Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage, California, 14117-14119 [2013-04892]

Download as PDF sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2013 / Notices distribute digital copies of this Draft EIS on compact discs. However, if you require a paper copy, BOEM will provide one upon request if copies are still available. 1. You may obtain a copy of the Draft EIS from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Public Information Office (GM 250I), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 250, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 (1–800–200–GULF). 2. You may download or view the Draft EIS on BOEM’s Internet Web site at http://www.boem.gov/EnvironmentalStewardship/EnvironmentalAssessment/NEPA/nepaprocess.aspx. Several libraries along the Gulf Coast have been sent copies of the Draft EIS. To find out which libraries have copies of the Draft EIS for review, you may contact BOEM’s Public Information Office or visit BOEM’s Internet Web site at http://www.boem.gov/EnvironmentalStewardship/EnvironmentalAssessment/NEPA/nepaprocess.aspx. Comments: Federal, State, and local government agencies and other interested parties are requested to send their written comments on the Draft EIS in one of the following ways: 1. In an envelope labeled ‘‘Comments on the EPA 225/226 Draft EIS’’ and mailed (or hand carried) to Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Chief, Regional Assessment Section, Office of Environment (GM 623E), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. 2. Through the regulations.gov web portal: Navigate to http:// www.regulations.gov and search for ‘‘Oil and Gas Lease Sales: Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf; Eastern Planning Area Lease Sales 225 and 226’’. (Note: It is important to include the quotation marks in your search terms.) Click on the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button to the right of the document link. Enter your information and comment, then click ‘‘Submit’’. 3. BOEM email address: boemegomeis@BOEM.gov. Comments should be submitted no later than 45 days from the publication of this NOA. Public Meetings: BOEM will hold public meetings to obtain comments regarding the Draft EIS. These meetings are scheduled as follows: • Tallahassee, Florida: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Hilton Garden Inn Tallahassee Central, 1330 Blairstone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301; one meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT; • Panama City Beach, Florida: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Wyndham Bay Point Resort, 4114 Jan Cooley Drive, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:15 Mar 01, 2013 Jkt 229001 Panama City Beach, Florida; two meetings, the first beginning at 1:00 p.m. CDT and the second beginning at 6:00 p.m. CDT; • Mobile, Alabama: Thursday, March 28, 2013, Five Rivers—Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Alabama; one meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. CDT; • Gulfport, Mississippi: Friday, March 29, 2013, Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront MS Hotel, 1600 East Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, Mississippi; one meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. CDT; and • New Orleans, Louisiana: Monday, April 1, 2013, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana; one meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. CDT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Draft EIS, you may contact Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Office of Environment (GM 623E), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 or by email at boemegomeis@BOEM.gov. You may also contact Mr. Goeke by telephone at (504) 736–3233. Public Disclosure of Names and Addresses Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: February 25, 2013. Tommy P. Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [FR Doc. 2013–04963 Filed 3–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report for Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage, California Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent and scoping meetings. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14117 The Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources intend to prepare an environmental impact statement/ environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the implementation of actions I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project Reasonable and Prudent Alternative. These actions consist of salmonid habitat restoration efforts within the lower Sacramento River basin and fish passage through the Yolo Bypass. We are seeking suggestions and information on the alternatives and topics to be addressed and any other important issues related to the proposed action. DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the environmental impact statement by April 3, 2013. Oral and written comments will also be accepted during two scoping meetings held to solicit public input on alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the environmental impact statement/environmental impact report: 1. March 14, 2013, 1:30–3:30 p.m., West Sacramento, California. 2. March 14, 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Woodland, California. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Traci Michel, Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814–2536; fax to 916–414–2439; or email at tmichel@usbr.gov. The scoping meetings will be held at the following locations: 1. West Sacramento—1075 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95691, Galleria and Community Center in the Community Room. 2. Woodland—2001 East St., Woodland, CA 95776, Woodland Community and Senior Center in Banquet Rooms 2 & 3. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Traci Michel, 916–414–2420, fax 916– 414–2439, or email tmichel@usbr.gov; or Megan Sheely, FESSRO, Fish Passage Improvement Program, California Department of Water Resources, 901 P Street, Room 411A, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916–651–9623, fax 916–376– 9688, or email Megan.Sheely@water.ca.