Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Yuba River Basin Project, Yuba County, CA, 3060-3061 [06-483]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 3060 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 12 / Thursday, January 19, 2006 / Notices upstream bow-first through the two bridges, but must back downstream stern-first through the bridges to the turning basin. For safety reasons, the docking pilots requested that the turning basis be relocated upstream of the bridges so ships can proceed bowfirst through the bridges in both directions. The most significant issue related to a relocated turning basin is mitigation of dredging impacts to primary nursery areas for marine fisheries. In order to deepen sections of Wilmington Harbor, blasting has been required to remove rock. This blasting could impact the endangered shortnose sturgeon that inhabits the harbor. To mitigate for this potential impact, fish passage was required at the most downstream of the three Cape Fear River locks and dams. The proposed fish passage plan involved the construction of an approximate 3,800foot long fish bypass channel around the lock-and-dam. This plan has not been implemented due to lack of funds and real estate issues. During the GRR/DEIS process, additional alternatives will be considered that could include modification or removal or the locks and dams. This would require deauthorization of the lock and dam project. This action may be proposed because there is no longer any commercial traffic using the locks and dams, which is the authorized project purpose. Significant issues related to fish passage include water supply users upstream of the locks and dams and recreational and commercial fisheries. All private parties and Federal, State, and local agencies having an interest in the study are hereby notified of the intent to prepare a DEIS and are invited to comment at this time. A scoping meeting was held on June 30, 2005 to help determine whether an EIS or EA should be prepared. 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[FR Doc. 06–485 Filed 1–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–CE–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report for the Yuba River Basin Project, Yuba County, CA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Sacramento District, is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/EIR) to reevaluate the previously authorized plan and other alternatives to reduce flood damages and restore riparian and aquatic habitat in the lower Yuba River Basin, part of the Feather River Basin, and the city of Marysville, in Yuba County, CA. This notice replaces the one previously published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2004 (69 FR 12646). The general reevaluation is needed because recent technical, environmental, and economic studies have indicated that additional refinement and reformulation are needed to determine the feasibility and extent of Federal and non-Federal interest in the project. The basic study authority for the Yuba River Basin study was provided under the Flood Control Act of 1962. ADDRESSES: Send written comments and suggestions concerning this study to Mr. Robert Koenigs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Attn: Planning Division (CESPK–PD–R), 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Requests to be placed on the mailing list should also be sent to this address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Koenigs, E-mail at Robert.L.Roenigs@usace.army.mil, telephone (916) 557–6712, or fax (916) 557–7856. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Public Involvement The Yuba River Basin project will be coordinated between Federal, State, and local governments; local stakeholders; PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 special interest groups, and any other interest individuals and organizations. The Corps will announce availability of the draft supplemental document in the Federal Register and other media, and will provide the public, organizations, and agencies with an opportunity to submit comments, which will be addressed in the Final SEIS/EIR. A 45day public review period will be provided for individuals and agencies to review and comment on the SEIS/EIR. All interested parties should respond to this notice and provide a current address if they wish to be notified SEIS/ EIR circulation. 2. Project Information The Yuba River Basin is located in western Yuba County about 50 miles north of Sacramento. The authorized project focused on approximately 21 miles of levees along the Yuba and Feather Rivers in the variety of Marysville, CA. The Yuba River Basin study area was divided into three reaches: Reach 1—Yuba River/Feather River; reach 2—Feather River (including Bear River and WP Interceptor Canal area); and reach 3—Marysville ring levee. The Feasibility Report and Final EIS/ EIR were completed in April 1998. Congress authorized the project in the Water Resources Development Act of 1999, and the Record of Decision was signed in June 2000. The authorized project included specific levee modifications on 6.1 miles of the left bank of the Yuba River upstream of the confluence with the Feather River; 10 miles of levee on the left bank of the Feather River downstream of the confluence of the Yuba River; and 5 miles of the Marysville ring levee. The levee modification work as authorized was intended to bring the level of flood protection for these levees up to about a 200-year level of protection. Since the final Yuba River Basin project was authorized, geotechnical investigations and updated hydrology have identified previously unknown levee foundation problems in portions of the study area/authorized project. Levees along the Bear River and the WP Interceptor Canal have also been shown to have stability and seepage problems that may cause flooding in lower Yuba County. Because flooding is still a significant problem for the affected communities along the Yuba, Feather, and Bear Rivers, the State of California Reclamation Board has requested that the Corps initiate a general reevaluation of the project to determine a new feasible project. E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 12 / Thursday, January 19, 2006 / Notices 3. Proposed Action The proposed action would be a general reevaluation of the authorized project and other alternative plans to provide the level of flood protection previously planned and to restore riparian and aquatic habitats in the project area. 4. Alternatives Potential alternatives to reduce flood damages and restore riparian and aquatic habitat could include: (1) No Action, (2) Modified Authorized Project Features and other Levee Improvements, and (3) Modified Authorized Project Features, other Levee Improvements, and Setback Levees. Features of the alternatives could include modifying existing levees, constructing new setback levees, creating seasonal or permanent wetland areas, and planting native riparian and wetland species. Dated: January 6, 2006. Ronald N. Light, Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer. [FR Doc. 06–483 Filed 1–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–EZ–M DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request AGENCY: Department of Education. 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ADDRESSES: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. 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 IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 12 (Thursday, January 19, 2006)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Yuba River Basin Project, 
Yuba County, CA

