Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, Including Secretarial Determination on Whether to Remove Four Dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon, 33634-33635 [2010-14174]

Download as PDF 33634 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 113 / Monday, June 14, 2010 / Notices conjunction with surveys and population monitoring throughout the range of each species in California for the purpose of enhancing their survival. Permit No. TE–045994 Applicant: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station, San Diego, California. The applicant requests an amendment to an existing permit (July 7, 2009, 74 FR 32179) to take, (transport and release) the mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) in conjunction with a captive breeding and translocation program in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties, California, for the purpose of enhancing its survival. Permit No. TE–14237A Applicant: Wildlife Science Center, Livermore, California. The applicant requests a permit to take (survey, capture, handle, and release) the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) in conjunction with surveys and population monitoring throughout the range of the species in California for the purpose of enhancing its survival. We invite public review and comment on each of these recovery permit applications. Comments and materials we receive will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Michael Long, Acting Regional Director, Region 8, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2010–14165 Filed 6–11–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, Including Secretarial Determination on Whether to Remove Four Dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon Department of the Interior. Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) and notice of public scoping meetings. AGENCY: emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Department of the Interior (Department), SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jun 11, 2010 Jkt 220001 through the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) intend to prepare an EIS/EIR. The Department and CDFG will conduct public scoping meetings to solicit comments concerning the issues, alternatives, and analyses to be considered in the evaluation of whether to remove four dams on the Klamath River pursuant to the terms of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). Section 3.3.1 of the KHSA states: ‘‘Based upon the record, environmental compliance and other actions described in Section 3.2, and in cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce and other Federal agencies as appropriate, the Secretary shall determine whether, in his judgment, the conditions of Section 3.3.4 have been satisfied, and whether, in his judgment, Facilities Removal (i) will advance restoration of the salmonid fisheries of the Klamath Basin, and (ii) is in the public interest, which includes but is not limited to consideration of potential impacts on affected local communities and Tribes.’’ In light of this potential determination by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) pursuant to the KHSA, the public and agencies are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS/EIR and potential alternatives including, but not limited to: (1) How other potential actions within the KHSA should be analyzed in this EIS/EIR, and (2) the nature and extent to which the potential environmental impacts of implementing the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) should be analyzed in this EIS/EIR. DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR and potential alternatives to be analyzed are requested within 30 days of the publication of this notice. Oral comments will also be accepted during the public scoping meetings. Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for public scoping meeting dates and locations. ADDRESSES: Please send written comments to Ms. Tanya Sommer, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, or by email to KlamathSD@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be submitted during the public scoping meetings. Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for meeting locations and dates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tanya Sommer, Bureau of Reclamation, 916–978–6153, TSommer@usbr.gov, for technical information. For public involvement information, please contact Mr. Matt Baun, U.S. Fish and Wildlife PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Service, 530–841–3119, Matt_Baun@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Conflicts over water and other natural resources in the Klamath Basin between conservationists, tribes, farmers, fishermen, and State and Federal agencies have existed for decades. In particular, several developments affecting the Klamath Basin have occurred in the last several years. These developments include: —In 2001, water deliveries to irrigation contractors to Reclamation’s Klamath Project were substantially reduced. —In 2002, returning adult salmon suffered a major die-off. —In 2006, the commercial salmon fishing season was closed along 700 miles of the West Coast to protect weak Klamath River stocks. —In 2010, due to drought conditions, the project is forecasting a curtailment of deliveries that could result in the potential short-term idling of farmland and increased groundwater pumping. —In 2010, the c’waam (Lost River suckers) fishery for the Klamath Tribes has been closed for the 24th year, limiting the Tribes to only a ceremonial harvest. Since 2003, the United States has spent over $500 million in the Klamath Basin for irrigation, fisheries, National Wildlife Refuges, and other resource enhancements and management actions. Consequently, the United States, the States of California and Oregon, the Klamath, Karuk, and Yurok Tribes, Klamath Project Water Users, and other Klamath River Basin stakeholders negotiated the KBRA and the KHSA (including the Secretarial Determination) to resolve long-standing disputes between them regarding a broad range of natural resource issues. The agreements are intended to result in effective and durable solutions which: (1) Restore and sustain natural fish production and provide for full participation in ocean and river harvest of fish species throughout the Klamath Basin; (2) establish