South Valley Facilities Expansion Project-Clark County, NV, 21155-21156 [E8-8380]

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E8–8387 Filed 4–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation South Valley Facilities Expansion Project—Clark County, NV Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and notice of scoping meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), together with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service (NPS) as cooperating agencies, is preparing an EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the effects of the South Valley Facilities Expansion (SVFE) Project (Project), as proposed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). The SNWA has applied for temporary and permanent rights-of-way to construct water treatment and conveyance facilities on public land administered by Reclamation, BLM, and NPS in Clark County, Nevada. DATES: Public scoping meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m., with a halfhour presentation at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 5, 6, and 7, 2008, to receive oral and written input on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS such as alternatives, resources, and other concerns. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be submitted by May 23, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Ms. Laureen Perry (LC–2631), Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region, PO Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006– 1470, or to svfe-eis@lc.usbr.gov, or fax to 702–293–8418. The public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations: • Monday, May 5, 2008: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson, NV 89015. • Tuesday, May 6, 2008: Sun City MacDonald Ranch Community Center, 2020 West Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012. • Wednesday, May 7, 2008: Wingate Hotel, 3041 St. Rose Parkway, Henderson, NV 89052. E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 21156 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 76 / Friday, April 18, 2008 / Notices Ms. Laureen Perry at 702–293–8020, or at the above address. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Evolving water use patterns in the southern area of the Las Vegas Valley and the need to increase the reliability and flexibility of the SNWA water supply system have resulted in the proposal to redistribute, treat, and convey existing water supplies to meet the water demand projections and use patterns in this area. The proposed SVFE Project would increase treatment and conveyance capacity to allow SNWA to redistribute existing water supplies to locations identified by the City of Henderson and the Las Vegas Valley Water District to meet projected water demands and to increase the flexibility and reliability of the SNWA system to meet seasonal and regional water needs. The Project consists of two major elements: (1) An expansion of raw water transmission and treatment facilities (the treatment element), and (2) construction of a new transmission system to convey treated water to the southern area of the Las Vegas Valley (the conveyance element). The raw water transmission and treatment element of the Project includes upgrades and additional facilities to redistribute raw water from existing sources at Lake Mead to the River Mountains Water Treatment Facility (RMWTF); expansion of treatment capacity within the existing footprint of the RMWTF; and enhancement of existing pumping station capacity and water filtration rates. The conveyance element would include construction of approximately 26 miles of underground pipeline (72- to 114-inch diameter) from the RMWTF to a location west of Interstate 15 in the vicinity of Cactus Avenue and Decatur Boulevard. Appurtenant facilities would include a 40-million gallon storage reservoir, rate-of-flow control stations, and a pumping station. Currently, the South Valley Lateral transmits water supplies to the southern Las Vegas Valley. The conveyance element of the SVFE Project would increase SNWA’s management flexibility and system reliability by supplying water to locations identified by the City of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District, and through a planned interconnection with the South Valley Lateral, would allow areas to be served from either lateral if needed as a result of maintenance, repair, or power outage. Potential project alternatives include different pipeline alignments, different pipeline construction methods (trench excavation and tunneling), and different pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Apr 17, 2008 Jkt 214001 locations for pumping stations, storage reservoir, and appurtenant facilities. Alignments being considered for the treatment element of the Project include following the existing raw water pipeline from the vicinity of Lake Mead to the RMWTF, or a new route under the River Mountains. One alignment being considered for the conveyance element includes a southern route from the RMWTF that heads south and then west and generally parallels the southern corporate limits of the City of Henderson, the northern boundary of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, and north of the Henderson Executive Airport to Gillespie Street. The northern conveyance alignment heads west from the RMWTF to U.S. Highway 95 where the alignment may go either north or south around Black Mountain. The route continues west and generally parallels Interstate 215 to St. Rose Parkway and to Maryland Parkway where the route turns south and then west to Gillespie Street. At Gillespie Street both the northern and southern alignments head south to St. Rose Parkway and north to Silverado Ranch Boulevard to new distribution facilities, and west across Interstate 15 to the terminus in the vicinity of Cactus Avenue and Decatur Boulevard. Maps of the potential alternative alignments will be available for review at the public scoping meetings, may be requested from Ms. Laureen Perry (at the above address), or may be viewed at http:// www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/ envdocs.html. Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meeting If special assistance or other accommodation is needed, please notify Ms. Laureen Perry at 702–293–8020, or at svfe-eis@lc.usbr.gov, or by mail at the above address as far in advance as possible to secure the needed services. If a request cannot be honored, the requestor will be notified. Public Disclosure Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, Reclamation cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: March 20, 2008. Jayne Harkins, Deputy Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region. [FR Doc. E8–8380 Filed 4–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Meeting of the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River; Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, WA AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, Washington, established by the Secretary of the Interior, will hold a public meeting. The purpose of the Conservation Advisory Group is to provide technical advice and counsel to the Secretary of the Interior and Washington State on the structure, implementation, and oversight of the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program. DATES: Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation, Yakima Field Office, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, Washington. ADDRESSES: Mr. Walt Larrick, Assistant Program Manager, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, Washington 98901; 509–575– 5848, extension 209. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The purpose of the meeting will be to review the option of using the acquired habitat lands to mitigate the impacts that occur from the planned conservation measures and develop recommendations. This meeting is open to the public. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: March 25, 2008. Walter Larrick, Assistant Program Manager Pacific Northwest Region. [FR Doc. E8–8236 Filed 4–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–M E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


South Valley Facilities Expansion Project--Clark County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS) and notice of scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), together with the 
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service (NPS) as 
cooperating agencies, is preparing an EIS pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the effects of the South Valley 
Facilities Expansion (SVFE) Project (Project), as proposed by the 
Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). The SNWA has applied for 
temporary and permanent rights-of-way to construct water treatment and 
conveyance facilities on public land administered by Reclamation, BLM, 
and NPS in Clark County, Nevada.

