New Melones Lake Project Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, CA, 75769-75770 [E6-21471]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Notices be used to support the span. Other bridge alternatives considered in the Draft EIS/EIR include: Alternative BR1 (50-foot-long bridge with a raised road); Alternative BR2 (50-foot-long bridge with a low road); Alternative BR3 (150foot-long bridge with raised road); and Alternative BR4 (266- to 300-foot-long bridge with highest road). Scoping and Public Involvement: Between December 2002 and December 2004, 17 public meetings were held, as well as a variety of site visits and meetings with representatives of various agencies. On December 3, 2002, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement was published in the Federal Register, beginning the formal scoping process for the project. The NOI identified goals for the project, and public scoping meetings were held on October 22, October 29, and November 2, 2002, with a site visit for the public held on November 9, 2002, to solicit input on the project and its potential impacts. Following these meetings, a Big Lagoon Working Group consisting of interested individuals, agencies, and organizations was formed to help develop project alternatives. The working group convened regularly in meetings that were open to the public. In addition, two alternatives workshops were held for the public on September 30 and October 4, 2003. The results of those workshops, as well as a more detailed summary of the scoping process, are presented in the Alternatives Public Workshops Report (NPS 2004). Finally, Marin County circulated a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report on April 27, 2004, soliciting comments on the specific issues to be included in the scope of CEQA environmental review. All of these activities informed the alternatives formulation process. Comments: Copies of the Draft EIS/ EIR will be sent to affected Federal, Tribal, State and local government agencies, to interested parties, and those requesting copies. Paper and digital copies (compact disc) of the document will also be available at park headquarters and at local libraries. The complete document will be posted on the GGNRA’s Web site (http:// www.nps.gov/goga) and on NPS’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/goga). All written comments must be postmarked or transmitted no later than 75 days from the date of EPA’s notice of filing published in the Federal Register (as soon as this occurs, the confirmed close of the comment period will be posted on the Web sites noted above, and listed in all notification announcements sent VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Dec 15, 2006 Jkt 211001 from GGNRA). Written comments will be accepted online at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/goga (click on the project title and follow instructions), or by sending a letter addressed as follows: Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Attn: Muir Beach Creek and Wetland Restoration). Two public meetings will be scheduled to hear comments on the Draft EIS/EIR, approximately 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Please visit the project Web site (noted above) to learn more about the project, planning process, and the confirmed dates and time for the public meetings. Questions regarding this project may also be directed at any time to Steve Ortega (415) 561–4841 or via e-mail at steve_ortega@nps.gov. All comments are maintained in the administrative record and will be available for public review at GGNRA headquarters. Please note our practice is to make comments, including names, home addresses, home phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their names and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider withholding this information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale for withholding this information. This rationale must demonstrate that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be released. We will always make submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Decision Process: Following the analysis of all comments received concerning the Draft EIS/EIR, at this time it is anticipated that the Final EIS/ EIR would be completed in spring 2007. The availability of the final documents will be announced in the Federal Register, and also publicized via local and regional press media, direct mailings, and Web site postings. Not sooner than thirty days after the distribution of the Final EIS/EIR, a Record of Decision may be executed (at this time it is anticipated a recommended decision would be developed in summer 2007). As a delegated EIS the approving official responsible for the final decision is the PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75769 Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Subsequently, the official responsible for implementing the approved wetland and restoration plan will be the General Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Dated: October 3, 2006. Patricia L. Neubacher, Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region. [FR Doc. 06–9748 Filed 12–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–FN–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation New Melones Lake Project Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, CA Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an RMP/EIS and notice of public meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Reclamation Act of 1902, the Reclamation Project Act of 1939, and the Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare an integrated RMP/EIS for the New Melones Lake Project. Reclamation is the lead federal agency for NEPA. The RMP process is designed to evaluate current and future resource conditions for a management area and to analyze whether updated or new management actions are necessary to attain desired long-term goals. The public is invited to participate in the planning process by submitting comments during the scoping period and the public comment period on the draft RMP/EIS. Other opportunities to participate will be described during the public scoping meetings. DATES: Reclamation will host a series of three public scoping meetings to solicit input on the development of alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the RMP/EIS. The meeting dates and times are: • Monday, January 29, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sonora, CA, • Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Angels Camp, CA, • Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Manteca, CA. ADDRESSES: Scoping meetings will be held at: • Sonora at the Sonora Union High School Cafeteria, 251, South Barretta Street, Sonora, CA, E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 75770 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Notices • Angels Camp at the Brett Harte High School Library, 323 South Main, Angels Camp, CA, • Manteca at the Manteca High School Cafeteria, 450 East Yosemite Avenue, Manteca, CA. Written comments on the scope of the proposed RMP/EIS should be sent by close of business on February 16, 2007 to: Ms. Elizabeth Vasquez, Natural Resource Specialist, Central California Area Office, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or e-mail to evasquez@mp.usbr.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Vasquez at 916–989–7192. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1976, during planning for construction of the New Melones Dam, a master plan was created to manage the various resources available at New Melones Lake. This plan and a subsequent 1995 draft resource management plan do not fulfill the need for resource management planning, due to the age of the documents, changes in visitor use over the last 30 years, and the accumulation of more complete information about the various resources managed by Reclamation as part of the New Melones Lake Project. The RMP process is designed to evaluate current and future resource conditions for a management area and to analyze whether updated or new management actions are necessary to attain desired long-term goals. All proposed management actions will be incorporated into a single document that will guide management of biological, social, and physical resources and, when implemented, will result in the desired conditions for the management area. The associated EIS will assess the potential effects of current management actions as well as those proposed under the action alternatives. The final RMP/EIS will reflect the alternative that is deemed most preferable given the range of resources to be managed and the management tools available to Reclamation. Reclamation has developed a preliminary list of management issues to be addressed in the RMP/EIS. These items include: • Public health and safety; • Recreational use; • Interest groups; • Traffic and transportation; • Cultural and archaeological resources; • Land use, including historic and proposed rights-of-way; and • Sensitive species and habitats. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Dec 15, 2006 Jkt 211001 This list is not exhaustive and may increase or change as a result of public response during the scoping period. Additional Information Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in the public meeting should contact Ms. Vasquez as soon as possible. In order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please call no later than one week before the meeting. Information regarding this proposed action is available in alternative formats upon request. During the meetings, Reclamation representatives will present an overview of the project. Those attending the meeting will have the opportunity to submit comments, which Reclamation will consider in the development of alternatives and for analysis of environmental issues that should be addressed in the RMP and EIS. (Additional coordination meetings can be arranged with responsible/ cooperating agencies and with special interest groups upon request.) Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to the appropriate federal, state, and local agencies and to private organizations and citizens who have expressed an interest or who are known to have an interest in this proposal. Comments received in response to this notice will become part of the administrative record and are subject to public inspection. Our practice is to make comments, including names, home addresses, home phone numbers, and email addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their names and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider withholding this information, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale for withholding this information. This rationale must demonstrate that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be released. 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The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collected is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. The proposed information collected was previously published in the Federal Register Volume 71, Number 200, page 61071, on October 17, 2006, allowing a 30 day comment period. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days for public comment until January 17, 2007. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


