Notice of Availability for the North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects Final Environmental Impact Statement, 68473-68474 [05-22345]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 217 / Thursday, November 10, 2005 / Notices and/or additional placement of rip-rap used to stabilize the drainage. Measures will be taken during construction to minimize impact to the habitat, including the use of silt fencing to reduce the amount of sediment from construction activities that reaches the creek. Mitigation is planned for approximately 0.2 hectare (0.5 acre) in addition to the 14.4 hectares (35.5 acres) of varying amounts of restoration, enhancement, and creation of on-site upland and riparian Preble’s habitat as described in the original HCP. Limited enhancement has already occurred on 3.3 hectares (8.1 acres) of uplands from the removal of cattle grazing to encourage existing native grass recovery. This results in a mitigation ratio of 2.14:1 for temporary impacts as well as permanent impacts. The mitigation will likely provide a net benefit to the Preble’s and other wildlife by improving and creating new riparian areas, planting of native shrubs and grasses, and protecting the habitat corridor along Black Forest Creek from any future development. All of the proposed mitigation area is within the boundaries of the Struthers Ranch property, all of which is included in the drainage basin of Black Forest Creek. We will evaluate the permit amendment application, the EA/HCP, and comments submitted therein to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the Act. If it is determined that those requirements are met, a permit amendment will be issued for the incidental take of the Preble’s in conjunction with the Struthers Ranch Property. The final permit decision will be made no sooner than 30 days after the date of this notice. Dated: October 14, 2005. Ralph O. Morgenweck, Regional Director, Region 6. [FR Doc. 05–22439 Filed 11–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NV–030–5101–ER–F340; N–76800, N– 76897] Notice of Availability for the North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects Final Environmental Impact Statement Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Carson City Field Office, Nevada. ACTION: Notice of availability of a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the North Valleys Rights-of-Way AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:02 Nov 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 Projects and initiation of a 30-day comment period. SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 40 CFR 1500–1508 Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (CEQ), notice is given that the Bureau of Land Management, Carson City Field Office (BLM) has prepared, with the assistance of a third-party consultant, a Final EIS for the proposed North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects, and has made the document available for public and agency review. The proposed Projects include the construction and operation of two separate water supply and transmission projects located in Washoe County, Nevada. Rights-of-way applications were submitted to the BLM from Intermountain Water Supply, LTD and Fish Springs Ranch, LLC for production well(s), pump station(s), transmission pipeline(s), terminal water storage tank, electrical substation, overhead power lines, and access road rights-of-way. Effective Dates: The comment period for the Final EIS will commence with the publication of this notice. The formal comment period will end 30 days after publication of this notice. Comments should be received on or before the end of the comment period at the address listed below. DATES: Written comments should be sent to BLM Carson City Field Office, Attn: Terri Knutson, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701; Fax (775) 885–6147; or e-mail address nvalleyswater_eis@blm.gov. A limited number of the Final EIS may be obtained at the above BLM Field Office in Carson City, NV. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the above address during regular business hours (7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays, and may be published as part of the EIS. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68473 For additional information, write to the above address or call Terri Knutson (BLM Environmental Planner) at (775) 885–6156 or Ken Nelson (BLM Realty Specialist) at (775) 885–6114. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Carson City Field Office received separate rights-of-way applications from the Fish Springs Ranch, LLC and Intermountain Water Supply, LTD, two independent water companies, proposing to construct and operate water transmission pipelines across public lands in Washoe County, Nevada. The BLM determined that due to the same timing, geography, and similarity of the types of actions, the two proposals would be analyzed in one EIS, together known as the North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects. Each company is proposing to construct and operate water supply and transmission projects to meet present and future water demands of the Stead/Silver Lake/ Lemmon Valley areas (North Valleys) in Washoe County. The proposed Projects consist of groundwater production wells, pump station(s), transmission pipeline(s), electrical substation, overhead power lines, and terminal water storage tank to convey water. The Fish Springs Ranch, LLC proposed pipeline (carrying 8000 acre-feet per year) would begin at the Fish Springs Ranch and proceed approximately 33 miles to the North Valleys. The Intermountain Water Supply, LTD original proposal included a water pipeline to convey approximately 3500 acre-feet per year that would begin in Dry Valley and proceed east a short distance before tying into the same general route south approximately 24 miles to the North Valleys. As a result of a review of public comments and groundwater modeling results for the Draft EIS, Intermountain Water Supply, LTD has reduced their proposed pumping