Upper Deckers Creek Watershed, Preston County, WV, 71936-71937 [2011-29963]

Download as PDF 71936 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 224 / Monday, November 21, 2011 / Notices The Poeville alignment would be the longest route. Other alternatives may be developed in response to issues identified during scoping. Lead and Cooperating Agencies The Forest Service is the lead federal agency for the NEPA analysis process and preparation of the EIS. Cooperating agencies identified at this time include: Bureau of Land Management, Washoe County, City of Reno, Truckee Meadows Planning Agency and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Responsible Official Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor. Nature of Decision To Be Made The Forest Supervisor will decide whether or not to authorize a 50 year term Special Use Permit for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Bordertown 120 kV transmission line on National Forest System land. Decisions regarding public land managed by the BLM will be made by the BLM. emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Preliminary Issues Through public scoping, the Forest Service expects to identify relevant issues, potential impacts, design/ mitigation measures, and alternatives to the proposed action. At present, the Forest Service has identified the following preliminary concerns: • Potential effects to visual resources and existing viewsheds as a result of power line structures visable from Bordertown and California substations. • Potential effects to Dog Valley and Webber Ivesia, Forest Service sensitive plants, from potential introduction and spread of noxious and invasive weeds. • Potential for introduction and spread of noxious and invasive weed species, including known populations of medusahead grass and bull thistle from construction of temporary roads. • Ability to reclaim temporary roads and areas disturbed by the project using native plant species due to the proliferation of cheatgrass and bulbous blue grass in the area. • Potential effects to historic properties, including the National Historic Emigrant trail and an historic railroad grade due to the installation of powerline structures changing the visual setting of the area. • Potential for off-highway motor vehicle use to occur on temporary roads constructed for the project. • Potential temporary effects to the Mitchell Canyon mule deer wintering area due to construction activities. • Potential loss or reduction of large diameter trees and trees planted after VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:00 Nov 18, 2011 Jkt 226001 the Mitchell Canyon fire due to construction of the powerline corridor. • Potential need to protect powerlines from wildland fire due to hazardous fuel conditions adjacent to project area. • Potential for altering the general forested character and setting from a change in land use by granting a permanent easement for the powerline. Permits or Licenses Required Other permits required by NV Energy to construct the project include, but are not limited to the following: Sierra County, Special Use Permit; Washoe County Special Use Permit; Washoe County Air Quality Management Division, Surface Area Disturbance Permit; Bureau of Land Management Right of Way grant; Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, National Pollutant Dishcharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction Storm Water General Permit for Linear Projects; and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, NPDES Stormwater General Permit for Construction. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the EIS. To provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, the Forest Service will hold at least two meetings. Meetings will be conducted in an ‘‘open house’’ format and will include displays explaining the project and provide a forum for commenting on the project. Meetings are currently planned for Bordertown/Cold Springs and Verdi, Nevada. 1. December 6th, 2011 4:30–6:30 p.m., Cold Springs Regional Park, Grand Room 3355 White Lake Parkway in Cold Springs, Nevada 89508. 2. December 8th, 2011 4:30—6:30 p.m., Verdi Elementary School, 250 Bridge Street, Verdi, Nevada 89523. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action (40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22, FS Handbook 1909.15 Section 21). PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 10, 2011. Jeanne M. Higgins, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2011–29797 Filed 11–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service Upper Deckers Creek Watershed, Preston County, WV Natural Resources Conservation Service. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is being prepared for the Upper Deckers Creek Watershed, Preston County, West Virginia. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505. Telephone: (304) 284–7545. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The environmental assessment of this federally assisted action indicates that the project may cause significant local, regional or national impacts on the environment. As a result of these findings, Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, has determined that the preparation and review of an environmental impact statement is needed for this project. The project concerns the rehabilitation of the Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 dam and impoundment to meet current design criteria and performance standards. The Site 1 dam, located about 1.5 miles northwest of Arthurdale, WV, was constructed in 1969 as a single purpose flood control structure. Alternatives under consideration include the addition of rural raw water supply as a project purpose and increasing the reservoir volume, evaluating other raw water supply sources, raising the top of the dam elevation, flattening upstream and downstream face of the dam to improve slope stability, installing an internal drainage system in the dam, constructing a new auxiliary spillway, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 224 / Monday, November 21, 2011 / Notices and constructing a new principal spillway riser structure. In addition to these structural alternatives, a no-action and a decommissioning alternative will be evaluated. A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared and circulated for review by agencies and the public. The Natural Resources Conservation Service invites participation and consultation of agencies and individuals that have special expertise, legal jurisdiction, or interest in the preparation of the draft environmental impact statement. A meeting will be held at the Preston County Public Service District No. 1 office located on U Road in Arthurdale, WV at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, to determine the scope of the evaluation of the proposed action. Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal. Further information on the proposed action or the scoping meeting may be obtained from Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, at the above address or telephone (304) 284–7545). (This activity is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.904—Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention—and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials.) Dated: November 4, 2011. Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist. [FR Doc. 2011–29963 Filed 11–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE–605, Quarterly Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States—Transactions of U.S. Affiliate With Foreign Parent ACTION: Notice. The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 20, 2012. emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:00 Nov 18, 2011 Jkt 226001 Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, or via email at dhynek@doc.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to David H. Galler, Chief, Direct Investment Division (BE–50), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606–9835; fax: (202) 606– 2894; or via email at david.galler@bea.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Quarterly Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States— Transactions of U.S. Affiliate with Foreign Parent (BE–605) is a sample survey that collects data on transactions and positions between foreign-owned U.S. business enterprises and their ‘‘affiliated foreign groups’’ (i.e., their foreign parents and foreign affiliates of their foreign parents). The sample data are used to derive universe estimates in nonbenchmark years from similar data reported in the BE–12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, which is conducted every five years. The data are used in the preparation of the U.S. international transactions, national income and product, and input-output accounts and the net international investment position of the United States. The data are needed to measure the size and economic significance of foreign direct investment in the United States, measure changes in such investment, and assess its impact on the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) proposes the following changes to the survey: (1) The deletion of a checkbox question that asks respondents whether they plan to expand their operation with a new facility (this information is no longer needed); and (2) design improvements to the survey form. II. Method of Collection Form BE–605 is a quarterly report that must be filed within 30 days after the end of each quarter (45 days after the final quarter of the respondent’s fiscal year) by every U.S. business enterprise that is owned 10 percent or more by a foreign investor and that has total assets, sales or gross operating revenues, or net PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71937 income (positive or negative) of over $60 million. As an alternative to filing paper forms, BEA will offer an electronic filing option, its eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE–605. For more information about eFile, go to http:// www.bea.gov/efile. Potential respondents are those U.S. business enterprises that were required to report in the BE–12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States—2007, along with those U.S. business enterprises that subsequently entered the direct investment universe. The data collected are sample data covering transactions and positions between foreign-owned U.S. business enterprises and their affiliated foreign groups. Universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0608–0009. Form Number: BE–605. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Responses: 16,000 annually. Estimated Time per Response: One hour is the average, but may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94–472, 22 U.S.C. 3101–3108, as amended). IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 224 (Monday, November 21, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71936-71937]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29963]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Natural Resources Conservation Service


