Fisheries and Habitat Conservation; Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Demolition of the Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River, Fremont, OH, 65526-65527 [2011-27244]

Download as PDF 65526 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices Public Meetings and Availability of Comments DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Service will carry out open house public meetings during the public review period. District staff will be available during those public meetings to address questions from the attending public and provide printed or electronic copies (on compact discs) of the draft plan to anyone requesting them. Please visit the following Web sites for dates and other details regarding the upcoming public meetings. Huron WMD: https://www.fws.gov/ huronwetlands/. Madison WMD: https://www.fws.gov/ madisonwetlands/. Sand Lake WMD: https://www.fws.gov/ sandlake/. Before including your 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. We will not consider anonymous comments. We will always make submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. The environmental review of this project will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); Department of Interior NEPA regulations; other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; Executive Order 12996 ‘‘Management and General Public Use of the National Wildlife Refuge System’’; the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; and Service policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. Dated: July 21, 2011. Noreen E. Walsh, Deputy Regional Director. [FR Doc. 2011–27263 Filed 10–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 Jkt 226001 [FWS–R3–FHC–2011–N187; 30140–1335– 0000–W4] Fisheries and Habitat Conservation; Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Demolition of the Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River, Fremont, OH Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; announcement of meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the public that we intend to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the impacts of the proposed demolition of the Ballville Dam, located on the Sandusky River, near the City of Fremont in Sandusky County, Ohio. We are also announcing a public meeting and requesting public comments. DATES: The public scoping period begins with publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will continue through November 21, 2011. The Service will consider all comments defining the scope of the EIS received or postmarked by this date. Comments received or postmarked after this date will be considered to the extent practicable. The Service will conduct a public scoping meeting in Fremont, Ohio, on October 27, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. The scoping meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to present comments, ask questions, and discuss issues with Service staff regarding the draft EIS. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at Vanguard Vocational School Tech Center, 1220 Cedar Street, Fremont, OH 43420. You may submit comments by any one of the following methods: • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Brian Elkington, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fisheries, 5600 American Boulevard West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437–1458. • E-mail: Ballvilledam@fws.gov. • Fax: (612) 713–5289 (Attention: Brian Elkington). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Elkington, 612–713–5168. Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8337 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We publish this notice in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4321 et seq.), and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). The Service, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), will prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal to remove the Ballville Dam from the Sandusky River. The purpose of the draft EIS is to address the environmental, economic, cultural and historical, and safety issues associated with removal of the dam. Ballville Dam is currently a complete barrier to upstream fish passage for the commercially and recreationally valuable Sandusky River walleye stock. Removal of the dam will restore access to approximately 22 miles of previously unavailable riverine habitat, including an estimated 300 acres of suitable walleye spawning habitat. Removal of the dam is anticipated to restore the designated beneficial uses to this segment of the river. Additionally, ODNR has identified a number of safety hazards associated with the condition of the 97-year old structure. Removal of the dam will alleviate these hazards. Current funding for the dam removal is being provided through grants from the Service, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA); the OEPA’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program; and the Clean Water Act’s section 319 nonpoint source pollution prevention program, which is administered by OEPA. Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and to private organizations and citizens who have previously expressed or are known to have interest in this proposal. After the draft EIS is released, a public meeting will be held at a place to be determined to solicit comments. To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Public Comments The Service requests data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the public, concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this notice. These comments will be considered in the development of the draft EIS. You may submit your comments and materials considering this notice by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices Public Availability of Comments All comments and materials we receive in response to this request will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Before including your 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. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background Ballville Dam was built in 1913 for hydroelectric power generation. The City of Fremont purchased the dam in 1959 from the Ohio Power Company, which no longer used the dam for generating electricity, for the purpose of supplying raw water to the city. With the construction of a raw water reservoir, completion expected by the end of 2011, the dam will no longer be required for this purpose. In 2007, the ODNR issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to the City, stating that the dam was being operated in violation of the law as a result of its deteriorated condition. The Ballville Dam cannot be rendered safe without expenditure of large sums of money. Removal of the dam will achieve the objective of opening approximately 22 miles of riverine habitat, including an estimated 300 acres of suitable walleye spawning habitat, that is currently inaccessible, thereby increasing walleye populations and stimulating the sport fishing and tourism industries. It will also help to restore impaired water quality in the project area. Environmental Review The Service will conduct an environmental review to analyze alternatives for implementing the proposed action and the associated impacts of each. The draft EIS will evaluate alternatives that are developed and the impact of each of those alternatives, including a no action alternative. Following completion of the environmental review, the Service will publish a notice of availability and a request for comments on the draft EIS. Authority This notice is being furnished as provided for by NEPA and its implementing Regulations (40 CFR1501.7 and 1508.22). The intent of VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 Jkt 226001 the notice is to obtain suggestions and additional information from other agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be considered. Comments and participation in this scoping process are solicited. Mike Weimer, Assistant Regional Director, Fisheries, Midwest Region. [FR Doc. 2011–27244 Filed 10–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2011–N144; 80221–1112– 81420–F2] Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan for Yolo County, CA: Environmental Impact Statement Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent and notice of public meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: Under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, advise the public that we intend to gather information necessary to prepare, in coordination with the Yolo County Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan Joint Powers Agency (Joint Powers Agency), a joint Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report for the Yolo County Natural Heritage Program Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (Plan). This document is being prepared under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act. The Joint Powers Agency and the local partners intend to apply for a 50-year incidental take permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This permit is needed to authorize the incidental take of threatened and endangered species that could result from activities covered under the Plan. We announce meetings and invite comments. DATES: We must receive written comments on or before December 5th, 2011. Two public scoping meetings will be held on November 7th 2011, the first from 3 to 5 p.m., and the second from 6 to 8 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be held at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691. Submit written comments to Cori Mustin, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65527 Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may alternatively be sent by facsimile to (916) 414–6713. In addition, a traveling information kiosk will be available to the public throughout the 45-day comment period. The kiosk will include a computer station, on which maps and related information will be available for viewing and comments can be submitted. For kiosk locations, dates, and times, see https:// www.yoloconservationplan.org/kiosk/ schedule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cori Mustin, Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, or Mike Thomas, Chief, Habitat Conservation Planning Division, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at (916) 414–6600 or by U.S. mail at the above address. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Yolo County Habitat Conservation Plan/ Natural Community Conservation Plan Joint Powers Agency (Joint Powers Agency) is composed of members representing Yolo County; the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland; and the University of California at Davis (local partners). The EIS will be a joint EIS/ Environmental Impact Report (EIR), for which the Service, Joint Power Agency (JPA), and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), intend to gather information necessary for preparation. The Plan will be prepared to meet the requirements of section 10 of the Act and the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act. The Service will serve as the administrative lead for all actions related to this Federal Register notice for the EIS component of the EIS/EIR. The JPA will serve as the State lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the EIR component. The Joint Powers Agency, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, is publishing a similar notice. The Joint Powers Agency and the local partners intend to apply for a 50year incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This permit is needed to authorize the incidental take of threatened and endangered species that could result from activities covered under the habitat conservation plan (Plan). The Fish and Wildlife Service provides this notice to (1) describe the proposed action and potential alternatives; (2) advise other Federal and State agencies, affected Tribes, and E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Fisheries and Habitat Conservation; Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed Demolition of the Ballville Dam on the 
Sandusky River, Fremont, OH

