Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects, 63850-63856 [2012-25477]

Download as PDF 63850 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices this Notice, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, insert USCG– 2011–0855 in the Keyword ID box, press Enter, and then click on the item you are interested in viewing. A public comment period will be held during the meeting on November 8, 2012, and speakers are requested to limit their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments. Contact one of the individuals listed below to register as a speaker. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Rob Smith, Designated Federal Officer of NOSAC, Commandant (CG–OES–2), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593–0001; telephone (202) 372–1410, fax (202) 372–1926, or Mr. Scott Hartley, Alternate Designated Federal Officer of NOSAC, Commandant (CG–OES–2), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593–0001; telephone (202) 372–1437, fax (202) 372–1926. 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: Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters and actions concerning activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources insofar as they relate to matters within U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agenda Day 1 NOSAC’s two subcommittees will meet on November 7, 2012, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., to discuss its ongoing work. Times for these meetings are as follows: (1) Standards for Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operating Personnel (1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and (2) Review of the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Incident Reports stemming from the Deepwater Horizon casualty event (3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Day 2 The NOSAC will meet on November 8, 2012, to review and discuss reports and recommendations received from the two subcommittees from their deliberations on November 7. The Committee will use this information and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 consider public comments in formulating final recommendations to the agency. Public comments or questions will be taken at the discretion of the DFO during the discussion and recommendations portion of the meeting as well as during the public comment period, see Agenda item (13). A complete agenda for November 8th is as follows: (1) Committee Administration; (2) Welcoming comments from USCG; (3) Presentation and discussion of Reports and Recommendations from the subcommittees and subsequent actions on: (a) Standards for DP Operating Personnel; and (b) Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Incident Reports. 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The committee will also receive tasking from CDR Rob Smith, Designated Federal Officer, on one proposed task statement: Standards for Accommodation Service Vessels. The committee will make recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard concerning this task. Dated: October 11, 2012. F.J. Sturm, Acting Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. [FR Doc. 2012–25569 Filed 10–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed rate adjustments. AGENCY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns or has an interest in irrigation projects located on or associated with various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish irrigation assessment rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate these projects. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments. DATES: Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rate adjustments on or before December 17, 2012. ADDRESSES: All comments on the proposed rate adjustments must be in writing and addressed to: Yulan Jin, Acting Chief, Division of Water and Power, Office of Trust Services, Mail Stop 4637–MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 219–0941. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular irrigation project, please use the tables in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section to contact the regional or local office where the project is located. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The first table in this notice provides contact information for individuals who can give further information about the irrigation projects covered by this SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES notice. The second table provides the current 2012 irrigation assessment rates, the proposed rates for the 2013 irrigation season, and proposed rates for subsequent years where these are available. What is the meaning of the key terms used in this notice? In this notice: Administrative costs mean all costs we incur to administer our irrigation projects at the local project level and is a cost factor included in calculating your operation and maintenance assessment. Costs incurred at the local project level do not normally include Agency, Region, or Central Office costs unless we state otherwise in writing. Assessable acre means lands designated by us to be served by one of our irrigation projects, for which we collect assessments in order to recover costs for the provision of irrigation service. (See total assessable acres.) BIA means the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Bill means our statement to you of the assessment charges and/or fees you owe the United States for administration, operation, maintenance, and/or rehabilitation. The date we mail or hand-deliver your bill will be stated on it. Costs means the costs we incur for administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation to provide direct support or benefit to an irrigation facility. (See administrative costs, operation costs, maintenance costs, and rehabilitation costs). Customer means any person or entity to which we provide irrigation service. Due date is the date on which your bill is due and payable. This date will be stated on your bill. I, me, my, you and your means all persons or entities that are affected by this notice. Irrigation project means a facility or portion thereof for the delivery, diversion, and storage of irrigation water that we own or have an interest in, including all appurtenant works. The term ‘‘irrigation project’’ is used interchangeably with irrigation facility, irrigation system, and irrigation area. Irrigation service means the full range of services we provide customers of our irrigation projects. This includes our activities to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate our projects in order to deliver water. Maintenance costs means costs we incur to maintain and repair our irrigation projects and associated equipment and is a cost factor included in calculating your operation and maintenance assessment. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 Operation and maintenance (O&M) assessment means the periodic charge you must pay us to reimburse costs of administering, operating, maintaining, and rehabilitating irrigation projects consistent with this notice and our supporting policies, manuals, and handbooks. Operation or operating costs means costs we incur to operate our irrigation projects and equipment and is a cost factor included in calculating your O&M assessment. Past due bill means a bill that has not been paid by the close of business on the 30th day after the due date as stated on the bill. Beginning on the 31st day after the due date, we begin assessing additional charges accruing from the due date. Rehabilitation costs means costs we incur to restore our irrigation projects or features to original operating condition or to the nearest state which can be achieved using current technology and is a cost factor included in calculating your O&M assessment. Responsible party means an individual or entity that owns or leases land within the assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects and is responsible for providing accurate information to our billing office and paying a bill for an annual irrigation rate assessment. Total assessable acres means the total acres served by one of our irrigation projects. Water delivery is an activity that is part of the irrigation service we provide our customers when water is available. We, us, and our means the United States Government, the Secretary of the Interior, the BIA, and all who are authorized to represent us in matters covered under this notice. Does this notice affect me? This notice affects you if you own or lease land within the assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects or if you have a carriage agreement with one of our irrigation projects. Where can I get information on the regulatory and legal citations in this notice? You can contact the appropriate office(s) stated in the tables for the irrigation project that serves you, or you can use the Internet site for the Government Printing Office at http:// www.gpo.gov. Why are you publishing this notice? We are publishing this notice to notify you that we propose to adjust our irrigation assessment rates. This notice is published in accordance with the PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63851 BIA’s regulations governing its operation and maintenance