Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project, Lower American River, California, 49786-49787 [2011-20393]

Download as PDF 49786 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 155 / Thursday, August 11, 2011 / Notices California 95825, upon required payment. Protest: A person or party who wishes to protest a survey must file a notice that they wish to protest with the California State Director, Bureau of Land Management, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief, Branch of Geographic Services, Bureau of Land Management, California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–1623, Sacramento, California 95825, (916) 978–4310. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These surveys and supplemental plats were executed to meet the administrative needs of various federal agencies; the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs or General Services Administration. The lands surveyed are: Mount Diablo Meridian, California T. 26 S., R. 33 E., Dependent resurvey and metes-and-bounds survey, accepted May 10, 2011. T. 23 S., R. 16 E., Dependent resurvey and subdivision of section 20, accepted June 29, 2011. Authority: 43 U.S.C., Chapter 3. Dated: May 7, 2010. Lance J. Bishop, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, California. [FR Doc. 2011–20457 Filed 8–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [LLCAN01000.L10200000.XZ0000] Notice of Public Meeting: Northwest California Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of Public Meeting. ACTION: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:59 Aug 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 The meeting will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 and 8, 2011, at the BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Rd., Arcata, California. On Sept. 7, the RAC will convene at 10 a.m. and depart for a field tour to the Lost Coast Headlands project and the South Spit Management Area. Members of the public are welcome. They must provide their own transportation, food and beverages. On Sept. 8, the council will convene at 8 a.m. in the Conference Room of the BLM Arcata Field Office. The meeting is open to the public. Time for public comment has been reserved at 11 a.m. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: San Bernardino Meridian, California T. 9 S., R. 2 W., Supplemental plat of the NW 1⁄4 of the SW 1⁄4 section 34, accepted April 5, 2011. T. 2 N., R. 17 W., Metes-and-bounds survey, accepted May 9, 2011. T. 8 S., R. 2 E., Dependent resurvey and subdivision of sections 11 and 12, accepted May 10, 2011. T. 8 S., R. 3 E., Dependent resurvey and subdivision of sections 7 and 8, accepted May 10, 2011. T. 9 N., R. 32 W., Supplemental plat, accepted May 16, 2011. T. 4 S., R. 4 E., Supplemental plat of the NE 1⁄4 SE 1⁄4 of section 26, accepted June 3, 2011. T. 5 N., R. 28 W., Dependent resurvey, accepted July 22, 2011. AGENCY: Act of 1976 (FLPMA), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest California Resource Advisory Council will meet as indicated below. Nancy Haug, BLM Northern California District manager, (530) 224–2160; or BLM Public Affairs Officer Joseph J. Fontana, (530) 252–5332. The 12member council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Northwest California. At this meeting agenda topics include management of the King Range National Conservation Area, status of the Walker Ridge Wind Energy proposal, management of the Sacramento River Bend Area of Critical Environmental Concern and environmental education programs. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public may present written comments to the council. Each formal council meeting will have time allocated for public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to speak, and the time available, the time for individual comments may be limited. Members of the public are welcome on field tours, but they must provide their own transportation and lunch. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation and other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM as provided above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 3, 2011. Joseph J. Fontana, Public Affairs Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–20462 Filed 8–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project, Lower American River, California Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency, and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), the lead State agency, have prepared a joint Final 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: Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action until at least 30 days after release of the Final EIS/EIR. After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and discuss all the factors that led to the decision. The CDFG will advance its recommendations to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) for consideration. The Commission will hold additional hearings on the recommendations and a Notice of Determination will be filed after the hearings. This action will trigger a 30day review period under California Environmental Quality Act. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final EIS/EIR may be requested from Ms. Janet Sierzputowski at 916–978–5112, TTY 916–978–5608, or e-mail jsierzputowski@usbr.gov. The Final EIS/EIR is also accessible from the following Web site: http:// www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/ nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=5216 or http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/ hatchery/index.html. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations where copies of the Final EIS/EIR are available for public review. SUMMARY: Mr. David Robinson, Central California Area Office (CCAO), Bureau of Reclamation, at the CCAO general telephone number 916–988–1707, e-mail: HatchPass@usbr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nimbus Hatchery is located along the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 155 / Thursday, August 11, 2011 / Notices 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 about 4 million fall-run Chinook salmon smolts and 430,000 winter-run American River steelhead yearlings. A fish weir is currently used to prevent adult salmon from continuing upstream and allows them to locate and enter the fish ladder and hatchery. The Project is needed because the existing weir is aging, susceptible to periodic significant damage from high flows, and its operation requires annual flow reductions to perform maintenance which affect protected steelhead populations in the river. Annual shortterm flow reductions when steelheads are rearing in the lower American River are required to install the weir. Flow reductions of longer duration are periodically required to repair significant flood damage to the existing structure and scouring around its foundation. This scouring is harmful because it destabilizes the weir and creates large holes that upstream migrant fish can pass through and therefore fail to enter into the hatchery ladder. 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 operation and maintenance costs, avoid reducing river flows, and improve safety. Reclamation has evaluated a broad set of potential solutions in a series of planning evaluations beginning in the mid-1990s. Two approaches to solving the problems that were advanced through the planning process are: (1) Constructing a new fish diversion weir with a concrete foundation and air bladder control gates and pickets; and (2) extending the fish ladder upstream to Nimbus Dam and removing the existing fish diversion weir. The EIS/EIR evaluates each of these alternative approaches and a no action alternative. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:59 Aug 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 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,’’ and likely would result in significant impacts to the Chinook salmon population. CDFG is also considering modification to the seasonal fishing regulations between the Hatchery and Nimbus Dam as part of the evaluation of this alternative. A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS/EIR and a schedule for public meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 01, 2010 (75 FR 60804). The formal comment period on the Draft EIS/EIR ended on November 30, 2010. The Final EIS/EIR contains responses to all comments received and reflects comments and any additional information received during the review period. Copies of the Final EIS/EIR are available for public review at the following locations: • Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Building 67, Room 167, Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Denver, CO 80225. • Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240–0001. • Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. • Central California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630. • Nimbus Fish Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River, CA 95670. Dated: July 25, 2011. Pablo R. Arroyave, Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 2011–20393 Filed 8–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Rural Water Supply Program Approved Appraisal Reports; Availability AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. Reclamation provides assistance for appraisal investigations and feasibility studies for rural water supply projects intended to serve a community or group of communities with domestic, industrial, and municipal water. This assistance helps rural communities assess their potable SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49787 water needs and identify options to address those needs. Three appraisal reports were approved in Fiscal Year 2010 and two were approved in Fiscal Year 2011. The initial appraisal investigations were submitted by the participants for review to assess technical adequacy and completeness. Once reviewed, Reclamation prepared these reports to document the findings and conclusions of the appraisal investigations that identified the water supply problems, needs, and opportunities in the planning study areas. The approval of an appraisal report indicates that there is a viable alternative that warrants a more detailed investigation through a feasibility study. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The approved appraisal reports can be downloaded from our Web site: http:// www.usbr.gov/ruralwater. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Joseph Wilson by telephone at (303) 445–2856, or by e-mail at jwilson@usbr.gov. Copies are also available for public review at the following locations: • Dry-Redwater Rural Water System Appraisal Report, Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Area Office, 2900 Fourth Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101, (406) 247–7300 • Douglas County Rural Water Project Appraisal Report, Bureau of Reclamation, Eastern Colorado Area Office, 11056 W. County Rd 18E, Loveland, CO 80537–9711, (970) 667– 4410 • Lower Niobrara Natural Resource District Appraisal Report, Bureau of Reclamation, Nebraska Kansas Area Office, 203 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801–5907, (308) 389–5301 • Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System Appraisal Report, Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Area Office, 2900 Fourth Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101, (406) 247–7300 • Southern Black Hills Regional Water System Appraisal Report, Bureau of Reclamation, Dakotas Area Office, 304 E. Broadway Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501, (701) 250–4242 x3101 Authority Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act of December 22, 2006 (Pub. L. 109–451, Title I, 120 Stat. 3346, 43 U.S.C. 2401, et seq.) authorizes Reclamation to establish a program to work with rural communities, including Indian tribes, in the 17 Western States to assess rural water supply needs and identify options to address those needs through appraisal investigations and feasibility studies. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Nimbus Hatchery 
Fish Passage Project, Lower American River, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal 
agency, and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), the lead 
State agency, have prepared a joint Final 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: Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action 
until at least 30 days after release of the Final EIS/EIR. After the 
30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision 
(ROD). The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and 
discuss all the factors that led to the decision.
    The CDFG will advance its recommendations to the California Fish 
and Game Commission (Commission) for consideration. The Commission will 
hold additional hearings on the recommendations and a Notice of 
Determination will be filed after the hearings. This action will 
trigger a 30-day review period under California Environmental Quality 
Act.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final EIS/EIR may be requested from Ms. Janet 
Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112, TTY 916-978-5608, or e-mail 
jsierzputowski@usbr.gov.
    The Final EIS/EIR is also accessible from the following Web site: 
http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=5216 or 
http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/hatchery/index.html.
    See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations where 
copies of the Final EIS/EIR are available for public review.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nimbus Hatchery is located along the

