Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/EIR) for the San Bernardino Lakes and Streams, San Bernardino County, CA, 13871-13872 [E8-5141]

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E8–5134 Filed 3–13–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:17 Mar 13, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/ EIR) for the San Bernardino Lakes and Streams, San Bernardino County, CA Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The purpose of the study is to evaluate approximately a 16-mile reach of the Santa Ana River along the southern boundary of the City of San Bernardino and the northern boundary of the City of Redlands located in San Bernardino County, CA. The focus will be on watershed improvements by developing alternatives for ecosystem restoration, and incorporating flood risk management features in some areas in downtown San Bernardino and Redlands. The restoration project will concentrate on revitalization of the riparian vegetation community; establish environmental corridor to benefit wildlife and sensitive species; and address flood risk management uses. The portion of the Santa Ana River to be studied is located entirely within San Bernardino County, CA. DATES: Provide comments by April 28, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Mr. Kirk C. Brus at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL– PD–RL, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053–2325. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kirk C. Brus, Environmental Coordinator, Regional Planning Section, at 213–452–3876; fax 213–452–4204 or E-mail at kirk.c.brus@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Authorization: The proposed study is authorized by House Document No. 135, 81st Congress, 1st Session; dated 8 May 1964, which reads as follows: SUMMARY: Resolved by the Committee on Public Works of the House of Representatives, United States, that the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors is hereby requested to review the reports on (a) San Gabriel River and Tributaries, published as House Document No. 838, 76th Congress, 3d Session; and (b) Santa Ana River and Tributaries. The proposed study is also authorized by House Document 20, 106th Congress, 1st Session Adopted April 15, 1999, which reads as follows: Resolved by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives, that PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13871 the Secretary of the Army is requested to review the report of the Chief of the Engineers of Santa Ana River Main Stem, including Santiago Creek, California, and other pertinent reports to determine whether modification to the recommendations contained therein are advisable at the present time in the interest of reducing the risks to public safety and property caused by flooding from high groundwater conditions, groundwater liquefaction related water quality contamination and environmental damage in the City of San Bernardino, California and adjacent communities. 2. Background: The San Bernardino Valley has undergone considerable land use changes since 1842 when Mexico granted Rancho San Bernardino to Antonio Maria Lugo who grazed thousands of head of cattle in the valley dotted with streams, riparian corridors, wetland and marsh areas, seeps and meadows. Naval oranges and other profitable agriculture crops fueled the growth through the 1870’s. The 1880’s brought the gold rush, more growth, and from the late 1880’s until 1965, the Pacific Electric Railway Company played a significant role in the development of San Bernardino County. With continued urbanization and growth and development of industry and new technology land transitioned from agricultural use to development of business, industrial and residential property. Due to the development of modern railroads and the transition from passenger and freight to freight only, the re-configuration of rail-routes and transportation hubs through the 1960’s and 1970’s have significantly impacted San Bernardino Valley. The growth and development of the community resulted in the loss or degradation of many of the wetland, marsh and open-water areas; as well as, the constriction, fragmentation, degradation and loss in spatial extent of the riparian community that once existed in the San Bernardino Valley and the Santa Ana River. Impacts to the groundwater coming from the San Bernardino Mountains have also occurred due to the changes in land use. In the past, groundwater levels have risen enough to reach the ground surface, resulting in structural damage, flooded basements, weakened loadbearing capacity of streets, disrupted underground utilities, substantially increasing liquefaction hazard should a seismic event occur, and increased development costs and limitations. Historic high groundwater levels occurred in 1984 after five consecutive wet years, when groundwater reached unacceptably high levels in the San Bernardino Valley. The 16-mile reach of the Santa Ana River located between the City of San Bernardino to the north and E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 13872 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 51 / Friday, March 14, 2008 / Notices the City of Redlands to the south poses damage to riparian ecosystems from past flooding and groundwater polluting activities. Ecosystem processes that help maintain groundwater supplies must be protected and restored where degraded. Flood risk management measures are a way to support the riparian habitat. Alternatives to be considered are those that will reduce further degradation of the river and the riparian ecosystem; improve the quality of both ground and surface waters; and reduce adverse water quality impacts from runoff. 