Announcement of Funding Opportunity for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, 52065-52067 [06-7395]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 170 / Friday, September 1, 2006 / Notices during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s assumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. This notice is published in accordance with section 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4) of the Department’s regulations. Dated: August 25, 2006. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–14532 Filed 8–31–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 051121306–6220–02; I.D. 082306D] Announcement of Funding Opportunity for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), the National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Announcement of Funding Opportunity for financial assistance for project grants. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: NOS/OCRM is soliciting coastal and estuarine land conservation acquisition projects from eligible coastal states. The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was established ‘‘for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.’’ This announcement solicits proposals for land acquisition projects, up to 3 years in duration, with the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas. Project proposals should reflect priorities identified in an approved state CELC plan or, if a state’s plan has not been completed, by the state’s approved coastal management program. Eligible coastal states may submit up to three project proposals with a requested funding level not to exceed $3,000,000 per project. DATES: Proposals must be received by the NOS/OCRM no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, October 27, 2006. The closing VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Aug 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 deadline for applying through grants.gov is the same as for the paper submission noted in this announcement. Applicants are strongly recommended to allow sufficient time for delivery of materials, electronically or by mail, by the deadline. ADDRESSES: The full funding opportunity announcement and application materials are available via the grants.gov web site: http:// www.grants.gov (opportunity # NOSOCRM–2008–2000828); via the CELCP website at http:// www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/ land/celcplfundingop.html; or by contacting the program officials identified below. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. Applications may be submitted electronically through grants.gov at the internet site: http://www.grants.gov or by mail to the address listed here. If submitting electronically, NOAA strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through grants.gov. If submitting paper applications by mail, a signed original and 4 copies may be submitted to Attn: Elaine Vaudreuil, NOAA, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Policy and Evaluation Division (N/ ORM7), 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, 10th Floor Station 10657, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CELCP Program Managers: Elaine Vaudreuil, OCRM, 301–713–3155 ext 103; via Internet: Elaine.Vaudreuil@noaa.gov or Elisabeth Morgan, OCRM, 301–713–3155 ext 166; via Internet at Elisabeth.Morgan@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summary Description The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was established ‘‘for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.’’ This announcement solicits proposals for land acquisition projects up to 3 years in duration with the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas. Project proposals should be based upon a state’s coastal and estuarine land acquisition priorities as outlined in approved state CELC plans or as part of an approved state coastal management PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52065 program. The state’s designated lead agency for implementing the CELCP may solicit, and include in their application, project proposals from additional state agencies, or local governments as defined at 15 CFR 24.3, or entities eligible for assistance under Section 306A(e) of the CZMA (16 U.S.C. 1455a(e)), provided that each has the authority to acquire and manage land for conservation purposes. For this solicitation, the requirement that states must have an approved CELC plan in order to participate will be waived. Coastal states may select and submit up to three projects, with a maximum request of $3,000,000 in Federal funding for each project. Project proposals should identify and discuss the project’s primary focus and in addition describe all other relevant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, and aesthetic values, and discuss threats of conversion of the project from its natural or recreational state to other uses. The proposals should also detail how the project will be completed in a timely manner, existing and proposed uses of the property, and how the project site will be managed in the future for long-term qualifications. The CELCP Guidelines published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2003, establish the eligibility, procedural and programmatic requirements for participation in the CELCP, including the criteria for financial assistance awards under the program. The guidelines outline the criteria and process for eligible coastal states to develop a state coastal and estuarine land conservation plan, nominate land conservation projects to a national competitive process, and for NOAA to select projects at the national level for funding. All applications submitted pursuant to this notice must be consistent with the requirements and guidelines implementing the CELCP published in the Federal Register (68 FR 35860–35869), on June 