Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Potable Water Supply for Washington Parish Reservoir, Project, 16653 [E8-6447]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61 / Friday, March 28, 2008 / Notices 3140, via e-mail at charles.lominac@osd.mil, or via phone at (703) 571–0081. Dated: March 20, 2008. L.M. Bynum, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. E8–6421 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Potable Water Supply for Washington Parish Reservoir, Project Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The study area comprises Washington Parish in southeast Louisiana. Washington Parish currently consumes approximately 40 million gallons of water daily, 70 percent of which is supplied by groundwater. Decreasing groundwater levels (quantity) and groundwater quality, in combination with forecasted growth within the Parish require alternative water supplies to be developed. The purpose of the project is to identify a new water supply to address the current and future potable water demands of Washington Parish. The Local Project Sponsor is the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission. DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on April 10, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held in Bogalusa, LA at the Bogalusa City Hall, 202 Arkansas Avenue, Bogalusa, LA 70427. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and Draft EIS should be directed to: Karen Dove-Jackson at (601) 631–7136, Vicksburg District, Corps of Engineers, 4155 Clay Street, CEMVK–OD–FE, Vicksburg, MS 39183–3435. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Louisiana House Bill 216, 2003 Regular Session, the Louisiana Legislature created the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission as a State Entity. This law gives the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission the power to obtain land needed for the reservoir pursuant to the State of Louisiana’s principle of eminent domain, and in accordance with the Louisiana Laws and Revised Statutes for this principle. 1. The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission completed a site selection VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Mar 27, 2008 Jkt 214001 study (January 2005) to determine a recommended best source of future potable water for Washington Parish. The study concluded that creation of a surface water reservoir by damming Bogalusa Creek was the most desirable. The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission subsequently completed a preliminary engineering report (December 2006) that presented preliminary design, planning level costs estimates, and preliminary construction plans for a water supply reservoir. Based upon review of the site selection report, the Corps concluded that the proposed project had the potential for significant impacts to the human and natural environment. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the preparation of an EIS for proposals that are subject to federal funding, control, responsibility and permitting, and which have the potential for significant impacts. The proposed project would affect wetlands, which are regulated by the Corps, and require a permit to comply with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Because the proposed project would require federal involvement, it is subject to NEPA. Preliminary alternatives being considered include construction of a new surface water supply reservoir, construction of distribution systems to make available existing surface water supplies, and increased use of groundwater. 2. The Southern Hills Aquifer system supplies Washington Parish with potable water. The Southern Hills Aquifer system is one of the most heavily pumped aquifers in Louisiana, supplying 290 million gallons per day for consumption. Recent studies indicate that the Southern Hills Aquifer system is supplying more water annually than it can sustain, and water levels in the aquifer are dropping as much as one foot annually. In addition to aquifer water levels, the water quality of the aquifer is also declining. 3. A public scoping meeting will be held (see DATES and ADDRESSES). Significant issues identified during this scoping process will be analyzed in depth in the Draft EIS. 4. Upon completion, the Draft EIS will be distributed for agency and public review and comment. Additionally, a public meeting will be held to present results of the Draft EIS evaluations and the recommended plan. 5. The Draft EIS is estimated to be completed in September 2008. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–6447 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–PU–P PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16653 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sierra Vista Specific Plan Project, Corps Permit Application Number 200601050 Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Sierra Vista Landowner Group proposes to implement a largescale, mixed-use, mixed-density master planned community with residential, commercial, office, public/quasi-public, and open space land uses, and parks. The Sierra Vista Specific Plan would include approximately 1,148 acres of residential uses; 281 acres of commercial, office, and commercialmixed uses; 162 acres of parks and paseos; 83 acres of public/quasi-public land uses; 31 acres of urban reserve; and 190 acres of roadways and landscape corridors. The Specific Plan would also include 244 acres of open space; of these, 38 acres would be graded as part of the project and the remaining 206 acres would be preservation areas. The Specific Plan would include 9,995 dwelling units (in a mix of low, medium, and high densities) and approximately 2,419,113 square feet of retail and office uses. The project would also provide four elementary schools, one middle school, and a fire station. The proposed project is expected to generate about 25,219 new residents and 5,821 jobs. It is anticipated that construction would begin in spring 2010. The duration of construction would depend on market conditions; full buildout would likely be completed within 20 years from construction commencement. The proposed project site is approximately 2,138 acres and contains 51.87 acres of waters of the United States. The project, as proposed, would result in direct impacts to approximately 37.74 acres of waters of the United States. These acreages do not include indirect impacts from the proposed action or impacts anticipated to result from offsite infrastructure that may be determined to be required as part of the project through the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. A scoping meeting will be held on April 16, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting will be held at the City of Roseville Civic Center DATES: E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for the Potable Water Supply for Washington Parish 
Reservoir, Project

