Corps of Engineers: Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Lake on Yellow Creek in Lamar County, AL (Department of Army Permit Number SAM-2005-4302-MNS), 42288-42289 [E9-20134]

Download as PDF 42288 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 161 / Friday, August 21, 2009 / Notices [FR Doc. E9–20008 Filed 8–20–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–C DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Conveyance of Federal Lands at Lake Texoma to the State of Oklahoma, Marshall County, OK AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. The purpose of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is to address alternatives and environmental impacts associated with the conveyance of approximately 1,022 acres of Federal land located in Marshall County, Oklahoma, at Lake Texoma, Oklahoma and Texas, to the State of Oklahoma. ADDRESSES: Questions or comments concerning the proposed action should be addressed to Mr. Stephen L. Nolen, Chief, Environmental Analysis and Compliance Branch, Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CESWT–PE– E, 1645 S. 101st E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74128–4629. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Stephen L. Nolen, (918) 669–7660, fax: (918) 669–7546, e-mail: Stephen.L.Nolen@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106–53 113 Stat. 359) directed the Secretary of the Army (Secretary) to convey to the State of Oklahoma, at fair market value, all right, title and interest of the United States in and to approximately 1,580 acres of land located in Marshall County, OK and leased to the State of Oklahoma for public park and recreation purposes. In 2005, approximately 558 acres of these lands were conveyed to the State of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office. The State of Oklahoma, through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, is now requesting conveyance of additional lands up to the balance (approximately 1,022 acres) of that authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1999. The exact acreage and description of the real property shall be determined by a survey that is satisfactory to the Secretary. The real property is currently held in fee by the U.S. Government and managed under the jurisdiction of the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers as a srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:22 Aug 20, 2009 Jkt 217001 part of Lake Texoma, a multipurpose reservoir located along the Red River in Oklahoma and Texas. The lands subject to this action are located east of Kingston, Oklahoma along the western shore of the Washita River Arm of Lake Texoma in Marshall County, OK. Conveyed lands are anticipated to be subject to development, in conjunction with development of lands previously conveyed and adjacent private lands, to include such features as single and multi-family residential housing, hotel and conference facilities, restaurants, golf course(s), retail and commercial space, public boat ramp(s), beach and camping amenities, courtesy boat slips, and related commercial development facilities. Reasonable alternatives to be considered include varying amounts of acreages to be conveyed, alternative deed restrictions on conveyed lands, varying development features and locations, alternative locations and nature of shoreline development, and no action. Issues to be addressed in the EIS include but are not limited to: (1) Socioeconomic impacts associated with planned development, (2) matters pertaining to shoreline management and development, (3) potential impacts to cultural and ecological resources, (4) public access and safety, (5) impacts to lake use, public parks and recreation, (6) aesthetics, (7) water and wastewater infrastructure, (8) lake water quality, (9) traffic patterns, (10) terrestrial and aquatic fish and wildlife habitat, (11) Federally-listed threatened and endangered species, (12) potential use of dry-stack boat storage or other boat storage methods, and (13) cumulative impacts associated with past, current, and reasonably foreseeable future actions at Lake Texoma. A public scoping meeting for the action will be conducted in early fall, 2009 in Kingston, OK or the vicinity. News releases and notices informing the public and local, state, and Federal agencies of the proposed action and date of the public scoping meeting will be published in local newspapers. Comments received as a result of this notice, news releases, and the public scoping meeting will be used to assist the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers in identifying potential impacts to the quality of the human or natural environment. Affected Federal, state, or local agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other interested private organizations and parties are encouraged to participate in the scoping process by forwarding written comments to (see ADDRESSES) or attending the scoping meeting. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The draft EIS will be available for public review and comment. While the specific date for release of the draft EIS has yet to be determined, all interested agencies, tribes, organizations and parties expressing an interest in this action will be placed on a mailing list for receipt of the draft EIS. In order to be considered, any comments and suggestions should be forwarded to (see ADDRESSES) in accordance with dates specified upon release of the draft EIS. Dated: August 11, 2009. Anthony C. Funkhouser, Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander. [FR Doc. E9–20132 Filed 8–20–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Corps of Engineers: Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Lake on Yellow Creek in Lamar County, AL (Department of Army Permit Number SAM–2005–4302–MNS) AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. SUMMARY: The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to address the potential impacts associated with construction of a 2,040acre water supply lake along Yellow Creek in Lamar County, AL. The Corps will be evaluating the proposed project under the authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The DEIS will be used as a basis for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on October 15, 2009. ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held at the Lamar County Courthouse, Third Floor Courtroom, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, Alabama 35592. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action, NEPA process, and the DEIS should be addressed to Mr. Michael B. Moxey, Regulatory Division, Inland Team Leader, Phone (251) 694–3771 or e-mail at michael.b.moxey@usace.army.mil, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The Lamar County Commission is the permit applicant. The applicant is proposing to E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 161 / Friday, August 21, 2009 / Notices construct a dam and 2,040 acre lake on Yellow Creek in central Lamar County, Alabama, just north of the City of Vernon. The purpose of the proposed lake is for public water supply for Lamar County and the surrounding areas. Construction of the project as proposed would require impacts to approximately 1,660 acres of wetlands and 31.2 miles of streams. The project is in the initial stages of planning. 