3. Scoping Process: a. A scoping meeting is scheduled for the following three dates, times and locations, as follows: April 9, 2008, 6 to 8 p.m., City of Redlands City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon Street, Suite 2, Redlands, CA 92373; April 10, 2008, 6 p.m to 8 p.m., San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department Meeting Room, 777 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415, and; April 11, 2008, 6 to 8 p.m., City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency Board Room, 201 North E. Street, Third Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92401. For additional information on dates, times, and locations please contact Jim Canady, San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department, at (909) 383–3202. Potential impacts associated with the proposed action will be evaluated. Resource categories that will be analyzed are: Physical environment, geology, biological resources, air quality, water quality, recreational usage, aesthetics, cultural resources, transportation, noise, hazardous waste, socioeconomics and safety. b. Participation of affected Federal, State and local resource agencies, Native American groups and concerned interest groups/individuals is encouraged in the scoping process. Public participation will be especially important in defining the scope of analysis in the Draft EIS/ EIR, identifying significant environmental issues and impact analysis in the Draft EIS/EIR and providing useful information such as published and unpublished data, personal knowledge of relevant issues and recommending mitigation measures associated with the proposed action. c. Those interested in providing information or data relevant to the environmental or social impacts that should be included or considered in the environmental analysis can furnish this information by writing to the points of contact indicated above or by attending the public scoping meeting. A mailing list will also be established so pertinent data may be distributed to interested parties. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:17 Mar 13, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: March 7, 2008. Thomas H. Magness, Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander. [FR Doc. E8–5141 Filed 3–13–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–KF–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the San Francisco Bay to Stockton (John F. Baldwin and Stockton Ship Channels) Navigation Improvement Project, California Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), San Francisco District, the Port of Stockton, and the Contra Costa County Water Agency are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) to evaluate the efficiency of the movement of goods along the existing deep draft navigation route extending from the San Francisco Bay to the Port of Stockton. The proposed action consists of altering the depth of the deep draft navigation route. The authority for the San Francisco Bay to Stockton Navigation Improvement Project was provided under House Document 208, House Report 89–973 cited in Section 301 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1965, Pub. L. 89–298, § 204, 79 Stat. 1073. This is a notice of intent to prepare an EIS/EIR, and to consider all reasonable alternatives, evaluate potential impacts of the proposed action, and identify appropriate mitigation measures. DATES: Two public scoping meetings will be held on the proposed action. The first public scoping meeting will be held in Martinez on March 26, 2008, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The second public scoping meeting will be held in Stockton on April 2, 2008, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public comment period begins on March 12, 2008. Written comments from all interested parties must be received by April 30, 2008. ADDRESSES: The Martinez scoping meeting will be held at the Contra Costa County Administration Building, Room 101, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553. The Stockton scoping meeting will be held at the Cesar Chavez Central Library, Stewart-Hazelton Room, 605 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 94553. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments regarding the proposed action can be addressed to: Ms. Nancy Ferris, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, 1455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103–1398, telephone: (415) 503–6865, or SPNETPA@usace.army.mil. All written comments can also be faxed to (415) 503–6692 or sent electronically to SPNETPA@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following section will address the study area, and some of the alternatives that will be addressed in this study. 1. Background: The San Francisco Bay to Stockton Improvement Project includes the John F. Baldwin and Stockton Ship Channels, which extend 75 nautical miles from the Pacific Ocean, just outside the Golden Gate, to the Port of Stockton. The project is divided into two separate reaches, with the John F. Baldwin Ship Channel extending from the Golden Gate to Chipps Island, and the Stockton Ship Channel extending from Chipps Island to the Port of Stockton. Portions of the reaches have been deepened in the past; however, not all reaches attained authorized dimensions. Currently, the Corps is reevaluating the authorized Federal project to determine the extent to which changes to channel dimensions are warranted. 2. Proposed action: Based on the need for improved efficiency of the movement of goods, the proposed action is to alter the depth of the John F. Baldwin and Stockton Ship Channels. 3. Project Alternatives: The following are some of the alternatives that will be evaluated in the EIS/EIR: (a) No action. The efficiency of maintaining the current depths of the John F. Baldwin and Stockton Ship Channels will be evaluated. (b) Modify the shipping channels to authorized depths. Following the original plans of the authorized project, the channels will be modified to the authorized project depths. Alternative placement sites for dredged material, including beneficial reuse, will be evaluated. (c) Modify the shipping channels to alternate depths. All or portions of the John F. Baldwin and Stockton Ship Channels will be evaluated for depths differing from current or authorized depths. This will be accomplished in consideration of economic and environmental impacts of the proposed project. (d) Alternative transport methods. Alternative methods for the transport of goods such as truck or rail transport will be evaluated. E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/
Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/EIR) for the San Bernardino Lakes and 
Streams, San Bernardino County, CA