reliable water and power supplies which sustain agricultural uses, communities, and National Wildlife Refuges; and (3) contribute to the public welfare and the sustainability of all Klamath Basin communities. It is the conclusion of the United States that in order to reach these goals, both agreements must be authorized and implemented. Ongoing programs that may be expanded include habitat restoration and fish population monitoring E:\FR\FM\14JNN1.SGM 14JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 113 / Monday, June 14, 2010 / Notices activities being conducted by Federal, Tribal, and State governments and agencies, fish disease research activities, continued implementation of Reclamation’s Pilot Water Bank Program, and programs to improve fish passage and screen irrigation diversions. New programs that may be established by the KBRA include a Fisheries Restoration Plan, Fisheries Reintroduction Plan, Fisheries Monitoring Plan, Water Diversion Limitation and Pumping Plan, Water Rights Purchase Plan, Drought Plan, Environmental Water Plan, Counties’ Impacts-Mitigation and Benefits Program, Tribal Programs, establishment of wildlife refuge water allocation, and additional water conservation and storage actions. The KHSA lays out the process for additional studies, environmental review, and a decision by the Secretary regarding whether removal of four dams owned by PacifiCorp: (1) Will advance the restoration of the salmonid fisheries of the Klamath Basin, and (2) is in the public interest, which includes, but is not limited to, consideration of potential impacts on affected local communities and tribes. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Purpose and Need and Proposed Action The purpose of the proposed Federal action is to advance restoration of the salmonid fisheries in the Klamath Basin that is in the public interest, and is consistent with the KHSA and the KBRA. Pursuant to the KHSA, the Secretary needs to make a determination whether to proceed with the removal of the four PacifiCorp Dams on the Klamath River. The proposed action is to make a determination, pursuant to the KHSA, as to whether removal of the four lower dams on the Klamath River to achieve a free-flowing condition and allow full volitional passage of fish is in the public interest, will advance restoration of the salmonid fishery and is consistent with statutory obligations and tribal rights. The potential impacts of any connected actions, including any such actions under the KBRA, will be analyzed. Environmental Issues and Resources To Be Examined The EIS/EIR will be used to inform the Secretary when making his decision regarding implementation of the KHSA and any potential follow-on programs that may be implemented as part of the KBRA. If, pursuant to the KHSA, the Secretary’s decision is affirmative, the EIS/EIR will be used by the Governors of the States of California and Oregon to VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jun 11, 2010 Jkt 220001 inform each whether to concur in that determination. The EIS/EIR will include analysis and disclosures of the effects on the quality of the human and physical environment that may occur as a result of implementation of the KHSA and any potential follow-on programs including those programs in the KBRA. Issues to be addressed may include, but are not limited to, impacts on biological resources, historic and archaeological resources, geomorphology, hydrology, water quality, air quality, safety, hazardous materials and waste, visual resources, socioeconomics, including real estate, and environmental justice. Public Scoping Sessions The Department and CDFG will hold six public information and scoping meetings according to the dates and locations listed below. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the public meetings. Dates, Times, and Locations: • Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Copco Community Center, 27803 Copco Road, Montague, CA 96064. • Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 pm, Yreka Community Center, 810 N. Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097. • Thursday, July 8, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. • Friday, July 9, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chiloquin Community Center, 140 First Street, Chiloquin, OR 97624. • Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chetco Activities Center, 550 Chetco Way, Brookings, OR 97415. • Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way, Arcata, CA 95521. • Thursday July 15, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Karuk Tribe Community Room, 39051 Highway 96, Orleans, CA 95556. Public Disclosure Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please 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: June 7, 2010. Dennis Lynch, Program Manager, Klamath Basin Secretarial Determination. [FR Doc. 2010–14174 Filed 6–11–10; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLES956000–L14200000–BJ0000] Eastern States: Filing of Plat of Survey AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior ACTION: Notice of filing of plat of survey; Minnesota. SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM—Eastern States office in Springfield, Virginia, 30 calendar days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management—Eastern States, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153. Attn: Cadastral Survey. This survey was requested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The lands surveyed are: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Fourth Principal Meridian, Minnesota T. 49 N., R 18 W. The plat of survey represents the corrective dependent resurvey of a portion of the North boundary, a portion of the West boundary, a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the subdivision of Section 6, in Township 49 North, Range 18 West, of the Fourth Principal Meridian, in the State of Minnesota, and was accepted April 22, 2010. 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 the 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: June 7, 2010. Dominica Van Koten, Chief Cadastral Surveyor. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 113 (Monday, June 14, 2010)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, Including Secretarial 
Determination on Whether to Remove Four Dams on the Klamath River in 
California and Oregon