2. Alternatives to the applicants’ proposals may exist which would reduce impacts to the surrounding aquatic environment. These could include, but are not restricted to: Considering alternate site locations for the lake, alternate site layouts that may have less impact on the environment, or pursuing alternate sources of water for Lamar County and surrounding areas. The scoping and evaluation phase of the EIS process will help in the determination of reasonable alternatives to be evaluated for the project. 3. Scoping: a. The Corps invites full public participation to promote open communication on the issues surrounding the proposal. The scoping process is a key part of the public outreach and involvement phase. All Federal, State, and local agencies, and other persons or organizations that have an interest are urged to participate in the NEPA scoping process. As part of the process, a public meeting will be held to receive public input and comment which will be used to assist in the identification of significant issues associated with the proposed water supply lake. A public meeting will be held at the Lamar County Courthouse in Vernon, AL on October 15, 2009. Public meetings will also be advertised through various media outlets at least 30 days prior to the meeting date. b. The DEIS will analyze the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts to the local area resulting from the proposed project and alternatives. Specifically, the following major issues will be analyzed in the DEIS: Hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened and endangered species, fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands and stream resources, essential fish habitat, and other air quality, cultural resources, wastewater treatment capacities and discharges, drainage discharges, transportation systems, alternatives, secondary and cumulative impacts, socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice (effect on minorities and lowincome groups) (Executive Order 12898), and protection of children (Executive Order 13045). c. The Corps will serve as the lead Federal agency in the preparation of the DEIS. The Corps intends to coordinate VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:22 Aug 20, 2009 Jkt 217001 and/or consult with an interagency team of Federal and State agencies during scoping and preparation of the DEIS. A decision will be made during the scoping process whether other agencies will serve in an official role as cooperating agencies. 4. It is anticipated that the DEIS will be made available for public review in December 2010. Craig J. Litteken, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. E9–20134 Filed 8–20–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Support of the Real Property Master Plan and Real Property Exchange for Camp Parks, Dublin, CA Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of Availability. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Parks, with cooperation from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has prepared a Final EIS to evaluate alternatives for future development as part of a Real Property Master Plan (RPMP) at Camp Parks. Alternatives evaluated in the Final EIS include changes to land use for construction and training, and a Real Property Exchange (RPX) between Camp Parks and a developer in the surrounding community. The RPMP presents a land-use redevelopment plan for the Camp Parks cantonment area, with approximately 180 acres being transferred out of Federal ownership (approximately 171.5 acres is controlled by the U.S. Army and 8.5 acres is controlled by NASA). DATES: The waiting period for the Final EIS will end 30 days after publication of an NOA in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: To request a copy of the Final EIS, contact: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Parks, Environmental Office, Building 791 5th Street, Dublin, CA 94568–5201. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Army property: Mr. Paul, (925) 875– 4682, or e-mail at Paul.kot@usar.army.mil. NASA property: Dr. Ann Clarke, (650) 604– 2350, or e-mail Ann.Clarke@nasa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FEIS evaluates three alternatives to support the redevelopment and land exchange of Camp Parks: (1) No Action Alternative— under which there would be no PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42289 comprehensive plan or vision for overall Camp Parks development, but redevelopment would occur ad hoc as funds become available, and facilities would remain largely unchanged; (2) Slow Growth Alternative—under which Camp Parks would retain all its land holdings and gradually move toward developing facilities and activities identified in the RPMP with the southern cantonment area remaining an opportunity site for future planning; and (3) Accelerated Modernization Alternative (Preferred Alternative and the Proposed Action)—under which the construction of new facilities and ranges included in the RPMP would be partially funded using the value of the land exchange (180 acres of the southern cantonment area) from Federal to private ownership. The remainder of RPMP construction at Camp Parks would be programmed as military construction projects. NASA’s in holding would be sold and proceeds of the sale would be used at its NASAAmes Research Center, Moffett Field, California. Camp Parks has prepared a RPMP that proposes a program for revitalizing the installation infrastructure and accelerating facility replacements. The RPMP proposes approximately 1.3 million square feet of new buildings/ structures and approximately 370,000 square feet of parking area. The majority of the existing structures on Camp Parks were intended to be temporary when originally constructed and are considered inadequate for today’s military personnel and lifestyles. The RPMP proposes the modernization of facilities to meet the troop training requirements and amenities that are consistent with the private sector. The Final EIS concludes that the No Action Alternative is not reasonable based on the antiquated infrastructure and buildings requiring excessive maintenance. The Final EIS also concludes that the Slow Growth Alternative (the incremental modernization using the existing cantonment area) is not reasonable since facility/activity upgrades would be prioritized and dependent on annual funding from Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR) allocations and project proponents. MCAR funds are appropriated on an availability basis, which is not a regular or consistent occurrence. The Army’s Preferred Alternative is the accelerated modernization of a redeveloped and compacted cantonment area using the value of the land exchange to partially fund RPMP construction activities. This alternative allows for a quick implementation of the E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Corps of Engineers: Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement for Proposed Lake on Yellow Creek in Lamar County, AL 
(Department of Army Permit Number SAM-2005-4302-MNS)

