Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects, 7583-7588 [E8-2304]

Download as PDF pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices 378.53 feet; N. 6°59′ W., 744.3 feet; N. 11°36′ E., 428.34 feet; N. 15°06′ W., 481.23 feet; N. 27°20′ W., 578.32 feet; N. 25°36′ E., 1072.82 feet; N. 9°46′ E., 1104.33 feet; N. 27°01′ E., 365.8 feet; N. 18°32′ W., 408.2 feet; N. 35°48′ W., 1009.6 feet; N. 28°43′ W., 246.15 feet; N. 51°19′ W., 377.23 feet; N. 63°17′ W., 696.27 feet; N. 43°57′ W., 520.75 feet; N. 27°03′ W., 680.15 feet; N. 54°11′ W., 470.7 feet; N. 74°08′ W., 420.05 feet; N. 87°44′ W., 688.4 feet; N. 72°26′ W., 682.4 feet; S. 55°03′ W., 817.02 feet; N. 71°21′ W., 1241.18 feet; S. 82°41′ W., 2523.0 feet; N. 15°53′ W., 1538.02 feet; N. 25°48′ W., 265.05 feet; N. 65°36′ W., 2848.65 feet to the northwest corner of Tract Two (Note: The Mt. Taylor Development Company plat dated December 2, 1968, shows a tie of S. 48°39′ W., 3750.25 feet distance from the northwest corner of Tract Two to the Government brass cap marking the closing corner of Sections 27 and 34, Township 12 North, Range 7 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, on the west boundary of the Cebolleta Grant. This brass cap has geographic coordinates, in NAD 83 (CORS96), of 35°13′55.312″ N. Latitude and 107°33′51.696 W. Longitude, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2004, using survey-grade Global Positioning System units. The above-described 1968 plat lists no surveyor and was never recorded in the records of Cibola or Valencia Counties, but has been recorded in the records of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque Land Titles and Records Office.); thence from the northwest corner of Tract Two, S. 1°15′ W., 5048.84 feet on the west boundary of Tract Two, crossing Water Canyon, to a corner of Tract Two, being identical with the northwest corner of Lot No. 6 of the Mt. Taylor Development Company, Water Canyon Stockholders’ Lots, as indicated on the three Mt. Taylor Development Company plats dated August 1967, September 1, 1967, and December 2, 1968 (Note: These three plats list no surveyor and were never recorded in the records of Cibola or Valencia Counties, but have been recorded in the records of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque Land Titles and Records Office); thence S. 88°45′ E., 100 feet continuing on a portion of the west boundary of Tract Two, being identical with the north boundary of said Lot No. 6, to a corner of Tract Two, being identical with the northeast corner of said Lot No. 6, as shown on the above-described plat dated August 1967, which is titled ‘‘Mt. Taylor Development Company, T. 12 N., R. 7 W., N.M.P.M., Water Canyon Stock Holder’s Lots;’’ thence S. 1°15′ W., 150 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 feet on a portion of the west boundary of Tract Two, being identical with the east boundary of said Lot No. 6, to a point on the west boundary of Tract Two, being identical with the southeast corner of said Lot No. 6, and also identical with the northeast corner of Lot No. 5 of the Mt. Taylor Development Company, Water Canyon Stockholders’ Lots, as shown on the above-described plat dated August 1967; thence S. 1°15′ W., 150 feet on a portion of the west boundary of Tract Two, being identical with the east boundary of said Lot No. 5, to a corner of Tract Two, being identical with the southeast corner of said Lot No. 5, as shown on the abovedescribed plat dated August 1967; thence N. 88°45′ W., 100 feet continuing on a portion of the west boundary of Tract Two, being identical with the south boundary of said Lot No. 5, to a corner on the west boundary of Tract Two, being identical with the southwest corner of said Lot No. 5, as shown on the above-described plat dated August 1967; thence S. 1°15′ W., 70.9 feet on the west boundary of Tract Two, to an iron pipe, as shown on the Mt. Taylor Development Company plats dated August 1967 and September 1, 1967 (Note: Both of these plats show a tie of N. 41°59′ W., 3956.2 feet distance from this iron pipe to the previously described Government brass cap marking the closing corner of Sections 27 and 34, Township 12 North, Range 7 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, on the west boundary of the Cebolleta Grant. The September 1, 1967 plat also states that this iron pipe is located approximately 410 feet South of the Water Canyon Creek.); thence from said iron pipe, S. 1°15′ W., 4211.72 feet on the west boundary of Tract Two, continuing across Water Canyon, to a point near the east ridge of Timber Canyon; thence WEST, 2750.01 feet to a point on the west boundary of the Cebolleta Grant, being also a point on the east boundary of surveyed fractional Section 3 (outside the Grant), Township 11 North, Range 7 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian; thence on the west boundary of the Cebolleta Grant, being identical with the west boundary of Tract Two, as follows: S. 0°58′ W., 1043.54 feet to the true point for the 6 Mile Corner (Note: The official U.S. General Land Office plat and field note records for Township 11 North, Range 7 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, approved May 13, 1935, which describe the 1930 resurvey of this portion of the west boundary of the Cebolleta Grant, indicate that a witness corner, monumented with an iron post with brass cap, was established 12 links (7.92 PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7583 feet) S. 0°58′ W. from the true point for the 6 Mile Corner. These records are on file at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.); thence from the true point for the 6 Mile Corner, S. 0°58′ W., 4871.46 feet to the 7 Mile Corner; thence S. 5°34′ W., 5184.3 feet to the 8 Mile Corner; thence S. 4°14′ W., 2527.4 feet to the southwest corner of Tract Two and point of beginning; said Tract Two containing 6,622.03 acres, more or less. (Note: This total area for Tract Two includes the formerly designated Lots No. 1 through 4 and Lots No. 7 through 15 of the Mt. Taylor Development Company, Water Canyon Stockholders’ Lots, as shown on the above-described plat dated August 1967, which are totally within and now a part of Tract Two, making it unnecessary to describe them herein as separate parcels.) The above-described lands contain a total of 6,883.54 acres, more or less, which are subject to all valid rights, reservations, rights-of-way, and easements of record. This proclamation does not affect title to the land described above, nor does it affect any valid existing easements for public roads and highways, public utilities and for railroads and pipelines and any other rights-of-way or reservations of record. Dated: June 19, 2007. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on February 5, 2008. [FR Doc. E8–2361 Filed 2–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. Notice of proposed rate adjustments. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments. E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 7584 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rate adjustments on or before April 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: All comments on the proposed rate adjustments must be in writing and addressed to: John Anevski, Chief, Division of Irrigation, Power and Safety of Dams, Office of Trust Services, Mail Stop 4655–MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 208–5480. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular irrigation project, please use the tables in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section to contact the regional or local office where the project is located. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The tables in this notice list the irrigation project contacts where the BIA recovers its costs for local administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation, the current irrigation assessment rates, and the proposed rates for the 2008 irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES DATES: What are some of the terms I should know for this notice? The following are terms we use that may help you understand how we are applying this notice. Administrative costs means all costs we incur to administer our irrigation projects at the local project level. Local project level does not normally include the Agency, Region, or Central Office costs unless we state otherwise in writing. Assessable acre means lands designated by us to be served by one of our irrigation projects and to which we provide irrigation service and recover our costs. (See Total assessable acres.) BIA means the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Bill means our statement to you of the assessment charges and/or fees you owe the United States for administration, operation, maintenance, and/or rehabilitation. The date we mail or hand deliver your bill will be stated on it. Costs mean the costs we incur for administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation to provide direct support or benefit to an irrigation facility. Customer means any person or entity that we provide irrigation service to. Due date is the date on which your bill is due and payable. This date will be stated on your bill. I, me, my, you, and your means all interested parties, especially persons or entities that we provide irrigation service to and receive beneficial use of our irrigation projects affected by this notice and our supporting policies, manuals, and handbooks. