Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project, Lower American River, California, 15747-15748 [E9-7785]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 7, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, Governors Island National Monument, New York, NY. AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the National Park Service announces the availability of the Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Governors Island National Monument, New York. Consistent with National Park Service (NPS) laws, regulations, and policies, and the purpose of the National Monument, the Final GMP/EIS describes the NPS preferred alternativeAlternative D: Harbor Partnership-to guide the management of the National Monument over the next 15 to 20 years. 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ADDRESSES: The document will be available to the public in a variety of ways: • An electronic version of the document can be viewed on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov. • A downloadable PDF will be available on the park’s Web site at http://www.nps.gov/gois. • Printed copies (these are limited in quantity) and CD’s can be requested by contacting the park at 212–825–3041. • The document can be viewed in hardcopy form at the following locations: VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:13 Apr 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. New Amsterdam Branch Library, 9 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007. Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, New York, NY 10458. St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. 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The Action Alternatives (B and C) would enhance the preservation of the park’s cultural and natural resources, while providing new opportunities for visitors. Alternative D, the agency’s preferred alternative, would create a Harbor Center with partners as a hub of activities and a jumping-off point for visitors to explore New York Harbor. The Draft GMP/EIS was available for public and agency review from January 16, 2008, through March 18, 2008. Copies of the document were sent to individuals, agencies, organizations, and local libraries. The document was also made available for review at the park and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (http://parkplaiming.nps.gov). A public open house was held on February 27, 2008, and a public hearing was held on March 10, 2008. During the review period, the NPS accepted written and oral comments on the document; over six thousand comments were received. The NPS carefully reviewed PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15747 all comments and prepared a Comment Response Report (Appendix I). The Final General Management Plan (GMIP) sets forth a vision for the development and operation of Governors Island National Monument. Dated: February 2, 2009. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. E9–7603 Filed 4–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–14–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project, Lower American River, California AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) and notice of public scoping meetings. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency, and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), acting as the lead State agency, will prepare a joint EIS/ EIR for the proposed Nimbus Fish Hatchery Weir Replacement Project (Project). The purpose of the Project is to create and maintain a reliable system of collecting adult fish for use in the Nimbus Fish Hatchery (Hatchery). DATES: Two scoping meetings will be held to solicit public input on the scope of the environmental document, alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR. The scoping meeting dates are: • Thursday, April 30, 2009. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Gold River, CA. • Thursday, April 30, 2009. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Gold River, CA. Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR will be accepted until May 28, 2009. ADDRESSES: The public scoping meetings will be held at the California State University Sacramento Aquatic Center, 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River, CA 95670. Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR document should be sent to Mr. David Robinson, Central California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630– 1799; or e-mailed to HatchPass@mp.usbr.gov. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 15748 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 7, 2009 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Robinson, Central California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, at the CCAO general telephone number 916– 988–1707, e-mail: HatchPass@mp.usbr.gov. The Nimbus Hatchery is located along the lower American River approximately 1⁄4 mile downstream from Nimbus Dam in Rancho Cordova, CA. The Hatchery is a mitigation facility that was constructed by Reclamation in 1955 to compensate for the loss of spawning habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout inundated by the construction of Nimbus Dam. The Hatchery annually produces 4 million fall-run Chinook salmon smolts and 430,000 winter-run American River steelhead yearlings. The fish weir is needed to prevent adult salmon from continuing upstream and allows them to locate and enter the fish ladder and hatchery. CDFG has continuously operated and maintained the Hatchery under contract with Reclamation since it was originally constructed in 1955. CDFG operates and maintains all salmon and steelhead hatcheries within the State of California and is responsible for the management of statewide fisheries resources. As manager of the State fisheries resources, CDFG is also responsible for recommending and implementing fishing regulations. One alternative under consideration would result in changes to the fishing opportunities immediately downstream from Nimbus Dam pursuant to CDFG Regulation Section 2.35, ‘‘Taking Fish near Dams, Screens, and Egg-taking Stations.’’ CDFG will also consider the potential modification to the seasonal fishing regulations between the Hatchery and Nimbus Dam as part of the evaluation of this alternative. Background: The Project is needed because the existing fish diversion structure is aging, susceptible to periodic significant damage from high flows, and its operation requires annual flow reductions for maintenance which effect protected steelhead populations in the river. Annual short-term flow reductions are required to install the weir at a time when steelhead are rearing in the lower American River. Flow reductions of longer duration are periodically required to repair significant flood damage to the existing structure and scouring around its foundation. This scouring destabilizes the weir and creates large holes that upstream migrant fish can pass through avoiding the entrance into the hatchery ladder. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:13 Apr 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 Objectives: The primary objective of the Project is to maintain a fully functional system of collecting adult fish sufficient to meet mitigation goals. Secondary objectives are to minimize operations and maintenance costs, do away with the need to reduce river flows, and improve public and worker safety. Alternatives: Reclamation has evaluated a broad set of potential solutions in a series of planning evaluations beginning in the mid-1990s. Two basic approaches to solving the problems that were advanced through the planning process include: (1) Constructing a new fish diversion weir with concrete foundation and air bladder control gates and pickets; and (2) the extension of the fish ladder upstream to Nimbus Dam and removal of the existing fish diversion weir. The EIS/EIR will evaluate each of these alternative approaches and a no action alternative. Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meetings If special assistance is required to participate in the public meetings, please contact Ms. Janet Sierzputowski at 916–978–5112, TDD 916–978–5608, or e-mail jsierzputowski@mp.usbr.gov. Please notify Ms. Sierzputowski as far in advance as possible to enable Reclamation 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 your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: March 16, 2009. Mike Chotkowski, Acting Regional Environmental Officer, MidPacific Region. [FR Doc. E9–7785 Filed 4–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [ES–956–1420–BJ] Florida; Eastern States: Filing of Supplemental Plat of Survey AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Supplemental Plat; Florida. SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the supplemental plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM–Eastern States, Springfield, Virginia, 30 calendar days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153. This survey was requested by the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States, Branch of Lands and Realty. The lands shown on the plat are: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tallahassee Meridian, Florida T. 6 S., R. 15 E. The supplemental plat identifies an unlotted parcel of land in the NW 1/4 of Section 26 of Township 6 South, Range 15 East, of the Tallahassee Meridian, in the State of Florida, as shown on the original plat dated February 1827, and was accepted March 18, 2009. We will place a copy of the plat we described in the open files. It will be available to the public as a matter of information. If BLM receives a protest against this survey, as shown on the plat, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file the plat until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions on appeals. Dated: April 1, 2009. Dominica Van Koten, Chief Cadastral Surveyor. [FR Doc. E9–7787 Filed 4–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 65 (Tuesday, April 7, 2009)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-7785]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project, Lower American River, 
California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/
Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) and notice of public scoping 
meetings.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 
the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of 
Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency, and the California 
Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), acting as the lead State agency, 
will prepare a joint EIS/EIR for the proposed Nimbus Fish Hatchery Weir 
Replacement Project (Project). The purpose of the Project is to create 
and maintain a reliable system of collecting adult fish for use in the 
Nimbus Fish Hatchery (Hatchery).