Upper Deckers Creek Watershed, Preston County, WV

AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 
CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service 
Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an 
environmental impact statement is being prepared for the Upper Deckers 
Creek Watershed, Preston County, West Virginia.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, 
Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200, 
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505. Telephone: (304) 284-7545.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The environmental assessment of this 
federally assisted action indicates that the project may cause 
significant local, regional or national impacts on the environment. As 
a result of these findings, Kevin Wickey, State Conservationist, has 
determined that the preparation and review of an environmental impact 
statement is needed for this project.
    The project concerns the rehabilitation of the Upper Deckers Creek 
Site 1 dam and impoundment to meet current design criteria and 
performance standards. The Site 1 dam, located about 1.5 miles 
northwest of Arthurdale, WV, was constructed in 1969 as a single 
purpose flood control structure. Alternatives under consideration 
include the addition of rural raw water supply as a project purpose and 
increasing the reservoir volume, evaluating other raw water supply 
sources, raising the top of the dam elevation, flattening upstream and 
downstream face of the dam to improve slope stability, installing an 
internal drainage system in the dam, constructing a new auxiliary 
spillway,

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and constructing a new principal spillway riser structure. In addition 
to these structural alternatives, a no-action and a decommissioning 
alternative will be evaluated.
    A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared and 
circulated for review by agencies and the public. The Natural Resources 
Conservation Service invites participation and consultation of agencies 
and individuals that have special expertise, legal jurisdiction, or 
interest in the preparation of the draft environmental impact 
statement. A meeting will be held at the Preston County Public Service 
District No. 1 office located on U Road in Arthurdale, WV at 1 p.m. on 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, to determine the scope of the evaluation 
of the proposed action. Comments received, including the names and 
addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public 
record on this proposal. Further information on the proposed action or 
the scoping meeting may be obtained from Kevin Wickey, State 
Conservationist, at the above address or telephone (304) 284-7545).

(This activity is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance under No. 10.904--Watershed Protection and Flood 
Prevention--and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 
12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and 
local officials.)

    Dated: November 4, 2011.
Kevin Wickey,
State Conservationist.
[FR Doc. 2011-29963 Filed 11-18-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-16-P