AGENCY: Department of the 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 of 1969 
(NEPA), as amended, and the California Environmental Quality Act 
(CEQA), the Department of the Interior (Department), through the Bureau 
of Reclamation (Reclamation), and the California Department of Fish and 
Game (CDFG) intend to prepare an EIS/EIR. The Department and CDFG will 
conduct public scoping meetings to solicit comments concerning the 
issues, alternatives, and analyses to be considered in the evaluation 
of whether to remove four dams on the Klamath River pursuant to the 
terms of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). Section 
3.3.1 of the KHSA states: ``Based upon the record, environmental 
compliance and other actions described in Section 3.2, and in 
cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce and other Federal agencies 
as appropriate, the Secretary shall determine whether, in his judgment, 
the conditions of Section 3.3.4 have been satisfied, and whether, in 
his judgment, Facilities Removal (i) will advance restoration of the 
salmonid fisheries of the Klamath Basin, and (ii) is in the public 
interest, which includes but is not limited to consideration of 
potential impacts on affected local communities and Tribes.''
    In light of this potential determination by the Secretary of the 
Interior (Secretary) pursuant to the KHSA, the public and agencies are 
invited to comment on the scope of the EIS/EIR and potential 
alternatives including, but not limited to: (1) How other potential 
actions within the KHSA should be analyzed in this EIS/EIR, and (2) the 
nature and extent to which the potential environmental impacts of 
implementing the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) should be 
analyzed in this EIS/EIR.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS/EIR and potential 
alternatives to be analyzed are requested within 30 days of the 
publication of this notice. Oral comments will also be accepted during 
the public scoping meetings. Please see the Supplementary Information 
section for public scoping meeting dates and locations.

ADDRESSES: Please send written comments to Ms. Tanya Sommer, Bureau of 
Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, or by e-mail to 
KlamathSD@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be submitted during the 
public scoping meetings. Please see the Supplementary Information 
section for meeting locations and dates.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tanya Sommer, Bureau of 
Reclamation, 916-978-6153, TSommer@usbr.gov, for technical information. 
For public involvement information, please contact Mr. Matt Baun, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 530-841-3119, Matt_Baun@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Conflicts over water and other natural resources in the Klamath 
Basin between conservationists, tribes, farmers, fishermen, and State 
and Federal agencies have existed for decades. In particular, several 
developments affecting the Klamath Basin have occurred in the last 
several years. These developments include:

--In 2001, water deliveries to irrigation contractors to Reclamation's 
Klamath Project were substantially reduced.
--In 2002, returning adult salmon suffered a major die-off.
--In 2006, the commercial salmon fishing season was closed along 700 
miles of the West Coast to protect weak Klamath River stocks.
--In 2010, due to drought conditions, the project is forecasting a 
curtailment of deliveries that could result in the potential short-term 
idling of farmland and increased groundwater pumping.
--In 2010, the c'waam (Lost River suckers) fishery for the Klamath 
Tribes has been closed for the 24th year, limiting the Tribes to only a 
ceremonial harvest.