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 Irrigation project means, for the purposes of this notice, the facility or portions thereof, that we own, or have an interest in, including all appurtenant works, for the delivery, diversion, and storage of irrigation water to provide irrigation service to customers for whom we assess periodic charges to recover our costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate. These projects may be referred to as facilities, systems, or irrigation areas. Irrigation service means the full range of services we provide customers of our irrigation projects, including, but not limited to, water delivery. This includes our activities to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate our projects. Maintenance costs means all costs we incur to maintain and repair our irrigation projects and equipment of our irrigation projects and is a cost factor included in calculating your operation and maintenance (O&M) assessment. Must means an imperative or mandatory act or requirement. Operation and maintenance (O&M) assessment means the periodic charge you must pay us to reimburse our costs. Operation or operating costs means costs we incur to operate our irrigation projects and equipment and is a cost factor included in calculating your O&M assessment. Past due bill means a bill that has not been paid by the close of business on the 30th day after the due date, as stated on the bill. Beginning on the 31st day after the due date we begin assessing additional charges accruing from the due date. Rehabilitation costs means costs we incur to restore our irrigation projects or features to original operating condition or to the nearest state which can be achieved using current technology and is a cost factor included in calculating your O&M assessment. Total assessable acres means the total acres served by one of our irrigation projects. Total O&M cost means the total of all the allowable and allocatable costs we incur for administering, operating, maintaining, and rehabilitating our irrigation projects serving your farm unit. Water means water we deliver at our projects for the general purpose of irrigation and other purposes we agree to in writing. Water delivery is an activity that is part of the irrigation service we provide our customers when water is available. We, us, and our means the United States Government, the Secretary of the Interior, the BIA, and all who are authorized to represent us in matters covered under this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Does this notice affect me? This notice affects you if you own or lease land within the assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects, or you have a carriage agreement with one of our irrigation projects. Where can I get information on the regulatory and legal citations in this notice? You can contact the appropriate office(s) stated in the tables for the irrigation project that serves you, or you can use the Internet site for the Government Printing Office at http:// www.gpo.gov. Why are you publishing this notice? We are publishing this notice to notify you that we propose to adjust one or more of our irrigation assessment rates. This notice is published in accordance with the BIA’s regulations governing its operation and maintenance of irrigation projects, specifically, 25 CFR 171.1. These sections provide for the fixing and announcing of the rates for annual assessments and related information for our irrigation projects. What authorizes you to issue this notice? Our authority to issue this notice is vested in the Secretary of the Interior by 5 U.S.C. 301 and the Act of August 14, 1914 (38 Stat. 583; 25 U.S.C. 385). The Secretary has in turn delegated this authority to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs under Part 209, Chapter 8.1A, of the Department of the Interior’s Departmental Manual. When will you put the rate adjustments into effect? We will put the rate adjustments into effect for the 2008 irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable. How do you calculate irrigation rates? We calculate irrigation assessment rates in accordance with 25 CFR 171.1(f) by estimating the cost of normal operation and maintenance at each of our irrigation projects. The cost of normal operation and maintenance means the expenses we incur to provide direct support or benefit for an irrigation project’s activities for administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation. These costs are then applied as stated in the rate table in this notice. What kinds of expenses do you include in determining the estimated cost of normal operation and maintenance? We include the following expenses: (a) Personnel salary and benefits for the project engineer/manager and E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices project employees under their management control; (b) Materials and supplies; (c) Major and minor vehicle and equipment repairs; (d) Equipment, including transportation, fuel, oil, grease, lease and replacement; (e) Capitalization expenses; (f) Acquisition expenses; (g) Maintenance of a reserve fund available for contingencies or emergency costs needed for the reliable operation of the irrigation project; (h) Rehabilitation costs; and (i) Other expenses we determine necessary to properly perform the activities and functions characteristic of an irrigation project. (a) At a minimum, this information is: (1) Full legal name of person or entity responsible for paying the bill; (2) Adequate and correct address for mailing or hand delivering our bill; and (3) The taxpayer identification number or social security number of the person or entity responsible for paying the bill; (b) It is your responsibility to ensure we have correct and accurate information for paragraph (a) of this section. (c) If you are late paying your bill due to your failure to furnish such information or comply with paragraph (b) of this section, you cannot appeal your bill on this basis. When should I pay my irrigation assessment? We will mail or hand deliver your bill notifying you of the amount you owe to the United States and when such amount is due. If we mail your bill, we will consider it as being delivered no later than 5 business days after the day we mail it. You should pay your bill no later than the close of business on the 30th day after the due date stated on the bill. What can happen if I do not provide the information required for billing purposes? What information must I provide for billing purposes? We must obtain certain information from you to ensure we can properly process, bill for, and collect money owed to the United States. We are required to collect the taxpayer identification number or social security number to properly bill the responsible party and service the account under the authority of, and as prescribed in, Public Law 104–143, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. 7585 Are there any additional charges if I am late paying my bill? We can refuse to provide you irrigation service. Yes. We will assess you interest on the amount owed and use the rate of interest established annually by the Secretary of the United States Treasury (Treasury) to calculate what you will be assessed (31 CFR 901.9(b)). You will not be assessed this charge until your bill is past due. However, if you allow your bill to become past due, interest will accrue from the due date, not the past due date. Also, you will be charged an administrative fee of $12.50 for each time we try to collect your past due bill. If your bill becomes more than 90 days past due, you will be assessed a penalty charge of 6 percent per year and it will accrue from the date your bill initially became past due. Our authority to assess interest, penalties, and administration fees on past due bills is prescribed in 31 CFR 901.9, ‘‘Interest, penalties, and costs.’’ If I allow my bill to become past due, could this affect my water delivery? What else can happen to my past due bill? If we do not receive your payment before the close of business on the 30th day after the due date stated on your bill, we will send you a past due notice. Your bill will have additional information concerning your rights. We will consider your past due notice as delivered no later than 5 business days after the day we mail it. We have the right to refuse water delivery to any of your irrigated land on which the bill is past due. We can continue to refuse water delivery until you pay your bill or make payment arrangements that we agree to. Our authority to demand payment of your past due bill is 31 CFR 901.2, ‘‘Demand for Payment.’’ If you do not pay your bill or make payment arrangements that we agree to, we are required to send your past due bill to the Treasury for further action. We must send your bill to Treasury no later than 180 days after the original due date of your irrigation assessment bill. The requirement for us to send your unpaid bill to Treasury is prescribed in 31 CFR 901.1, ‘‘Aggressive agency collection activity.’’ Project name Who can I contact for further information? The following tables are the regional and project/agency contacts for our irrigation facilities. Project/agency contacts Northwest Region Contacts Stanley Speaks, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest Regional Office, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232–4169, Telephone: (503) 231–6702. Flathead Irrigation Project ............... Fort Hall Irrigation Project ............... Wapato Irrigation Project ................ Debra DuMontier, Acting Superintendent, Flathead Agency Irrigation Division, P.O. Box 40, Pablo, MT 59855–0040, Telephone: (406) 675–2700. Eric J. LaPointe, Superintendent, Alan Oliver, Supervisory General Engineer, Fort Hall Agency, P.O. Box 220, Fort Hall, ID 83203–0220, Telephone: (208) 238–2301. Pierce Harrison, Project Administrator, Wapato Irrigation Project, P.O. Box 220, Wapato, WA 98951–0220, Telephone: (509) 877–3155. Rocky Mountain Region Contacts pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Ed Parisian, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana 59101, Telephone: (406) 247–7943. Blackfeet Irrigation Project .............. Crow Irrigation Project .................... Fort Belknap Irrigation Project ........ VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Stephen Pollock, Superintendent, Ted Hall, Irrigation Project Manager, Box 880, Browning, MT 59417, Telephones: (406) 338–7544, Superintendent; (406) 338–7519, Irrigation Project Manager. George Grover, Superintendent, Karl Helvik, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 69, Crow Agency, MT 59022, Telephones: (406) 638–2672, Superintendent; (406) 638–2863, Irrigation Project Manager. Judy Gray, Superintendent, Ralph Leo, Irrigation Project Manager, R.R. 1, Box 980, Harlem, MT 59526, Telephones: (406) 353–2901, Superintendent; (406) 353–2905, Irrigation Project Manager. Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 7586 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices Project name Project/agency contacts Fort Peck Irrigation Project ............. Florence White Eagle, Superintendent, P.O. Box 637, Poplar, MT 59255, Richard Kurtz, Irrigation Manager, 602 6th Avenue North, Wolf Point, MT 59201, Telephones: (406) 768–5312, Superintendent; (406) 653–1752, Irrigation Manager . Ed Lone Flight, Superintendent, Ray Nation, Acting Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 158, Fort Washakie, WY 82514, Telephones: (307) 332–7810, Superintendent; (307) 332–2596, Irrigation Project Manager. Wind River Irrigation Project ........... Southwest Region Contacts Larry Morrin, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, Telephone: (505) 563–3100. Pine River Irrigation Project ............ Ross P. Denny, Superintendent, John Formea, Irrigation Engineer, P.O. Box 315, Ignacio, CO 81137– 0315, Telephones: (970) 563–4511, Superintendent; (970) 563–9484, Irrigation Engineer. Western Region Contacts Allen Anspach, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Regional Office, Two Arizona Center, 400 N. 5th Street, 12th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Telephone: (602) 379–6600. Colorado River Irrigation Project .... Duck Valley Irrigation Project ......... Fort Yuma Irrigation Project ............ San Carlos Irrigation Project Joint Works. San Carlos Irrigation Project Indian Works. Uintah Irrigation Project .................. Walker River Irrigation Project ........ Perry Baker, Superintendent, Ted Henry, Irrigation Project Manager, R.R. 1, Box 9–C, Parker, AZ 85344, Telephone: (928) 669–7111. Robert Marchio, Acting Superintendent, 1555 Shoshone Circle, Elko, NV 89801, Telephone: (775) 738– 0569. Vacant, Superintendent, P.O. Box 11000, Yuma, AZ 85366, Telephone: (520) 782–1202. Carl Christensen, Supervisory General Engineer, P.O. Box 250, Coolidge, AZ 85228, Telephone: (520) 723–6216. Joe Revak, Supervisory General Engineer, Pima Agency, Land Operations, Box 8, Sacaton, AZ 85247, Telephone: (520) 562–3372. Lynn Hansen, Irrigation Manager, P.O. Box 130, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026, Telephone: (435) 722–4341. Brenda Astor, Acting Superintendent, 311 E. Washington Street, Carson City, NV 89701, Telephone: (775) 887–3500. What irrigation assessments or charges are proposed for adjustment by this notice? The rate table below contains the current rates for all of our irrigation projects where we recover our costs for operation and maintenance. The table also contains the proposed rates for the 2008 season and subsequent years where applicable. An asterisk Project name Rate category immediately following the name of the project notes the irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment. Final 2007 rate Proposed 2008 rate $23.45 10.75 65.00 27.00 25.00 17.00 25.00 35.75 50.00 25.00 5.00 14.00 ** $23.45 a 10.75 a 65.00 31.00 27.00 21.00 27.00 39.75 55.50 27.00 5.00 14.00 14.00 14.00 15.00 5.00 14.00 5.00 14.00 5.00 15.00 14.00 14.00 15.00 5.00 55.00 5.00 55.00 5.00 58.00 55.00 55.00 58.00 60.00 60.00 63.00 Proposed 2009 rate Northwest Region Rate Table Flathead Irrigation Project (See Note #1) ............................. Fort Hall Irrigation Project * .................................................... Fort Hall Irrigation Project—Minor Units * .............................. Fort Hall Irrigation Project—Michaud * .................................. Wapato Irrigation Project—Toppenish/Simcoe Units * .......... pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Wapato Irrigation Project—Ahtanum Units * .......................... Wapato Irrigation Project—Satus Unit * ................................. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Basic per acre—A ........................... Basic per acre—B ........................... Minimum Charge per tract .............. Basic per acre ................................. Minimum Charge per tract .............. Basic per acre ................................. Minimum Charge per tract .............. Basic per acre ................................. Pressure per acre ........................... Minimum Charge per tract .............. Billing Charge per tract ................... Minimum Charge for farm unit/land tracts up to one acre. Farm unit/land tracts over one acre—per acre. Billing Charge per tract ................... Minimum Charge for farm unit/land tracts up to one acre. Farm unit/land tracts over one acre—per acre. Billing Charge per tract ................... Minimum Charge for farm unit/land tracts up to one acre. ‘‘A’’ farm unit/land tracts over one acre—per acre. Additional Works farm unit/land tracts over one acre—per acre. Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 $23.45 10.75 65.00 To be determined. 5.00 15.00 7587 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices Project name Final 2007 rate Rate category Proposed 2008 rate 65.00 65.00 68.00 67.00 67.00 70.00 ‘‘B’’ farm unit/land tracts over one acre—per acre. Water Rental Agreement Lands— per acre. Project name Proposed 2009 rate Final 2007 rate Rate category Proposed 2008 rate Rocky Mountain Region Rate Table Blackfeet Irrigation Project * ............................................................................ Crow Irrigation Project—Willow * Creek O&M (includes Agency, Lodge Grass #1, Lodge Grass #2, Reno, Upper Little Horn, and Forty Mile Units). Crow Irrigation Project—All * Others (includes Bighorn, Soap Creek, and Pryor Units). Crow Irrigation Two Leggins Drainage District ............................................... Fort Belknap Irrigation Project * ...................................................................... Fort Peck Irrigation Project * ........................................................................... Wind River Irrigation Project ........................................................................... Wind River Irrigation Project—LeClair District ................................................ Basic-per acre .................................... Basic-per acre .................................... $15.50 19.30 $17.00 20.80 Basic-per acre .................................... 19.00 20.50 Basic-per acre .................................... Trust Land per acre ........................... non-Trust Land per acre .................... Basic-per acre .................................... Basic-per acre .................................... Basic-per acre .................................... 2.00 13.88 18.50 20.00 15.00 17.00 2.00 20.00 20.00 22.00 16.00 17.00 50.00 15.00 50.00 15.00 Southwest Region Rate Table Pine River Irrigation Project ............................................................................ Project name Minimum Charge per tract ................. Basic-per acre .................................... Final 2007 rate Rate category Proposed 2008 rate Proposed 2009 rate Proposed 2010 rate To be determined .. To be determined. To be determined (See Note #3). To be determined. Western Region Rate Table Colorado River Irrigation Project ............... San Carlos Irrigation Project * (Joint Works) (See Note #3). San Carlos Irrigation Project * (Indian Works). Uintah Irrigation Project * (See Note #4) ... pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Walker River Irrigation Project * (See Note #5). $47.00 $47.00 17.00 17.00 5.30 72.00 5.30 77.00 10.50 10.50 30.00 a 21.00 $21.00 b .................. Basic-per acre ......... 77.00 57.00 To be determined .. Basic-per acre ......... Minimum Bill ............ Indian per acre ........ 12.00 25.00 10.00 12.50 25.00 13.00 16.00. non-Indian per acre Duck Valley Irrigation Project .................... Fort Yuma Irrigation Project (See Note #2). Basic per acre up to 5.75 acre-feet. Excess Water per acre-foot over 5.75 acre-feet. Basic-per acre ......... Basic-per acre up to 5.0 acre-feet. Excess Water per acre-foot over 5.0 acre-feet. Basic-per acre ......... 16.00 16.00 16.00. * Notes irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment. a Final 2008 rate. b Final 2009 rate. Note #1—The 2008 rate was established by final notice published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2007 (Vol. 72, No. 76, page 19954). The 2009 rate is to be determined. Note #2—The O&M rate for the Fort Yuma Irrigation Project has two components. The first component is the O&M rate established by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the owner and operator of the Project. The FY 2007 BOR rate of $65.00 was used in the development of the proposed 2008 rate; however, the BOR component is subject to change and is provided for informational purposes only. The second component is for the O&M rate established by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to cover administrative costs, including billing and collections for the Project. Through this notice, it is proposed the BIA component of the rate remain unchanged at $7.00/acre. The BIA rate assessment covers approximately 50 percent of the accounting technician and 40 percent of the Natural Resource Officer at the BIA Fort Yuma Agency. Note #3—The 2008 and 2009 rate was established by final notice published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2007 (Vol. 72, No. 76, page 19954). The 2010 rate is to be determined. The Arizona Water Settlement Act is expected to be effective December 31, 2007, and this circumstance may affect what the O&M rate should be for the SCIPJW in 2010. Note #4—The proposed rate for 2008 is subject to change based upon final review of work accomplished under the Approved Annual Operating Plan for the 2007 irrigation season subject to the October 1, 2000 Cooperative Agreement between United States of America Department of the Interior and the Uintah Indian Irrigation Project Operation and Maintenance Company. Note #5—The 2008 and 2009 irrigation rates are proposed through this notice. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:44 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 7588 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices Consultation and Coordination With Tribal Governments (Executive Order 13175) The BIA irrigation projects are vital components of the local agriculture economy of the reservations on which they are located. To fulfill its responsibilities to the tribes, tribal organizations, water user organizations, and the individual water users, the BIA communicates, coordinates, and consults on a continuing basis with these entities on issues of water delivery, water availability, costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation. This is accomplished at the individual irrigation projects by Project, Agency, and Regional representatives, as appropriate, in accordance with local protocol and procedures. This notice is one component of the BIA’s overall coordination and consultation process to provide notice and request comments from these entities on adjusting our irrigation rates. Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use (Executive Order 13211) DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not have significant ‘‘takings’’ implications. The rate adjustments do not deprive the public, state, or local governments of rights or property. Bureau of Land Management Federalism (Executive Order 13132) The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not have significant Federalism effects because they pertain solely to Federal-tribal relations and will not interfere with the roles, rights, and responsibilities of states. Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988) This notice complies with the requirements of Executive Order 12988. Specifically, this notice does not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Order. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 The rate adjustments will have no adverse effects on energy supply, distribution, or use (including a shortfall in supply, price increases, and increase use of foreign supplies) should the proposed rate adjustments be implemented. This is a notice for rate adjustments at BIA owned and operated irrigation projects, except for the Fort Yuma Irrigation Project. The Fort Yuma Irrigation Project is owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation with a portion serving the Fort Yuma Reservation. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866) These rate adjustments are not a significant regulatory action and do not need to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act This rate making is not a rule for the purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because it is ‘‘a rule of particular applicability relating to rates.’’ 5 U.S.C. 601(2). pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Takings (Executive Order 12630) These rate adjustments do not affect the collections of information which have been approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The OMB Control Number is 1076–0141 and expires August 31, 2009. National Environmental Policy Act The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and that no detailed statement is required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370(d)). Data Quality Act In developing this notice, we did not conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Data Quality Act (Pub. L. 106–554). Dated: January 16, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–2304 Filed 2–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 These rate adjustments impose no unfunded mandates on any governmental or private entity and are in compliance with the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [MT–070–1990–EX] Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed ‘‘M’’ Pit Mine Expansion at Montana Tunnels Mine, Jefferson County, Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared for the Montana Tunnels Mine ‘‘M’’ Pit Mine Expansion administered by the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office (BLM) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Operations on public lands are on mining claims located in accordance with the General Mining Law of 1872, as amended (30 U.S.C. 22 et seq.). The public is invited to review and comment on the range and adequacy of the draft alternatives and associated environmental effects. For comments to be most helpful, they should relate to specific concerns or conflicts that are within the legal responsibilities of the BLM and DEQ. The DEIS addresses alternatives associated with Montana Tunnels Mine ‘‘M’’ Pit Mine Expansion. DATES: We will accept written comments on the Draft EIS for 60 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The last day of the written comment period may be identified at the Internet address below, after publication of the EPA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. We will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media new releases, and/or mailings. The Draft EIS will be posted on the Montana DEQ Web site http:// www.deq.state.mt.us. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: ghallsten@state.mt.us. • Mail: Send written comments to ‘‘M’’ Pit Mine Expansion at Montana Tunnels Mine EIS, Greg Hallsten, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Director’s Office, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620–0901. E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 27 (Friday, February 8, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7583-7588]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-2304]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rate adjustments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest 
in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations 
throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to 
recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate 
those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate 
adjustments.

