Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, Tehama County, CA, 4292-4293 [E7-1405]

Download as PDF 4292 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 19 / Tuesday, January 30, 2007 / Notices written comments to the Tonopah Field Station, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, Nevada 89049. Facsimiles, telephone calls, and electronic mails are unacceptable means of notification. Comments including names and street addresses of respondents will be available for public review at the BLM, Tonopah Field Station (address above) during regular business hours, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or address from public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. Any determination by the BLM to release or withhold the names and/or addresses of those who comment will be made on a case-by-case basis. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. Any adverse comments will be reviewed by the Nevada State Director, who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action and issue a final determination. In the absence of timely filed objections, this realty action will become the final determination of the Department of the Interior. (Authority: 43 CFR 2711.1–2(a)). Dated: November 6, 2006. William S. Fisher, Assistant Field Manager, Tonopah. [FR Doc. E7–1428 Filed 1–29–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, Tehama County, CA Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/EIR), recirculation of the document. ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) are recirculating the DEIS/EIR for the Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam for public review and comment. The document is being re-circulated for any additional comments since it was originally available to the public from August 14 through October 29, 2002, given the length of lapsed time and the recent selection of Alternative 2B as Reclamation’s Preferred Alternative. The public comments sent in 2002 are VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:36 Jan 29, 2007 Jkt 211001 also available although no responses have yet been completed. The final EIS/ EIR will be prepared after the end of the new comment period. DATES: Comments on the DEIS/EIR will be accepted on or before March 16, 2007. Written comments on the DEIS/EIR should be sent to Mr. David Bird, General Manager, Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, P.O. Box 1025, Willows, CA 95988. Comments may be submitted electronically by e-mailing the project team: dbird@tccanal.com. A copy of the Executive Summary, DEIS/EIR, and/or technical appendices may be obtained by calling Mr. Bird at the telephone number below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Paul Freeman, Bureau of Reclamation, telephone: 530–529–3890, fax: 530– 529–3895, e-mail: pfreeman@mp.usbr.gov; or Mr. David Bird, Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, telephone: 530–934–2125, e-mail: dbird@tccanal.com. ADDRESSES: Since construction of the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, concern has been expressed regarding the dam’s effect on both upstream and downstream fish migration. The dam was built with 11 movable gates. Raising the gates eliminates the dam’s effect and allows the river to flow unimpeded. Lowering the dam gates allows for gravity diversion into canals and results in the creation of Lake Red Bluff. Over the years, the dam gates have been raised more frequently in an attempt to enhance fish passage. Therefore, the ability to divert irrigation water has been gradually decreased from year-round to the current 4-month (gates-in) operations from May 15 to September 14. During the remainder of the year, the dam gates are open, allowing a free flowing, unimpeded river. Detailed studies show the current design of the fish ladders and the operations of the dam gates do not adequately allow passage of all threatened and endangered fish species. The DEIS/EIR outlines the proposed project alternatives that seek to address issues related to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, including fish passage and water supply. Current dam operations do not adequately allow passage of threatened and endangered fish species. Additionally, current dam operations limit the dam’s capacity to meet the agricultural demand. To address these critical issues, TCCA and Reclamation are working together to determine an appropriate solution. The project goals are to: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Substantially improve the long-term reliable level of anadromous fish passage, both upstream and downstream, past the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. • Substantially improve the long-term ability to reliably and cost-effectively move sufficient water into the TehamaColusa Canal and the Corning Canal systems to meet the needs of the water districts served by the TCCA. The TCCA and Reclamation are working together as ‘‘co-lead’’ agencies on this project to achieve the project purpose and need. However, they are independent agencies with various interests and methods for approaching a project such as this one. Work conducted to date has built upon a wide array of previous studies conducted at the dam. Through detailed feasibility studies, six alternatives, including the No Action alternative, were created based on various combinations of new facilities and operational changes. These have been created to encompass the range of options available to address the identified water delivery and fish passage issues. The alternatives identified in the DEIS/EIR are: No action—The current operating conditions remain the same with a 4month dam ‘‘gates-in,’’ that creates Lake Red Bluff from May 15 to September 14. The impacts of this option must be studied to a similar level of detail as the others. It is used as a benchmark for comparison of the other alternatives. 1B—4-Month Bypass—This option creates a fish-friendly channel around the dam with sufficient water flow to attract and transport fish moving upstream and deliver juvenile fish moving downstream when the dam gates are lowered in late spring and early fall. Gates would continue to be lowered in the May 15 to September 14 period. A new pumping station would be required to provide reliable agricultural water supply from the river into the water delivery canals. 