Navajo Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, New Mexico and Colorado, 20416-20417 [E6-5844]

Download as PDF 20416 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 76 / Thursday, April 20, 2006 / Notices 4. BMPs for Urban Contractors. 5. BMP Plan Implementation. 6. BMP Exemption Justification. Reclamation will evaluate Plans based on these Criteria. A copy of these Plans will be available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific (MP) Regional Office located in Sacramento, California, and the local area office. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that Reclamation withhold their home address from public disclosure, and we will honor such request to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which Reclamation would elect to 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 comments. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public disclosure in their entirety. If you wish to review a copy of these Plans, please contact Ms. Ortiz to find the office nearest you. Dated: March 2, 2006. Donna E. Tegelman, Regional Resources Manager, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 06–3763 Filed 4–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [FES–06–06] Navajo Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, New Mexico and Colorado Office, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 400, Durango, Colorado 81301–5475; telephone (970) 385–6500; faxogram (970) 385–6539; e-mail: ppage@uc.usbr.gov. The FEIS is also available on Reclamation’s Web site at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/ (click on Environmental Documents). Copies of the FEIS are also available at the following locations: • Bureau of Reclamation, Main Interior, Room 7060–MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240–0001. • Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Denver Federal Center, Sixth & Kipling, Building 67, Room 167, Denver, Colorado 80225–0007. • Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138–1147. • Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 400, Durango, Colorado 81301–5475. • Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506. • Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Attention: Russell George, Executive Director, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 718, Denver, Colorado 80203. • Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Attention: Eric Bergman, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 521, Denver, Colorado 80203. • Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Attention: Joanna Prukop, Wendell Chino Building, 1220 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. • Environmental Department, Attention: Gedi Cibas, Environmental Impact Review Coordinator, Harold Runnels Building, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Room 4050, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502. AGENCY: Libraries SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Federal agency responsible for operation of the Navajo Unit (Navajo Dam and Reservoir) has prepared and made available to the public a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 4332. ADDRESSES: Copies of the FEIS are available from Pat Page, Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Cortez Public Library, Cortez, Colorado Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado Durango Public Library, Durango, Colorado Fort Lewis College Library, Durango, Colorado Albuquerque Public Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico Bloomfield Library, Bloomfield, New Mexico Farmington Public Library, Farmington, New Mexico San Juan College Library, Farmington, New Mexico ´ Dine College Library, Shiprock, New Mexico hsrobinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of Navajo Reservoir Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:56 Apr 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Pat Page, Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 400, Durango, Colorado 81301–5475; telephone (970) 385–6500; faxogram (970) 385–6539; e-mail: ppage@uc.usbr.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FEIS describes the environmental impacts of alternatives to operate Navajo Dam and Reservoir to implement the flow recommendations provided by the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (Recovery Program), or a reasonable alternative to those recommendations. The purpose of the proposed Federal action is to provide sufficient releases of water at times, quantities, and durations necessary to conserve, in concert with other fish recovery plans authorized under the Recovery Program, two endangered fish species and their designated critical habitat in the San Juan River downstream from Farmington, New Mexico. The two endangered fish species are the Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius) and the razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus). Reclamation would maintain the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit which include enabling future water development to proceed in the San Juan River Basin in compliance with applicable laws, compacts, court decrees, and Indian trust responsibilities. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Navajo Dam, located on the San Juan River approximately 38 miles northeast of Farmington, New Mexico, and about 55 miles southeast of Durango, Colorado, is an authorized storage unit of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP). Navajo Dam was completed in 1963 as one of the four key features of the CRSP intended to develop the water resources of the Upper Colorado River Basin and is operated in accordance with the CRSP Act and applicable Reclamation and other Federal laws. Reclamation proposes to take action to protect and assist in recovery of the populations and designated critical habitat of the two endangered fishes found in the San Juan River, while maintaining all authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit. Reclamation would implement the proposed action by modifying the operation of Navajo Dam, to the extent possible within CRSP authority, to achieve the flow