of irrigation projects, found at 25 CFR part 171. This regulation provides for the establishment and publication of the rates for annual irrigation assessments as well as related information about our irrigation projects. What authorizes you to issue this notice? Our authority to issue this notice is vested in the Secretary of the Interior by 5 U.S.C. 301 and the Act of August 14, 1914 (38 Stat. 583; 25 U.S.C. 385). The Secretary has in turn delegated this authority to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs under Part 209, Chapter 8.1A, of the Department of the Interior’s Departmental Manual. When will you put the rate adjustments into effect? We will put the rate adjustments into effect for the 2013 irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable. How do you calculate irrigation rates? We calculate annual irrigation assessment rates in accordance with 25 CFR 171.500 by estimating the annual costs of operation and maintenance at each of our irrigation projects and then dividing by the total assessable acres for that particular irrigation project. The result of this calculation for each project is stated in the rate table in this notice. What kinds of expenses do you consider in determining the estimated annual costs of operation and maintenance? Consistent with 25 CFR 171.500, these expenses include the following: (a) Salary and benefits for the project engineer/manager and project employees under the project engineer/ manager’s management or control; (b) Materials and supplies; (c) Vehicle and equipment repairs; (d) Equipment costs, including lease fees; (e) Depreciation; (f) Acquisition costs; (g) Maintenance of a reserve fund available for contingencies or emergency costs needed for the reliable operation of the irrigation facility infrastructure; (h) Maintenance of a vehicle and heavy equipment replacement fund; (i) Systematic rehabilitation and replacement of project facilities; (j) Contingencies for unknown costs and omitted budget items; and (k) Other expenses we determine necessary to properly perform the activities and functions characteristic of an irrigation project. E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 63852 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices When should I pay my irrigation assessment? We will mail or hand-deliver your bill notifying you of: (a) the amount you owe to the United States; and (b) when such amount is due. If we mail your bill, we will consider it as being delivered no later than 5 business days after the day we mail it. You should pay your bill by the due date stated on the bill. What information must I provide for billing purposes? All responsible parties are required to provide the following information to the billing office associated with the irrigation project where you own or lease land within the project’s assessable acreage or to the billing office associated with the irrigation project with which you have a carriage agreement: (1) The full legal name of person or entity responsible for paying the bill; (2) An adequate and correct address for mailing or hand-delivering our bill; and (3) The taxpayer identification number or Social Security number of the person or entity responsible for paying the bill. Why are you collecting my taxpayer identification number or Social Security number? Public Law 104–134, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, requires that we collect the taxpayer identification number or Social Security number before billing a responsible party and as a condition to servicing the account. What happens if I am a responsible party but I fail to furnish the information required to the billing office responsible for the irrigation project within which I own or lease assessable land or for which I have a carriage agreement? If you are late paying your bill because of your failure to furnish the required information listed above, you will be assessed interest and penalties as provided below, and your failure to provide the required information will not provide grounds for you to appeal your bill or any penalties assessed. What can happen if I do not provide the information required for billing purposes? We can refuse to provide you irrigation service. If I allow my bill to become past due, could this affect my water delivery? If we do not receive your payment before the close of business on the 30th day after the due date stated on your bill, we will send you a past due notice. This past due notice will have additional information concerning your rights. We will consider your past due notice as delivered no later than 5 business days after the day we mail it. We have the right to refuse water delivery to any irrigated land for which the bill is past due. We can continue to refuse water delivery until you pay your bill or make payment arrangements to which we agree. We follow the procedures provided in 31 CFR 901.2, ‘‘Demand for Payment,’’ when demanding payment of your past due bill. Are there any additional charges if I am late paying my bill? Yes. We will assess you interest on the amount owed, using the rate of interest established annually by the Secretary of the United States Treasury (Treasury) to calculate what you will be assessed (31 CFR 901.9(b)). You will not be assessed this charge until your bill is past due. However, if you allow your bill to become past due, interest will accrue from the original due date, not the past due date. Also, you will be charged an administrative fee of $12.50 for each time we try to collect your past due bill. If your bill becomes more than 90 days past due, you will be assessed a penalty charge of six percent (6%) per year, which will accrue from the date your bill initially became past due. As a Federal agency, we are required to charge interest, penalties, and administrative costs on debts owed to us pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3717 and 31 CFR 901.9, ‘‘Interest, penalties, and administrative costs.’’ What else will happen to my past due bill? If you do not pay your bill or make payment arrangements to which we agree, we are required to send your past due bill to the Treasury for further action. Under the provisions of 31 CFR 901.1, ‘‘Aggressive agency collection activity,’’ we must send any unpaid annual irrigation assessment bill to Treasury no later than 180 days after the original due date of the bill. Who can I contact for further information? The following tables are the regional and project/agency contacts for our irrigation facilities. Northwest Region Contacts Stanley Speaks, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest Regional Office, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232–4169, Telephone: (503) 231–6702. Project Name Project/Agency Contacts Fort Hall Irrigation Project ................................... Dean Fox, Superintendent, Fort Hall Agency, P.O. Box 220, Fort Hall, ID 83203–0220, Telephone: (208) 238–2301. Edwin Lewis, Project Administrator, Wapato Irrigation Project, P.O. Box 220, Wapato, WA 98951–0220, Telephone: (509) 877–3155. Wapato Irrigation Project .................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Rocky Mountain Region Contacts Ed Parisian, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana 59101, Telephone: (406) 247–7943. Project Name Agency/Project Contacts Blackfeet Irrigation Project .................................. Stephen Pollock, Superintendent, Greg Tatsey, Irrigation Project Manager, Box 880, Browning, MT 59417, Telephones: (406) 338–7544, Superintendent; (406) 338–7519, Irrigation Project Manager. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 63853 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices Crow Irrigation Project ........................................ Fort Belknap Irrigation Project ............................ Fort Peck Irrigation Project ................................. Wind River Irrigation Project ............................... Vianna Stewart, Superintendent, Kyle Varvel, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 69, Crow Agency, MT 59022, Telephones: (406) 638–2672, Superintendent; (406) 638–2863, Irrigation Project Manager. Cliff Hall, Superintendent, Vacant, Irrigation Project Manager (Project operations & management contracted to Tribes), R.R.1, Box 980, Harlem, MT 59526, Telephones: (406) 353– 2901, Superintendent; (406) 353–8454, Irrigation Project Manager (Tribal Office). Rhonda Knudsen, Superintendent, P.O. Box 637, Poplar, MT 59255, Huber Wright, Acting Irrigation Project Manager, 602 6th Avenue North, Wolf Point, MT 59201, Telephones: (406) 768–5312, Superintendent; (406) 653–1752, Irrigation Project Manager. Ed Lone Fight, Superintendent, Brent Allen, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 158, Fort Washakie, WY 82514, Telephones: (307) 332–7810, Superintendent; (307) 332–2596, Irrigation Project Manager. Southwest Region Contacts William T. Walker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, Telephone: (505) 563–3100. Project Name Project/Agency Contacts Pine River Irrigation Project ................................ John Waconda, Superintendent, Vacant, Irrigation Systems Operator, Irrigation Engineer. P.O. Box 315, Ignacio, CO 81137–0315, Telephones: (970) 563–4511, Superintendent; (970) 563–9484, Irrigation Engineer. Western Region Contacts Bryan Bowker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Regional Office, 2600 N. Central Ave., 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, Telephone: (602) 379–6600. Project Name Project/Agency Contacts Colorado River Irrigation Project ........................ MarDon Glory, Acting Superintendent, Gary Colvin, Acting Irrigation Project Manager, 12124 1st Avenue, Parker, AZ 85344, Telephone: (928) 669–7111. Joseph McDade, Superintendent, 2719 Argent Avenue, Suite 4, Gateway Plaza, Elko, NV 89801, Telephone: (775) 738–0569. Irene Herder, Superintendent, 256 South Second Avenue, Suite D, Yuma, AZ 85364, Telephone: (928) 782–1202. Ferris Begay, Acting Project Manager, Clarence Begay, Irrigation Manager, P.O. Box 250, Coolidge, AZ 85128, Telephone: (520) 723–6203. Cecilia Martinez, Superintendent, Joe Revak, Supervisory General Engineer, Pima Agency, Land Operations, P.O. Box 8, Sacaton, AZ 85147, Telephone: (520) 562–3326, Telephone: (520) 562–3372. Johanna Blackhair, Superintendent, Dale Thomas, Irrigation Manager, P.O. Box 130, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026, Telephone: (435) 722–4300, Telephone: (435) 722–4344. Athena Brown, Superintendent, 311 E. Washington Street, Carson City, NV 89701, Telephone: (775) 887–3500. Duck Valley Irrigation Project ............................. Fort Yuma Irrigation Project ............................... San Carlos Irrigation Project Joint Works .......... San Carlos Irrigation Project Indian Works ........ Uintah Irrigation Project ...................................... Walker River Irrigation Project ............................ What irrigation assessments or charges are proposed for adjustment by this notice? The rate table below contains the current rates for all irrigation projects where we recover costs of administering, operating, maintaining, and rehabilitating them. The table also contains the proposed rates for the 2013 season and subsequent years where Project name applicable. An asterisk immediately following the name of the project notes the irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment. Final 2012 rate Rate category Proposed 2013 rate Northwest Region Rate Table Basic-per acre ..................................... Minimum Charge per tract .................. $45.50 32.50 $47.00 32.50 Fort Hall Irrigation Project—Minor Units * .......................................................... Basic-per acre ..................................... Minimum Charge per tract .................. 23.50 32.50 24.00 32.50 Fort Hall Irrigation Project—Michaud * .............................................................. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Fort Hall Irrigation Project * ................................................................................ Basic-per acre ..................................... Pressure per acre ................................ Minimum Charge per tract .................. 45.00 62.00 32.50 47.50 65.50 32.50 Wapato Irrigation Project—Toppenish/Simcoe Units * ...................................... Minimum Charge for per bill ................ Basic-per acre ..................................... 20.00 20.00 21.00 21.00 Wapato Irrigation Project—Ahtanum Units * ...................................................... Minimum Charge per bill ..................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 20.00 20.00 24.00 24.00 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 63854 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices Final 2012 rate Proposed 2013 rate Project name Rate category Wapato Irrigation Project—Satus Unit * ............................................................. Minimum Charge for per bill ................ ‘‘A’’ Basic-per acre .............................. ‘‘B’’ Basic-per acre .............................. 65.00 65.00 70.00 71.00 71.00 77.00 Wapato Irrigation Project—Additional Works * .................................................. Minimum Charge per bill ..................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 67.00 67.00 71.00 71.00 Wapato Irrigation Project—Water Rental * ........................................................ Minimum Charge ................................. Basic-per acre ..................................... 72.00 72.00 79.00 79.00 Rocky Mountain Region Rate Table Blackfeet Irrigation Project * ............................................................................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 19.00 19.50 Crow Irrigation Project—Willow Creek O&M (includes Agency, Lodge Grass #1, Lodge Grass #2, Reno, Upper Little Horn, and Forty Mile Units) *. Basic-per acre ..................................... 23.30 23.80 Crow Irrigation Project—All Others (includes Bighorn, Soap Creek, and Pryor Units) *. Basic-per acre ..................................... 23.00 23.50 Crow Irrigation Two Leggins Drainage District .................................................. Basic-per acre ..................................... 2.00 2.00 Fort Belknap Irrigation Project * ......................................................................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 14.75 15.00 Fort Peck Irrigation Project * .............................................................................. Basic-per acre ..................................... 24.70 25.00 Wind River Irrigation Project—Units 2, 3 and 4 * .............................................. Basic-per acre ..................................... 20.00 21.00 Wind River Irrigation Project—LeClair District * (see Note #1) ......................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 20.00 30.84 Wind River Irrigation Project—Crow Heart Unit* ............................................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 14.00 14.00 Wind River Irrigation Project—A Canal Unit * ................................................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 14.00 14.00 Wind River Irrigation Project—Riverton Valley Irrigation District ...................... Basic-per acre ..................................... 16.00 16.00 50.00 15.00 50.00 15.00 Southwest Region Rate Table Pine River Irrigation Project ............................................................................... Project name Minimum Charge per tract .................. Basic-per acre ..................................... Final 2012 rate Rate category Proposed 2013 rate Proposed 2014 rate $54.00 $54.00 To be determined. 17.00 17.00 5.30 TBD Western Region Rate Table Colorado River Irrigation Project ......................................... Basic-per acre up to 5.75 acre-feet. Excess Water per acre-foot over 5.75 acre-feet. Duck Valley Irrigation Project .............................................. Basic-per acre ...................... Fort Yuma Irrigation Project (See Note #2) ........................ Basic-per acre up to 5.0 acre-feet. 86.00 TBD Excess Water per acre-foot over 5.0 acre-feet. 14.00 TBD Basic-per acre up to 5.0 acre-feet (Ranch 5). 86.00 TBD Basic-per acre ...................... 30.00 $30.00 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES San Carlos Irrigation Project (Joint Works) (See Note #3) $30.00 Proposed 2012—2013 Construction Water Rate Schedule: Off Project Construction Administrative Fee ............... VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On Project Construction— Gravity Water On Project Construction— Pump Water $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices 63855 Final 2012 rate Proposed 2013 rate Proposed 2014 rate Usage Fee ........................... $250.00 per month No Fee $100.00 per acre-foot Excess Water Rate † ........... $5 per 1000 gal No charge No charge Project name Rate category † The excess water rate applies to all water used in excess of 50,000 gallons in any one month. San Carlos Irrigation Project (Indian Works) * (See Note #4). Basic-per acre ...................... $73.00 $81.00 Uintah Irrigation Project ...................................................... Basic-per acre ...................... 16.00 16.00 Minimum Bill ......................... 25.00 25.00 Indian per acre ..................... 25.00 28.00 Non-Indian per acre ............. 25.00 28.00 Walker River Irrigation Project * .......................................... To be determined. * Notes irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment. NOTE #1—The O&M rate varies yearly based upon the budget submitted by the LeClair District. NOTE #2—The O&M rate for the Fort Yuma Irrigation Project has two components. The first component is the O&M rate established by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the owner and operator of the Project. The BOR rate for 2013 is yet to be determined. The second component is for the O&M rate established by BIA to cover administrative costs including billing and collections for the Project. The 2013 BIA rate also is yet to be determined. NOTE #3—The 2013 rate was established by final notice in the Federal Register on February 23, 2012 (Vol. 77 No. 36, page 10767). In addition, a Construction Water Rate Schedule for the San Carlos Irrigation Project—Joint Works is now formally established. The rate schedule establishes the fees assessed for use of irrigation water for non-irrigation purposes. NOTE #4—The 2013 O&M rate for the San Carlos Irrigation Project—Indian Works has three components. The first component is the O&M rate established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project—Indian Works, the owner and operator of the Project; this rate is proposed to be $43 per acre. The second component is for the O&M rate established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project—Joint Works and is determined to be $30.00 per acre. The third component is the O&M rate established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project Joint Control Board and is proposed to be $8 per acre. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consultation and Coordination With Tribal Governments (Executive Order 13175) To fulfill its consultation responsibility to tribes and tribal organizations, BIA communicates, coordinates, and consults on a continuing basis with these entities on issues of water delivery, water availability, and costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of projects that concern them. This is accomplished at the individual irrigation project by Project, Agency, and Regional representatives, as appropriate, in accordance with local protocol and procedures. This notice is one component of our overall coordination and consultation process to provide notice to, and request comments from, these entities when we adjust irrigation assessment rates. irrigation projects, except for the Fort Yuma Irrigation Project. The Fort Yuma Irrigation Project is owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation with a portion serving the Fort Yuma Reservation. Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use (Executive Order 13211) The rate adjustments will have no adverse effects on energy supply, distribution, or use (including a shortfall in supply, price increases, and increase use of foreign supplies) should the proposed rate adjustments be implemented. This is a notice for rate adjustments at BIA-owned and operated Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866) These rate adjustments are not a significant regulatory action and do not need to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act These rate adjustments are not a rule for the purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because they establish ‘‘a rule of particular applicability relating to rates.’’ 5 U.S.C. 601(2). These rate adjustments do not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or tribal governments in the aggregate, or on the private sector, of more than $130 million per year. The rule does not have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, the Department is not required to prepare a statement containing the information PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Takings (Executive Order 12630) The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not have significant ‘‘takings’’ implications. The rate adjustments do not deprive the public, state, or local governments of rights or property. Federalism (Executive Order 13132) The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not have significant Federalism effects because they will not affect the States, the relationship between the national government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among various levels of government. Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988) In issuing this rule, the Department has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct, as required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 These rate adjustments do not affect the collections of information which have been approved by the Office of E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 63856 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / Notices Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The OMB Control Number is 1076–0141 and expires December 31, 2012. National Environmental Policy Act The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and that no detailed statement is required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370(d)). Information Quality Act In developing this notice, we did not conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106– 554). Dated: October 11, 2012. Michael R. Smith, Acting Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–25477 Filed 10–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLES956000–L19100000–BK0000– LRCMM0E04162] Eastern States: Filing of Plats of Survey AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of Filing of Plat of Survey; Alabama, Louisiana. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 18:49 Oct 16, 2012 Jkt 229001 The plat of survey represents the remonumentation of the corner of Sections 22, 23, 26, and 27, of the Huntsville Meridian, in the State of Alabama, and was accepted July 29, 2012. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This survey was requested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region. Louisiana Meridian, Louisiana T 5 N., R 1 W. The plat of survey represents the survey of a parcel of land held in trust for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians within Lot 6, Pine Heights Subdivision in Section 9, of the Louisiana Meridian, in the State of Louisiana, and was accepted September 17, 2012. We will place copies of the plats we described in the open files. They will be available to the public as a matter of information. If BLM receives a protest against these surveys, as shown on the plats, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file the plats until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions on appeals. Dated: October 5, 2012. Dominica Van Koten, Chief Cadastral Surveyor. BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM-Eastern States office in Springfield, Virginia, 30 calendar days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153. Attn: Cadastral Survey. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This survey was requested by the Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, Branch of Cadastral Survey. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Huntsville Meridian, Alabama T. 18 S., R 7 E. [FR Doc. 2012–25573 Filed 10–16–12; 8:45 am] ACTION: SUMMARY: The lands surveyed are: and right-of-way permits to PPL Electric Utilities Corporation and the Public Service Electric and Gas Company (applicant) for the Susquehanna to Roseland 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to pass through the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River. The ROD is based on the Susquehanna to Roseland 500-kV Transmission Line Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) which was released for a 30-day no action period beginning on September 1, 2012 and ending September 30, 2012. The ROD describes the selected alternative; other alternatives considered; the basis for the decision to grant the permit requested by the applicant; and mitigation measures. The ROD is not the final agency action for those elements of the decision that require the issuance of a permit or additional ROW. Final agency action to implement the decision will occur when a permit and ROWs incorporating these terms are completed and issued to the applicant. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ROD is provided below. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Record of Decision Susquehanna to Roseland 500-kV Transmission Line Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement National Park Service Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, Pennsylvania and New Jersey [NPS–NER–HPPC–11442; 4320–pplb–318] Introduction DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Susquehanna to Roseland 500Kilovolt Transmission Line, Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River National Park Service, Interior. Notice of Availability. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and its implementing regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), the Northeast Regional Director, National Park Service (NPS), signed a Record of Decision (ROD) on October 1, 2012, granting construction SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), has prepared this Record of Decision (ROD) for the Susquehanna to Roseland 500kV Transmission Line Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Appalachian National Scenic Trail (APPA), Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA), and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River (MDSR) in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 201 (Wednesday, October 17, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63850-63856]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25477]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rate adjustments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns or has an interest in 
irrigation projects located on or associated with various Indian 
reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish 
irrigation assessment rates to recover the costs to administer, 
operate, maintain, and rehabilitate these projects. We request your 
comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