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The study area comprises Washington Parish in southeast 
Louisiana. Washington Parish currently consumes approximately 40 
million gallons of water daily, 70 percent of which is supplied by 
groundwater. Decreasing groundwater levels (quantity) and groundwater 
quality, in combination with forecasted growth within the Parish 
require alternative water supplies to be developed. The purpose of the 
project is to identify a new water supply to address the current and 
future potable water demands of Washington Parish. The Local Project 
Sponsor is the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission.

DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on April 10, 2008 at 5:30 
p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held in Bogalusa, LA at 
the Bogalusa City Hall, 202 Arkansas Avenue, Bogalusa, LA 70427.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and Draft EIS should be directed to: Karen Dove-Jackson at (601) 631-
7136, Vicksburg District, Corps of Engineers, 4155 Clay Street, CEMVK-
OD-FE, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3435.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Louisiana House Bill 216, 2003 
Regular Session, the Louisiana Legislature created the Washington 
Parish Reservoir Commission as a State Entity. This law gives the 
Washington Parish Reservoir Commission the power to obtain land needed 
for the reservoir pursuant to the State of Louisiana's principle of 
eminent domain, and in accordance with the Louisiana Laws and Revised 
Statutes for this principle.
    1. The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission completed a site 
selection study (January 2005) to determine a recommended best source 
of future potable water for Washington Parish. The study concluded that 
creation of a surface water reservoir by damming Bogalusa Creek was the 
most desirable. The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission subsequently 
completed a preliminary engineering report (December 2006) that 
presented preliminary design, planning level costs estimates, and 
preliminary construction plans for a water supply reservoir. Based upon 
review of the site selection report, the Corps concluded that the 
proposed project had the potential for significant impacts to the human 
and natural environment. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
requires the preparation of an EIS for proposals that are subject to 
federal funding, control, responsibility and permitting, and which have 
the potential for significant impacts. The proposed project would 
affect wetlands, which are regulated by the Corps, and require a permit 
to comply with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Because the proposed 
project would require federal involvement, it is subject to NEPA. 
Preliminary alternatives being considered include construction of a new 
surface water supply reservoir, construction of distribution systems to 
make available existing surface water supplies, and increased use of 
groundwater.
    2. The Southern Hills Aquifer system supplies Washington Parish 
with potable water. The Southern Hills Aquifer system is one of the 
most heavily pumped aquifers in Louisiana, supplying 290 million 
gallons per day for consumption. Recent studies indicate that the 
Southern Hills Aquifer system is supplying more water annually than it 
can sustain, and water levels in the aquifer are dropping as much as 
one foot annually. In addition to aquifer water levels, the water 
quality of the aquifer is also declining.
    3. A public scoping meeting will be held (see DATES and ADDRESSES). 
Significant issues identified during this scoping process will be 
analyzed in depth in the Draft EIS.
    4. Upon completion, the Draft EIS will be distributed for agency 
and public review and comment. Additionally, a public meeting will be 
held to present results of the Draft EIS evaluations and the 
recommended plan.
    5. The Draft EIS is estimated to be completed in September 2008.

Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. E8-6447 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]
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