17, 2003, except that for this solicitation NOS waives the requirement for states to have an approved CELC plan. The Coastal and Estuarine Land Program Final Guidelines, June 2003 can be found at http:// www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/ land/media/celcpfinal02guidelines.pdf. Funding Availability Funding is dependent upon FY 2008 appropriations. Appropriations for the CELCP have ranged from $37-$50 million in fiscal years 2003–2006. It is anticipated that approximately 20–60 projects will be included on a competitively-ranked list of projects that E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 52066 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 170 / Friday, September 1, 2006 / Notices are ready and eligible for funding in FY 2008. Award amounts will be determined by the proposals and dependent upon the amounts appropriated in FY 2008. Statutory Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1456d. CFDA: 11.419, Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. Eligibility Coastal states with Coastal Zone Management Programs or National Estuarine Research Reserves approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 are eligible to participate. Each state’s CELCP lead agency will be responsible for: soliciting projects that are consistent with priorities outlined in the state’s approved CELC plan or if a CELC plan has not yet been approved, a state’s coastal management program. A list of state lead agency contacts for the CELCP can be found at: http:// www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/ land/media/celcpstateleadcontacts.pdf. The state’s lead agency may solicit, and include in their application, project proposals from additional state agencies, or local governments as defined at 15 CFR 24.3, or entities eligible for assistance under section 306A(e) of the CZMA (16 U.S.C. 1455a(e)), provided that each has the authority to acquire and manage land for conservation purposes. Each state may submit up to three project proposals. The state will be responsible for ensuring that allocated funds are used for the purposes of and in a manner consistent with this program. Interested parties should contact the applicable state’s CELCP lead contact for additional details about the state’s project solicitation requirements. Cost Sharing Requirements All funds under this program are to be matched with non-federal funds at a ratio of 1:1, except for the exemption provided to insular areas for projects under $200,000 (see section 2.7.a. of the CELCP guidelines). sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Intergovernmental Review Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Proposal Review and Selection Process for Projects NOAA published its agency-wide solicitation entitled ‘‘Omnibus Notice Announcing the Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2007’’ for projects for fiscal year 2007 in the Federal Register on June 12, 2006 (71 FR 33901). The evaluation and selection criteria and procedures for projects contained in VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Aug 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 that omnibus notice are applicable to this notice. Copies of this notice are available on the internet at http:// www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/fed-regnotices/frn2006–06–12.pdf. Further details on evaluation and selection criteria and procedures applicable to this notice can be found in the full funding opportunity announcement available through www.grants.gov and on CELCP website at: www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/ land/celcplfundingop.html. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects or proposals that are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA website: http:// www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216--6--TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations, http:// ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/ toclceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package, and under their description of their program activities, applicants are required to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of nonindigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be grounds for not selecting an application. In some cases if additional information is required after an application is selected, funds can be withheld by the Grants Officer under a special award condition requiring the recipient to submit additional environmental compliance information sufficient to enable NOAA to make an assessment on any impacts that a project may have on the environment. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are applicable to this solicitation. Limitation of Liability Funding for the program listed in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations. In no event will NOAA be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Paperwork Reduction Act Applications involve collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. The following requirements have been approved by OMB under control number 0648–0459: a Project Proposal and Project Application Checklist (up to five copies per project), including project budget and justification or proposed costs, site maps, and supporting information such as appraisal, title opinion, documentation of compliance with Federal laws, regulations, policies etc.; and documentation of landowner’s willingness to sell. The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, and SF-LLL have been approved by OMB under the respective control numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, and 0348–0046. Executive Order 12866 This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 170 / Friday, September 1, 2006 / Notices other law for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comments