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) 
intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to 
address the potential impacts associated with construction of a 2,040-
acre water supply lake along Yellow Creek in Lamar County, AL. The 
Corps will be evaluating the proposed project under the authority of 
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The DEIS will be used as a basis 
for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA).

DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held on October 15, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held at the Lamar County 
Courthouse, Third Floor Courtroom, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, Alabama 
35592.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action, 
NEPA process, and the DEIS should be addressed to Mr. Michael B. Moxey, 
Regulatory Division, Inland Team Leader, Phone (251) 694-3771 or e-mail 
at michael.b.moxey@usace.army.mil, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Regulatory Division, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The Lamar County Commission is the permit 
applicant. The applicant is proposing to

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construct a dam and 2,040 acre lake on Yellow Creek in central Lamar 
County, Alabama, just north of the City of Vernon. The purpose of the 
proposed lake is for public water supply for Lamar County and the 
surrounding areas. Construction of the project as proposed would 
require impacts to approximately 1,660 acres of wetlands and 31.2 miles 
of streams. The project is in the initial stages of planning.
    2. Alternatives to the applicants' proposals may exist which would 
reduce impacts to the surrounding aquatic environment. These could 
include, but are not restricted to: Considering alternate site 
locations for the lake, alternate site layouts that may have less 
impact on the environment, or pursuing alternate sources of water for 
Lamar County and surrounding areas. The scoping and evaluation phase of 
the EIS process will help in the determination of reasonable 
alternatives to be evaluated for the project.
    3. Scoping: a. The Corps invites full public participation to 
promote open communication on the issues surrounding the proposal. The 
scoping process is a key part of the public outreach and involvement 
phase. All Federal, State, and local agencies, and other persons or 
organizations that have an interest are urged to participate in the 
NEPA scoping process. As part of the process, a public meeting will be 
held to receive public input and comment which will be used to assist 
in the identification of significant issues associated with the 
proposed water supply lake. A public meeting will be held at the Lamar 
County Courthouse in Vernon, AL on October 15, 2009. Public meetings 
will also be advertised through various media outlets at least 30 days 
prior to the meeting date.
    b. The DEIS will analyze the potential social, economic, and 
environmental impacts to the local area resulting from the proposed 
project and alternatives. Specifically, the following major issues will 
be analyzed in the DEIS: Hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened 
and endangered species, fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands and stream 
resources, essential fish habitat, and other air quality, cultural 
resources, wastewater treatment capacities and discharges, drainage 
discharges, transportation systems, alternatives, secondary and 
cumulative impacts, socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice 
(effect on minorities and low-income groups) (Executive Order 12898), 
and protection of children (Executive Order 13045).
    c. The Corps will serve as the lead Federal agency in the 
preparation of the DEIS. The Corps intends to coordinate and/or consult 
with an interagency team of Federal and State agencies during scoping 
and preparation of the DEIS. A decision will be made during the scoping 
process whether other agencies will serve in an official role as 
cooperating agencies.
    4. It is anticipated that the DEIS will be made available for 
public review in December 2010.

Craig J. Litteken,
Chief, Regulatory Division.
[FR Doc. E9-20134 Filed 8-20-09; 8:45 am]
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