New Melones Lake Project Resource Management Plan/Environmental 
Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an RMP/EIS and notice of public 
meetings.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the 
Reclamation Act of 1902, the Reclamation Project Act of 1939, and the 
Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992, the Bureau of 
Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare an integrated RMP/EIS for 
the New Melones Lake Project. Reclamation is the lead federal agency 
for NEPA. The RMP process is designed to evaluate current and future 
resource conditions for a management area and to analyze whether 
updated or new management actions are necessary to attain desired long-
term goals.
    The public is invited to participate in the planning process by 
submitting comments during the scoping period and the public comment 
period on the draft RMP/EIS. Other opportunities to participate will be 
described during the public scoping meetings.

DATES: Reclamation will host a series of three public scoping meetings 
to solicit input on the development of alternatives, concerns, and 
issues to be addressed in the RMP/EIS. The meeting dates and times are:
     Monday, January 29, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sonora, CA,
     Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Angels Camp, 
CA,
     Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Manteca, 
CA.

ADDRESSES: Scoping meetings will be held at:
     Sonora at the Sonora Union High School Cafeteria, 251, 
South Barretta Street, Sonora, CA,

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     Angels Camp at the Brett Harte High School Library, 323 
South Main, Angels Camp, CA,
     Manteca at the Manteca High School Cafeteria, 450 East 
Yosemite Avenue, Manteca, CA.
    Written comments on the scope of the proposed RMP/EIS should be 
sent by close of business on February 16, 2007 to: Ms. Elizabeth 
Vasquez, Natural Resource Specialist, Central California Area Office, 
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or 
e-mail to evasquez@mp.usbr.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Vasquez at 916-989-7192.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1976, during planning for construction of 
the New Melones Dam, a master plan was created to manage the various 
resources available at New Melones Lake. This plan and a subsequent 
1995 draft resource management plan do not fulfill the need for 
resource management planning, due to the age of the documents, changes 
in visitor use over the last 30 years, and the accumulation of more 
complete information about the various resources managed by Reclamation 
as part of the New Melones Lake Project.
    The RMP process is designed to evaluate current and future resource 
conditions for a management area and to analyze whether updated or new 
management actions are necessary to attain desired long-term goals. All 
proposed management actions will be incorporated into a single document 
that will guide management of biological, social, and physical 
resources and, when implemented, will result in the desired conditions 
for the management area. The associated EIS will assess the potential 
effects of current management actions as well as those proposed under 
the action alternatives. The final RMP/EIS will reflect the alternative 
that is deemed most preferable given the range of resources to be 
managed and the management tools available to Reclamation.
    Reclamation has developed a preliminary list of management issues 
to be addressed in the RMP/EIS. These items include:
     Public health and safety;
     Recreational use;
     Interest groups;
     Traffic and transportation;
     Cultural and archaeological resources;
     Land use, including historic and proposed rights-of-way; 
and
     Sensitive species and habitats.
    This list is not exhaustive and may increase or change as a result 
of public response during the scoping period.

Additional Information

    Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and 
participate in the public meeting should contact Ms. Vasquez as soon as 
possible. In order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please 
call no later than one week before the meeting. Information regarding 
this proposed action is available in alternative formats upon request.
    During the meetings, Reclamation representatives will present an 
overview of the project. Those attending the meeting will have the 
opportunity to submit comments, which Reclamation will consider in the 
development of alternatives and for analysis of environmental issues 
that should be addressed in the RMP and EIS. (Additional coordination 
meetings can be arranged with responsible/cooperating agencies and with 
special interest groups upon request.)
    Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will 
be sent to the appropriate federal, state, and local agencies and to 
private organizations and citizens who have expressed an interest or 
who are known to have an interest in this proposal.
    Comments received in response to this notice will become part of 
the administrative record and are subject to public inspection. Our 
practice is to make comments, including names, home addresses, home 
phone numbers, and email addresses of respondents, available for public 
review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their names 
and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider withholding 
this information, you must state this prominently at the beginning of 
your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale for 
withholding this information. This rationale must demonstrate that 
disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. 
Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of 
exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be 
released. We will always make submissions from organizations or 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available 
for public inspection in their entirety.

Michael Nepstad,
Acting Regional Environmental Officer, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. E6-21471 Filed 12-15-06; 8:45 am]
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