DATES: Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rate 
adjustments on or before December 17, 2012.

ADDRESSES: All comments on the proposed rate adjustments must be in 
writing and addressed to: Yulan Jin, Acting Chief, Division of Water 
and Power, Office of Trust Services, Mail Stop 4637-MIB, 1849 C Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 219-0941.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular 
irrigation project, please use the tables in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section to contact the regional or local office where the project is 
located.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The first table in this notice provides 
contact information for individuals who can give further information 
about the irrigation projects covered by this

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notice. The second table provides the current 2012 irrigation 
assessment rates, the proposed rates for the 2013 irrigation season, 
and proposed rates for subsequent years where these are available.

What is the meaning of the key terms used in this notice?

    In this notice:
    Administrative costs mean all costs we incur to administer our 
irrigation projects at the local project level and is a cost factor 
included in calculating your operation and maintenance assessment. 
Costs incurred at the local project level do not normally include 
Agency, Region, or Central Office costs unless we state otherwise in 
writing.
    Assessable acre means lands designated by us to be served by one of 
our irrigation projects, for which we collect assessments in order to 
recover costs for the provision of irrigation service. (See total 
assessable acres.)
    BIA means the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    Bill means our statement to you of the assessment charges and/or 
fees you owe the United States for administration, operation, 
maintenance, and/or rehabilitation. The date we mail or hand-deliver 
your bill will be stated on it.
    Costs means the costs we incur for administration, operation, 
maintenance, and rehabilitation to provide direct support or benefit to 
an irrigation facility. (See administrative costs, operation costs, 
maintenance costs, and rehabilitation costs).
    Customer means any person or entity to which we provide irrigation 
service.
    Due date is the date on which your bill is due and payable. This 
date will be stated on your bill.
    I, me, my, you and your means all persons or entities that are 
affected by this notice.
    Irrigation project means a facility or portion thereof for the 
delivery, diversion, and storage of irrigation water that we own or 
have an interest in, including all appurtenant works. The term 
``irrigation project'' is used interchangeably with irrigation 
facility, irrigation system, and irrigation area.
    Irrigation service means the full range of services we provide 
customers of our irrigation projects. This includes our activities to 
administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate our projects in order 
to deliver water.
    Maintenance costs means costs we incur to maintain and repair our 
irrigation projects and associated equipment and is a cost factor 
included in calculating your operation and maintenance assessment.
    Operation and maintenance (O&M) assessment means the periodic 
charge you must pay us to reimburse costs of administering, operating, 
maintaining, and rehabilitating irrigation projects consistent with 
this notice and our supporting policies, manuals, and handbooks.
    Operation or operating costs means costs we incur to operate our 
irrigation projects and equipment and is a cost factor included in 
calculating your O&M assessment.
    Past due bill means a bill that has not been paid by the close of 
business on the 30th day after the due date as stated on the bill. 
Beginning on the 31st day after the due date, we begin assessing 
additional charges accruing from the due date.
    Rehabilitation costs means costs we incur to restore our irrigation 
projects or features to original operating condition or to the nearest 
state which can be achieved using current technology and is a cost 
factor included in calculating your O&M assessment.
    Responsible party means an individual or entity that owns or leases 
land within the assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects 
and is responsible for providing accurate information to our billing 
office and paying a bill for an annual irrigation rate assessment.
    Total assessable acres means the total acres served by one of our 
irrigation projects.
    Water delivery is an activity that is part of the irrigation 
service we provide our customers when water is available.
    We, us, and our means the United States Government, the Secretary 
of the Interior, the BIA, and all who are authorized to represent us in 
matters covered under this notice.

Does this notice affect me?

    This notice affects you if you own or lease land within the 
assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects or if you have a 
carriage agreement with one of our irrigation projects.

Where can I get information on the regulatory and legal citations in 
this notice?

    You can contact the appropriate office(s) stated in the tables for 
the irrigation project that serves you, or you can use the Internet 
site for the Government Printing Office at http://www.gpo.gov.

Why are you publishing this notice?

    We are publishing this notice to notify you that we propose to 
adjust our irrigation assessment rates. This notice is published in 
accordance with the BIA's regulations governing its operation and 
maintenance of irrigation projects, found at 25 CFR part 171. This 
regulation provides for the establishment and publication of the rates 
for annual irrigation assessments as well as related information about 
our irrigation projects.

What authorizes you to issue this notice?

    Our authority to issue this notice is vested in the Secretary of 
the Interior by 5 U.S.C. 301 and the Act of August 14, 1914 (38 Stat. 
583; 25 U.S.C. 385). The Secretary has in turn delegated this authority 
to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs under Part 209, Chapter 
8.1A, of the Department of the Interior's Departmental Manual.