rate to a total of 2500 acre-feet per year for the Final EIS. The Final EIS assesses the impacts of the two proposed rights-of-way actions and the No Action alternatives and considers an alternative alignment of the pipelines. The Final EIS addresses issues brought forth through scoping and the Draft EIS and has been evaluated by an interdisciplinary team of specialists. The proposed rights-ofway cross several jurisdictions with permitting responsibilities, therefore, the following agencies or entities are active participants in the EIS process as formal cooperating agencies: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S. Geological Survey; Sierra Army Depot; Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe; FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1 68474 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 217 / Thursday, November 10, 2005 / Notices Susanville Indian Rancheria; California Department of Water Resources; California Department of Fish and Game; Lassen County, CA; Washoe County, NV; City of Reno; City of Sparks; Airport Authority of Washoe County; and Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Public participation has occurred throughout the EIS process. A Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2003 and the public comment period was initiated. A public scoping open house was held in Reno, NV in October 2003 and eight additional presentations were conducted between October 2003 and April 2004. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2005 and a 60-day comment period was initiated. Two public open houses and three local government presentations were conducted in Reno, NV and one community public meeting was conducted in Susanville, CA. A total of 26 comment letters were received on the Draft EIS and the letters and responses to comments are included in the Final EIS. Comments on the Final EIS should be as specific as possible and should refer to specific pages or chapters in the document. After the comment period ends, all comments will be considered by the BLM in preparing the Record of Decision (ROD). Dated: September 27, 2005. Donald T. Hicks, Manager, Carson City Field Office. [FR Doc. 05–22345 Filed 11–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WO–220–05–1020–JA–VEIS] Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Report for Vegetation Treatments on Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the Western United States, Including Alaska AGENCY: Notice of availability for public review and comment. ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the BLM is making available for public review and comment a draft national programmatic EIS and environmental report on vegetation treatments involving the use of chemical herbicides and other methods on the public lands administered by BLM in 17 western states, including Alaska. Written or e-mailed comments for the review of the EIS and environmental report may be submitted through January 9, 2006. BLM will hold public meetings to solicit written and oral comments on the proposed action during the 60-day public review period. Dates and time locations for the public meetings are as follows: DATES: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Date & time Locations November 28, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. November 29, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. November 30, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 1, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 5, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 6, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 7, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 8, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 13, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. December 13, 2005: 6 p.m. Open House, 7 p.m. Public Meeting. BLM Office, 333 SW 1st Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Portland, Oregon 97204. Clarion Hotel, 2600 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA. Little America Hotel, 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., Grand Junction, CO. Holiday Inn—Airport Hotel, 3300 S. Vista, Boise, ID. BLM Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT. Holiday Inn—Yellowstone, Room 204 West Fox Farm Road, Cheyenne, WY. BLM Office, 4701 N Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV. Courtyard by Marriott—Embassy Row, 1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington DC. Written comments should be sent to: Project Manager, National Vegetation EIS, BLM Nevada State Office, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520–0006. Comments may also be sent by e-mail to vegeis@nv.blm.gov. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:02 Nov 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 BLM contact law. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. The Draft EIS and associated documents will be available for review in either hard copy or on compact disks (CDs) at all BLM State, District, and Field Office public rooms. The entire document can also be reviewed or PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Michael Campbell, PH: (503) 808–6031. Dianna Brink, PH: (916) 978–4645. Laura J. Williams, PH: (801) 539–4027. Bernie Chavez, PH: (505) 438–7668. Melodie Lloyd, PH: (970) 244–3097. Sharon Paris, PH: (208) 373–4028. Theresa Hanley, PH: (406) 896–5068. Ken Henke, PH: (307) 775–6041. Kirsten Cannon, PH: (702) 515–5057. Sharon Wilson, PH: (202) 425–5130. downloaded at the BLM National Web site http://www.blm.gov/. This national, draft programmatic EIS will provide a comprehensive analysis of BLM’s use of chemical herbicides in its various vegetation treatment programs related to hazardous fuels reduction, noxious weed and invasive terrestrial plant species management, resource rehabilitation following catastrophic fires and other disturbances. In addition, an accompanying environmental report will provide an SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[NV-030-5101-ER-F340; N-76800, N-76897]


