Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping Meetings for the White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Project, Arizona, 54910-54911 [2013-21717]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 54910 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 173 / Friday, September 6, 2013 / Notices and Associated Environmental Impact Statement and initiated the public scoping process on March 25, 2005 (70 FR 15348). The BLM accepted scoping comments for 60 days. The draft RMP/ draft EIS was made available for a 90day public comment period on June 25, 2010 (75 FR 36435). The BLM received 1,348 comments and 30,617 form letters pertaining to wild horses and burros in response to the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. Substantive comments were reviewed and incorporated as appropriate into the proposed plan. Notable issues raised in public comments include: Minerals, with an emphasis on areas available for minerals development; recreation management and designation of off-highway vehicle management areas; livestock grazing; fish and wildlife, including management of priority habitat; air quality; management of rights-of-way avoidance and exclusion areas; and management of wild horses and burros. Copies of the Proposed Winnemucca District RMP/Final EIS have been sent to affected tribal, Federal, State, and local government agencies and to other stakeholders. Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP/Final EIS may be found in the ‘‘Dear Reader’’ letter of the Winnemucca District Proposed RMP/ Final EIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5–2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the ADDRESSES section above. Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov. Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Sep 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 1610.5 Amy Lueders, State Director, Nevada. [FR Doc. 2013–21766 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORB00000.L1109AF13X. L17110000.PH0000.LXSS020H0000; HAG13– 0270] Notice of Public Meeting for the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below: DATES: The Southeast Oregon RAC will hold a public meeting Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2013. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Martinak, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, Oregon 97738–9424, (541) 573–4519, or email tmartina@blm.gov. 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: The Southeast Oregon RAC consists of 15 members chartered and appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Their diverse perspectives are represented in commodity, conservation, and general interests. They provide advice to BLM and Forest Service resource managers regarding management plans and proposed resource actions on public land in southeast Oregon. Tentative agenda items for the October 3–4, 2013, meeting include: Lands with Wilderness Characteristics; the Wild Horse and Burro Program; travel management planning; forage management and grassbanks; and planning future meeting agendas, dates, and locations. Any other matters that may reasonably come before the Southeast Oregon RAC may also be addressed. This meeting is open to the public in its entirety. Information to be distributed to the Southeast Oregon RAC is requested prior to the start of each meeting. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, please 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. Brendan Cain, Burns District Manager. [FR Doc. 2013–21719 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [A10–1523–2000–229–00–0–1, 3205000] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping Meetings for the White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Project, Arizona Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent and public scoping meetings. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation, the lead Federal agency, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT), cooperating SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 173 / Friday, September 6, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES agencies, are intending to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed WMAT Rural Water System. Pursuant to the WMAT Water Rights Quantification Act (Title III of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010), the United States Congress authorized and directed Reclamation to plan, design, and construct the WMAT Rural Water System to divert, store, and distribute water from the North Fork of the White River for the use and benefit of the WMAT. The proposed action would fulfill the Bureau of Reclamation’s statutory mandate under the WMAT Water Rights Quantification Act. The Rural Water System would also serve the purpose of providing a long-term, dependable, and sustainable water supply for residents and businesses on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the EIS on or before October 28, 2013. Two scoping meetings will be held to solicit public input on the scope of the environmental document, alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS. The scoping meetings dates are: 1. Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Cibecue, AZ. 2. Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Whiteriver, AZ. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Mr. John McGlothlen, Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 6150 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona, 85306–4001; or email jmcglothlen@usbr.gov. The public scoping meetings will be held at: 1. Cibecue Complex—Feeding Center, 10 West 3rd North Cromwell Road, Cibecue, AZ. 2. Whiteriver—Whiteriver Unified School District Office Training Room II, 963 South Chief Avenue, Whiteriver, AZ. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John McGlothlen, 623–773–6256; jmcglothlen@usbr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation will prepare the EIS. Background The WMAT Water Rights Quantification Agreement was confirmed by the United States Congress in the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–291, Title III, 124 STAT 3064, 3073 [2010]). This Act authorized and directed the Bureau of Reclamation to construct the WMAT Rural Water System to divert, store, and distribute water from the North Fork of the White River to the WMAT. Section 304(c) of VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Sep 05, 2013 Jkt 229001 the Act designated Reclamation as the lead Federal agency with respect to ensuring compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations associated with implementation of the WMAT Rural Water System. The proposed action would include construction and operation of the WMAT Rural Water System, including a dam and storage reservoir on the North Fork of the White River, water treatment facilities, and a distribution system (i.e., pipelines, pumping stations and water tanks) that would provide water to communities located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, including Whiteriver, Fort Apache, Canyon Day, Cedar Creek, Carrizo, and Cibecue. The construction of the Miner Flat Dam, a roller compacted concrete dam, would create a new reservoir called the Miner Flat Reservoir. Water from the Miner Flat Reservoir would be released to the North Fork of the White River, diverted from the stream channel upstream from the community of Whiteriver, and subsequently treated and conveyed via pipeline to Fort Apache Indian Reservation communities. Storage on the North Fork of the White River at Miner Flat Dam could provide multipurpose benefits, including domestic and commercial water supply, recreation, hydropower potential, limited flood control, irrigation, improved in-stream flows for riparian and aquatic habitat, and improved stream temperatures for production of trout at the Alchesay National Fish Hatchery. The WMAT would become the titled owner and operator of the completed water system after the Bureau of Reclamation completes construction, operates the new facilities for a period of three years, and provides technical assistance to WMAT on the operation and maintenance of the system. The proposed action would fulfill Reclamation’s statutory mandate under the Act to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain the WMAT Rural Water System until the date on which title is transferred to the WMAT. For the WMAT, the purpose of the proposed action is to provide multi-purpose water uses, including a secure, safe and dependable, good-quality, fresh water supply for its communities and tribal members. Indian Trust Assets issues that are expected to be addressed in the EIS include water rights, trust lands, and resources associated with the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The WMAT has full beneficial title, with legal title held by the United States, to 1.66 million acres of trust land within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54911 WMAT has retained all property rights related to its trust land, including the right to use water that underlies, borders and traverses it. Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meetings If special assistance is required at the scoping meetings, please contact Ms. Jessie Haragara at 623–773–6251, or email at jharagara@usbr.gov. Please notify Ms. Haragara at least two weeks in advance of the meeting to enable the Bureau of Reclamation to secure the needed services. If a request cannot be honored, the requestor will be notified. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in our 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. Dated: August 29, 2013. Terrance J. Fulp, Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region. [FR Doc. 2013–21717 Filed 9–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Docket No. 2976] Certain Thermal Support Devices for Infants, Infant Incubators, Infant Warmers and Components Thereof; Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[A10-1523-2000-229-00-0-1, 3205000]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
Public Scoping Meetings for the White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water 
System Project, Arizona

