Long-Term North to South Water Transfer Program, Sacramento County, CA, 81642-81643 [2010-32583]

Download as PDF 81642 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 28, 2010 / Notices • Pasco Branch, Mid-Columbia Library, 1320 West Hopkins, Pasco, WA 99301. • Quincy Public Library, 108 B Street Southwest, Quincy, WA 98848. • North Central Regional Library, Royal City Library, 136 Camelia Street, Royal City, WA 99357. • Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. • Sprague Public Library, 119 West Second Street, Sprague, WA 99032. • North Central Regional Library, Warden Library, 305 South Main Street, Warden WA 98857. • Washington State Library, 6880 Capitol Boulevard South, Olympia, WA 98504. Public Disclosure Statement If you wish to comment, you may mail or e-mail your comments as indicated under the ADDRESSES section. 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 request in your comment for us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Karl E. Wirkus, Regional Director, Pacific Northwest Region. [FR Doc. 2010–32525 Filed 12–27–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Long-Term North to South Water Transfer Program, Sacramento County, CA Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) and notice of scoping meetings. AGENCY: The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the San Luis & DeltaMendota Water Authority propose to prepare a joint EIS/EIR to analyze the effects of water transfers from water agencies in northern California to water agencies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The EIS/EIR will address transfers of Central Valley Project (CVP) and non-CVP water emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 22:37 Dec 27, 2010 Jkt 223001 supplies that require use of CVP or State Water Project (SWP) facilities to convey the transferred water. Water transfers would occur through various methods, including, but not limited to, groundwater substitution and cropland idling, and would include individual and multiyear transfers from 2012 through 2022. DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the Long-Term Water Transfer Program by February 28, 2011. Three public scoping meetings have been scheduled: • Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 6–8 p.m., Chico, CA. • Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 2–4 p.m., Sacramento, CA. • Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6–8 p.m., Los Banos, CA. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the scope of the Long-Term Water Transfer Program or issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR to Mr. Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP–410, Sacramento, CA 95825. Scoping meetings will be held at: • Chico at the Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Avenue. • Sacramento at the Best Western Expo Inn & Suites, 1413 Howe Avenue. • Los Banos at the San Luis & DeltaMendota Water Authority, 842 Sixth Street. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brad Hubbard, Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, via e-mail at bhubbard@usbr.gov or at 916–978–5204, or Ms. Frances Mizuno, Assistant Executive Director, San Luis & DeltaMendota Water Authority, via e-mail at frances.mizuno@sldmwa.org at 209– 832–6200. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Due to dry hydrological conditions, priority of rights, competing needs, and low reservoir storage levels, water agencies south of the Delta have been using water transfers to supplement local and imported water supplies. Transfers of CVP supplies and transfers that require use of CVP or SWP facilities are subject to review by Reclamation and/or DWR in accordance with the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992, Reclamation’s water transfer guidelines, and California State law. Pursuant to Federal and State law and subject to separate written agreement, Reclamation and DWR would facilitate water transfers involving CVP contract water supplies and CVP and SWP facilities. Buyers and sellers would be responsible for negotiating the terms of the transfers, including amount of water for transfer, method to make water available, and price. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The EIS/EIR will identify potential selling parties in northern California, methods by which water could be made available for transfer, and maximum amounts of water available through each method. The EIS/EIR will also identify potential purchasing agencies south of the Delta and the proposed use of transfer water. The EIS/EIR will investigate alternative transfer methods to make water available. Groundwater substitution and cropland idling have been frequent transfer mechanisms in the past and will be analyzed in the EIS/ EIR. Groundwater substitution transfers occur when sellers forego diversion of their surface water supplies and pump an equivalent amount of groundwater as an alternative supply. The purchasing agency would receive the foregone surface water supply. The quantity of water available for transfer would account for potential stream flow losses as a result of groundwater-surface water interaction. Cropland idling would make water available for transfer that would have been used for agricultural irrigation without the transfer. Typically, the proceeds from the water transfer would pay farmers to idle land that they would have placed in production. Rice has been the crop idled most frequently in previous transfer programs. Water transfers under the Proposed Action