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DATES: Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rate 
adjustments on or before April 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES: All comments on the proposed rate adjustments must be in 
writing and addressed to: John Anevski, Chief, Division of Irrigation, 
Power and Safety of Dams, Office of Trust Services, Mail Stop 4655-MIB, 
1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 208-5480.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular 
irrigation project, please use the tables in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section to contact the regional or local office where the project is 
located.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The tables in this notice list the 
irrigation project contacts where the BIA recovers its costs for local 
administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation, the current 
irrigation assessment rates, and the proposed rates for the 2008 
irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable.

What are some of the terms I should know for this notice?

    The following are terms we use that may help you understand how we 
are applying this notice.
    Administrative costs means all costs we incur to administer our 
irrigation projects at the local project level. Local project level 
does not normally include the Agency, Region, or Central Office costs 
unless we state otherwise in writing.
    Assessable acre means lands designated by us to be served by one of 
our irrigation projects and to which we provide irrigation service and 
recover our costs. (See Total assessable acres.)
    BIA means the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    Bill means our statement to you of the assessment charges and/or 
fees you owe the United States for administration, operation, 
maintenance, and/or rehabilitation. The date we mail or hand deliver 
your bill will be stated on it.
    Costs mean the costs we incur for administration, operation, 
maintenance, and rehabilitation to provide direct support or benefit to 
an irrigation facility.
    Customer means any person or entity that we provide irrigation 
service to.
    Due date is the date on which your bill is due and payable. This 
date will be stated on your bill.
    I, me, my, you, and your means all interested parties, especially 
persons or entities that we provide irrigation service to and receive 
beneficial use of our irrigation projects affected by this notice and 
our supporting policies, manuals, and handbooks.
    Irrigation project means, for the purposes of this notice, the 
facility or portions thereof, that we own, or have an interest in, 
including all appurtenant works, for the delivery, diversion, and 
storage of irrigation water to provide irrigation service to customers 
for whom we assess periodic charges to recover our costs to administer, 
operate, maintain, and rehabilitate. These projects may be referred to 
as facilities, systems, or irrigation areas.
    Irrigation service means the full range of services we provide 
customers of our irrigation projects, including, but not limited to, 
water delivery. This includes our activities to administer, operate, 
maintain, and rehabilitate our projects.
    Maintenance costs means all costs we incur to maintain and repair 
our irrigation projects and equipment of our irrigation projects and is 
a cost factor included in calculating your operation and maintenance 
(O&M) assessment.
    Must means an imperative or mandatory act or requirement.
    Operation and maintenance (O&M) assessment means the periodic 
charge you must pay us to reimburse our costs.
    Operation or operating costs means costs we incur to operate our 
irrigation projects and equipment and is a cost factor included in 
calculating your O&M assessment.
    Past due bill means a bill that has not been paid by the close of 
business on the 30th day after the due date, as stated on the bill. 
Beginning on the 31st day after the due date we begin assessing 
additional charges accruing from the due date.
    Rehabilitation costs means costs we incur to restore our irrigation 
projects or features to original operating condition or to the nearest 
state which can be achieved using current technology and is a cost 
factor included in calculating your O&M assessment.
    Total assessable acres means the total acres served by one of our 
irrigation projects.
    Total O&M cost means the total of all the allowable and allocatable 
costs we incur for administering, operating, maintaining, and 
rehabilitating our irrigation projects serving your farm unit.
    Water means water we deliver at our projects for the general 
purpose of irrigation and other purposes we agree to in writing.
    Water delivery is an activity that is part of the irrigation 
service we provide our customers when water is available.
    We, us, and our means the United States Government, the Secretary 
of the Interior, the BIA, and all who are authorized to represent us in 
matters covered under this notice.

Does this notice affect me?

    This notice affects you if you own or lease land within the 
assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects, or you have a 
carriage agreement with one of our irrigation projects.

Where can I get information on the regulatory and legal citations in 
this notice?

    You can contact the appropriate office(s) stated in the tables for 
the irrigation project that serves you, or you can use the Internet 
site for the Government Printing Office at http://www.gpo.gov.

Why are you publishing this notice?