are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. molecular electronics, microelectronics, electro-optics, and electronic materials. In accordance with Section 10(d) of the Pub. L. 92–463, as amended, (5 U.S.C. App. 2), it has been determined that this Advisory Group meeting concerns matters listed in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1), and that accordingly, this meeting will be closed to the public. Due to unforeseen circumstances this announcement does not give the standard 15 day notification. Dated: August 25, 2006. Elizabeth R. Scheffler, Associate Assistant Administrator for Management and CFO/CAO, NOS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 06–7395 Filed 8–31–06; 8:45 am] Dated: August 28, 2006. L.M. Bynum, Alternate, OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 06–7383 Filed 8–31–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–S BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Office of the Secretary of Defense [ER–FRL–6678–8] Meeting of the DoD Advisory Group on Electron Devices Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments Department of Defense, Advisory Group on Electron Devices. ACTION: Notice. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The DoD Advisory Group on Electron Devices (AGED) announces a closed session meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at ITS Noesis Business Unit, 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Vicki Schneider, ITS Noesis Business Unit, 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203, 703–741–0300. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The mission of the Advisory Group is to provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), and through the DDR&E to the Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Military Departments in planning and managing an effective and economical research and development program in the area of electron devices. The AGED meeting will be limited to review of research and development efforts in electronics and photonics with a focus on benefits to national defense. These reviews may form the basis for research and development programs initiated by the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to be conducted by industry, universities or in government laboratories. The agenda for this meeting will include programs on VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Aug 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of Federal Activities at 202–564–7167. An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental impact statements (EISs) was published in the Federal Register dated April 7, 2006 (71 FR 17845). Draft EISs EIS No. 20060151, ERP No. D–BLM– K65307–00, Eagle Lake Field Office Project, Resource Management Plan, Implementation, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra Counties, CA and Washoe County, NV. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to water quality and riparian resources from grazing and off-highway vehicle activities. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20060253, ERP No. D–AFS– K65311–NV, Jarbidge Ranger District Rangeland Management Project, Authorize Continued Livestock Grazing, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Columbia River, NV. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to riparian resources and with the use of annual indicators under the proposed action. EPA requested additional PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52067 information on implementation of these indicators as well as permitted compliance. EPA recommended more specific action be taken to protect stream banks and prevent the spread of noxious weeds. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20060271, ERP No. D–CGD– A11078–00, Programmatic— Implementation of the U.S. Coast Guard Nationwide Automatic Identification System Project, Providing Vessel Identification, Tracking and Information Exchange Capabilities to Support National Maritime Interests, Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action Rating LO. EIS No. 20060275, ERP No. D–AFS– L65517–0R, Maury Mountains Allotment Management Plan, To Implement or Eliminate Livestock Grazing in Six Allotments in the Maury Mountains of the Ochoco National Forest, Prineville, OR. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO. EIS No. 20060276, ERP No. D–FRC– D03032–TX, Calhoun Point Comfort Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project, (Docket Nos. CP05–91–000 and CP06– 380–00) Construction of New Pipeline on 73 acres, Port of Port Lavaca, Calhoun and Jackson Counties, TX. Summary: EPA does not object to the preferred action. Rating LO. Final EISs EIS No. 20060232, ERP No. F–AFS– C65005–NY, Finger Lakes National Forest Project, Proposed Land and Resource Management Plan, Forest Plan Revision, Implementation, Seneca and Schuyler Counties, NY. Summary: EPA’s previous concerns have been resolved; therefore, EPA does not object to the proposed action. EIS No. 20060251, ERP No. F–USA– L11037–AK, U.S. Army Alaska Battle Area Complex (BAX) and a Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF), Construction and Operation, Selection of the Preferred Alternative, within U.S. Army Training Lands in Alaska. Summary: EPA recommended that the 404(b)(1) evaluation be included in the Record of Decision. EIS No. 20060260, ERP No. F–BLM– L65484–AK, East Alaska Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP), Provide a Single Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Implementation, Glennallen Field Office District, AK. E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 170 (Friday, September 1, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52065-52067]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-7395]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 051121306-6220-02; I.D. 082306D]