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Agencies Involved The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is the lead Federal agency, and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is the lead state agency. Reclamation will invite the following agencies, and others, as E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 14118 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2013 / Notices appropriate, to participate as cooperating agencies for the preparation of the EIS/EIR in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): • National Marine Fisheries Service; • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; • Natural Resources Conservation Service; • California Department of Fish and Wildlife; • Central Valley Flood Protection Board; • Delta Stewardship Council; • Delta Conservancy; • Delta Protection Commission; • Yolo County; • State and Federal Contractors Water Agency; • Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency; and • Local agencies (e.g., potentially affected cities, water districts and reclamation districts). DWR has identified several agencies that may be trustee or responsible agencies in accordance with CEQA. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Why We Are Taking This Action The National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project (NMFS BO) concluded that, as proposed, the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project operations were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of four anadromous species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), California Central Valley steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and the Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The NMFS BO identifies actions within the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) that would allow continuing Central Valley Project and State Water Project operations to avoid jeopardy of these species. RPA actions I.6.1 and I.7 address salmonid habitat restoration actions in the lower Sacramento River basin and fish passage actions in the Yolo Bypass, respectively. The Yolo Bypass, which currently experiences at least some flooding in approximately 80% of years, still retains many characteristics of the historic floodplain habitat that are favorable to various fish species. The primary purpose of the Yolo Bypass is VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:15 Mar 01, 2013 Jkt 229001 flood damage reduction, but other functions include agriculture and wildlife habitat. Major California restoration planning efforts over several decades (e.g., CALFED, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan) have focused on the Yolo Bypass as a prime area of the lower Sacramento River basin for enhancement of seasonal floodplain fisheries rearing habitat. The two RPA actions being addressed in this EIS/EIR include: • RPA Action I.6.1: Restoration of Floodplain Rearing Habitat, through the increase of seasonal inundation within the lower Sacramento River basin; and • RPA Action I.7: Reduce Migratory Delays and Loss of Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon, through the modification of Fremont Weir and other structures of the Bypass. III. Purpose and Need for Action Significant modifications have been made to the historic floodplain of California’s Central Valley for water supply and flood damage reduction purposes. The resulting losses of fisheries rearing habitat, migration corridors, and food web production for fish have hindered native fish species that rely on floodplain habitat during part or all of their life history. The purpose of the action is to create more suitable conditions for fish in the Yolo Bypass and/or lower Sacramento River basin by implementing RPA actions I.6.1 and I.7, as described in the NMFS BO and the 2012 Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Implementation Plan. The purpose of RPA action I.6.1 is to restore floodplain fisheries rearing habitat for juvenile Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley springrun Chinook salmon, and Central Valley steelhead. This action could also improve conditions for species of concern, including Sacramento splittail and Central Valley fall-run Chinook salmon. Specific biological purposes related to implementing RPA action I.6.1 include increasing access to, and acreage of, seasonal floodplain fisheries rearing habitat; reducing stranding and the presence of migration barriers; increasing aquatic primary and secondary biotic production to provide food through an ecosystem approach; and providing access to seasonal habitat through volitional entry. The purpose of RPA action I.7 is to reduce migratory delays and loss of fish at Fremont Weir and other structures in the Yolo Bypass. Specific biological purposes related to RPA action I.7 include improving connectivity within the Yolo Bypass for passage of juvenile salmonids and green sturgeon and PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 improving connectivity between the Sacramento River and the Yolo Bypass to provide passage for adult Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, California Central Valley steelhead, and the Southern Distinct Population Segment of green sturgeon. IV. Project Area The Yolo Bypass is located in Yolo County, California, within the Sacramento Valley region. The Yolo Bypass spans 25 square miles between the cities of Sacramento and Woodland, south to the City of Rio Vista. The Yolo Bypass is a flood basin, connected by a system of weirs (Fremont, Lisbon, and Sacramento) to the Sacramento River, and various local creeks. Action alternatives may include restoration actions within the lower Sacramento River basin, which also covers parts of Sacramento and San Joaquin counties in California. V. Alternatives To Be Considered Both physical and operational modifications will be included in efforts to increase seasonal inundation and improve fish passage. RPA action I.6.1 includes floodplain fisheries rearing habitat restoration in the lower Sacramento River basin. Several physical and operational modifications within