When will you put the rate adjustments into effect?

    We will put the rate adjustments into effect for the 2013 
irrigation season and subsequent years where applicable.

How do you calculate irrigation rates?

    We calculate annual irrigation assessment rates in accordance with 
25 CFR 171.500 by estimating the annual costs of operation and 
maintenance at each of our irrigation projects and then dividing by the 
total assessable acres for that particular irrigation project. The 
result of this calculation for each project is stated in the rate table 
in this notice.

What kinds of expenses do you consider in determining the estimated 
annual costs of operation and maintenance?

    Consistent with 25 CFR 171.500, these expenses include the 
following:
    (a) Salary and benefits for the project engineer/manager and 
project employees under the project engineer/manager's management or 
control;
    (b) Materials and supplies;
    (c) Vehicle and equipment repairs;
    (d) Equipment costs, including lease fees;
    (e) Depreciation;
    (f) Acquisition costs;
    (g) Maintenance of a reserve fund available for contingencies or 
emergency costs needed for the reliable operation of the irrigation 
facility infrastructure;
    (h) Maintenance of a vehicle and heavy equipment replacement fund;
    (i) Systematic rehabilitation and replacement of project 
facilities;
    (j) Contingencies for unknown costs and omitted budget items; and
    (k) Other expenses we determine necessary to properly perform the 
activities and functions characteristic of an irrigation project.

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When should I pay my irrigation assessment?

    We will mail or hand-deliver your bill notifying you of: (a) the 
amount you owe to the United States; and (b) when such amount is due. 
If we mail your bill, we will consider it as being delivered no later 
than 5 business days after the day we mail it. You should pay your bill 
by the due date stated on the bill.

What information must I provide for billing purposes?

    All responsible parties are required to provide the following 
information to the billing office associated with the irrigation 
project where you own or lease land within the project's assessable 
acreage or to the billing office associated with the irrigation project 
with which you have a carriage agreement:
    (1) The full legal name of person or entity responsible for paying 
the bill;
    (2) An adequate and correct address for mailing or hand-delivering 
our bill; and
    (3) The taxpayer identification number or Social Security number of 
the person or entity responsible for paying the bill.

Why are you collecting my taxpayer identification number or Social 
Security number?

    Public Law 104-134, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, 
requires that we collect the taxpayer identification number or Social 
Security number before billing a responsible party and as a condition 
to servicing the account.

What happens if I am a responsible party but I fail to furnish the 
information required to the billing office responsible for the 
irrigation project within which I own or lease assessable land or for 
which I have a carriage agreement?

    If you are late paying your bill because of your failure to furnish 
the required information listed above, you will be assessed interest 
and penalties as provided below, and your failure to provide the 
required information will not provide grounds for you to appeal your 
bill or any penalties assessed.

What can happen if I do not provide the information required for 
billing purposes?

    We can refuse to provide you irrigation service.

If I allow my bill to become past due, could this affect my water 
delivery?

    If we do not receive your payment before the close of business on 
the 30th day after the due date stated on your bill, we will send you a 
past due notice. This past due notice will have additional information 
concerning your rights. We will consider your past due notice as 
delivered no later than 5 business days after the day we mail it. We 
have the right to refuse water delivery to any irrigated land for which 
the bill is past due. We can continue to refuse water delivery until 
you pay your bill or make payment arrangements to which we agree. We 
follow the procedures provided in 31 CFR 901.2, ``Demand for Payment,'' 
when demanding payment of your past due bill.

Are there any additional charges if I am late paying my bill?

    Yes. We will assess you interest on the amount owed, using the rate 
of interest established annually by the Secretary of the United States 
Treasury (Treasury) to calculate what you will be assessed (31 CFR 
901.9(b)). You will not be assessed this charge until your bill is past 
due. However, if you allow your bill to become past due, interest will 
accrue from the original due date, not the past due date. Also, you 
will be charged an administrative fee of $12.50 for each time we try to 
collect your past due bill. If your bill becomes more than 90 days past 
due, you will be assessed a penalty charge of six percent (6%) per 
year, which will accrue from the date your bill initially became past 
due. As a Federal agency, we are required to charge interest, 
penalties, and administrative costs on debts owed to us pursuant to 31 
U.S.C. 3717 and 31 CFR 901.9, ``Interest, penalties, and administrative 
costs.''

What else will happen to my past due bill?

    If you do not pay your bill or make payment arrangements to which 
we agree, we are required to send your past due bill to the Treasury 
for further action. Under the provisions of 31 CFR 901.1, ``Aggressive 
agency collection activity,'' we must send any unpaid annual irrigation 
assessment bill to Treasury no later than 180 days after the original 
due date of the bill.

Who can I contact for further information?

    The following tables are the regional and project/agency contacts 
for our irrigation facilities.

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                        Northwest Region Contacts
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 Stanley Speaks, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest
   Regional Office, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232-4169,
                       Telephone: (503) 231-6702.
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         Project Name                   Project/Agency Contacts
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Fort Hall Irrigation Project.  Dean Fox, Superintendent, Fort Hall
                                Agency, P.O. Box 220, Fort Hall, ID
                                83203-0220, Telephone: (208) 238-2301.
Wapato Irrigation Project....  Edwin Lewis, Project Administrator,
                                Wapato Irrigation Project, P.O. Box 220,
                                Wapato, WA 98951-0220, Telephone: (509)
                                877-3155.
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                     Rocky Mountain Region Contacts
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Ed Parisian, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain
    Regional Office, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana 59101,
                       Telephone: (406) 247-7943.
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         Project Name                   Agency/Project Contacts
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Blackfeet Irrigation Project.  Stephen Pollock, Superintendent, Greg
                                Tatsey, Irrigation Project Manager, Box
                                880, Browning, MT 59417, Telephones:
                                (406) 338-7544, Superintendent; (406)
                                338-7519, Irrigation Project Manager.

