water resulting from changes in operations to conserve 
the shiner would be offset through a variety of options that are 
analyzed independently of the alternatives. Other options have been 
developed to acquire water to directly augment river flows for the 
benefit of the shiner. Implementation of some of these options would 
require additional authorization, permitting, and project-specific NEPA 
analysis.
    After the 60-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a final 
environmental impact statement (FEIS). Responses to comments received 
from organizations and individuals on the DEIS will be addressed in the 
FEIS.

Public Disclosure

    Our practice is to make comments, including names and home 
addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual 
respondents may request that we withhold their home address from public 
disclosure, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There 
also may be circumstances in which we would withhold a respondent's 
identity from public disclosure, as allowable by law. If you wish us to 
withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at 
the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety.

    Dated: August 25, 2005.
William E. Rinne,
Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation.
[FR Doc. 05-17265 Filed 8-31-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MN-P