the project area may be a part of efforts to increase seasonal inundation. Modifications could include notching Fremont Weir and/or the Sacramento Weir to allow flows to enter the Yolo Bypass during a range of flows in the Sacramento River, improving fish passage at Lisbon Weir, grading or altering channels to improve connectivity, changing operations to increase the frequency and duration of inundation, and identifying and addressing potential areas that could strand fish. Alternatives may include floodplain fisheries rearing habitat restoration actions at other sites in the lower Sacramento River basin. RPA action I.7 includes changes to improve fish passage within the Yolo Bypass. Elements of the proposed project could include replacing road crossings that impair fish passage, constructing fish passage facilities at Fremont Weir, connecting isolated pools to main channels, improving fish passage at Lisbon Weir, and addressing other obstacles to fish passage. VI. Statutory Authority NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.] requires that Federal agencies conduct an environmental analysis of their proposed actions to determine if the actions may significantly affect the E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2013 / Notices human environment. CEQA (California Public Resources Code [CCR], Section 15222 [State CEQA Guidelines]) requires State agencies complete a similar review of how their actions could affect the environment. As required by NEPA and CEQA, Reclamation and DWR will analyze in the EIS/EIR the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects that may result from implementation of the proposed action and alternatives, which may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of potential impact: a. Water resources, including groundwater; b. Flood control; c. Land use, including agricultural resources; d. Socioeconomics; e. Environmental justice; f. Biological resources, including fish, wildlife, and plant species; g. Cultural resources; h. Hydrology/water quality; i. Air quality; j. Power/energy and natural resources; k. Public services and utilities; l. Hazards and hazardous materials; m. Geology, soils, and mineral resources; n. Visual, scenic, or aesthetic resources; o. Global climate change/greenhouse gas emissions; p. Indian trust assets; q. Noise; r. Population and housing; s. Transportation; and t. Recreation. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VII. Request for Comments The purposes of this notice are: • To advise other agencies, potentially affected local governments, tribes, and the public of our intent to prepare an EIS/EIR; • To obtain suggestions and information from other agencies, interested parties, and the public on the scope of alternatives and issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR; and • To identify important issues raised by the public related to the development and implementation of the proposed action. We invite written comments from interested parties to ensure that the full range of alternatives and issues related to the development of the proposed action are identified. Written comments may be submitted by mail, electronic mail, facsimile transmission or in person (see ADDRESSES above). Comments and participation in the scoping process are encouraged. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:15 Mar 01, 2013 Jkt 229001 VIII. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. IX. How To Request Reasonable Accommodation If special assistance is required at one of the scoping meetings, please contact Traci Michel at the information provided above, or TDD 916–978–5808, at least five working days before the meetings. Information regarding this proposed action is available in alternative formats upon request. Dated: February 22, 2013. Anastasia T. Leigh, Regional Environmental Officer, Mid-Pacific Region. 14119 Madrid, MO, Pet Inc., City of Seymour, MO, Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corp., and City of West Plains, MO) under Section 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607, at the Site. Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, all sixteen defendants will make cash payments that collectively total $1.12 million to the United States. In return, the United States will grant all defendants covenants not to sue under Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the consent decrees. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States v. Amsted Industries, Inc. et al., D.J. Ref. No. 90–11–2–614/2. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail: To submit comments: Send them to: By email ... [FR Doc. 2013–04892 Filed 3–1–13; 8:45 am] pubcommentees.enrd@usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P By mail ..... DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decrees Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act On February 26, 2013, the Department of Justice lodged proposed de minimis consent decrees with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Amsted Industries, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 1:13–cv–00040. In this action the United States is seeking response costs pursuant to Section 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (‘‘CERCLA’’), 42 U.S.C. 9607, for costs incurred in response to releases of hazardous substances at the Missouri Electric Works Superfund Site (‘‘the Site’’), in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The proposed consent decrees will resolve the United States’ claims against the sixteen de minimis defendants (Amsted Industries, Inc., Atlas Alchem Plastics, Inc., Chase Resorts, Inc., EcReCon, Inc., Electric Plant Board of the City of Mayfield, KY, Exxon Mobil Corp., Independent Electric Machinery Co., City of Jacksonville, IL, Joliet Equipment Co., Mount Carmel Public Utility, City of Mount Vernon, MO, City of New PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 During the public comment period, the consent decrees may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: http:// www.usdoj.gov/enrd/ Consent_Decrees.html. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation


Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report 
for Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage, 
California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent and scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water 
Resources intend to prepare an environmental impact statement/
environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the implementation of actions 
I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service's 
2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term 
Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project 
Reasonable and Prudent Alternative. These actions consist of salmonid 
habitat restoration efforts within the lower Sacramento River basin and 
fish passage through the Yolo Bypass. We are seeking suggestions and 
information on the alternatives and topics to be addressed and any 
other important issues related to the proposed action.

DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the environmental impact 
statement by April 3, 2013.
    Oral and written comments will also be accepted during two scoping 
meetings held to solicit public input on alternatives, concerns, and 
issues to be addressed in the environmental impact statement/
environmental impact report:
    1. March 14, 2013, 1:30-3:30 p.m., West Sacramento, California.
    2. March 14, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Woodland, California.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Traci Michel, Project Manager, 
Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, 
Sacramento, CA 95814-2536; fax to 916-414-2439; or email at 
tmichel@usbr.gov.
    The scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:
    1. West Sacramento--1075 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento, CA 
95691, Galleria and Community Center in the Community Room.
    2. Woodland--2001 East St., Woodland, CA 95776, Woodland Community 
and Senior Center in Banquet Rooms 2 & 3.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Traci Michel, 916-414-2420, fax 916-
414-2439, or email tmichel@usbr.gov; or Megan Sheely, FESSRO, Fish 
Passage Improvement Program, California Department of Water Resources, 
901 P Street, Room 411A, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-651-9623, fax 916-
376-9688, or email Megan.Sheely@water.ca.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Agencies Involved

    The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is the lead Federal agency, 
and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is the lead 
state agency. Reclamation will invite the following agencies, and 
others, as

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appropriate, to participate as cooperating agencies for the preparation 
of the EIS/EIR in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA):
     National Marine Fisheries Service;
     U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
     U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
     Natural Resources Conservation Service;
     California Department of Fish and Wildlife;
     Central Valley Flood Protection Board;
     Delta Stewardship Council;
     Delta Conservancy;
     Delta Protection Commission;
     Yolo County;
     State and Federal Contractors Water Agency;
     Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency; and
     Local agencies (e.g., potentially affected cities, water 
districts and reclamation districts).
    DWR has identified several agencies that may be trustee or 
responsible agencies in accordance with CEQA.

II. Why We Are Taking This Action

    The National Marine Fisheries Service's 2009 Biological Opinion and 
Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley 
Project and State Water Project (NMFS BO) concluded that, as proposed, 
the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project operations were 
likely to jeopardize the continued existence of four anadromous species 
listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Sacramento River 
winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Central Valley 
spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), California 
Central Valley steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and the Southern 
Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser 
medirostris). The NMFS BO identifies actions within the Reasonable and 
Prudent Alternative (RPA) that would allow continuing Central Valley 
Project and State Water Project operations to avoid jeopardy of these 
species.
    RPA actions I.6.1 and I.7 address salmonid habitat restoration 
actions in the lower Sacramento River basin and fish passage actions in 
the Yolo Bypass, respectively. The Yolo Bypass, which currently 
experiences at least some flooding in approximately 80% of years, still 
retains many characteristics of the historic floodplain habitat that 
are favorable to various fish species. The primary purpose of the Yolo 
Bypass is flood damage reduction, but other functions include 
agriculture and wildlife habitat. Major California restoration planning 
efforts over several decades (e.g., CALFED, the Bay Delta Conservation 
Plan) have focused on the Yolo Bypass as a prime area of the lower 
Sacramento River basin for enhancement of seasonal floodplain fisheries 
rearing habitat.
    The two RPA actions being addressed in this EIS/EIR include:
     RPA Action I.6.1: Restoration of Floodplain Rearing 
Habitat, through the increase of seasonal inundation within the lower 
Sacramento River basin; and
     RPA Action I.7: Reduce Migratory Delays and Loss of 
Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon, through the modification of Fremont 
Weir and other structures of the Bypass.

III. Purpose and Need for Action

    Significant modifications have been made to the historic floodplain 
of California's Central Valley for water supply and flood damage 
reduction purposes. The resulting losses of fisheries rearing habitat, 
migration corridors, and food web production for fish have hindered 
native fish species that rely on floodplain habitat during part or all 
of their life history.
    The purpose of the action is to create more suitable conditions for 
fish in the Yolo Bypass and/or lower Sacramento River basin by 
implementing RPA actions I.6.1 and I.7, as described in the NMFS BO and 
the 2012 Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage 
Implementation Plan. The purpose of RPA action I.6.1 is to restore 
floodplain fisheries rearing habitat for juvenile Sacramento River 
winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, 
and Central Valley steelhead. This action could also improve conditions 
for species of concern, including Sacramento splittail and Central 
Valley fall-run Chinook salmon. Specific biological purposes related to 
implementing RPA action I.6.1 include increasing access to, and acreage 
of, seasonal floodplain fisheries rearing habitat; reducing stranding 
and the presence of migration barriers; increasing aquatic primary and 
secondary biotic production to provide food through an ecosystem 
approach; and providing access to seasonal habitat through volitional 
entry.
    The purpose of RPA action I.7 is to reduce migratory delays and 
loss of fish at Fremont Weir and other structures in the Yolo Bypass. 
Specific biological purposes related to RPA action I.7 include 
improving connectivity within the Yolo Bypass for passage of juvenile 
salmonids and green sturgeon and improving connectivity between the 
Sacramento River and the Yolo Bypass to provide passage for adult 
Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run 
Chinook salmon, California Central Valley steelhead, and the Southern 
Distinct Population Segment of green sturgeon.