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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 about 4 
million fall-run Chinook salmon smolts and 430,000 winter-run American 
River steelhead yearlings. A fish weir is currently used to prevent 
adult salmon from continuing upstream and allows them to locate and 
enter the fish ladder and hatchery.
    The Project is needed because the existing weir is aging, 
susceptible to periodic significant damage from high flows, and its 
operation requires annual flow reductions to perform maintenance which 
affect protected steelhead populations in the river. Annual short-term 
flow reductions when steelheads are rearing in the lower American River 
are required to install the weir. Flow reductions of longer duration 
are periodically required to repair significant flood damage to the 
existing structure and scouring around its foundation. This scouring is 
harmful because it destabilizes the weir and creates large holes that 
upstream migrant fish can pass through and therefore fail to enter into 
the hatchery ladder.
    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 operation and 
maintenance costs, avoid reducing river flows, and improve safety. 
Reclamation has evaluated a broad set of potential solutions in a 
series of planning evaluations beginning in the mid-1990s. Two 
approaches to solving the problems that were advanced through the 
planning process are: (1) Constructing a new fish diversion weir with a 
concrete foundation and air bladder control gates and pickets; and (2) 
extending the fish ladder upstream to Nimbus Dam and removing the 
existing fish diversion weir. The EIS/EIR evaluates each of these 
alternative approaches and a no action alternative.
    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,'' and likely would result in 
significant impacts to the Chinook salmon population. CDFG is also 
considering modification to the seasonal fishing regulations between 
the Hatchery and Nimbus Dam as part of the evaluation of this 
alternative.
    A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS/EIR and a schedule for 
public meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 01, 
2010 (75 FR 60804). The formal comment period on the Draft EIS/EIR 
ended on November 30, 2010. The Final EIS/EIR contains responses to all 
comments received and reflects comments and any additional information 
received during the review period.
    Copies of the Final EIS/EIR are available for public review at the 
following locations:
     Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Building 67, 
Room 167, Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Denver, CO 80225.
     Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 
1849 C Street, NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240-0001.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional 
Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.
     Central California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 
7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630.
     Nimbus Fish Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River, CA 
95670.

    Dated: July 25, 2011.
Pablo R. Arroyave,
Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2011-20393 Filed 8-10-11; 8:45 am]
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