    Since 2003, the United States has spent over $500 million in the 
Klamath Basin for irrigation, fisheries, National Wildlife Refuges, and 
other resource enhancements and management actions. Consequently, the 
United States, the States of California and Oregon, the Klamath, Karuk, 
and Yurok Tribes, Klamath Project Water Users, and other Klamath River 
Basin stakeholders negotiated the KBRA and the KHSA (including the 
Secretarial Determination) to resolve long-standing disputes between 
them regarding a broad range of natural resource issues. The agreements 
are intended to result in effective and durable solutions which: (1) 
Restore and sustain natural fish production and provide for full 
participation in ocean and river harvest of fish species throughout the 
Klamath Basin; (2) establish reliable water and power supplies which 
sustain agricultural uses, communities, and National Wildlife Refuges; 
and (3) contribute to the public welfare and the sustainability of all 
Klamath Basin communities. It is the conclusion of the United States 
that in order to reach these goals, both agreements must be authorized 
and implemented.
    Ongoing programs that may be expanded include habitat restoration 
and fish population monitoring

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activities being conducted by Federal, Tribal, and State governments 
and agencies, fish disease research activities, continued 
implementation of Reclamation's Pilot Water Bank Program, and programs 
to improve fish passage and screen irrigation diversions.
    New programs that may be established by the KBRA include a 
Fisheries Restoration Plan, Fisheries Reintroduction Plan, Fisheries 
Monitoring Plan, Water Diversion Limitation and Pumping Plan, Water 
Rights Purchase Plan, Drought Plan, Environmental Water Plan, Counties' 
Impacts-Mitigation and Benefits Program, Tribal Programs, establishment 
of wildlife refuge water allocation, and additional water conservation 
and storage actions.
    The KHSA lays out the process for additional studies, environmental 
review, and a decision by the Secretary regarding whether removal of 
four dams owned by PacifiCorp: (1) Will advance the restoration of the 
salmonid fisheries of the Klamath Basin, and (2) is in the public 
interest, which includes, but is not limited to, consideration of 
potential impacts on affected local communities and tribes.

 Purpose and Need and Proposed Action

    The purpose of the proposed Federal action is to advance 
restoration of the salmonid fisheries in the Klamath Basin that is in 
the public interest, and is consistent with the KHSA and the KBRA. 
Pursuant to the KHSA, the Secretary needs to make a determination 
whether to proceed with the removal of the four PacifiCorp Dams on the 
Klamath River. The proposed action is to make a determination, pursuant 
to the KHSA, as to whether removal of the four lower dams on the 
Klamath River to achieve a free-flowing condition and allow full 
volitional passage of fish is in the public interest, will advance 
restoration of the salmonid fishery and is consistent with statutory 
obligations and tribal rights. The potential impacts of any connected 
actions, including any such actions under the KBRA, will be analyzed.

Environmental Issues and Resources To Be Examined

    The EIS/EIR will be used to inform the Secretary when making his 
decision regarding implementation of the KHSA and any potential follow-
on programs that may be implemented as part of the KBRA. If, pursuant 
to the KHSA, the Secretary's decision is affirmative, the EIS/EIR will 
be used by the Governors of the States of California and Oregon to 
inform each whether to concur in that determination. The EIS/EIR will 
include analysis and disclosures of the effects on the quality of the 
human and physical environment that may occur as a result of 
implementation of the KHSA and any potential follow-on programs 
including those programs in the KBRA. Issues to be addressed may 
include, but are not limited to, impacts on biological resources, 
historic and archaeological resources, geomorphology, hydrology, water 
quality, air quality, safety, hazardous materials and waste, visual 
resources, socioeconomics, including real estate, and environmental 
justice.

Public Scoping Sessions

    The Department and CDFG will hold six public information and 
scoping meetings according to the dates and locations listed below. 
Oral and written comments will be accepted at the public meetings.
    Dates, Times, and Locations:
     Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Copco 
Community Center, 27803 Copco Road, Montague, CA 96064.
     Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 pm, Yreka Community 
Center, 810 N. Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097.
     Thursday, July 8, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Klamath County 
Fairgrounds, 3531 S. 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.
     Friday, July 9, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chiloquin 
Community Center, 140 First Street, Chiloquin, OR 97624.
     Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chetco 
Activities Center, 550 Chetco Way, Brookings, OR 97415.
     Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Arcata 
Community Center, 321 Community Park Way, Arcata, CA 95521.
     Thursday July 15, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Karuk Tribe 
Community Room, 39051 Highway 96, Orleans, CA 95556.

Public Disclosure

    Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, 
or other personal identifying information in your comment, please 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: June 7, 2010.
Dennis Lynch,
 Program Manager, Klamath Basin Secretarial Determination.
[FR Doc. 2010-14174 Filed 6-11-10; 8:45 am]
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