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Sacramento District, is preparing a 
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact 
Report (SEIS/EIR) to reevaluate the previously authorized plan and 
other alternatives to reduce flood damages and restore riparian and 
aquatic habitat in the lower Yuba River Basin, part of the Feather 
River Basin, and the city of Marysville, in Yuba County, CA. This 
notice replaces the one previously published in the Federal Register on 
March 17, 2004 (69 FR 12646). The general reevaluation is needed 
because recent technical, environmental, and economic studies have 
indicated that additional refinement and reformulation are needed to 
determine the feasibility and extent of Federal and non-Federal 
interest in the project. The basic study authority for the Yuba River 
Basin study was provided under the Flood Control Act of 1962.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments and suggestions concerning this study 
to Mr. Robert Koenigs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento 
District, Attn: Planning Division (CESPK-PD-R), 1325 J Street, 
Sacramento, CA 95814. Requests to be placed on the mailing list should 
also be sent to this address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Koenigs, E-mail at 
Robert.L.Roenigs@usace.army.mil, telephone (916) 557-6712, or fax (916) 
557-7856.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Public Involvement

    The Yuba River Basin project will be coordinated between Federal, 
State, and local governments; local stakeholders; special interest 
groups, and any other interest individuals and organizations. The Corps 
will announce availability of the draft supplemental document in the 
Federal Register and other media, and will provide the public, 
organizations, and agencies with an opportunity to submit comments, 
which will be addressed in the Final SEIS/EIR. A 45-day public review 
period will be provided for individuals and agencies to review and 
comment on the SEIS/EIR. All interested parties should respond to this 
notice and provide a current address if they wish to be notified SEIS/
EIR circulation.

2. Project Information

    The Yuba River Basin is located in western Yuba County about 50 
miles north of Sacramento. The authorized project focused on 
approximately 21 miles of levees along the Yuba and Feather Rivers in 
the variety of Marysville, CA. The Yuba River Basin study area was 
divided into three reaches: Reach 1--Yuba River/Feather River; reach 
2--Feather River (including Bear River and WP Interceptor Canal area); 
and reach 3--Marysville ring levee.
    The Feasibility Report and Final EIS/EIR were completed in April 
1998. Congress authorized the project in the Water Resources 
Development Act of 1999, and the Record of Decision was signed in June 
2000. The authorized project included specific levee modifications on 
6.1 miles of the left bank of the Yuba River upstream of the confluence 
with the Feather River; 10 miles of levee on the left bank of the 
Feather River downstream of the confluence of the Yuba River; and 5 
miles of the Marysville ring levee. The levee modification work as 
authorized was intended to bring the level of flood protection for 
these levees up to about a 200-year level of protection.
    Since the final Yuba River Basin project was authorized, 
geotechnical investigations and updated hydrology have identified 
previously unknown levee foundation problems in portions of the study 
area/authorized project. Levees along the Bear River and the WP 
Interceptor Canal have also been shown to have stability and seepage 
problems that may cause flooding in lower Yuba County. Because flooding 
is still a significant problem for the affected communities along the 
Yuba, Feather, and Bear Rivers, the State of California Reclamation 
Board has requested that the Corps initiate a general reevaluation of 
the project to determine a new feasible project.

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3. Proposed Action

    The proposed action would be a general reevaluation of the 
authorized project and other alternative plans to provide the level of 
flood protection previously planned and to restore riparian and aquatic 
habitats in the project area.

4. Alternatives

    Potential alternatives to reduce flood damages and restore riparian 
and aquatic habitat could include: (1) No Action, (2) Modified 
Authorized Project Features and other Levee Improvements, and (3) 
Modified Authorized Project Features, other Levee Improvements, and 
Setback Levees. Features of the alternatives could include modifying 
existing levees, constructing new setback levees, creating seasonal or 
permanent wetland areas, and planting native riparian and wetland 
species.

    Dated: January 6, 2006.
Ronald N. Light,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Engineer.
[FR Doc. 06-483 Filed 1-18-06; 8:45 am]
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