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Crow Irrigation Project......  Vianna Stewart, Superintendent, Kyle
                                Varvel, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O.
                                Box 69, Crow Agency, MT 59022,
                                Telephones: (406) 638-2672,
                                Superintendent; (406) 638-2863,
                                Irrigation Project Manager.
Fort Belknap Irrigation        Cliff Hall, Superintendent, Vacant,
 Project.                       Irrigation Project Manager (Project
                                operations & management contracted to
                                Tribes), R.R.1, Box 980, Harlem, MT
                                59526, Telephones: (406) 353-2901,
                                Superintendent; (406) 353-8454,
                                Irrigation Project Manager (Tribal
                                Office).
Fort Peck Irrigation Project.  Rhonda Knudsen, Superintendent, P.O. Box
                                637, Poplar, MT 59255, Huber Wright,
                                Acting Irrigation Project Manager, 602
                                6th Avenue North, Wolf Point, MT 59201,
                                Telephones: (406) 768-5312,
                                Superintendent; (406) 653-1752,
                                Irrigation Project Manager.
Wind River Irrigation Project  Ed Lone Fight, Superintendent, Brent
                                Allen, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O.
                                Box 158, Fort Washakie, WY 82514,
                                Telephones: (307) 332-7810,
                                Superintendent; (307) 332-2596,
                                Irrigation Project Manager.
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                        Southwest Region Contacts
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     William T. Walker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
  Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road, Albuquerque, New
                Mexico 87104, Telephone: (505) 563-3100.
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         Project Name                   Project/Agency Contacts
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Pine River Irrigation Project  John Waconda, Superintendent, Vacant,
                                Irrigation Systems Operator, Irrigation
                                Engineer. P.O. Box 315, Ignacio, CO
                                81137-0315, Telephones: (970) 563-4511,
                                Superintendent; (970) 563-9484,
                                Irrigation Engineer.
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                         Western Region Contacts
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   Bryan Bowker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western
   Regional Office, 2600 N. Central Ave., 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix,
                Arizona 85004, Telephone: (602) 379-6600.
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         Project Name                   Project/Agency Contacts
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Colorado River Irrigation      MarDon Glory, Acting Superintendent, Gary
 Project.                       Colvin, Acting Irrigation Project
                                Manager, 12124 1st Avenue, Parker, AZ
                                85344, Telephone: (928) 669-7111.
Duck Valley Irrigation         Joseph McDade, Superintendent, 2719
 Project.                       Argent Avenue, Suite 4, Gateway Plaza,
                                Elko, NV 89801, Telephone: (775) 738-
                                0569.
Fort Yuma Irrigation Project.  Irene Herder, Superintendent, 256 South
                                Second Avenue, Suite D, Yuma, AZ 85364,
                                Telephone: (928) 782-1202.
San Carlos Irrigation Project  Ferris Begay, Acting Project Manager,
 Joint Works.                   Clarence Begay, Irrigation Manager, P.O.
                                Box 250, Coolidge, AZ 85128, Telephone:
                                (520) 723-6203.
San Carlos Irrigation Project  Cecilia Martinez, Superintendent, Joe
 Indian Works.                  Revak, Supervisory General Engineer,
                                Pima Agency, Land Operations, P.O. Box
                                8, Sacaton, AZ 85147, Telephone: (520)
                                562-3326, Telephone: (520) 562-3372.
Uintah Irrigation Project....  Johanna Blackhair, Superintendent, Dale
                                Thomas, Irrigation Manager, P.O. Box
                                130, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026, Telephone:
                                (435) 722-4300, Telephone: (435) 722-
                                4344.
Walker River Irrigation        Athena Brown, Superintendent, 311 E.
 Project.                       Washington Street, Carson City, NV
                                89701, Telephone: (775) 887-3500.
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What irrigation assessments or charges are proposed for adjustment by 
this notice?

    The rate table below contains the current rates for all irrigation 
projects where we recover costs of administering, operating, 
maintaining, and rehabilitating them. The table also contains the 
proposed rates for the 2013 season and subsequent years where 
applicable. An asterisk immediately following the name of the project 
notes the irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment.