1A and 2A—Improved fish ladders— These two alternatives are being considered and are aimed at improving the efficiency of the ‘‘fish ladders’’ designed to create a passage for fish to swim around the dam. The design improvements will increase the flow of water through the fish ladders. By increasing the flow, more fish will be attracted to the ladders and successfully pass the dam. The two alternatives differ in the operations of the dam gates. Alternative 1A proposes lowering the dam gates for the current 4-month operation and Alternative 2A for a 2month operation (July 1 through August E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 19 / Tuesday, January 30, 2007 / Notices 31). A new pumping station would be required to provide reliable agricultural water supply from the river into the water delivery canals under Alternative 2A. 2B—Existing fish ladders with gates up 10 months—Alternative 2B retains the current fish ladders and decreases lowering of the dam gates to 2 months (July 1 through August 31). The source of improved fish passage would be the reduction in gate operations. A new pumping station would be required to provide reliable agricultural water supply from the river into the water delivery canals. Reclamation has identified Alternative 2B as the preferred alternative. 3—Gates out—Alternative 3 keeps the dam gates open year round, creating a free flowing river, unimpeded by the dam. Fish ladders or other bypass options would no longer be necessary and Lake Red Bluff would no longer be created. A new pumping station would be required to provide reliable agricultural water supply from the river into the water delivery canals. Additional Information ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES 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 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 or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Dated: December 28, 2006. Frank Michny, Assistant Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. E7–1405 Filed 1–29–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:36 Jan 29, 2007 Jkt 211001 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–413 and 731– TA–913–916 and 918 (Review)] Stainless Steel Bar From France, Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of five-year reviews concerning the countervailing duty order on stainless steel bar from Italy and the antidumping duty orders on stainless steel bar from France, Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice that it has instituted reviews pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)) (the Act) to determine whether revocation of the countervailing duty order on stainless steel bar from Italy and the antidumping duty orders on stainless steel bar from France, Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, interested parties are requested to respond to this notice by submitting the information specified below to the Commission;1 to be assured of consideration, the deadline for responses is March 23, 2007. Comments on the adequacy of responses may be filed with the Commission by April 16, 2007. For further information concerning the conduct of these reviews and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A, D, E, and F (19 CFR part 207). EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Messer (202–205–3193), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearingimpaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special 1 No response to this request for information is required if a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) number is not displayed; the OMB number is 3117–0016/USITC No. 07–5–166, expiration date June 30, 2008. Public reporting burden for the request is estimated to average 10 hours per response. Please send comments regarding the accuracy of this burden estimate to the Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4293 assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server (http:// www.usitc.gov). The public record for these reviews may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background.—On March 7, 2002, the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) issued antidumping duty orders on imports of stainless steel bar from France, Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom (67 FR 10381–10385). On March 8, 2002, Commerce issued a countervailing duty order on imports of stainless steel bar from Italy (67 FR 10670). The Commission is conducting reviews to determine whether revocation of the orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic industry within a reasonably foreseeable time. It will assess the adequacy of interested party responses to this notice of institution to determine whether to conduct full reviews or expedited reviews. The Commission’s determinations in any expedited reviews will be based on the facts available, which may include information provided in response to this notice. Definitions.—The following definitions apply to these reviews: (1) Subject Merchandise is the class or kind of merchandise that is within the scope of the five-year reviews, as defined by Commerce. (2) The Subject Countries in these reviews are France, Germany, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom. (3) The Domestic Like Product is the domestically produced product or products which are like, or in the absence of like, most similar in characteristics and uses with, the Subject Merchandise. In its original determinations, the Commission defined a single Domestic Like Product consisting of all stainless steel bar meeting the specifications described in Commerce’s scope determination. (4) The Domestic Industry is the U.S. producers as a whole of the Domestic Like Product, or those producers whose collective output of the Domestic Like Product constitutes a major proportion of the total domestic production of the product. In its original determinations, the Commission defined a single Domestic Industry encompassing all U.S. producers of stainless steel bar. The Commission also concluded that service centers were not part of the Domestic Industry. E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 19 (Tuesday, January 30, 2007)]
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[Pages 4292-4293]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-1405]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, 
Tehama County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement/Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/EIR), recirculation of the 
document.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Tehama-Colusa 
Canal Authority (TCCA) are re-circulating the DEIS/EIR for the Fish 
Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam for public 
review and comment. The document is being re-circulated for any 
additional comments since it was originally available to the public 
from August 14 through October 29, 2002, given the length of lapsed 
time and the recent selection of Alternative 2B as Reclamation's 
Preferred Alternative. The public comments sent in 2002 are also 
available although no responses have yet been completed. The final EIS/
EIR will be prepared after the end of the new comment period.