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent and public scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation, the lead Federal agency, and the 
Bureau of Indian Affairs and White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT), 
cooperating

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agencies, are intending to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the proposed WMAT Rural Water System. Pursuant to the WMAT 
Water Rights Quantification Act (Title III of the Claims Resolution Act 
of 2010), the United States Congress authorized and directed 
Reclamation to plan, design, and construct the WMAT Rural Water System 
to divert, store, and distribute water from the North Fork of the White 
River for the use and benefit of the WMAT. The proposed action would 
fulfill the Bureau of Reclamation's statutory mandate under the WMAT 
Water Rights Quantification Act. The Rural Water System would also 
serve the purpose of providing a long-term, dependable, and sustainable 
water supply for residents and businesses on the Fort Apache Indian 
Reservation.

DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the EIS on or before 
October 28, 2013. Two scoping meetings will be held to solicit public 
input on the scope of the environmental document, alternatives, 
concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS.
    The scoping meetings dates are:
    1. Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Cibecue, AZ.
    2. Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Whiteriver, 
AZ.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Mr. John McGlothlen, Phoenix Area 
Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 6150 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, 
Arizona, 85306-4001; or email jmcglothlen@usbr.gov.
    The public scoping meetings will be held at:
    1. Cibecue Complex--Feeding Center, 10 West 3rd North Cromwell 
Road, Cibecue, AZ.
    2. Whiteriver--Whiteriver Unified School District Office Training 
Room II, 963 South Chief Avenue, Whiteriver, AZ.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John McGlothlen, 623-773-6256; 
jmcglothlen@usbr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation will prepare the EIS.

Background

    The WMAT Water Rights Quantification Agreement was confirmed by the 
United States Congress in the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 
111-291, Title III, 124 STAT 3064, 3073 [2010]). This Act authorized 
and directed the Bureau of Reclamation to construct the WMAT Rural 
Water System to divert, store, and distribute water from the North Fork 
of the White River to the WMAT. Section 304(c) of the Act designated 
Reclamation as the lead Federal agency with respect to ensuring 
compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations 
associated with implementation of the WMAT Rural Water System.
    The proposed action would include construction and operation of the 
WMAT Rural Water System, including a dam and storage reservoir on the 
North Fork of the White River, water treatment facilities, and a 
distribution system (i.e., pipelines, pumping stations and water tanks) 
that would provide water to communities located on the Fort Apache 
Indian Reservation, including Whiteriver, Fort Apache, Canyon Day, 
Cedar Creek, Carrizo, and Cibecue. The construction of the Miner Flat 
Dam, a roller compacted concrete dam, would create a new reservoir 
called the Miner Flat Reservoir. Water from the Miner Flat Reservoir 
would be released to the North Fork of the White River, diverted from 
the stream channel upstream from the community of Whiteriver, and 
subsequently treated and conveyed via pipeline to Fort Apache Indian 
Reservation communities. Storage on the North Fork of the White River 
at Miner Flat Dam could provide multipurpose benefits, including 
domestic and commercial water supply, recreation, hydropower potential, 
limited flood control, irrigation, improved in-stream flows for 
riparian and aquatic habitat, and improved stream temperatures for 
production of trout at the Alchesay National Fish Hatchery.
    The WMAT would become the titled owner and operator of the 
completed water system after the Bureau of Reclamation completes 
construction, operates the new facilities for a period of three years, 
and provides technical assistance to WMAT on the operation and 
maintenance of the system. The proposed action would fulfill 
Reclamation's statutory mandate under the Act to plan, design, 
construct, operate and maintain the WMAT Rural Water System until the 
date on which title is transferred to the WMAT. For the WMAT, the 
purpose of the proposed action is to provide multi-purpose water uses, 
including a secure, safe and dependable, good-quality, fresh water 
supply for its communities and tribal members.
    Indian Trust Assets issues that are expected to be addressed in the 
EIS include water rights, trust lands, and resources associated with 
the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The WMAT has full beneficial title, 
with legal title held by the United States, to 1.66 million acres of 
trust land within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The WMAT has 
retained all property rights related to its trust land, including the 
right to use water that underlies, borders and traverses it.

Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meetings

    If special assistance is required at the scoping meetings, please 
contact Ms. Jessie Haragara at 623-773-6251, or email at 
jharagara@usbr.gov. Please notify Ms. Haragara at least two weeks in 
advance of the meeting to enable the Bureau of Reclamation to secure 
the needed services. If a request cannot be honored, the requestor will 
be notified.

Public Disclosure

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in our 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.

    Dated: August 29, 2013.
Terrance J. Fulp,
Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region.
[FR Doc. 2013-21717 Filed 9-5-13; 8:45 am]
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