IV. Project Area

    The Yolo Bypass is located in Yolo County, California, within the 
Sacramento Valley region. The Yolo Bypass spans 25 square miles between 
the cities of Sacramento and Woodland, south to the City of Rio Vista. 
The Yolo Bypass is a flood basin, connected by a system of weirs 
(Fremont, Lisbon, and Sacramento) to the Sacramento River, and various 
local creeks. Action alternatives may include restoration actions 
within the lower Sacramento River basin, which also covers parts of 
Sacramento and San Joaquin counties in California.

V. Alternatives To Be Considered

    Both physical and operational modifications will be included in 
efforts to increase seasonal inundation and improve fish passage. RPA 
action I.6.1 includes floodplain fisheries rearing habitat restoration 
in the lower Sacramento River basin. Several physical and operational 
modifications within the project area may be a part of efforts to 
increase seasonal inundation. Modifications could include notching 
Fremont Weir and/or the Sacramento Weir to allow flows to enter the 
Yolo Bypass during a range of flows in the Sacramento River, improving 
fish passage at Lisbon Weir, grading or altering channels to improve 
connectivity, changing operations to increase the frequency and 
duration of inundation, and identifying and addressing potential areas 
that could strand fish. Alternatives may include floodplain fisheries 
rearing habitat restoration actions at other sites in the lower 
Sacramento River basin.
    RPA action I.7 includes changes to improve fish passage within the 
Yolo Bypass. Elements of the proposed project could include replacing 
road crossings that impair fish passage, constructing fish passage 
facilities at Fremont Weir, connecting isolated pools to main channels, 
improving fish passage at Lisbon Weir, and addressing other obstacles 
to fish passage.

VI. Statutory Authority

    NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.] requires that Federal agencies 
conduct an environmental analysis of their proposed actions to 
determine if the actions may significantly affect the

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human environment. CEQA (California Public Resources Code [CCR], 
Section 15222 [State CEQA Guidelines]) requires State agencies complete 
a similar review of how their actions could affect the environment. As 
required by NEPA and CEQA, Reclamation and DWR will analyze in the EIS/
EIR the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental 
effects that may result from implementation of the proposed action and 
alternatives, which may include, but are not limited to, the following 
areas of potential impact:
    a. Water resources, including groundwater;
    b. Flood control;
    c. Land use, including agricultural resources;
    d. Socioeconomics;
    e. Environmental justice;
    f. Biological resources, including fish, wildlife, and plant 
species;
    g. Cultural resources;
    h. Hydrology/water quality;
    i. Air quality;
    j. Power/energy and natural resources;
    k. Public services and utilities;
    l. Hazards and hazardous materials;
    m. Geology, soils, and mineral resources;
    n. Visual, scenic, or aesthetic resources;
    o. Global climate change/greenhouse gas emissions;
    p. Indian trust assets;
    q. Noise;
    r. Population and housing;
    s. Transportation; and
    t. Recreation.

VII. Request for Comments

    The purposes of this notice are:
     To advise other agencies, potentially affected local 
governments, tribes, and the public of our intent to prepare an EIS/
EIR;
     To obtain suggestions and information from other agencies, 
interested parties, and the public on the scope of alternatives and 
issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR; and
     To identify important issues raised by the public related 
to the development and implementation of the proposed action.
    We invite written comments from interested parties to ensure that 
the full range of alternatives and issues related to the development of 
the proposed action are identified. Written comments may be submitted 
by mail, electronic mail, facsimile transmission or in person (see 
ADDRESSES above). Comments and participation in the scoping process are 
encouraged.

VIII. Public Disclosure

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

IX. How To Request Reasonable Accommodation

    If special assistance is required at one of the scoping meetings, 
please contact Traci Michel at the information provided above, or TDD 
916-978-5808, at least five working days before the meetings. 
Information regarding this proposed action is available in alternative 
formats upon request.

    Dated: February 22, 2013.
Anastasia T. Leigh,
Regional Environmental Officer, Mid-Pacific Region.
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