Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Revised Water Control Manuals for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin, 63561-63562 [E7-22043]

Download as PDF 63561 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices TABLE 1. SUMMARY OF HMS EXEMPTED PERMITS ISSUED IN 2006 AND 2007. AHMS@ REFERS TO MULTIPLE SPECIES BEING COLLECTED UNDER A GIVEN PERMIT TYPE.—Continued 2006 Number of Permits Issued Number of Authorized Fish 2007 Number of Authorized Larvae Number of Fish Taken Number of Larvae Taken Number of Permits Issued Number of Authorized Fish Number of Authorized Larvae Billfish 3 179 0 57 0 2 73 1,000 HMS Shark Billfish Tuna 4 2 1 0 485 400 0 0 1,200 0 500 0 2 284 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 18 670 0 12 0 0 0 0 HMS Shark 1 7 89 505 0 0 2 89 0 0 2 6 90 266 0 0 39 3,973 1,700 850 0 31 2,503 1,000 5 2,853 0 1,021 0 7 3,120 0 SRP Display Total LOA* Shark *LOAs are issued for bonafide scientific research activities involved non-ATCA managed species (i.e., sharks). Collections made under an LOAs are not authorized; rather this estimated harvest for research is acknowledged by NMFS. 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E7–22071 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Revised Water Control Manuals for the AlabamaCoosa-Tallapoosa River Basin Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Mobile District, intends to prepare an update of the water control manuals for the AlabamaCoosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. Concurrent with that revision, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Draft EIS will address updated operating criteria and guidelines for managing the water storage and release actions of agency water managers and associated environmental impacts. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the manual update or NEPA process can be answered by: Mr. Chuck Sumner, Environment and Resources Branch, Planning Division, U.S. Army Engineer District-Mobile, Post Office Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628–0001; Telephone (251)694–3857; or delivered by electronic facsimile at (251) 694–3815; or E-mail: lewis.c.sumner@usace.army.mil. You may also request to be included on the mailing list for public distribution of notices, meeting announcements and documents. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background. Water control manuals are guidance documents that assist federal water managers in the operation of individual and multiple interdependent federal reservoirs on the same river system. They provide technical, historical, hydrological, geographic, demographic, policy and other information that guide the proper management of reservoirs during times PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of high water, low water, and normal conditions. The manuals also contain drought plans and zones to assist federal water managers in knowing when to reduce or increase reservoir releases, and how to ensure the safety of dams during extreme conditions. The authority and guidance for the Corps to prepare and update these manuals may be found in Section 7 of the 1944 Flood Control Act, the Federal Power Act, Section 9 of Public Law 436–83, and the following Corps of Engineer Regulations: ER 1110–2–240, ER 1110– 2–241, ER 1110–2–1941 and ER 1110– 2–8156. The ACT Basin provides water resources for multiple purposes from northwestern GA down through central AL and to the Gulf Coast at the mouth of Mobile Bay, extending a distance of approximately 320 miles and encompassing an area of approximately 22,800 square miles. The master operating manual for the ACT River Basin and the individual reservoir manuals were last updated at various dates as far back as the early 1950’s. Sixteen major dams and reservoirs (five Federal and eleven non-Federal) are located in the basin. In Georgia, these include Allatoona Dam and Lake, and Carters Dam and Lake, both owned and operated by the Corps. In Alabama they include Weiss Dam and Lake, H. Neely Henry Dam and Lake, Logan Martin Dam and Lake, Lay Dam and Lake, Mitchell Dam and Lake, Walter Bouldin Dam and Lake, Jordan Dam and Lake, Harris Dam and Lake, Martin Dam and Lake, Yates Dam and Lake, and Thurlow E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 63562 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices Dam and Lake, all owned and operated by Alabama Power Company (APC). Also in Alabama, are three dams and reservoirs owned and operated by the Corps including Jones Bluff Dam/ Woodruff Lake, Millers Ferry Dam/ William ‘‘Bill’’ Dannelly Lake and Claiborne Dam and Lake. The authorized project purposes at the Corps lakes include water supply, flood control, hydropower, navigation, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation. The new manuals will eventually replace the current manuals and will address the basin-wide management of those water resources. Due to the flood control operational responsibilities of the Corps, some or all of the manuals for some of the APC reservoirs will be updated. Public participation throughout the water control plan revision process is essential. The Corps invites full public participation at all stages to promote open communication and better decision making. All persons, stakeholders, and organizations that have an interest in water-related resources in the ACT basin, including minority, low-income, disadvantaged and Native American groups, are urged to participate in this NEPA environmental analysis process. Assistance will be provided upon request to anyone having difficulty understanding how to participate. Dates and locations for public scoping meetings will be announced by future publication in the Federal Register and in the local news media. Tentative dates for publication of the draft water control manuals and EIS and other opportunities for public involvement will also be announced at that time. Public comments are welcomed anytime throughout the NEPA process. Cooperating Agencies. The lead responsibility for this action rests with the Corps. The Corps intends to coordinate and/or consult with an interagency team of Federal and State agencies during scoping and preparation of the draft EIS. A decision will be made during the scoping process whether other agencies will serve in an official role as cooperating agencies. Scoping. The Alabama-CoosaTallapoosa Rivers (ACT)/ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint Rivers (ACF) Comprehensive Study from 1990 to 1997 and ACF Compact negotiations from 1997 to 2004 involved the States (Alabama, Florida and Georgia), stakeholders and the public in identifying areas