DATES: Two scoping meetings will be held to solicit public input on the 
scope of the environmental document, alternatives, concerns, and issues 
to be addressed in the EIS/EIR. The scoping meeting dates are:
     Thursday, April 30, 2009. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Gold River, 
CA.
     Thursday, April 30, 2009. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Gold 
River, CA.
    Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR will be accepted until 
May 28, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The public scoping meetings will be held at the California 
State University Sacramento Aquatic Center, 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold 
River, CA 95670.
    Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR document should be 
sent to Mr. David Robinson, Central California Area Office, Bureau of 
Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630-1799; or e-mailed 
to HatchPass@mp.usbr.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Robinson, Central California 
Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, at the CCAO general telephone 
number 916-988-1707, e-mail: HatchPass@mp.usbr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nimbus Hatchery is located along the 
lower American River approximately \1/4\ mile downstream from Nimbus 
Dam in Rancho Cordova, CA. The Hatchery is a mitigation facility that 
was constructed by Reclamation in 1955 to compensate for the loss of 
spawning habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout inundated by 
the construction of Nimbus Dam. The Hatchery annually produces 4 
million fall-run Chinook salmon smolts and 430,000 winter-run American 
River steelhead yearlings. The fish weir is needed to prevent adult 
salmon from continuing upstream and allows them to locate and enter the 
fish ladder and hatchery.
    CDFG has continuously operated and maintained the Hatchery under 
contract with Reclamation since it was originally constructed in 1955. 
CDFG operates and maintains all salmon and steelhead hatcheries within 
the State of California and is responsible for the management of 
statewide fisheries resources. As manager of the State fisheries 
resources, CDFG is also responsible for recommending and implementing 
fishing regulations. One alternative under consideration would result 
in changes to the fishing opportunities immediately downstream from 
Nimbus Dam pursuant to CDFG Regulation Section 2.35, ``Taking Fish near 
Dams, Screens, and Egg-taking Stations.'' CDFG will also consider the 
potential modification to the seasonal fishing regulations between the 
Hatchery and Nimbus Dam as part of the evaluation of this alternative.
    Background: The Project is needed because the existing fish 
diversion structure is aging, susceptible to periodic significant 
damage from high flows, and its operation requires annual flow 
reductions for maintenance which effect protected steelhead populations 
in the river. Annual short-term flow reductions are required to install 
the weir at a time when steelhead are rearing in the lower American 
River. Flow reductions of longer duration are periodically required to 
repair significant flood damage to the existing structure and scouring 
around its foundation. This scouring destabilizes the weir and creates 
large holes that upstream migrant fish can pass through avoiding the 
entrance into the hatchery ladder.
    Objectives: The primary objective of the Project is to maintain a 
fully functional system of collecting adult fish sufficient to meet 
mitigation goals. Secondary objectives are to minimize operations and 
maintenance costs, do away with the need to reduce river flows, and 
improve public and worker safety.
    Alternatives: Reclamation has evaluated a broad set of potential 
solutions in a series of planning evaluations beginning in the mid-
1990s. Two basic approaches to solving the problems that were advanced 
through the planning process include: (1) Constructing a new fish 
diversion weir with concrete foundation and air bladder control gates 
and pickets; and (2) the extension of the fish ladder upstream to 
Nimbus Dam and removal of the existing fish diversion weir. The EIS/EIR 
will evaluate each of these alternative approaches and a no action 
alternative.

Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meetings

    If special assistance is required to participate in the public 
meetings, please contact Ms. Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112, TDD 
916-978-5608, or e-mail jsierzputowski@mp.usbr.gov. Please notify Ms. 
Sierzputowski as far in advance as possible to enable Reclamation 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 your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: March 16, 2009.
Mike Chotkowski,
Acting Regional Environmental Officer, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. E9-7785 Filed 4-6-09; 8:45 am]
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