DATES: Public scoping meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m., with a 
half-hour presentation at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 
May 5, 6, and 7, 2008, to receive oral and written input on the scope 
of issues to be addressed in the EIS such as alternatives, resources, 
and other concerns. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be 
submitted by May 23, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Ms. Laureen Perry (LC-2631), Bureau 
of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region, PO Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 
89006-1470, or to svfe-eis@lc.usbr.gov, or fax to 702-293-8418. The 
public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:
     Monday, May 5, 2008: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 
Harris Street, Henderson, NV 89015.
     Tuesday, May 6, 2008: Sun City MacDonald Ranch Community 
Center, 2020 West Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012.
     Wednesday, May 7, 2008: Wingate Hotel, 3041 St. Rose 
Parkway, Henderson, NV 89052.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Laureen Perry at 702-293-8020, or 
at the above address.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Evolving water use patterns in the southern 
area of the Las Vegas Valley and the need to increase the reliability 
and flexibility of the SNWA water supply system have resulted in the 
proposal to redistribute, treat, and convey existing water supplies to 
meet the water demand projections and use patterns in this area. The 
proposed SVFE Project would increase treatment and conveyance capacity 
to allow SNWA to redistribute existing water supplies to locations 
identified by the City of Henderson and the Las Vegas Valley Water 
District to meet projected water demands and to increase the 
flexibility and reliability of the SNWA system to meet seasonal and 
regional water needs. The Project consists of two major elements: (1) 
An expansion of raw water transmission and treatment facilities (the 
treatment element), and (2) construction of a new transmission system 
to convey treated water to the southern area of the Las Vegas Valley 
(the conveyance element).
    The raw water transmission and treatment element of the Project 
includes upgrades and additional facilities to redistribute raw water 
from existing sources at Lake Mead to the River Mountains Water 
Treatment Facility (RMWTF); expansion of treatment capacity within the 
existing footprint of the RMWTF; and enhancement of existing pumping 
station capacity and water filtration rates.
    The conveyance element would include construction of approximately 
26 miles of underground pipeline (72- to 114-inch diameter) from the 
RMWTF to a location west of Interstate 15 in the vicinity of Cactus 
Avenue and Decatur Boulevard. Appurtenant facilities would include a 
40-million gallon storage reservoir, rate-of-flow control stations, and 
a pumping station. Currently, the South Valley Lateral transmits water 
supplies to the southern Las Vegas Valley. The conveyance element of 
the SVFE Project would increase SNWA's management flexibility and 
system reliability by supplying water to locations identified by the 
City of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District, and through a 
planned interconnection with the South Valley Lateral, would allow 
areas to be served from either lateral if needed as a result of 
maintenance, repair, or power outage.
    Potential project alternatives include different pipeline 
alignments, different pipeline construction methods (trench excavation 
and tunneling), and different locations for pumping stations, storage 
reservoir, and appurtenant facilities. Alignments being considered for 
the treatment element of the Project include following the existing raw 
water pipeline from the vicinity of Lake Mead to the RMWTF, or a new 
route under the River Mountains. One alignment being considered for the 
conveyance element includes a southern route from the RMWTF that heads 
south and then west and generally parallels the southern corporate 
limits of the City of Henderson, the northern boundary of Sloan Canyon 
National Conservation Area, and north of the Henderson Executive 
Airport to Gillespie Street. The northern conveyance alignment heads 
west from the RMWTF to U.S. Highway 95 where the alignment may go 
either north or south around Black Mountain. The route continues west 
and generally parallels Interstate 215 to St. Rose Parkway and to 
Maryland Parkway where the route turns south and then west to Gillespie 
Street. At Gillespie Street both the northern and southern alignments 
head south to St. Rose Parkway and north to Silverado Ranch Boulevard 
to new distribution facilities, and west across Interstate 15 to the 
terminus in the vicinity of Cactus Avenue and Decatur Boulevard. Maps 
of the potential alternative alignments will be available for review at 
the public scoping meetings, may be requested from Ms. Laureen Perry 
(at the above address), or may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/lc/
region/g2000/envdocs.html.

Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meeting

    If special assistance or other accommodation is needed, please 
notify Ms. Laureen Perry at 702-293-8020, or at svfe-eis@lc.usbr.gov, 
or by mail at the above address as far in advance as possible to secure 
the needed services. If a request cannot be honored, the requestor will 
be notified.

Public Disclosure

    Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, 
or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should 
be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying 
information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you may 
request in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, Reclamation cannot guarantee it will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: March 20, 2008.
Jayne Harkins,
Deputy Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region.
[FR Doc. E8-8380 Filed 4-17-08; 8:45 am]
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