    We are publishing this notice to notify you that we propose to 
adjust one or more of our irrigation assessment rates. This notice is 
published in accordance with the BIA's regulations governing its 
operation and maintenance of irrigation projects, specifically, 25 CFR 
171.1. These sections provide for the fixing and announcing of the 
rates for annual assessments and related information for our irrigation 
projects.

What authorizes you to issue this notice?

    Our authority to issue this notice is vested in the Secretary of 
the Interior by 5 U.S.C. 301 and the Act of August 14, 1914 (38 Stat. 
583; 25 U.S.C. 385). The Secretary has in turn delegated this authority 
to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs under Part 209, Chapter 
8.1A, of the Department of the Interior's Departmental Manual.

When will you put the rate adjustments into effect?

    We will put the rate adjustments into effect for the 2008 
irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable.

How do you calculate irrigation rates?

    We calculate irrigation assessment rates in accordance with 25 CFR 
171.1(f) by estimating the cost of normal operation and maintenance at 
each of our irrigation projects. The cost of normal operation and 
maintenance means the expenses we incur to provide direct support or 
benefit for an irrigation project's activities for administration, 
operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation. These costs are then 
applied as stated in the rate table in this notice.

What kinds of expenses do you include in determining the estimated cost 
of normal operation and maintenance?

    We include the following expenses:
    (a) Personnel salary and benefits for the project engineer/manager 
and

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project employees under their management control;
    (b) Materials and supplies;
    (c) Major and minor vehicle and equipment repairs;
    (d) Equipment, including transportation, fuel, oil, grease, lease 
and replacement;
    (e) Capitalization expenses;
    (f) Acquisition expenses;
    (g) Maintenance of a reserve fund available for contingencies or 
emergency costs needed for the reliable operation of the irrigation 
project;
    (h) Rehabilitation costs; and
    (i) Other expenses we determine necessary to properly perform the 
activities and functions characteristic of an irrigation project.

When should I pay my irrigation assessment?

    We will mail or hand deliver your bill notifying you of the amount 
you owe to the United States and when such amount is due. If we mail 
your bill, we will consider it as being delivered no later than 5 
business days after the day we mail it. You should pay your bill no 
later than the close of business on the 30th day after the due date 
stated on the bill.

What information must I provide for billing purposes?

    We must obtain certain information from you to ensure we can 
properly process, bill for, and collect money owed to the United 
States. We are required to collect the taxpayer identification number 
or social security number to properly bill the responsible party and 
service the account under the authority of, and as prescribed in, 
Public Law 104-143, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.
    (a) At a minimum, this information is:
    (1) Full legal name of person or entity responsible for paying the 
bill;
    (2) Adequate and correct address for mailing or hand delivering our 
bill; and
    (3) The taxpayer identification number or social security number of 
the person or entity responsible for paying the bill;
    (b) It is your responsibility to ensure we have correct and 
accurate information for paragraph (a) of this section.
    (c) If you are late paying your bill due to your failure to furnish 
such information or comply with paragraph (b) of this section, you 
cannot appeal your bill on this basis.

What can happen if I do not provide the information required for 
billing purposes?

    We can refuse to provide you irrigation service.

If I allow my bill to become past due, could this affect my water 
delivery?

    If we do not receive your payment before the close of business on 
the 30th day after the due date stated on your bill, we will send you a 
past due notice. Your bill will have additional information concerning 
your rights. We will consider your past due notice as delivered no 
later than 5 business days after the day we mail it. We have the right 
to refuse water delivery to any of your irrigated land on which the 
bill is past due. We can continue to refuse water delivery until you 
pay your bill or make payment arrangements that we agree to. Our 
authority to demand payment of your past due bill is 31 CFR 901.2, 
``Demand for Payment.''

Are there any additional charges if I am late paying my bill?

    Yes. We will assess you interest on the amount owed and use the 
rate of interest established annually by the Secretary of the United 
States Treasury (Treasury) to calculate what you will be assessed (31 
CFR 901.9(b)). You will not be assessed this charge until your bill is 
past due. However, if you allow your bill to become past due, interest 
will accrue from the due date, not the past due date. Also, you will be 
charged an administrative fee of $12.50 for each time we try to collect 
your past due bill. If your bill becomes more than 90 days past due, 
you will be assessed a penalty charge of 6 percent per year and it will 
accrue from the date your bill initially became past due. Our authority 
to assess interest, penalties, and administration fees on past due 
bills is prescribed in 31 CFR 901.9, ``Interest, penalties, and 
costs.''

What else can happen to my past due bill?

    If you do not pay your bill or make payment arrangements that we 
agree to, we are required to send your past due bill to the Treasury 
for further action. We must send your bill to Treasury no later than 
180 days after the original due date of your irrigation assessment 
bill. The requirement for us to send your unpaid bill to Treasury is 
prescribed in 31 CFR 901.1, ``Aggressive agency collection activity.''

Who can I contact for further information?

    The following tables are the regional and project/agency contacts 
for our irrigation facilities.

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           Project name                    Project/agency contacts
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                        Northwest Region Contacts
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 Stanley Speaks, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest
   Regional Office, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232-4169,
                       Telephone: (503) 231-6702.
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Flathead Irrigation Project.......  Debra DuMontier, Acting
                                     Superintendent, Flathead Agency
                                     Irrigation Division, P.O. Box 40,
                                     Pablo, MT 59855-0040, Telephone:
                                     (406) 675-2700.
Fort Hall Irrigation Project......  Eric J. LaPointe, Superintendent,
                                     Alan Oliver, Supervisory General
                                     Engineer, Fort Hall Agency, P.O.
                                     Box 220, Fort Hall, ID 83203-0220,
                                     Telephone: (208) 238-2301.
Wapato Irrigation Project.........  Pierce Harrison, Project
                                     Administrator, Wapato Irrigation
                                     Project, P.O. Box 220, Wapato, WA
                                     98951-0220, Telephone: (509) 877-
                                     3155.
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                     Rocky Mountain Region Contacts
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Ed Parisian, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain
    Regional Office, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana 59101,
                       Telephone: (406) 247-7943.
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Blackfeet Irrigation Project......  Stephen Pollock, Superintendent, Ted
                                     Hall, Irrigation Project Manager,
                                     Box 880, Browning, MT 59417,
                                     Telephones: (406) 338-7544,
                                     Superintendent; (406) 338-7519,
                                     Irrigation Project Manager.
Crow Irrigation Project...........  George Grover, Superintendent, Karl
                                     Helvik, Irrigation Project Manager,
                                     P.O. Box 69, Crow Agency, MT 59022,
                                     Telephones: (406) 638-2672,
                                     Superintendent; (406) 638-2863,
                                     Irrigation Project Manager.
Fort Belknap Irrigation Project...  Judy Gray, Superintendent, Ralph
                                     Leo, Irrigation Project Manager,
                                     R.R. 1, Box 980, Harlem, MT 59526,
                                     Telephones: (406) 353-2901,
                                     Superintendent; (406) 353-2905,
                                     Irrigation Project Manager.