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                                                     Final     Proposed
         Project name             Rate category    2012 rate   2013 rate
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                       Northwest Region Rate Table
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Fort Hall Irrigation Project *  Basic-per acre..      $45.50      $47.00
                                Minimum Charge         32.50       32.50
                                 per tract.
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Fort Hall Irrigation Project--  Basic-per acre..       23.50       24.00
 Minor Units *.
                                Minimum Charge         32.50       32.50
                                 per tract.
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Fort Hall Irrigation Project--  Basic-per acre..       45.00       47.50
 Michaud *.
                                Pressure per           62.00       65.50
                                 acre.
                                Minimum Charge         32.50       32.50
                                 per tract.
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Wapato Irrigation Project--     Minimum Charge         20.00       21.00
 Toppenish/Simcoe Units *.       for per bill.
                                Basic-per acre..       20.00       21.00
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Wapato Irrigation Project--     Minimum Charge         20.00       24.00
 Ahtanum Units *.                per bill.
                                Basic-per acre..       20.00       24.00
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Wapato Irrigation Project--     Minimum Charge         65.00       71.00
 Satus Unit *.                   for per bill.
                                ``A'' Basic-per        65.00       71.00
                                 acre.
                                ``B'' Basic-per        70.00       77.00
                                 acre.
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Wapato Irrigation Project--     Minimum Charge         67.00       71.00
 Additional Works *.             per bill.
                                Basic-per acre..       67.00       71.00
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Wapato Irrigation Project--     Minimum Charge..       72.00       79.00
 Water Rental *.
                                Basic-per acre..       72.00       79.00
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                    Rocky Mountain Region Rate Table
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Blackfeet Irrigation Project *  Basic-per acre..       19.00       19.50
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Crow Irrigation Project--       Basic-per acre..       23.30       23.80
 Willow Creek O&M (includes
 Agency, Lodge Grass 1, Lodge Grass 2,
 Reno, Upper Little Horn, and
 Forty Mile Units) *.
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Crow Irrigation Project--All    Basic-per acre..       23.00       23.50
 Others (includes Bighorn,
 Soap Creek, and Pryor Units)
 *.
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Crow Irrigation Two Leggins     Basic-per acre..        2.00        2.00
 Drainage District.
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Fort Belknap Irrigation         Basic-per acre..       14.75       15.00
 Project *.
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Fort Peck Irrigation Project *  Basic-per acre..       24.70       25.00
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Wind River Irrigation Project-- Basic-per acre..       20.00       21.00
 Units 2, 3 and 4 *.
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Wind River Irrigation Project-- Basic-per acre..       20.00       30.84
 LeClair District * (see Note
 1).
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Wind River Irrigation Project--  Basic-per acre.       14.00       14.00
 Crow Heart Unit*.
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Wind River Irrigation Project-- Basic-per acre..       14.00       14.00
 A Canal Unit *.
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Wind River Irrigation Project-- Basic-per acre..       16.00       16.00
 Riverton Valley Irrigation
 District.
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                       Southwest Region Rate Table
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Pine River Irrigation Project.  Minimum Charge         50.00       50.00
                                 per tract.
                                Basic-per acre..       15.00       15.00
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                                                                                 Proposed 2013    Proposed 2014
            Project name                   Rate category       Final 2012 rate        rate             rate
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                                            Western Region Rate Table
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Colorado River Irrigation Project...  Basic-per acre up to              $54.00           $54.00            To be
                                       5.75 acre-feet.                                               determined.
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                                      Excess Water per acre-             17.00            17.00
                                       foot over 5.75 acre-
                                       feet.
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Duck Valley Irrigation Project......  Basic-per acre.........             5.30              TBD
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Fort Yuma Irrigation Project (See     Basic-per acre up to               86.00              TBD
 Note 2).                     5.0 acre-feet.
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                                      Excess Water per acre-             14.00              TBD
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                                       feet.
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                                      Basic-per acre up to               86.00              TBD
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San Carlos Irrigation Project (Joint  Basic-per acre.........            30.00           $30.00           $30.00
 Works) (See Note 3).
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                                      Usage Fee..............      $250.00 per           No Fee      $100.00 per
                                                                         month                         acre-foot
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                                         [dagger] The excess water rate applies to all water used in excess of
                                                            50,000 gallons in any one month.
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San Carlos Irrigation Project         Basic-per acre.........           $73.00           $81.00            To be
 (Indian Works) * (See Note 4).
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Uintah Irrigation Project...........  Basic-per acre.........            16.00            16.00
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                                      Minimum Bill...........            25.00            25.00
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Walker River Irrigation Project *...  Indian per acre........            25.00            28.00
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                                      Non-Indian per acre....            25.00            28.00
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* Notes irrigation projects where rates are proposed for adjustment.
Note 1--The O&M rate varies yearly based upon the budget submitted by the LeClair District.
Note 2--The O&M rate for the Fort Yuma Irrigation Project has two components. The first component is
  the O&M rate established by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the owner and operator of the Project. The BOR
  rate for 2013 is yet to be determined. The second component is for the O&M rate established by BIA to cover
  administrative costs including billing and collections for the Project. The 2013 BIA rate also is yet to be
  determined.
Note 3--The 2013 rate was established by final notice in the Federal Register on February 23, 2012
  (Vol. 77 No. 36, page 10767). In addition, a Construction Water Rate Schedule for the San Carlos Irrigation
  Project--Joint Works is now formally established. The rate schedule establishes the fees assessed for use of
  irrigation water for non-irrigation purposes.
Note 4--The 2013 O&M rate for the San Carlos Irrigation Project--Indian Works has three components.
  The first component is the O&M rate established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project--Indian Works, the owner
  and operator of the Project; this rate is proposed to be $43 per acre. The second component is for the O&M
  rate established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project--Joint Works and is determined to be $30.00 per acre.
  The third component is the O&M rate established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project Joint Control Board and
  is proposed to be $8 per acre.

Consultation and Coordination With Tribal Governments (Executive Order 
13175)

    To fulfill its consultation responsibility to tribes and tribal 
organizations, BIA communicates, coordinates, and consults on a 
continuing basis with these entities on issues of water delivery, water 
availability, and costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and 
rehabilitation of projects that concern them. This is accomplished at 
the individual irrigation project by Project, Agency, and Regional 
representatives, as appropriate, in accordance with local protocol and 
procedures. This notice is one component of our overall coordination 
and consultation process to provide notice to, and request comments 
from, these entities when we adjust irrigation assessment rates.

Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use (Executive Order 13211)

    The rate adjustments will have no adverse effects on energy supply, 
distribution, or use (including a shortfall in supply, price increases, 
and increase use of foreign supplies) should the proposed rate 
adjustments be implemented. This is a notice for rate adjustments at 
BIA-owned and operated irrigation projects, except for the Fort Yuma 
Irrigation Project. The Fort Yuma Irrigation Project is owned and 
operated by the Bureau of Reclamation with a portion serving the Fort 
Yuma Reservation.

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866)

    These rate adjustments are not a significant regulatory action and 
do not need to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under 
Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    These rate adjustments are not a rule for the purposes of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act because they establish ``a rule of 
particular applicability relating to rates.'' 5 U.S.C. 601(2).

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    These rate adjustments do not impose an unfunded mandate on State, 
local, or tribal governments in the aggregate, or on the private 
sector, of more than $130 million per year. The rule does not have a 
significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal governments or 
the private sector. Therefore, the Department is not required to 
prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Takings (Executive Order 12630)

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
have significant ``takings'' implications. The rate adjustments do not 
deprive the public, state, or local governments of rights or property.

Federalism (Executive Order 13132)

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
have significant Federalism effects because they will not affect the 
States, the relationship between the national government and the 
States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among various 
levels of government.

Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988)

    In issuing this rule, the Department has taken the necessary steps 
to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential 
litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct, as 
required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    These rate adjustments do not affect the collections of information 
which have been approved by the Office of

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Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The OMB Control Number is 
1076-0141 and expires December 31, 2012.

National Environmental Policy Act

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality 
of the human environment and that no detailed statement is required 
under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-
4370(d)).

Information Quality Act

    In developing this notice, we did not conduct or use a study, 
experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Information 
Quality Act (Pub. L. 106-554).

    Dated: October 11, 2012.
Michael R. Smith,
Acting Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2012-25477 Filed 10-16-12; 8:45 am]
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