of concern; collecting and developing water resource, environmental, and socioeconomic data; and developing tools to assist in VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 decisions affecting water resources within the two basins. Development of the updated water control manuals and scoping for this EIS will continue to build upon the knowledge and information developed during the Comprehensive Study and subsequent Compact negotiations. Scoping meetings with agencies and stakeholder groups will be scheduled to identify any significant issues and data gaps, focus on the alternatives to be evaluated, and to identify any appropriate updated tools to assist in evaluation of alternatives and analysis of impacts. Byron G. Jorns, Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Commander. [FR Doc. E7–22043 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–CR–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Access Between the Laurelwood Housing Area and an Adjacent State Primary or Secondary Road at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, NJ and To Announce a Public Scoping Meeting Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section (102)(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508), the Department of the Navy (Navy) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of providing access between the Laurelwood housing area at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle and an adjacent state primary or secondary road. The requirement for this access in 2010 is a stipulation within the lease agreement between the Navy and the developer of Laurelwood. This developer may construct necessary road improvements to obtain access and rent any housing units to the general public through the year 2040. Dates and Addresses: Public scoping will be conducted in the form of an open-house style meeting to be held in Monmouth County, New Jersey to receive written comments on environmental concerns that should be addressed in the EIS. The public scoping meeting will be held on November 27, 2007, from 4 p.m. and 8 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 p.m., at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Patrick Fisher, Naval Weapons Station Earle, Public Affairs Officer, 201 Highway 34 South, Building C–2, Colts Neck, New Jersey 07722; telephone: 732–866–2171; e-mail: patrick.l.fisher@navy.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed action is to provide unimpeded access in the year 2010 to the developer of the Laurelwood housing area across a portion of mainside NWS Earle connecting the Laurelwood housing area with a state primary or secondary road. The requirement for this access in 2010 is part of an existing lease agreement between the Navy and the developer of Laurelwood. In 1988 the Navy contracted with a developer to construct, own, and operate 300 military family housing units at NWS Earle, now known as the Laurelwood housing area. A 52-year lease agreement for the underlying land was executed between the Navy and the developer which included an in-lease and out-lease period. During the in-lease period, which runs from 1988 until 2010, the Navy guarantees rent payments to the developer for the occupancy of all 300 Laurelwood units. Only military and their dependents are allowed to occupy these housing units during the in-lease period. During the out-lease period of 2010 until 2040 the developer may rent the units to the general public. However, the lease requires that the Navy provide ‘‘reasonable access’’ between the Laurelwood housing area and an adjacent State, primary, or secondary road. The lease agreement defines reasonable access as being on a paved road, constructed, operated, and maintained by the developer at its own cost. The Navy may satisfy this obligation by either (a) providing unimpeded access along existing roads of the installation or (b) providing an easement for alternate access adequate to allow the developer to construct a road from an adjacent primary or secondary road to Laurelwood that will provide unimpeded access. Road construction would be subject to Federal, State and local laws and regulations. While the developer must pay for construction of a new road and necessary improvements, the Navy is required to finance the construction of any road enhancements necessary to meet their security or operational requirements (e.g., security fencing, gates). In addition, the Navy is required E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement for 
Revised Water Control Manuals for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River 
Basin

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Mobile District, 
intends to prepare an update of the water control manuals for the 
Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. Concurrent with that 
revision, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be 
prepared, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 
The Draft EIS will address updated operating criteria and guidelines 
for managing the water storage and release actions of agency water 
managers and associated environmental impacts.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the manual update or 
NEPA process can be answered by: Mr. Chuck Sumner, Environment and 
Resources Branch, Planning Division, U.S. Army Engineer District-
Mobile, Post Office Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628-0001; Telephone 
(251)694-3857; or delivered by electronic facsimile at (251) 694-3815; 
or E-mail: lewis.c.sumner@usace.army.mil. You may also request to be 
included on the mailing list for public distribution of notices, 
meeting announcements and documents.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background. Water control manuals are 
guidance documents that assist federal water managers in the operation 
of individual and multiple interdependent federal reservoirs on the 
same river system. They provide technical, historical, hydrological, 
geographic, demographic, policy and other information that guide the 
proper management of reservoirs during times of high water, low water, 
and normal conditions. The manuals also contain drought plans and zones 
to assist federal water managers in knowing when to reduce or increase 
reservoir releases, and how to ensure the safety of dams during extreme 
conditions. The authority and guidance for the Corps to prepare and 
update these manuals may be found in Section 7 of the 1944 Flood 
Control Act, the Federal Power Act, Section 9 of Public Law 436-83, and 
the following Corps of Engineer Regulations: ER 1110-2-240, ER 1110-2-
241, ER 1110-2-1941 and ER 1110-2-8156.