involving conveyance through the Delta would be implemented within the operational parameters of the Biological Opinions on the Continued Long-term Operations of the CVP/SWP and any other regulatory restrictions in place at the time of implementation of the water transfers. Current operational parameters applicable to the transfer water include: • Conveyance of a maximum of 600,000 acre feet per year; and • Use of the SWP’s Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant and CVP’s C.W. ‘‘Bill’’ Jones Pumping Plant during July through September only. The EIS/EIR is expected to analyze the adverse and beneficial effects of implementing water transfers on the following environmental resources: Surface water, water quality, groundwater, fisheries, vegetation and wildlife, special status species, geology and soils, land use, air quality, climate change, cultural resources, noise, recreation, energy, visual resources, socioeconomics, and Indian trust assets. The EIS/EIR will also evaluate environmental justice and cumulative impacts associated with the Long-Term Water Transfer Program. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 28, 2010 / Notices Special Assistance for Public Meetings FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If special assistance is required to participate in the scoping meeting, please contact Mr. Louis Moore at 916– 978–5106 or via e-mail at wmoore@usbr.gov. Please contact Mr. Moore at least ten working days prior to the meeting. A telephone device for the hearing impaired (TDD) is available at 916–978–5608. Michael Pulskamp, 303–445–2931, mpulskamp@usbr.gov. 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 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: October 12, 2010. Anastasia T. Leigh, Acting Regional Environmental Officer, MidPacific Region. [FR Doc. 2010–32583 Filed 12–27–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Resource Assessment at Existing Reclamation Facilities—Draft Report Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Reopening of comment period for review of the Hydropower Resource Assessment at Existing Reclamation Facilities Draft Report (HRA). AGENCIES: The Bureau of Reclamation is reopening the review period for the HRA for another 30 days from the date of publication of this Notice. The notice of availability of the HRA was published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2010 (75 FR 67993). The public review period was originally to end on December 6, 2010. DATES: Submit written comments on the Draft Report on or before January 27, 2011. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Send written comments or requests for copies to Mr. Michael Pulskamp, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Federal Center, Bldg. 67, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225, or e-mail to mpulskamp@usbr.gov. The Draft Report is also accessible from the following Web site: http:// www.usbr.gov/power/. ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 22:37 Dec 27, 2010 Jkt 223001 Mr. The Administration is committed to increasing the generation of environmentally sustainable, affordable hydropower for our national electricity supplies. Reclamation has 476 dams and 8,116 miles of canals, and owns and operates 58 hydropower plants. On an annual basis, these plants produce an average of 40 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to meet the entire electricity needs of over 9 million people on average, and provide the energy equivalent of more than 80 million barrels of crude oil or about 48.4 billion pounds of coal. Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, and is actively engaged in looking for opportunities to encourage development of additional hydropower capacity. In March 2010 Reclamation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The MOU focuses on ways to increase renewable energy generation by focusing on development of sustainable, low impact, and small hydropower projects. The MOU committed Reclamation to produce an updated list of facilities and sites best suited for projects to increase sustainable hydropower generation by October 2010. The HRA provides information on potential hydropower development at existing Reclamation facilities that may warrant further study. The Draft Report does not make any recommendations for development of the sites included in the report. Instead, it provides an inventory of hydropower potential at existing Reclamation sites using broad energy and economic criteria. Reclamation is not undertaking a new dam construction initiative with this study, and is focused on identifying the hydropower potential of Reclamation’s existing structures. This resource assessment level study does not take the place of a site by site feasibility study. 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ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative law judge’s initial determination (‘‘ID’’) (Order No. 11) granting a joint motion to terminate the investigation as to one respondent on the basis of a settlement agreement, and terminating the investigation. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sidney A. Rosenzweig, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708–2532. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 28, 2010)]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-32583]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Long-Term North to South Water Transfer Program, Sacramento 
County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

