Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Sacramento River, CA, 3664-3666 [2012-1440]

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[FR Doc. 2012–1430 Filed 1–24–12; 8:45 am] sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS BILLING CODE 4160–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:18 Jan 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 33 CFR Part 117 please use only one of these four methods. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. [Docket No. USCG–2011–1138] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Sacramento River, CA Coast Guard, DHS. Advance notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is seeking comments and information on how best to address a proposal to change the operating regulation for the Freeport Drawbridge, mile 46.0, over the Sacramento River. The bridge owner has proposed to change the 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., summer time ‘‘on demand’’ bridge opening hours to a new timeframe between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and to extend the annual winter operating schedule to include the month of October, due to a documented decrease in drawbridge openings compared to other nearby bridges. The proposed change is to address the issue of misalignment between drawbridge staffing and actual usage of the drawbridge that currently appears to be resulting in unnecessary staffing of the drawbridge during periods of navigational inactivity. In addressing this issue, the Coast Guard will continue to ensure the reasonable needs of navigation and maritime users are met. We will use your comments to help determine the best means to resolve this issue. DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before March 26, 2012 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2011–1138 using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: (202) 493–2251. (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366–9329. To avoid duplication, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 If you have questions on this notice, call or email David H. Sulouff, Chief, Bridge Section, Eleventh Coast Guard District; telephone (510) 437–3516, email David.H.Sulouff@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to respond to this notice by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (USCG–2011–1138), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online (via http://www.regulations.gov) or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online via www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2011–1138 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all E:\FR\FM\25JAP1.SGM 25JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 16 / Wednesday, January 25, 2012 / Proposed Rules comments and material received during the comment period. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2011–1138 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility. Privacy Act Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one before the comment period ends, using one of the four methods specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid in solving this problem, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. Background Anyone may submit a written request to the District Commander for a permanent change to a drawbridge operating requirement. The request must include documentation supporting or justifying the requested change. If after evaluating the request, the District Commander determines that the requested change is not needed, he or she will respond to the request in writing and provide the reasons for denial of the requested change. If the District Commander decides that a change may be needed, he or she will begin a rulemaking to implement the change. The Freeport, CA Drawbridge, mile 46.0 over the Sacramento River, is owned by the County of Sacramento and maintained by Sacramento and Yolo Counties. Both counties have submitted a request for a permanent change to the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:18 Jan 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 Freeport, CA Drawbridge operating requirements. The existing drawbridge regulation found at 33 CFR 117.189, requires the drawbridges between Isleton, CA and the American River junction (including the Freeport drawbridge), to open on signal from May 1 through October 31 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from November 1 through April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times, the draws shall open on signal if at least four hours notice is given to the drawtender at the Rio Vista bridge across the Sacramento River, mile 12.8. The Counties who maintain and operate the drawbridge have proposed to change the summer time ‘‘on demand’’ bridge opening hours from between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., to between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and to extend the annual winter operating schedule to include the month of October. The bridge owner has provided bridge operating statistics that show significantly fewer drawspan operations during 2009–2010 than nearby bridges at Georgiana Slough, Tyler Island and Walnut Grove. The statistical information and a detailed explanation by the bridge owner have been included in the docket and are available for public review and comment. The bridge owner also has indicated a significant amount of outreach has been performed on this proposal to various waterway user organizations including the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, the Recreational Boaters of California, the Capital City Yacht Club, the Sacramento Yacht Club, River View Yacht Club and Hornblower Cruises. The Coast Guard policy regarding the promulgation of drawbridge operation regulations requires that no regulation shall be implemented for the sole purpose of saving the bridge owner the cost to operate a bridge, nor to save wear and tear mechanically on a bridge. It is the bridge owner’s statutory and regulatory responsibility to provide the necessary drawbridge tenders for the safe and prompt opening of a bridge and to maintain drawbridges in good