    The ACT Basin provides water resources for multiple purposes from 
northwestern GA down through central AL and to the Gulf Coast at the 
mouth of Mobile Bay, extending a distance of approximately 320 miles 
and encompassing an area of approximately 22,800 square miles. The 
master operating manual for the ACT River Basin and the individual 
reservoir manuals were last updated at various dates as far back as the 
early 1950's. Sixteen major dams and reservoirs (five Federal and 
eleven non-Federal) are located in the basin. In Georgia, these include 
Allatoona Dam and Lake, and Carters Dam and Lake, both owned and 
operated by the Corps. In Alabama they include Weiss Dam and Lake, H. 
Neely Henry Dam and Lake, Logan Martin Dam and Lake, Lay Dam and Lake, 
Mitchell Dam and Lake, Walter Bouldin Dam and Lake, Jordan Dam and 
Lake, Harris Dam and Lake, Martin Dam and Lake, Yates Dam and Lake, and 
Thurlow

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Dam and Lake, all owned and operated by Alabama Power Company (APC). 
Also in Alabama, are three dams and reservoirs owned and operated by 
the Corps including Jones Bluff Dam/Woodruff Lake, Millers Ferry Dam/
William ``Bill'' Dannelly Lake and Claiborne Dam and Lake. The 
authorized project purposes at the Corps lakes include water supply, 
flood control, hydropower, navigation, fish and wildlife conservation, 
and recreation.
    The new manuals will eventually replace the current manuals and 
will address the basin-wide management of those water resources. Due to 
the flood control operational responsibilities of the Corps, some or 
all of the manuals for some of the APC reservoirs will be updated.
    Public participation throughout the water control plan revision 
process is essential. The Corps invites full public participation at 
all stages to promote open communication and better decision making. 
All persons, stakeholders, and organizations that have an interest in 
water-related resources in the ACT basin, including minority, low-
income, disadvantaged and Native American groups, are urged to 
participate in this NEPA environmental analysis process. Assistance 
will be provided upon request to anyone having difficulty understanding 
how to participate. Dates and locations for public scoping meetings 
will be announced by future publication in the Federal Register and in 
the local news media. Tentative dates for publication of the draft 
water control manuals and EIS and other opportunities for public 
involvement will also be announced at that time. Public comments are 
welcomed anytime throughout the NEPA process.
    Cooperating Agencies. The lead responsibility for this action rests 
with the Corps. The Corps intends to coordinate and/or consult with an 
interagency team of Federal and State agencies during scoping and 
preparation of the draft EIS. A decision will be made during the 
scoping process whether other agencies will serve in an official role 
as cooperating agencies.
    Scoping. The Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa Rivers (ACT)/Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint Rivers (ACF) Comprehensive Study from 1990 to 1997 
and ACF Compact negotiations from 1997 to 2004 involved the States 
(Alabama, Florida and Georgia), stakeholders and the public in 
identifying areas of concern; collecting and developing water resource, 
environmental, and socioeconomic data; and developing tools to assist 
in decisions affecting water resources within the two basins. 
Development of the updated water control manuals and scoping for this 
EIS will continue to build upon the knowledge and information developed 
during the Comprehensive Study and subsequent Compact negotiations. 
Scoping meetings with agencies and stakeholder groups will be scheduled 
to identify any significant issues and data gaps, focus on the 
alternatives to be evaluated, and to identify any appropriate updated 
tools to assist in evaluation of alternatives and analysis of impacts.

Byron G. Jorns,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers, District Commander.
[FR Doc. E7-22043 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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