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The purpose of the study is to evaluate approximately a 16-
mile reach of the Santa Ana River along the southern boundary of the 
City of San Bernardino and the northern boundary of the City of 
Redlands located in San Bernardino County, CA. The focus will be on 
watershed improvements by developing alternatives for ecosystem 
restoration, and incorporating flood risk management features in some 
areas in downtown San Bernardino and Redlands. The restoration project 
will concentrate on revitalization of the riparian vegetation 
community; establish environmental corridor to benefit wildlife and 
sensitive species; and address flood risk management uses. The portion 
of the Santa Ana River to be studied is located entirely within San 
Bernardino County, CA.

DATES: Provide comments by April 28, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Mr. Kirk C. Brus at U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL-PD-RL, P.O. Box 532711, Los 
Angeles, CA 90053-2325.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kirk C. Brus, Environmental 
Coordinator, Regional Planning Section, at 213-452-3876; fax 213-452-
4204 or E-mail at kirk.c.brus@usace.army.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Authorization: The proposed study is 
authorized by House Document No. 135, 81st Congress, 1st Session; dated 
8 May 1964, which reads as follows:

    Resolved by the Committee on Public Works of the House of 
Representatives, United States, that the Board of Engineers for 
Rivers and Harbors is hereby requested to review the reports on (a) 
San Gabriel River and Tributaries, published as House Document No. 
838, 76th Congress, 3d Session; and (b) Santa Ana River and 
Tributaries.

    The proposed study is also authorized by House Document 20, 106th 
Congress, 1st Session Adopted April 15, 1999, which reads as follows:

    Resolved by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
of the United States House of Representatives, that the Secretary of 
the Army is requested to review the report of the Chief of the 
Engineers of Santa Ana River Main Stem, including Santiago Creek, 
California, and other pertinent reports to determine whether 
modification to the recommendations contained therein are advisable 
at the present time in the interest of reducing the risks to public 
safety and property caused by flooding from high groundwater 
conditions, groundwater liquefaction related water quality 
contamination and environmental damage in the City of San 
Bernardino, California and adjacent communities.

    2. Background: The San Bernardino Valley has undergone considerable 
land use changes since 1842 when Mexico granted Rancho San Bernardino 
to Antonio Maria Lugo who grazed thousands of head of cattle in the 
valley dotted with streams, riparian corridors, wetland and marsh 
areas, seeps and meadows. Naval oranges and other profitable 
agriculture crops fueled the growth through the 1870's. The 1880's 
brought the gold rush, more growth, and from the late 1880's until 
1965, the Pacific Electric Railway Company played a significant role in 
the development of San Bernardino County. With continued urbanization 
and growth and development of industry and new technology land 
transitioned from agricultural use to development of business, 
industrial and residential property. Due to the development of modern 
railroads and the transition from passenger and freight to freight 
only, the re-configuration of rail-routes and transportation hubs 
through the 1960's and 1970's have significantly impacted San 
Bernardino Valley. The growth and development of the community resulted 
in the loss or degradation of many of the wetland, marsh and open-water 
areas; as well as, the constriction, fragmentation, degradation and 
loss in spatial extent of the riparian community that once existed in 
the San Bernardino Valley and the Santa Ana River. Impacts to the 
groundwater coming from the San Bernardino Mountains have also occurred 
due to the changes in land use. In the past, groundwater levels have 
risen enough to reach the ground surface, resulting in structural 
damage, flooded basements, weakened load-bearing capacity of streets, 
disrupted underground utilities, substantially increasing liquefaction 
hazard should a seismic event occur, and increased development costs 
and limitations. Historic high groundwater levels occurred in 1984 
after five consecutive wet years, when groundwater reached unacceptably 
high levels in the San Bernardino Valley. The 16-mile reach of the 
Santa Ana River located between the City of San Bernardino to the north 
and

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the City of Redlands to the south poses damage to riparian ecosystems 
from past flooding and groundwater polluting activities. Ecosystem 
processes that help maintain groundwater supplies must be protected and 
restored where degraded. Flood risk management measures are a way to 
support the riparian habitat. Alternatives to be considered are those 
that will reduce further degradation of the river and the riparian 
ecosystem; improve the quality of both ground and surface waters; and 
reduce adverse water quality impacts from runoff.
    3. Scoping Process: a. A scoping meeting is scheduled for the 
following three dates, times and locations, as follows: April 9, 2008, 
6 to 8 p.m., City of Redlands City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon Street, 
Suite 2, Redlands, CA 92373; April 10, 2008, 6 p.m to 8 p.m., San 
Bernardino County Regional Parks Department Meeting Room, 777 East 
Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415, and; April 11, 2008, 6 to 8 
p.m., City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency Board Room, 
201 North E. Street, Third Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92401. For 
additional information on dates, times, and locations please contact 
Jim Canady, San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department, at (909) 
383-3202. Potential impacts associated with the proposed action will be 
evaluated. Resource categories that will be analyzed are: Physical 
environment, geology, biological resources, air quality, water quality, 
recreational usage, aesthetics, cultural resources, transportation, 
noise, hazardous waste, socioeconomics and safety.
    b. Participation of affected Federal, State and local resource 
agencies, Native American groups and concerned interest groups/
individuals is encouraged in the scoping process. Public participation 
will be especially important in defining the scope of analysis in the 
Draft EIS/EIR, identifying significant environmental issues and impact 
analysis in the Draft EIS/EIR and providing useful information such as 
published and unpublished data, personal knowledge of relevant issues 
and recommending mitigation measures associated with the proposed 
action.
    c. Those interested in providing information or data relevant to 
the environmental or social impacts that should be included or 
considered in the environmental analysis can furnish this information 
by writing to the points of contact indicated above or by attending the 
public scoping meeting. A mailing list will also be established so 
pertinent data may be distributed to interested parties.

    Dated: March 7, 2008.
Thomas H. Magness,
Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander.
[FR Doc. E8-5141 Filed 3-13-08; 8:45 am]
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