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent; announcement of meeting; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the 
public that we intend to prepare a draft environmental impact statement 
(EIS) to evaluate the impacts of the proposed demolition of the 
Ballville Dam, located on the Sandusky River, near the City of Fremont 
in Sandusky County, Ohio. We are also announcing a public meeting and 
requesting public comments.

DATES: The public scoping period begins with publication of this notice 
in the Federal Register and will continue through November 21, 2011. 
The Service will consider all comments defining the scope of the EIS 
received or postmarked by this date. Comments received or postmarked 
after this date will be considered to the extent practicable. The 
Service will conduct a public scoping meeting in Fremont, Ohio, on 
October 27, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. The scoping meeting will provide the 
public with an opportunity to present comments, ask questions, and 
discuss issues with Service staff regarding the draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at Vanguard Vocational School 
Tech Center, 1220 Cedar Street, Fremont, OH 43420.
    You may submit comments by any one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Brian Elkington, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Fisheries, 5600 American Boulevard West, Suite 990, 
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.
     E-mail: Ballvilledam@fws.gov.
     Fax: (612) 713-5289 (Attention: Brian Elkington).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Elkington, 612-713-5168. 
Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We publish this notice in compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). 
The Service, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural 
Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), 
will prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal 
to remove the Ballville Dam from the Sandusky River. The purpose of the 
draft EIS is to address the environmental, economic, cultural and 
historical, and safety issues associated with removal of the dam.
    Ballville Dam is currently a complete barrier to upstream fish 
passage for the commercially and recreationally valuable Sandusky River 
walleye stock. Removal of the dam will restore access to approximately 
22 miles of previously unavailable riverine habitat, including an 
estimated 300 acres of suitable walleye spawning habitat. Removal of 
the dam is anticipated to restore the designated beneficial uses to 
this segment of the river. Additionally, ODNR has identified a number 
of safety hazards associated with the condition of the 97-year old 
structure. Removal of the dam will alleviate these hazards. Current 
funding for the dam removal is being provided through grants from the 
Service, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) under 
the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA); the OEPA's 
Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program; and the Clean Water Act's 
section 319 nonpoint source pollution prevention program, which is 
administered by OEPA.
    Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will 
be sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and to 
private organizations and citizens who have previously expressed or are 
known to have interest in this proposal. After the draft EIS is 
released, a public meeting will be held at a place to be determined to 
solicit comments. To ensure that the full range of issues related to 
this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues 
identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested 
parties.

Public Comments

    The Service requests data, comments, new information, or 
suggestions from the public, concerned governmental agencies, the 
scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party 
on this notice. These comments will be considered in the development of 
the draft EIS.
    You may submit your comments and materials considering this notice 
by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section.

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Public Availability of Comments

    All comments and materials we receive in response to this request 
will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal 
business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice.
    Before including your 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.

Background

    Ballville Dam was built in 1913 for hydroelectric power generation. 
The City of Fremont purchased the dam in 1959 from the Ohio Power 
Company, which no longer used the dam for generating electricity, for 
the purpose of supplying raw water to the city. With the construction 
of a raw water reservoir, completion expected by the end of 2011, the 
dam will no longer be required for this purpose. In 2007, the ODNR 
issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to the City, stating that the dam 
was being operated in violation of the law as a result of its 
deteriorated condition. The Ballville Dam cannot be rendered safe 
without expenditure of large sums of money. Removal of the dam will 
achieve the objective of opening approximately 22 miles of riverine 
habitat, including an estimated 300 acres of suitable walleye spawning 
habitat, that is currently inaccessible, thereby increasing walleye 
populations and stimulating the sport fishing and tourism industries. 
It will also help to restore impaired water quality in the project 
area.

Environmental Review

    The Service will conduct an environmental review to analyze 
alternatives for implementing the proposed action and the associated 
impacts of each. The draft EIS will evaluate alternatives that are 
developed and the impact of each of those alternatives, including a no 
action alternative. Following completion of the environmental review, 
the Service will publish a notice of availability and a request for 
comments on the draft EIS.

Authority

    This notice is being furnished as provided for by NEPA and its 
implementing Regulations (40 CFR1501.7 and 1508.22). The intent of the 
notice is to obtain suggestions and additional information from other 
agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be considered. 
Comments and participation in this scoping process are solicited.

Mike Weimer,
Assistant Regional Director, Fisheries, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2011-27244 Filed 10-20-11; 8:45 am]
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