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Fort Peck Irrigation Project......  Florence White Eagle,
                                     Superintendent, P.O. Box 637,
                                     Poplar, MT 59255, Richard Kurtz,
                                     Irrigation Manager, 602 6th Avenue
                                     North, Wolf Point, MT 59201,
                                     Telephones: (406) 768-5312,
                                     Superintendent; (406) 653-1752,
                                     Irrigation Manager .
Wind River Irrigation Project.....  Ed Lone Flight, Superintendent, Ray
                                     Nation, Acting Irrigation Project
                                     Manager, P.O. Box 158, Fort
                                     Washakie, WY 82514, Telephones:
                                     (307) 332-7810, Superintendent;
                                     (307) 332-2596, Irrigation Project
                                     Manager.
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                        Southwest Region Contacts
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  Larry Morrin, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest
Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104,
                       Telephone: (505) 563-3100.
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Pine River Irrigation Project.....  Ross P. Denny, Superintendent, John
                                     Formea, Irrigation Engineer, P.O.
                                     Box 315, Ignacio, CO 81137-0315,
                                     Telephones: (970) 563-4511,
                                     Superintendent; (970) 563-9484,
                                     Irrigation Engineer.
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                         Western Region Contacts
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   Allen Anspach, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western
   Regional Office, Two Arizona Center, 400 N. 5th Street, 12th Floor,
              Phoenix, AZ 85004, Telephone: (602) 379-6600.
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Colorado River Irrigation Project.  Perry Baker, Superintendent, Ted
                                     Henry, Irrigation Project Manager,
                                     R.R. 1, Box 9-C, Parker, AZ 85344,
                                     Telephone: (928) 669-7111.
Duck Valley Irrigation Project....  Robert Marchio, Acting
                                     Superintendent, 1555 Shoshone
                                     Circle, Elko, NV 89801, Telephone:
                                     (775) 738-0569.
Fort Yuma Irrigation Project......  Vacant, Superintendent, P.O. Box
                                     11000, Yuma, AZ 85366, Telephone:
                                     (520) 782-1202.
San Carlos Irrigation Project       Carl Christensen, Supervisory
 Joint Works.                        General Engineer, P.O. Box 250,
                                     Coolidge, AZ 85228, Telephone:
                                     (520) 723-6216.
San Carlos Irrigation Project       Joe Revak, Supervisory General
 Indian Works.                       Engineer, Pima Agency, Land
                                     Operations, Box 8, Sacaton, AZ
                                     85247, Telephone: (520) 562-3372.
Uintah Irrigation Project.........  Lynn Hansen, Irrigation Manager,
                                     P.O. Box 130, Fort Duchesne, UT
                                     84026, Telephone: (435) 722-4341.
Walker River Irrigation Project...  Brenda Astor, Acting Superintendent,
                                     311 E. Washington Street, Carson
                                     City, NV 89701, Telephone: (775)
                                     887-3500.
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What irrigation assessments or charges are proposed for adjustment by 
this notice?

    The rate table below contains the current rates for all of our 
irrigation projects where we recover our costs for operation and 
maintenance. The table also contains the proposed rates for the 2008 
season and subsequent years where applicable. An asterisk immediately 
following the name of the project notes the irrigation projects where 
rates are proposed for adjustment.

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                                                              Final     Proposed
            Project name                 Rate category      2007 rate  2008 rate        Proposed 2009 rate
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                                           Northwest Region Rate Table
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Flathead Irrigation Project (See     Basic per acre--A....     $23.45  ** $23.45  $23.45
 Note 1).
                                     Basic per acre--B....      10.75  \a\ 10.75  10.75
                                     Minimum Charge per         65.00  \a\ 65.00  65.00
                                      tract.
Fort Hall Irrigation Project *.....  Basic per acre.......      27.00      31.00  To be determined.
                                     Minimum Charge per         25.00      27.00
                                      tract.
Fort Hall Irrigation Project--Minor  Basic per acre.......      17.00      21.00
 Units *.
                                     Minimum Charge per         25.00      27.00
                                      tract.
Fort Hall Irrigation Project--       Basic per acre.......      35.75      39.75
 Michaud *.
                                     Pressure per acre....      50.00      55.50
                                     Minimum Charge per         25.00      27.00
                                      tract.
Wapato Irrigation Project--          Billing Charge per          5.00       5.00  5.00
 Toppenish/Simcoe Units *.            tract.
                                     Minimum Charge for         14.00      14.00  15.00
                                      farm unit/land
                                      tracts up to one
                                      acre.
                                     Farm unit/land tracts      14.00      14.00  15.00
                                      over one acre--per
                                      acre.
Wapato Irrigation Project--Ahtanum   Billing Charge per          5.00       5.00  5.00
 Units *.                             tract.
                                     Minimum Charge for         14.00      14.00  15.00
                                      farm unit/land
                                      tracts up to one
                                      acre.
                                     Farm unit/land tracts      14.00      14.00  15.00
                                      over one acre--per
                                      acre.
Wapato Irrigation Project--Satus     Billing Charge per          5.00       5.00  5.00
 Unit *.                              tract.
                                     Minimum Charge for         55.00      55.00  58.00
                                      farm unit/land
                                      tracts up to one
                                      acre.
                                     ``A'' farm unit/land       55.00      55.00  58.00
                                      tracts over one
                                      acre--per acre.
                                     Additional Works farm      60.00      60.00  63.00
                                      unit/land tracts
                                      over one acre--per
                                      acre.