recommendations developed by the Recovery Program. Reclamation’s goal is to implement the proposed action and, E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 76 / Thursday, April 20, 2006 / Notices at the same time, continue to meet all authorized purposes of the CRSP. hsrobinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Purpose and Need for Action Under the proposed action, Navajo Dam will be operated to avoid jeopardy and assist in recovery of the two endangered fishes, while maintaining the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit of the CRSP. This will allow future water development to proceed in the San Juan River Basin in compliance with applicable laws, compacts, court decrees, and Indian trust responsibilities. The proposed action is needed for the following reasons: • The operation of Navajo Dam, under its original operating criteria, adversely affected the endangered fishes in the San Juan River. • Reclamation is required to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the operation of facilities, including Navajo Dam. Within the exercise of its discretionary authority, Reclamation must avoid jeopardizing the continued existence of listed species or adversely modifying designated critical habitat. • Formal consultation under the ESA on the Navajo Unit was requested by Reclamation in 1991. At that time, Reclamation committed to operate Navajo Dam in concert with ongoing research to determine hydrologic conditions beneficial to endangered fish and in a manner most consistent with endangered fish recovery. In a 1991 response to Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concurred that the consultation process should be initiated and that the consultation period for the operation of the Navajo Unit be extended while research on the San Juan River was conducted. Under the direction of the Recovery Program, Navajo Dam releases were evaluated from 1992 to 1998. At the completion of the research period, the Recovery Program completed the Flow Recommendations for the San Juan River (Holden, 1999). The recommendations included suggested Navajo Dam operating rules for various hydrologic conditions and levels of water development in the San Juan River Basin. Applying these rules would allow the flow recommendations to be met and would allow water development consistent with the ESA and other applicable laws. operations of Navajo Dam, to the extent possible, to achieve the flow recommendations developed by the Recovery Program. Reclamation’s goal is to implement the proposed action and, at the same time, maintain and continue all authorized purposes of the CRSP. The Navajo Reservoir Operations Draft Environmental Impact Statement was issued in September 2002 and the public review process was conducted from September 4 through December 4, 2002. Over 300 written comment letters were received. In addition, three public hearings were held to provide an opportunity for interested parties and agencies to present oral and written comments on the document and the proposed Navajo Reservoir operations. Comment letters, Reclamation responses, and public hearing statements are included in Volume III of the FEIS. The majority of comments received expressed concern with adverse impacts of the preferred alternative on resources such as the trout fishery, recreation, water quality, and hydropower. Other comments indicated that the preferred alternative was the only reasonable way to meet ESA obligations and protect water development. All written and oral comments received were carefully reviewed and considered in preparing the FEIS. Where appropriate, revisions were made to the document in response to specific comments. The comments and responses, together with the final environmental impact statement, will be considered in determining whether or not to implement the proposed action. No decision will be made on the proposed Federal action until 30 days after release of the FEIS. After the 30day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision. The Record of Decision will state the action that will be implemented and discuss all factors leading to that decision. Dated: March 9, 2006. Rick L. Gold, Regional Director—UC Region, Bureau of Reclamation. [FR Doc. E6–5844 Filed 4–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P Proposed Federal Action Reclamation proposes to take action to protect and assist in recovery of the populations and designated critical habitat of the two endangered fishes found in the San Juan River Basin. Reclamation would implement the proposed action by modifying the VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:56 Apr 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20417 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–502] In the Matter of Certain Automobile Tail Light Lenses and Products Incorporating Same; Notice of a Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Terminating the Investigation on the Basis of a Settlement Agreement U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review an initial determination (‘‘ID’’) of the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) granting the joint motion of complainants and respondents to terminate the above-captioned investigation on the basis of a settlement agreement. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael K. Haldenstein, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202– 205–3115. Copies of the public version of the ID and all nonconfidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202–205–2000. Hearingimpaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted the abovereferenced investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1337, as amended, on January 7, 2004, based on a complaint filed by Jens E. Sorensen of Rancho Santa Fe, California and Jens E. Sorensen, as Trustee of the Sorensen Research and Development Trust. 69 FR 937. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 76 (Thursday, April 20, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20416-20417]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-5844]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[FES-06-06]