DATES: Comments on the DEIS/EIR will be accepted on or before March 16, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the DEIS/EIR should be sent to Mr. David 
Bird, General Manager, Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, P.O. Box 1025, 
Willows, CA 95988. Comments may be submitted electronically by e-
mailing the project team: dbird@tccanal.com.
    A copy of the Executive Summary, DEIS/EIR, and/or technical 
appendices may be obtained by calling Mr. Bird at the telephone number 
below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Paul Freeman, Bureau of 
Reclamation, telephone: 530-529-3890, fax: 530-529-3895, e-mail: 
pfreeman@mp.usbr.gov; or Mr. David Bird, Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, 
telephone: 530-934-2125, e-mail: dbird@tccanal.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Since construction of the Red Bluff 
Diversion Dam, concern has been expressed regarding the dam's effect on 
both upstream and downstream fish migration. The dam was built with 11 
movable gates. Raising the gates eliminates the dam's effect and allows 
the river to flow unimpeded. Lowering the dam gates allows for gravity 
diversion into canals and results in the creation of Lake Red Bluff.
    Over the years, the dam gates have been raised more frequently in 
an attempt to enhance fish passage. Therefore, the ability to divert 
irrigation water has been gradually decreased from year-round to the 
current 4-month (gates-in) operations from May 15 to September 14. 
During the remainder of the year, the dam gates are open, allowing a 
free flowing, unimpeded river. Detailed studies show the current design 
of the fish ladders and the operations of the dam gates do not 
adequately allow passage of all threatened and endangered fish species.
    The DEIS/EIR outlines the proposed project alternatives that seek 
to address issues related to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, including 
fish passage and water supply. Current dam operations do not adequately 
allow passage of threatened and endangered fish species. Additionally, 
current dam operations limit the dam's capacity to meet the 
agricultural demand. To address these critical issues, TCCA and 
Reclamation are working together to determine an appropriate solution.
    The project goals are to:
     Substantially improve the long-term reliable level of 
anadromous fish passage, both upstream and downstream, past the Red 
Bluff Diversion Dam.
     Substantially improve the long-term ability to reliably 
and cost-effectively move sufficient water into the Tehama-Colusa Canal 
and the Corning Canal systems to meet the needs of the water districts 
served by the TCCA.
    The TCCA and Reclamation are working together as ``co-lead'' 
agencies on this project to achieve the project purpose and need. 
However, they are independent agencies with various interests and 
methods for approaching a project such as this one. Work conducted to 
date has built upon a wide array of previous studies conducted at the 
dam.
    Through detailed feasibility studies, six alternatives, including 
the No Action alternative, were created based on various combinations 
of new facilities and operational changes. These have been created to 
encompass the range of options available to address the identified 
water delivery and fish passage issues.
    The alternatives identified in the DEIS/EIR are:
    No action--The current operating conditions remain the same with a 
4-month dam ``gates-in,'' that creates Lake Red Bluff from May 15 to 
September 14. The impacts of this option must be studied to a similar 
level of detail as the others. It is used as a benchmark for comparison 
of the other alternatives.
    1B--4-Month Bypass--This option creates a fish-friendly channel 
around the dam with sufficient water flow to attract and transport fish 
moving upstream and deliver juvenile fish moving downstream when the 
dam gates are lowered in late spring and early fall. Gates would 
continue to be lowered in the May 15 to September 14 period. A new 
pumping station would be required to provide reliable agricultural 
water supply from the river into the water delivery canals.
    1A and 2A--Improved fish ladders--These two alternatives are being 
considered and are aimed at improving the efficiency of the ``fish 
ladders'' designed to create a passage for fish to swim around the dam. 
The design improvements will increase the flow of water through the 
fish ladders. By increasing the flow, more fish will be attracted to 
the ladders and successfully pass the dam. The two alternatives differ 
in the operations of the dam gates. Alternative 1A proposes lowering 
the dam gates for the current 4-month operation and Alternative 2A for 
a 2-month operation (July 1 through August

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31). A new pumping station would be required to provide reliable 
agricultural water supply from the river into the water delivery canals 
under Alternative 2A.
    2B--Existing fish ladders with gates up 10 months--Alternative 2B 
retains the current fish ladders and decreases lowering of the dam 
gates to 2 months (July 1 through August 31). The source of improved 
fish passage would be the reduction in gate operations. A new pumping 
station would be required to provide reliable agricultural water supply 
from the river into the water delivery canals. Reclamation has 
identified Alternative 2B as the preferred alternative.
    3--Gates out--Alternative 3 keeps the dam gates open year round, 
creating a free flowing river, unimpeded by the dam. Fish ladders or 
other bypass options would no longer be necessary and Lake Red Bluff 
would no longer be created. A new pumping station would be required to 
provide reliable agricultural water supply from the river into the 
water delivery canals.

Additional Information

    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 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 or officials of organizations or businesses, available 
for public inspection in their entirety.

    Dated: December 28, 2006.
Frank Michny,
Assistant Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. E7-1405 Filed 1-29-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MN-P