operating condition. The Freeport Drawbridge provides 29 feet of vertical clearance for vessels above Mean High Water in the closedto-navigation position and unlimited vertical clearance when open. The Sacramento River is navigable from its confluence with Suisun Bay to mile 245.0 at Red Bluff, CA. A regulation change to 33 CFR 117.189 may look like the following: (a) The draws of each bridge from Isleton to the American River junction except for the Sacramento County highway bridge across the Sacramento PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 3665 River, mile 46.0 at Freeport, shall open on signal from May 1 through October 31 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from November 1 through April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times, the draws shall open on signal if at least four hours notice is given to the drawtender at the Rio Vista bridge across the Sacramento River, mile 12.8. (b) The draw of the Sacramento County highway bridge, mile 46.0 at Freeport, shall open on signal from May 1 through September 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times, the draw shall open on signal if at least four hours notice is given to the drawtender at the Rio Vista Bridge across the Sacramento River, mile 12.8. Information Requested To aid us in evaluating this proposed rule, we seek response from all waterway users who navigate in this area and may be affected by the proposed change to the existing operating schedule of the Freeport Drawbridge crossing the Sacramento River (found at 33 CFR 117.189): Based on the last analysis of this waterway the Coast Guard determined in 1986 that the existing regulation met the reasonable needs of waterway traffic while still meeting the needs of land traffic. However, that analysis is over twenty years old, thus, we need current information from waterway users. In particular we would like to receive comments addressing the following questions: (1) Would the proposal to reduce the summertime ‘‘on demand’’ operating hours and to include the month of October in the annual winter operating regulation, result in any negative impact to recreational, commercial or other navigational operation on the waterway? (2) Would the proposal to reduce the summertime ‘‘on demand’’ operating hours and to include the month of October in the annual winter operating regulation, add or subtract transit time through this bridge or on the waterway? (3) Would the proposal to reduce the summertime ‘‘on demand’’ operating hours and to include the month of October in the annual winter operating regulation, result in a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as described in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612)? 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2011-1138]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Sacramento River, CA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is seeking comments and information on how 
best to address a proposal to change the operating regulation for the 
Freeport Drawbridge, mile 46.0, over the Sacramento River. The bridge 
owner has proposed to change the 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., summer time ``on 
demand'' bridge opening hours to a new timeframe between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m.; and to extend the annual winter operating schedule to include the 
month of October, due to a documented decrease in drawbridge openings 
compared to other nearby bridges. The proposed change is to address the 
issue of misalignment between drawbridge staffing and actual usage of 
the drawbridge that currently appears to be resulting in unnecessary 
staffing of the drawbridge during periods of navigational inactivity. 
In addressing this issue, the Coast Guard will continue to ensure the 
reasonable needs of navigation and maritime users are met. We will use 
your comments to help determine the best means to resolve this issue.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our 
online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before March 26, 
2012 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2011-1138 using any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone 
number is (202) 366-9329. To avoid duplication, please use only one of 
these four methods. See the ``Public Participation and Request for 
Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for 
instructions on submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, 
call or email David H. Sulouff, Chief, Bridge Section, Eleventh Coast 
Guard District; telephone (510) 437-3516, email 
David.H.Sulouff@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or 
submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to respond to this notice by submitting comments 
and related materials. All comments received will be posted without 
change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal 
information you have provided.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (USCG-2011-1138), indicate the specific section of this document 
to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion 
or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online 
(via http://www.regulations.gov) or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but 
please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online via 
www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard 
when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, 
or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by 
the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. 
We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email 
address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we 
can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
inserting USCG-2011-1138 in the ``Keyword'' box, and then clicking 
``Search.'' If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, 
submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, 
suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by 
mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please 
enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will 
consider all