Announcement of Funding Opportunity for the Coastal and Estuarine 
Land Conservation Program

AGENCY: Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), the 
National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Announcement of Funding Opportunity for financial assistance 
for project grants.

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SUMMARY: NOS/OCRM is soliciting coastal and estuarine land conservation 
acquisition projects from eligible coastal states. The Coastal and 
Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was established ``for the 
purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have 
significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or 
aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their 
natural or recreational state to other uses.'' This announcement 
solicits proposals for land acquisition projects, up to 3 years in 
duration, with the purpose of protecting important coastal and 
estuarine areas. Project proposals should reflect priorities identified 
in an approved state CELC plan or, if a state's plan has not been 
completed, by the state's approved coastal management program. Eligible 
coastal states may submit up to three project proposals with a 
requested funding level not to exceed $3,000,000 per project.

DATES: Proposals must be received by the NOS/OCRM no later than 11:59 
p.m. EST, October 27, 2006. The closing deadline for applying through 
grants.gov is the same as for the paper submission noted in this 
announcement. Applicants are strongly recommended to allow sufficient 
time for delivery of materials, electronically or by mail, by the 
deadline.

ADDRESSES: The full funding opportunity announcement and application 
materials are available via the grants.gov web site: http://
www.grants.gov (opportunity  NOS-OCRM-2008-2000828); via the 
CELCP website at http://www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/celcp_
fundingop.html; or by contacting the program officials identified 
below. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the 
full funding opportunity announcement.
    Applications may be submitted electronically through grants.gov at 
the internet site: http://www.grants.gov or by mail to the address 
listed here. If submitting electronically, NOAA strongly recommends 
that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the 
application process through grants.gov. If submitting paper 
applications by mail, a signed original and 4 copies may be submitted 
to Attn: Elaine Vaudreuil, NOAA, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, 
National Policy and Evaluation Division (N/ORM7), 1305 East-West 
Highway, SSMC4, 10th Floor Station 10657, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CELCP Program Managers: Elaine 
Vaudreuil, OCRM, 301-713-3155 ext 103; via Internet: 
Elaine.Vaudreuil@noaa.gov or Elisabeth Morgan, OCRM, 301-713-3155 ext 
166; via Internet at Elisabeth.Morgan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Summary Description

    The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was 
established ``for the purpose of protecting important coastal and 
estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, 
ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by 
conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.'' 
This announcement solicits proposals for land acquisition projects up 
to 3 years in duration with the purpose of protecting important coastal 
and estuarine areas.
    Project proposals should be based upon a state's coastal and 
estuarine land acquisition priorities as outlined in approved state 
CELC plans or as part of an approved state coastal management program. 
The state's designated lead agency for implementing the CELCP may 
solicit, and include in their application, project proposals from 
additional state agencies, or local governments as defined at 15 CFR 
24.3, or entities eligible for assistance under Section 306A(e) of the 
CZMA (16 U.S.C. 1455a(e)), provided that each has the authority to 
acquire and manage land for conservation purposes. For this 
solicitation, the requirement that states must have an approved CELC 
plan in order to participate will be waived. Coastal states may select 
and submit up to three projects, with a maximum request of $3,000,000 
in Federal funding for each project.
    Project proposals should identify and discuss the project's primary 
focus and in addition describe all other relevant conservation, 
recreation, ecological, historical, and aesthetic values, and discuss 
threats of conversion of the project from its natural or recreational 
state to other uses. The proposals should also detail how the project 
will be completed in a timely manner, existing and proposed uses of the 
property, and how the project site will be managed in the future for 
long-term qualifications.
    The CELCP Guidelines published in the Federal Register on June 17, 
2003, establish the eligibility, procedural and programmatic 
requirements for participation in the CELCP, including the criteria for 
financial assistance awards under the program. The guidelines outline 
the criteria and process for eligible coastal states to develop a state 
coastal and estuarine land conservation plan, nominate land 
conservation projects to a national competitive process, and for NOAA 
to select projects at the national level for funding. All applications 
submitted pursuant to this notice must be consistent with the 
requirements and guidelines implementing the CELCP published in the 
Federal Register (68 FR 35860-35869), on June 17, 2003, except that for 
this solicitation NOS waives the requirement for states to have an 
approved CELC plan. The Coastal and Estuarine Land Program Final 
Guidelines, June 2003 can be found at http://
www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/media/celcpfinal02guidelines.pdf.

Funding Availability

    Funding is dependent upon FY 2008 appropriations. Appropriations 
for the CELCP have ranged from $37-$50 million in fiscal years 2003-
2006. It is anticipated that approximately 20-60 projects will be 
included on a competitively-ranked list of projects that

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are ready and eligible for funding in FY 2008. Award amounts will be 
determined by the proposals and dependent upon the amounts appropriated 
in FY 2008.
    Statutory Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1456d.
    CFDA: 11.419, Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program.