Navajo Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, New Mexico and 
Colorado

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of Navajo Reservoir Operations Final 
Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Federal agency 
responsible for operation of the Navajo Unit (Navajo Dam and Reservoir) 
has prepared and made available to the public a final environmental 
impact statement (FEIS) pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States 
Code (U.S.C.) 4332.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the FEIS are available from Pat Page, Bureau of 
Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 835 East Second Avenue, 
Suite 400, Durango, Colorado 81301-5475; telephone (970) 385-6500; 
faxogram (970) 385-6539; e-mail: ppage@uc.usbr.gov. The FEIS is also 
available on Reclamation's Web site at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/ (click 
on Environmental Documents).
    Copies of the FEIS are also available at the following locations:
     Bureau of Reclamation, Main Interior, Room 7060-MIB, 1849 
C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240-0001.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Denver 
Federal Center, Sixth & Kipling, Building 67, Room 167, Denver, 
Colorado 80225-0007.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 
South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138-1147.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 835 
East Second Avenue, Suite 400, Durango, Colorado 81301-5475.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Area Office, 2764 
Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506.
     Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Attention: 
Russell George, Executive Director, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 718, 
Denver, Colorado 80203.
     Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Attention: Eric 
Bergman, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 521, Denver, Colorado 80203.
     Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, 
Attention: Joanna Prukop, Wendell Chino Building, 1220 St. Francis 
Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.
     Environmental Department, Attention: Gedi Cibas, 
Environmental Impact Review Coordinator, Harold Runnels Building, 1190 
St. Francis Drive, Room 4050, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502.

Libraries

Cortez Public Library, Cortez, Colorado
Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado
University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
Durango Public Library, Durango, Colorado
Fort Lewis College Library, Durango, Colorado
Albuquerque Public Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bloomfield Library, Bloomfield, New Mexico
Farmington Public Library, Farmington, New Mexico
San Juan College Library, Farmington, New Mexico
Din[eacute] College Library, Shiprock, New Mexico

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pat Page, Bureau of Reclamation, 
Western Colorado Area Office, 835 East Second Avenue, Suite 400, 
Durango, Colorado 81301-5475; telephone (970) 385-6500; faxogram (970) 
385-6539; e-mail: ppage@uc.usbr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FEIS describes the environmental impacts 
of alternatives to operate Navajo Dam and Reservoir to implement the 
flow recommendations provided by the San Juan River Basin Recovery 
Implementation Program (Recovery Program), or a reasonable alternative 
to those recommendations. The purpose of the proposed Federal action is 
to provide sufficient releases of water at times, quantities, and 
durations necessary to conserve, in concert with other fish recovery 
plans authorized under the Recovery Program, two endangered fish 
species and their designated critical habitat in the San Juan River 
downstream from Farmington, New Mexico. The two endangered fish species 
are the Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius) and the razorback 
sucker (Xyrauchen texanus). Reclamation would maintain the authorized 
purposes of the Navajo Unit which include enabling future water 
development to proceed in the San Juan River Basin in compliance with 
applicable laws, compacts, court decrees, and Indian trust 
responsibilities.

Background

    Navajo Dam, located on the San Juan River approximately 38 miles 
northeast of Farmington, New Mexico, and about 55 miles southeast of 
Durango, Colorado, is an authorized storage unit of the Colorado River 
Storage Project (CRSP). Navajo Dam was completed in 1963 as one of the 
four key features of the CRSP intended to develop the water resources 
of the Upper Colorado River Basin and is operated in accordance with 
the CRSP Act and applicable Reclamation and other Federal laws.
    Reclamation proposes to take action to protect and assist in 
recovery of the populations and designated critical habitat of the two 
endangered fishes found in the San Juan River, while maintaining all 
authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit. Reclamation would implement the 
proposed action by modifying the operation of Navajo Dam, to the extent 
possible within CRSP authority, to achieve the flow recommendations 
developed by the Recovery Program. Reclamation's goal is to implement 
the proposed action and,

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at the same time, continue to meet all authorized purposes of the CRSP.