Notice of Availability for the North Valleys Rights-of-Way 
Projects Final Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Carson 
City Field Office, Nevada.

ACTION: Notice of availability of a final environmental impact 
statement (EIS) for the North Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects and 
initiation of a 30-day comment period.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) and 40 CFR 1500-1508 Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations (CEQ), notice is given that the Bureau of Land Management, 
Carson City Field Office (BLM) has prepared, with the assistance of a 
third-party consultant, a Final EIS for the proposed North Valleys 
Rights-of-Way Projects, and has made the document available for public 
and agency review. The proposed Projects include the construction and 
operation of two separate water supply and transmission projects 
located in Washoe County, Nevada. Rights-of-way applications were 
submitted to the BLM from Intermountain Water Supply, LTD and Fish 
Springs Ranch, LLC for production well(s), pump station(s), 
transmission pipeline(s), terminal water storage tank, electrical 
substation, overhead power lines, and access road rights-of-way.

DATES: Effective Dates: The comment period for the Final EIS will 
commence with the publication of this notice. The formal comment period 
will end 30 days after publication of this notice. Comments should be 
received on or before the end of the comment period at the address 
listed below.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to BLM Carson City Field 
Office, Attn: Terri Knutson, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 
89701; Fax (775) 885-6147; or e-mail address nvalleyswater_
eis@blm.gov. A limited number of the Final EIS may be obtained at the 
above BLM Field Office in Carson City, NV. Comments, including names 
and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public 
review at the above address during regular business hours (7:30 a.m.-5 
p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays, and may be published as 
part of the EIS. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If 
you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or 
from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state 
this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. However, we 
will not consider anonymous comments. Such requests will be honored to 
the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 
made available for public inspection in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, write to 
the above address or call Terri Knutson (BLM Environmental Planner) at 
(775) 885-6156 or Ken Nelson (BLM Realty Specialist) at (775) 885-6114.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Carson City Field Office received 
separate rights-of-way applications from the Fish Springs Ranch, LLC 
and Intermountain Water Supply, LTD, two independent water companies, 
proposing to construct and operate water transmission pipelines across 
public lands in Washoe County, Nevada. The BLM determined that due to 
the same timing, geography, and similarity of the types of actions, the 
two proposals would be analyzed in one EIS, together known as the North 
Valleys Rights-of-Way Projects. Each company is proposing to construct 
and operate water supply and transmission projects to meet present and 
future water demands of the Stead/Silver Lake/Lemmon Valley areas 
(North Valleys) in Washoe County. The proposed Projects consist of 
groundwater production wells, pump station(s), transmission 
pipeline(s), electrical substation, overhead power lines, and terminal 
water storage tank to convey water. The Fish Springs Ranch, LLC 
proposed pipeline (carrying 8000 acre-feet per year) would begin at the 
Fish Springs Ranch and proceed approximately 33 miles to the North 
Valleys. The Intermountain Water Supply, LTD original proposal included 
a water pipeline to convey approximately 3500 acre-feet per year that 
would begin in Dry Valley and proceed east a short distance before 
tying into the same general route south approximately 24 miles to the 
North Valleys. As a result of a review of public comments and 
groundwater modeling results for the Draft EIS, Intermountain Water 
Supply, LTD has reduced their proposed pumping rate to a total of 2500 
acre-feet per year for the Final EIS.
    The Final EIS assesses the impacts of the two proposed rights-of-
way actions and the No Action alternatives and considers an alternative 
alignment of the pipelines. The Final EIS addresses issues brought 
forth through scoping and the Draft EIS and has been evaluated by an 
interdisciplinary team of specialists. The proposed rights-of-way cross 
several jurisdictions with permitting responsibilities, therefore, the 
following agencies or entities are active participants in the EIS 
process as formal cooperating agencies: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; 
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S. Geological Survey; Sierra Army 
Depot; Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe;

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Susanville Indian Rancheria; California Department of Water Resources; 
California Department of Fish and Game; Lassen County, CA; Washoe 
County, NV; City of Reno; City of Sparks; Airport Authority of Washoe 
County; and Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency.
    Public participation has occurred throughout the EIS process. A 
Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal 
Register on September 15, 2003 and the public comment period was 
initiated. A public scoping open house was held in Reno, NV in October 
2003 and eight additional presentations were conducted between October 
2003 and April 2004. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was 
published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2005 and a 60-day comment 
period was initiated. Two public open houses and three local government 
presentations were conducted in Reno, NV and one community public 
meeting was conducted in Susanville, CA. A total of 26 comment letters 
were received on the Draft EIS and the letters and responses to 
comments are included in the Final EIS.
    Comments on the Final EIS should be as specific as possible and 
should refer to specific pages or chapters in the document. After the 
comment period ends, all comments will be considered by the BLM in 
preparing the Record of Decision (ROD).

    Dated: September 27, 2005.
Donald T. Hicks,
Manager, Carson City Field Office.
[FR Doc. 05-22345 Filed 11-9-05; 8:45 am]
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