Eligibility

    Coastal states with Coastal Zone Management Programs or National 
Estuarine Research Reserves approved under the Coastal Zone Management 
Act of 1972 are eligible to participate. Each state's CELCP lead agency 
will be responsible for: soliciting projects that are consistent with 
priorities outlined in the state's approved CELC plan or if a CELC plan 
has not yet been approved, a state's coastal management program. A list 
of state lead agency contacts for the CELCP can be found at: http://
www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/media/celcpstateleadcontacts.pdf. 
The state's lead agency may solicit, and include in their application, 
project proposals from additional state agencies, or local governments 
as defined at 15 CFR 24.3, or entities eligible for assistance under 
section 306A(e) of the CZMA (16 U.S.C. 1455a(e)), provided that each 
has the authority to acquire and manage land for conservation purposes. 
Each state may submit up to three project proposals. The state will be 
responsible for ensuring that allocated funds are used for the purposes 
of and in a manner consistent with this program. Interested parties 
should contact the applicable state's CELCP lead contact for additional 
details about the state's project solicitation requirements.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    All funds under this program are to be matched with non-federal 
funds at a ratio of 1:1, except for the exemption provided to insular 
areas for projects under $200,000 (see section 2.7.a. of the CELCP 
guidelines).

Intergovernmental Review

    Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 
12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.''

Proposal Review and Selection Process for Projects

    NOAA published its agency-wide solicitation entitled ``Omnibus 
Notice Announcing the Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 
2007'' for projects for fiscal year 2007 in the Federal Register on 
June 12, 2006 (71 FR 33901). The evaluation and selection criteria and 
procedures for projects contained in that omnibus notice are applicable 
to this notice. Copies of this notice are available on the internet at 
http://www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/fed-reg-notices/frn2006-06-12.pdf. 
Further details on evaluation and selection criteria and procedures 
applicable to this notice can be found in the full funding opportunity 
announcement available through www.grants.gov and on CELCP website at: 
www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/celcp_fundingop.html.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required 
by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects 
or proposals that are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. 
Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the 
following NOAA NEPA website: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our 
NOAA Administrative Order 216-6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/
NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality 
implementation regulations, http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/toc_
ceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant's package, and under 
their description of their program activities, applicants are required 
to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, 
locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible 
construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist 
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, 
introduction of non-indigenous species, impacts to endangered and 
threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef 
systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve 
as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be 
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if 
NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be 
required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying feasible measures to 
reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their 
proposal. The failure to do so shall be grounds for not selecting an 
application. In some cases if additional information is required after 
an application is selected, funds can be withheld by the Grants Officer 
under a special award condition requiring the recipient to submit 
additional environmental compliance information sufficient to enable 
NOAA to make an assessment on any impacts that a project may have on 
the environment.

Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative 
Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are applicable to this 
solicitation.

Limitation of Liability

    Funding for the program listed in this notice is contingent upon 
the availability of Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations. In no event will 
NOAA be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program 
fails to receive funding or is cancelled because of other agency 
priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to 
award any specific project or to obligate any available funds.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    Applications involve collection-of-information requirements subject 
to the Paperwork Reduction Act. Notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be 
subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of 
information subject to the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 
unless that collection displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    The following requirements have been approved by OMB under control 
number 0648-0459: a Project Proposal and Project Application Checklist 
(up to five copies per project), including project budget and 
justification or proposed costs, site maps, and supporting information 
such as appraisal, title opinion, documentation of compliance with 
Federal laws, regulations, policies etc.; and documentation of 
landowner's willingness to sell. The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 
424B, and SF-LLL have been approved by OMB under the respective control 
numbers 0348-0043, 0348-0044, 0348-0040, and 0348-0046.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes 
of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 
13132.

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required by 
the Administrative Procedure Act or any

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other law for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, 
benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and 
opportunity for comments are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or 
any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a 
regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared.

    Dated: August 25, 2006.
Elizabeth R. Scheffler,
Associate Assistant Administrator for Management and CFO/CAO, NOS, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 06-7395 Filed 8-31-06; 8:45 am]
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