Purpose and Need for Action

    Under the proposed action, Navajo Dam will be operated to avoid 
jeopardy and assist in recovery of the two endangered fishes, while 
maintaining the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit of the CRSP. 
This will allow future water development to proceed in the San Juan 
River Basin in compliance with applicable laws, compacts, court 
decrees, and Indian trust responsibilities. The proposed action is 
needed for the following reasons:
     The operation of Navajo Dam, under its original operating 
criteria, adversely affected the endangered fishes in the San Juan 
River.
     Reclamation is required to comply with the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA) for the operation of facilities, including Navajo 
Dam. Within the exercise of its discretionary authority, Reclamation 
must avoid jeopardizing the continued existence of listed species or 
adversely modifying designated critical habitat.
     Formal consultation under the ESA on the Navajo Unit was 
requested by Reclamation in 1991. At that time, Reclamation committed 
to operate Navajo Dam in concert with ongoing research to determine 
hydrologic conditions beneficial to endangered fish and in a manner 
most consistent with endangered fish recovery. In a 1991 response to 
Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concurred that the 
consultation process should be initiated and that the consultation 
period for the operation of the Navajo Unit be extended while research 
on the San Juan River was conducted. Under the direction of the 
Recovery Program, Navajo Dam releases were evaluated from 1992 to 1998. 
At the completion of the research period, the Recovery Program 
completed the Flow Recommendations for the San Juan River (Holden, 
1999). The recommendations included suggested Navajo Dam operating 
rules for various hydrologic conditions and levels of water development 
in the San Juan River Basin. Applying these rules would allow the flow 
recommendations to be met and would allow water development consistent 
with the ESA and other applicable laws.

Proposed Federal Action

    Reclamation proposes to take action to protect and assist in 
recovery of the populations and designated critical habitat of the two 
endangered fishes found in the San Juan River Basin. Reclamation would 
implement the proposed action by modifying the operations of Navajo 
Dam, to the extent possible, to achieve the flow recommendations 
developed by the Recovery Program. Reclamation's goal is to implement 
the proposed action and, at the same time, maintain and continue all 
authorized purposes of the CRSP.
    The Navajo Reservoir Operations Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement was issued in September 2002 and the public review process 
was conducted from September 4 through December 4, 2002. Over 300 
written comment letters were received. In addition, three public 
hearings were held to provide an opportunity for interested parties and 
agencies to present oral and written comments on the document and the 
proposed Navajo Reservoir operations. Comment letters, Reclamation 
responses, and public hearing statements are included in Volume III of 
the FEIS. The majority of comments received expressed concern with 
adverse impacts of the preferred alternative on resources such as the 
trout fishery, recreation, water quality, and hydropower. Other 
comments indicated that the preferred alternative was the only 
reasonable way to meet ESA obligations and protect water development. 
All written and oral comments received were carefully reviewed and 
considered in preparing the FEIS. Where appropriate, revisions were 
made to the document in response to specific comments. The comments and 
responses, together with the final environmental impact statement, will 
be considered in determining whether or not to implement the proposed 
action.
    No decision will be made on the proposed Federal action until 30 
days after release of the FEIS. After the 30-day waiting period, 
Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision. The Record of Decision 
will state the action that will be implemented and discuss all factors 
leading to that decision.

    Dated: March 9, 2006.
Rick L. Gold,
Regional Director--UC Region, Bureau of Reclamation.
[FR Doc. E6-5844 Filed 4-19-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MN-P