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                                     ``B'' farm unit/land       65.00      65.00  68.00
                                      tracts over one
                                      acre--per acre.
                                     Water Rental               67.00      67.00  70.00
                                      Agreement Lands--per
                                      acre.
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                                                 Final 2007    Proposed
         Project name           Rate category       rate      2008 rate
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    Rocky Mountain Region Rate Table
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Blackfeet Irrigation Project   Basic-per acre.       $15.50       $17.00
 *.
Crow Irrigation Project--      Basic-per acre.        19.30        20.80
 Willow * Creek O&M (includes
 Agency, Lodge Grass 1, Lodge Grass 2,
 Reno, Upper Little Horn, and
 Forty Mile Units).
Crow Irrigation Project--All   Basic-per acre.        19.00        20.50
 * Others (includes Bighorn,
 Soap Creek, and Pryor Units).
Crow Irrigation Two Leggins    Basic-per acre.         2.00         2.00
 Drainage District.
Fort Belknap Irrigation        Trust Land per         13.88        20.00
 Project *.                     acre.
                               non-Trust Land         18.50        20.00
                                per acre.
Fort Peck Irrigation Project   Basic-per acre.        20.00        22.00
 *.
Wind River Irrigation Project  Basic-per acre.        15.00        16.00
Wind River Irrigation          Basic-per acre.        17.00        17.00
 Project--LeClair District.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       Southwest Region Rate Table
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pine River Irrigation Project  Minimum Charge         50.00        50.00
                                per tract.
                               Basic-per acre.        15.00        15.00
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                                                             Final 2007     Proposed 2008
           Project name                 Rate category           rate            rate             Proposed 2009 rate              Proposed 2010 rate
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                                                                Western Region Rate Table
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Colorado River Irrigation Project.  Basic per acre up to           $47.00          $47.00  To be determined..............  To be determined.
                                     5.75 acre-feet.
                                    Excess Water per acre-          17.00           17.00
                                     foot over 5.75 acre-
                                     feet.
Duck Valley Irrigation Project....  Basic-per acre.......            5.30            5.30
Fort Yuma Irrigation Project (See   Basic-per acre up to            72.00           77.00
 Note 2).                   5.0 acre-feet.
                                    Excess Water per acre-          10.50           10.50
                                     foot over 5.0 acre-
                                     feet.
San Carlos Irrigation Project *     Basic-per acre.......           30.00       \a\ 21.00  $21.00 \b\....................  To be determined (See Note
 (Joint Works) (See Note 3).
 i>3).
San Carlos Irrigation Project *     Basic-per acre.......           77.00           57.00  To be determined..............  To be determined.
 (Indian Works).
Uintah Irrigation Project * (See    Basic-per acre.......           12.00           12.50
 Note 4).
                                    Minimum Bill.........           25.00           25.00
Walker River Irrigation Project *   Indian per acre......           10.00           13.00  16.00.........................
 (See Note 5).
                                    non-Indian per acre..           16.00           16.00  16.00.........................
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* Notes irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment.
\a\ Final 2008 rate.
\b\ Final 2009 rate.
Note 1--The 2008 rate was established by final notice published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2007 (Vol. 72, No. 76, page 19954). The
  2009 rate is to be determined.
Note 2--The O&M rate for the Fort Yuma Irrigation Project has two components. The first component is the O&M rate established by the Bureau of
  Reclamation (BOR), the owner and operator of the Project. The FY 2007 BOR rate of $65.00 was used in the development of the proposed 2008 rate;
  however, the BOR component is subject to change and is provided for informational purposes only. The second component is for the O&M rate established
  by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to cover administrative costs, including billing and collections for the Project. Through this notice, it is
  proposed the BIA component of the rate remain unchanged at $7.00/acre. The BIA rate assessment covers approximately 50 percent of the accounting
  technician and 40 percent of the Natural Resource Officer at the BIA Fort Yuma Agency.
Note 3--The 2008 and 2009 rate was established by final notice published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2007 (Vol. 72, No. 76, page
  19954). The 2010 rate is to be determined. The Arizona Water Settlement Act is expected to be effective December 31, 2007, and this circumstance may
  affect what the O&M rate should be for the SCIPJW in 2010.
Note 4--The proposed rate for 2008 is subject to change based upon final review of work accomplished under the Approved Annual Operating Plan
  for the 2007 irrigation season subject to the October 1, 2000 Cooperative Agreement between United States of America Department of the Interior and
  the Uintah Indian Irrigation Project Operation and Maintenance Company.
Note 5--The 2008 and 2009 irrigation rates are proposed through this notice.


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Consultation and Coordination With Tribal Governments (Executive Order 
13175)

    The BIA irrigation projects are vital components of the local 
agriculture economy of the reservations on which they are located. To 
fulfill its responsibilities to the tribes, tribal organizations, water 
user organizations, and the individual water users, the BIA 
communicates, coordinates, and consults on a continuing basis with 
these entities on issues of water delivery, water availability, costs 
of administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation. This is 
accomplished at the individual irrigation projects by Project, Agency, 
and Regional representatives, as appropriate, in accordance with local 
protocol and procedures. This notice is one component of the BIA's 
overall coordination and consultation process to provide notice and 
request comments from these entities on adjusting our irrigation rates.

Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use (Executive Order 13211)

    The rate adjustments will have no adverse effects on energy supply, 
distribution, or use (including a shortfall in supply, price increases, 
and increase use of foreign supplies) should the proposed rate 
adjustments be implemented. This is a notice for rate adjustments at 
BIA owned and operated irrigation projects, except for the Fort Yuma 
Irrigation Project. The Fort Yuma Irrigation Project is owned and 
operated by the Bureau of Reclamation with a portion serving the Fort 
Yuma Reservation.

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866)

    These rate adjustments are not a significant regulatory action and 
do not need to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under 
Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This rate making is not a rule for the purposes of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because it is ``a rule of particular applicability 
relating to rates.'' 5 U.S.C. 601(2).

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

    These rate adjustments impose no unfunded mandates on any 
governmental or private entity and are in compliance with the 
provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995.

Takings (Executive Order 12630)

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
have significant ``takings'' implications. The rate adjustments do not 
deprive the public, state, or local governments of rights or property.

Federalism (Executive Order 13132)

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
have significant Federalism effects because they pertain solely to 
Federal-tribal relations and will not interfere with the roles, rights, 
and responsibilities of states.

Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988)

    This notice complies with the requirements of Executive Order 
12988. Specifically, this notice does not unduly burden the judicial 
system and meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the 
Order.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    These rate adjustments do not affect the collections of information 
which have been approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995. The OMB Control Number is 1076-0141 and expires August 31, 
2009.

National Environmental Policy Act

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality 
of the human environment and that no detailed statement is required 
under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-
4370(d)).

Data Quality Act

    In developing this notice, we did not conduct or use a study, 
experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Data Quality Act 
(Pub. L. 106-554).

    Dated: January 16, 2008.
Carl J. Artman,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
 [FR Doc. E8-2304 Filed 2-7-08; 8:45 am]
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