Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for Long-Term Water Transfers, Central Valley and Bay Area, California, 58802-58804 [2014-23234]

Download as PDF 58802 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 30, 2014 / Notices have evaluated possible effects on federally recognized Indian Tribes and have determined that there are no effects. Proposed Authorization The Service proposes to issue an IHA for small numbers of sea otters harassed incidentally by the Applicant while the applicant is completing waterfront repairs at USCG Station Monterey, with a 1-year authorization window beginning November 1, 2014, and ending October 31, 2015. Authorization for incidental take beyond this period would require a request for renewal. The final IHA would incorporate the mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements discussed in this proposal. The Applicant would be responsible for following those requirements. These authorizations would not allow the intentional taking of sea otters. If the level of activity exceeded that described by the Applicant, or the level or nature of take exceeded those projected here, the Service would reevaluate its findings. The Secretary may modify, suspend, or revoke an authorization if the findings are not accurate or the conditions described in this notice are not being met. Request for Public Comments tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Service requests interested persons to submit comments and information concerning this proposed IHA. Consistent with section 101(a)(5)(D)(iii) of the MMPA, we are opening the comment period on this proposed authorization for 30 days (see DATES). 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. Dated: September 23, 2014. Polly Wheeler, Acting Deputy Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2014–23233 Filed 9–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Sep 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORW00000 L16100000.AL0000 LXSS02H0000 15XL5017AP HAG14–0201] Notice of Meeting of the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee 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, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) will meet as indicated below. 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Persons wishing to make comments during the public comment period should register in person with the BLM by 2 p.m. on October 30, 2014, at the meeting location. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment, the length of comments may be limited. The public may send written comments to the MAC at San Juan Islands National Monument, Attn. MAC, P.O. Box 3, 37 Washburn Ave., Lopez Island, Washington 98261. The BLM appreciates all comments. Jody L. Weil, Oregon State Office Deputy State Director for Communications. [FR Doc. 2014–23235 Filed 9–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR02015200, 14XR0687NA, RX185279294000000] Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report for LongTerm Water Transfers, Central Valley and Bay Area, California Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority have made available for public review and comment the LongTerm Water Transfers Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). The Draft EIS/EIR addresses water transfers to Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors south of the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay area from CVP and non-CVP sources from north of the Delta using Delta pumps (both CVP and State Water Project (SWP) facilities). Water transfers would occur through various methods such as groundwater substitution, cropland idling, reservoir release, and conservation, and would include individual and multiyear transfers from 2015 through 2024. DATES: Send written comments on the Draft EIS/EIR on or before December 1, 2014. Three hearings to receive oral or written comments will be held on the following dates: • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Sacramento, California. • Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Los Banos, California. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30SEN1.SGM 30SEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 30, 2014 / Notices • Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Chico, California. ADDRESSES: Send written comments or requests for copies to Mr. Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; or via email to bhubbard@usbr.gov. The hearing locations are: • Sacramento—Quality Inn and Suites at Cal Expo, 1413 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, California 95825, (916) 922–9833. • Los Banos—San Luis & DeltaMendota Water Authority, 842 Sixth Street, Los Banos, California 93635, (209) 826–9696. • Chico—Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico, California 95926, (530) 342–7143. To request a compact disc of the Draft EIS/EIR, please contact Mr. Brad Hubbard as indicated above, or call (916) 978–5204. The Draft EIS/EIR may be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Web site at http:// www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_ projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18361. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations where copies of the Draft EIS/ EIR are available for public review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brad Hubbard, Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, via email at bhubbard@ usbr.gov, or at (916) 978–5204; or Ms. Frances Mizuno, Assistant Executive Director, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, via email at frances.mizuno@sldmwa.org, or at (209) 832–6200. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hydrologic conditions, climatic variability, and regulatory requirements for operation of water projects commonly affect water supply availability in California. Project supplies are often the primary source of water for south of Delta users, and the complex factors constraining operational decisions not only strain total annual water supplies, but regularly create mismatched timing between planting decisions and announcement of final water supply allocations, making advance planning for water shortages necessary and routine. These conditions and resulting shortages create a need for water transfers to help meet water demands. The purpose of Long-Term Water Transfers is to facilitate voluntary water transfers from willing sellers upstream of the Delta to water users south of the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The maximum approvable quantity transferable to any contractor cannot exceed that contractor’s total contract supply, but instead helps to make up for shortages. Such transfers VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Sep 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 need to be implementable within narrow annual windows for decisions on each end and flexible enough to address highly variable shortages and annual differences in farming decisions north and south of the Delta. The objectives for long-term water transfers through 2024 include: • Develop supplemental water supply for the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) member agencies during times of CVP shortages to meet anticipated demands up to the total CVP contract quantities. • Allow for transfers to meet the need of SLDMWA member agencies for a supplemental water supply that are quickly implementable and flexible enough to respond to changes in hydrologic conditions and CVP allocations. • Provide a framework to facilitate transfers that will be needed in most years. The EIR/EIS analyzes four alternative actions. Alternative 1 is No Action. Alternative 2, Full Range of Transfers, is the Proposed Action. This alternative combines all potential transfer measures that met the purpose and need and were carried forward through the screening process. Alternative 3, No Cropland Modifications, includes conservation, groundwater substitution, and reservoir release. Alternative 4, No Groundwater Substitution, includes conservation, cropland idling transfers—rice, field and grains, crop shifting, and reservoir release. Transfers of CVP supplies and transfers that require use of CVP facilities are subject to review by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) in accordance with the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992, Reclamation’s water transfer guidelines, and California State law. Pursuant to Federal and State law and subject to separate written agreement, Reclamation and the Department of Water Resources would facilitate water transfers involving CVP contract water supplies and CVP and SWP facilities. Buyers and sellers would be responsible for negotiating the terms of the transfers, including amount of water for transfer, method to make water available, and price. The EIS/EIR identifies potential selling parties in northern California, methods by which water could be made available for transfer, and maximum amounts of water available through each method. The EIS/EIR also identifies potential purchasing agencies south of the Delta and the proposed use of transfer water. The EIS/EIR analyzes alternative transfer methods to make water PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58803 available through operational flexibility of the existing system. Groundwater substitution transfers occur when sellers forego diversion of their surface water supplies and pump an equivalent amount of groundwater as an alternative supply. The purchasing agency would receive the foregone surface water supply. The quantity of water available for transfer would account for potential stream flow losses as a result of groundwater-surface water interaction. Cropland idling would make water available for transfer that would have been used for agricultural irrigation without the transfer. Typically, the proceeds from the water transfer would pay farmers to idle land that they would have placed in production. Reservoir release transfers would involve releasing water from non-Project entities (not part of the CVP or SWP) for transfer that would have otherwise remained in storage. Conservation transfers involve actions to reduce the diversion of surface water by the transferring entity by reducing irrecoverable water losses. Water transfers under the Proposed Action involving conveyance through the Delta would be implemented within the operational parameters of the existing system, which includes Biological Opinions on the Continued Long-term Operations of the CVP/SWP and any other regulatory restrictions in place at the time of implementation of the water transfers. Current operational parameters applicable to the transfer water include use of the SWP’s Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant and CVP’s C.W. ‘‘Bill’’ Jones Pumping Plant during July through September only. Public Review of Draft EIS Copies of the Draft EIS/EIR are available for public review at the following locations: 1. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. 2. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Building 67, Room 167, Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Denver, CO 80225. 3. Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240–0001. 4. San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, 842 6th Street, Los Banos, CA 93635. Special Assistance for Public Hearings If special assistance is required to participate in the scoping meeting, please contact Mr. Louis Moore at (916) 978–5106, or via email at wmoore@ usbr.gov. Please contact Mr. Moore at least 10 working days prior to the E:\FR\FM\30SEN1.SGM 30SEN1 58804 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 30, 2014 / Notices Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW., MS 130–SIB, Washington, DC 20240; Telephone (202) 208–7411. meeting. A telephone device for the hearing impaired (TDD) is available at (916) 978–5608. 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. Dated: August 13, 2014. Pablo R Arroyave, Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 2014–23234 Filed 9–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement [S1D1SS08011000SX066A00067F134S1 80110; S2D2SS08011000SX066A00033F1 3XS501520] Action Subject to Intergovernmental Review Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