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comments and material received during the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
inserting USCG-2011-1138 in the ``Keyword'' box, and then clicking 
``Search.'' You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room 
W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We 
have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the 
Docket Management Facility.

Privacy Act

    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice 
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the 
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one before the comment period ends, using one of the four 
methods specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe a 
public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid 
in solving this problem, we will hold one at a time and place announced 
by a later notice in the Federal Register.

Background

    Anyone may submit a written request to the District Commander for a 
permanent change to a drawbridge operating requirement. The request 
must include documentation supporting or justifying the requested 
change. If after evaluating the request, the District Commander 
determines that the requested change is not needed, he or she will 
respond to the request in writing and provide the reasons for denial of 
the requested change. If the District Commander decides that a change 
may be needed, he or she will begin a rulemaking to implement the 
change.
    The Freeport, CA Drawbridge, mile 46.0 over the Sacramento River, 
is owned by the County of Sacramento and maintained by Sacramento and 
Yolo Counties. Both counties have submitted a request for a permanent 
change to the Freeport, CA Drawbridge operating requirements. The 
existing drawbridge regulation found at 33 CFR 117.189, requires the 
drawbridges between Isleton, CA and the American River junction 
(including the Freeport drawbridge), to open on signal from May 1 
through October 31 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from November 1 through 
April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times, the draws shall open 
on signal if at least four hours notice is given to the drawtender at 
the Rio Vista bridge across the Sacramento River, mile 12.8.
    The Counties who maintain and operate the drawbridge have proposed 
to change the summer time ``on demand'' bridge opening hours from 
between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., to between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and to extend 
the annual winter operating schedule to include the month of October.
    The bridge owner has provided bridge operating statistics that show 
significantly fewer drawspan operations during 2009-2010 than nearby 
bridges at Georgiana Slough, Tyler Island and Walnut Grove. The 
statistical information and a detailed explanation by the bridge owner 
have been included in the docket and are available for public review 
and comment. The bridge owner also has indicated a significant amount 
of outreach has been performed on this proposal to various waterway 
user organizations including the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, 
the Recreational Boaters of California, the Capital City Yacht Club, 
the Sacramento Yacht Club, River View Yacht Club and Hornblower 
Cruises.
    The Coast Guard policy regarding the promulgation of drawbridge 
operation regulations requires that no regulation shall be implemented 
for the sole purpose of saving the bridge owner the cost to operate a 
bridge, nor to save wear and tear mechanically on a bridge. It is the 
bridge owner's statutory and regulatory responsibility to provide the 
necessary drawbridge tenders for the safe and prompt opening of a 
bridge and to maintain drawbridges in good operating condition.
    The Freeport Drawbridge provides 29 feet of vertical clearance for 
vessels above Mean High Water in the closed-to-navigation position and 
unlimited vertical clearance when open. The Sacramento River is 
navigable from its confluence with Suisun Bay to mile 245.0 at Red 
Bluff, CA.
    A regulation change to 33 CFR 117.189 may look like the following:
    (a) The draws of each bridge from Isleton to the American River 
junction except for the Sacramento County highway bridge across the 
Sacramento River, mile 46.0 at Freeport, shall open on signal from May 
1 through October 31 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from November 1 through 
April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times, the draws shall open 
on signal if at least four hours notice is given to the drawtender at 
the Rio Vista bridge across the Sacramento River, mile 12.8.
    (b) The draw of the Sacramento County highway bridge, mile 46.0 at 
Freeport, shall open on signal from May 1 through September 30 from 9 
a.m. to 5 p.m. At all other times, the draw shall open on signal if at 
least four hours notice is given to the drawtender at the Rio Vista 
Bridge across the Sacramento River, mile 12.8.

Information Requested

    To aid us in evaluating this proposed rule, we seek response from 
all waterway users who navigate in this area and may be affected by the 
proposed change to the existing operating schedule of the Freeport 
Drawbridge crossing the Sacramento River (found at 33 CFR 117.189): 
Based on the last analysis of this waterway the Coast Guard determined 
in 1986 that the existing regulation met the reasonable needs of 
waterway traffic while still meeting the needs of land traffic. 
However, that analysis is over twenty years old, thus, we need current 
information from waterway users. In particular we would like to receive 
comments addressing the following questions:
    (1) Would the proposal to reduce the summertime ``on demand'' 
operating hours and to include the month of October in the annual 
winter operating regulation, result in any negative impact to 
recreational, commercial or other navigational operation on the 
waterway?
    (2) Would the proposal to reduce the summertime ``on demand'' 
operating hours and to include the month of October in the annual 
winter operating regulation, add or subtract transit time through this 
bridge or on the waterway?
    (3) Would the proposal to reduce the summertime ``on demand'' 
operating hours and to include the month of October in the annual 
winter operating regulation, result in a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities as described in the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612)? The term ``small entities'' 
comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are 
independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, 
and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.

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This document is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 33 CFR 
1.05-1, and 1.05-30.

    Dated: January 3, 2012.
J.R. Castillo,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard 
District.
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