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

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation 
(Reclamation) and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority propose 
to prepare a joint EIS/EIR to analyze the effects of water transfers 
from water agencies in northern California to water agencies south of 
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and in the San Francisco Bay 
Area. The EIS/EIR will address transfers of Central Valley Project 
(CVP) and non-CVP water supplies that require use of CVP or State Water 
Project (SWP) facilities to convey the transferred water. Water 
transfers would occur through various methods, including, but not 
limited to, groundwater substitution and cropland idling, and would 
include individual and multiyear transfers from 2012 through 2022.

DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the Long-Term Water 
Transfer Program by February 28, 2011.
    Three public scoping meetings have been scheduled:
     Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 6-8 p.m., Chico, CA.
     Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 2-4 p.m., Sacramento, CA.
     Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6-8 p.m., Los Banos, CA.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the scope of the Long-Term Water 
Transfer Program or issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR to Mr. Brad 
Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, 
CA 95825.
    Scoping meetings will be held at:
     Chico at the Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East 
Avenue.
     Sacramento at the Best Western Expo Inn & Suites, 1413 
Howe Avenue.
     Los Banos at the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, 
842 Sixth Street.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brad Hubbard, Project Manager, 
Bureau of Reclamation, via e-mail at bhubbard@usbr.gov or at 916-978-
5204, or Ms. Frances Mizuno, Assistant Executive Director, San Luis & 
Delta-Mendota Water Authority, via e-mail at frances.mizuno@sldmwa.org 
at 209-832-6200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Due to dry hydrological conditions, priority 
of rights, competing needs, and low reservoir storage levels, water 
agencies south of the Delta have been using water transfers to 
supplement local and imported water supplies. Transfers of CVP supplies 
and transfers that require use of CVP or SWP facilities are subject to 
review by Reclamation and/or DWR in accordance with the Central Valley 
Project Improvement Act of 1992, Reclamation's water transfer 
guidelines, and California State law. Pursuant to Federal and State law 
and subject to separate written agreement, Reclamation and DWR would 
facilitate water transfers involving CVP contract water supplies and 
CVP and SWP facilities. Buyers and sellers would be responsible for 
negotiating the terms of the transfers, including amount of water for 
transfer, method to make water available, and price.
    The EIS/EIR will identify potential selling parties in northern 
California, methods by which water could be made available for 
transfer, and maximum amounts of water available through each method. 
The EIS/EIR will also identify potential purchasing agencies south of 
the Delta and the proposed use of transfer water.
    The EIS/EIR will investigate alternative transfer methods to make 
water available. Groundwater substitution and cropland idling have been 
frequent transfer mechanisms in the past and will be analyzed in the 
EIS/EIR. Groundwater substitution transfers occur when sellers forego 
diversion of their surface water supplies and pump an equivalent amount 
of groundwater as an alternative supply. The purchasing agency would 
receive the foregone surface water supply. The quantity of water 
available for transfer would account for potential stream flow losses 
as a result of groundwater-surface water interaction. Cropland idling 
would make water available for transfer that would have been used for 
agricultural irrigation without the transfer. Typically, the proceeds 
from the water transfer would pay farmers to idle land that they would 
have placed in production. Rice has been the crop idled most frequently 
in previous transfer programs.
    Water transfers under the Proposed Action involving conveyance 
through the Delta would be implemented within the operational 
parameters of the Biological Opinions on the Continued Long-term 
Operations of the CVP/SWP and any other regulatory restrictions in 
place at the time of implementation of the water transfers. Current 
operational parameters applicable to the transfer water include:
     Conveyance of a maximum of 600,000 acre feet per year; and
     Use of the SWP's Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant and CVP's 
C.W. ``Bill'' Jones Pumping Plant during July through September only.
    The EIS/EIR is expected to analyze the adverse and beneficial 
effects of implementing water transfers on the following environmental 
resources: Surface water, water quality, groundwater, fisheries, 
vegetation and wildlife, special status species, geology and soils, 
land use, air quality, climate change, cultural resources, noise, 
recreation, energy, visual resources, socioeconomics, and Indian trust 
assets. The EIS/EIR will also evaluate environmental justice and 
cumulative impacts associated with the Long-Term Water Transfer 
Program.

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Special Assistance for Public Meetings

    If special assistance is required to participate in the scoping 
meeting, please contact Mr. Louis Moore at 916-978-5106 or via e-mail 
at wmoore@usbr.gov. Please contact Mr. Moore at least ten working days 
prior to the meeting. A telephone device for the hearing impaired (TDD) 
is available at 916-978-5608.

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 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: October 12, 2010.
Anastasia T. Leigh,
Acting Regional Environmental Officer, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2010-32583 Filed 12-27-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MN-P