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Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearings for the 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for 
Long-Term Water Transfers, Central Valley and Bay Area, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota 
Water Authority have made available for public review and comment the 
Long-Term Water Transfers Draft Environmental Impact Statement/
Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). The Draft EIS/EIR addresses 
water transfers to Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors south of 
the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay area from CVP and non-CVP 
sources from north of the Delta using Delta pumps (both CVP and State 
Water Project (SWP) facilities). Water transfers would occur through 
various methods such as groundwater substitution, cropland idling, 
reservoir release, and conservation, and would include individual and 
multiyear transfers from 2015 through 2024.

DATES: Send written comments on the Draft EIS/EIR on or before December 
1, 2014.
    Three hearings to receive oral or written comments will be held on 
the following dates:
     Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., 
Sacramento, California.
     Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Los 
Banos, California.

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     Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Chico, 
California.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments or requests for copies to Mr. Brad 
Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; 
or via email to bhubbard@usbr.gov.
    The hearing locations are:
     Sacramento--Quality Inn and Suites at Cal Expo, 1413 Howe 
Avenue, Sacramento, California 95825, (916) 922-9833.
     Los Banos--San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, 842 
Sixth Street, Los Banos, California 93635, (209) 826-9696.
     Chico--Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Avenue, 
Chico, California 95926, (530) 342-7143.
    To request a compact disc of the Draft EIS/EIR, please contact Mr. 
Brad Hubbard as indicated above, or call (916) 978-5204. The Draft EIS/
EIR may be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation's Web site at  http://
www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/
nepaprojdetails.cfm?ProjectID=18361. See 
Supplementary Information section for locations where copies of the 
Draft EIS/EIR are available for public review.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brad Hubbard, Project Manager, 
Bureau of Reclamation, via email at bhubbard@usbr.gov, or at (916) 978-
5204; or Ms. Frances Mizuno, Assistant Executive Director, San Luis & 
Delta-Mendota Water Authority, via email at frances.mizuno@sldmwa.org, 
or at (209) 832-6200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hydrologic conditions, climatic variability, 
and regulatory requirements for operation of water projects commonly 
affect water supply availability in California. Project supplies are 
often the primary source of water for south of Delta users, and the 
complex factors constraining operational decisions not only strain 
total annual water supplies, but regularly create mismatched timing 
between planting decisions and announcement of final water supply 
allocations, making advance planning for water shortages necessary and 
routine. These conditions and resulting shortages create a need for 
water transfers to help meet water demands.
    The purpose of Long-Term Water Transfers is to facilitate voluntary 
water transfers from willing sellers upstream of the Delta to water 
users south of the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The maximum 
approvable quantity transferable to any contractor cannot exceed that 
contractor's total contract supply, but instead helps to make up for 
shortages. Such transfers need to be implementable within narrow annual 
windows for decisions on each end and flexible enough to address highly 
variable shortages and annual differences in farming decisions north 
and south of the Delta.
    The objectives for long-term water transfers through 2024 include:
     Develop supplemental water supply for the San Luis & 
Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) member agencies during times of 
CVP shortages to meet anticipated demands up to the total CVP contract 
quantities.
     Allow for transfers to meet the need of SLDMWA member 
agencies for a supplemental water supply that are quickly implementable 
and flexible enough to respond to changes in hydrologic conditions and 
CVP allocations.
     Provide a framework to facilitate transfers that will be 
needed in most years.
    The EIR/EIS analyzes four alternative actions. Alternative 1 is No 
Action.
    Alternative 2, Full Range of Transfers, is the Proposed Action. 
This alternative combines all potential transfer measures that met the 
purpose and need and were carried forward through the screening 
process. Alternative 3, No Cropland Modifications, includes 
conservation, groundwater substitution, and reservoir release. 
Alternative 4, No Groundwater Substitution, includes conservation, 
cropland idling transfers--rice, field and grains, crop shifting, and 
reservoir release.
    Transfers of CVP supplies and transfers that require use of CVP 
facilities are subject to review by the Bureau of Reclamation 
(Reclamation) in accordance with the Central Valley Project Improvement 
Act of 1992, Reclamation's water transfer guidelines, and California 
State law. Pursuant to Federal and State law and subject to separate 
written agreement, Reclamation and the Department of Water Resources 
would facilitate water transfers involving CVP contract water supplies 
and CVP and SWP facilities. Buyers and sellers would be responsible for 
negotiating the terms of the transfers, including amount of water for 
transfer, method to make water available, and price.
    The EIS/EIR identifies potential selling parties in northern 
California, methods by which water could be made available for 
transfer, and maximum amounts of water available through each method. 
The EIS/EIR also identifies potential purchasing agencies south of the 
Delta and the proposed use of transfer water.
    The EIS/EIR analyzes alternative transfer methods to make water 
available through operational flexibility of the existing system. 
Groundwater substitution transfers occur when sellers forego diversion 
of their surface water supplies and pump an equivalent amount of 
groundwater as an alternative supply. The purchasing agency would 
receive the foregone surface water supply. The quantity of water 
available for transfer would account for potential stream flow losses 
as a result of groundwater-surface water interaction. Cropland idling 
would make water available for transfer that would have been used for 
agricultural irrigation without the transfer. Typically, the proceeds 
from the water transfer would pay farmers to idle land that they would 
have placed in production. Reservoir release transfers would involve 
releasing water from non-Project entities (not part of the CVP or SWP) 
for transfer that would have otherwise remained in storage. 
Conservation transfers involve actions to reduce the diversion of 
surface water by the transferring entity by reducing irrecoverable 
water losses.
    Water transfers under the Proposed Action involving conveyance 
through the Delta would be implemented within the operational 
parameters of the existing system, which includes Biological Opinions 
on the Continued Long-term Operations of the CVP/SWP and any other 
regulatory restrictions in place at the time of implementation of the 
water transfers. Current operational parameters applicable to the 
transfer water include use of the SWP's Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant 
and CVP's C.W. ``Bill'' Jones Pumping Plant during July through 
September only.

Public Review of Draft EIS

    Copies of the Draft EIS/EIR are available for public review at the 
following locations:
    1. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 
2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.
    2. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Library, Building 67, Room 
167, Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Denver, CO 80225.
    3. Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 
C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240-0001.
    4. San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, 842 6th Street, Los 
Banos, CA 93635.

Special Assistance for Public Hearings

    If special assistance is required to participate in the scoping 
meeting, please contact Mr. Louis Moore at (916) 978-5106, or via email 
at wmoore@usbr.gov. Please contact Mr. Moore at least 10 working days 
prior to the

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meeting. A telephone device for the hearing impaired (TDD) is available 
at (916) 978-5608.

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.

    Dated: August 13, 2014.
Pablo R Arroyave,
Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2014-23234 Filed 9-29-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MN-P