Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Stakeholder Representative Members of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, 69840-69841 [2014-27718]

Download as PDF 69840 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 226 / Monday, November 24, 2014 / Notices meeting. The Designated Federal Officer will review all timely submitted written statements and provide copies to all the committee members before the meeting that is the subject of this notice. Please note that since the RFPB operates under the provisions of the FACA, all submitted comments and public presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including, but not limited to, being posted on the RFPB’s Web site. Dated: November 19, 2014. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2014–27736 Filed 11–21–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Army Corps of Engineers Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Stakeholder Representative Members of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commander of the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is soliciting applications to fill vacant stakeholder representative member positions on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC). Members are sought to fill vacancies on a committee to represent various categories of interests within the Missouri River basin. The MRRIC was formed to advise the Corps on a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries and to provide guidance to the Corps with respect to the Missouri River recovery and mitigation activities currently underway. The Corps established the MRRIC as required by the U.S. Congress through the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA), Section 5018. DATES: The agency must receive completed applications and endorsement letters no later than December 29, 2014. ADDRESSES: Mail completed applications and endorsement letters to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (Attn: MRRIC), 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, NE 68102–4901 or email completed applications to info@ mrric.org. Please put ‘‘MRRIC’’ in the subject line. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:32 Nov 21, 2014 Jkt 235001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Rabbe, 816–389–3837. The operation of the MRRIC is in the public interest and provides support to the Corps in performing its duties and responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; Sec. 601(a) of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1986, Public Law 99–662; Sec. 334(a) of WRDA 1999, Public Law 106–53, and Sec. 5018 of WRDA 2007, Public Law 110–114. The Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, does not apply to the MRRIC. A Charter for the MRRIC has been developed and should be reviewed prior to applying for a stakeholder representative membership position on the Committee. The Charter, operating procedures, and stakeholder application forms are available electronically at www.MRRIC.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose and Scope of the Committee 1. The primary purpose of the MRRIC is to provide guidance to the Corps and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with respect to the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan currently in existence, including recommendations relating to changes to the implementation strategy from the use of adaptive management; coordination of the development of consistent policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, activities, and priorities for the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan. Information about the Missouri River Recovery Program is available at www.MoRiverRecovery.org. 2. Other duties of MRRIC include exchange of information regarding programs, projects, and activities of the agencies and entities represented on the Committee to promote the goals of the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan; establishment of such working groups as the Committee determines to be necessary to assist in carrying out the duties of the Committee, including duties relating to public policy and scientific issues; facilitating the resolution of interagency and intergovernmental conflicts between entities represented on the Committee associated with the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan; coordination of scientific and other research associated with the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan; and annual preparation of a work plan and associated budget requests. Administrative Support. To the extent authorized by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Corps provides funding and administrative support for the Committee. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Committee Membership. Federal agencies with programs affecting the Missouri River may be members of the MRRIC through a separate process with the Corps. States and Federally recognized Native American Indian tribes, as described in the Charter, are eligible for Committee membership through an appointment process. Interested State and Tribal government representatives should contact the Corps for information about the appointment process. This Notice is for individuals interested in serving as a stakeholder member on the Committee. Members and alternates must be able to demonstrate that they meet the definition of ‘‘stakeholder’’ found in the Charter of the MRRIC. Applications are currently being accepted to select two representatives from the stakeholder interest categories listed below: a. Conservation Districts; b. Hydropower; c. Irrigation; d. Recreation; e. Thermal Power Terms of stakeholder representative members of the MRRIC are three years. There is no limit to the number of terms a member may serve. Incumbent Committee members seeking reappointment do not need to re-submit an application. However, they must submit a renewal letter and related materials as outlined in the ‘‘Streamlined Process for Existing Members’’ portion of the document Process for Filling MRRIC Stakeholder Vacancies (www.MRRIC.org). Members and alternates of the Committee will not receive any compensation from the federal government for carrying out the duties of the MRRIC. Travel expenses incurred by members of the Committee are not currently reimbursed by the federal government. Application for Stakeholder Membership. Persons who believe that they are or will be affected by the Missouri River recovery and mitigation activities may apply for stakeholder membership on the MRRIC. Committee members are obligated to avoid and disclose any individual ethical, legal, financial, or other conflicts of interest they may have involving MRRIC. Applicants must disclose on their application if they are directly employed by a government agency or program (the term ‘‘government’’ encompasses state, tribal, and federal agencies and/or programs). Applications for stakeholder membership may be obtained electronically at www.MRRIC.org. Applications may be emailed or mailed E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 226 / Monday, November 24, 2014 / Notices to the location listed (see ADDRESSES). In order to be considered, each application must include: 1. The name of the applicant and the primary stakeholder interest category that person is qualified to represent; 2. A written statement describing the applicant’s area of expertise and why the applicant believes he or she should be appointed to represent that area of expertise on the MRRIC; 3. A written statement describing how the applicant’s participation as a Stakeholder Representative will fulfill the roles and responsibilities of MRRIC; 4. A written description of the applicant’s past experience(s) working collaboratively with a group of individuals representing varied interests towards achieving a mutual goal, and the outcome of the effort(s); 5. A written description of the communication network that the applicant plans to use to inform his or her constituents and to gather their feedback, and 6. A written endorsement letter from an organization, local government body, or formal constituency, which demonstrates that the applicant represents an interest group(s) in the Missouri River basin. To be considered, the application must be complete and received by the close of business on December 29, 2014, at the location indicated (see ADDRESSES). Applications must include an endorsement letter to be considered complete. Full consideration will be given to all complete applications received by the specified due date. Application Review Process. Committee stakeholder applications will be forwarded to the current members of the MRRIC. The MRRIC will provide membership recommendations to the Corps as described in Attachment A of the Process for Filling MRRIC Stakeholder Vacancies document (www.MRRIC.org). The Corps is responsible for appointing stakeholder members. The Corps will consider applications using the following criteria: • Ability to commit the time required. • Commitment to make a good faith (as defined in the Charter) effort to seek balanced solutions that address multiple interests and concerns. • Agreement to support and adhere to the approved MRRIC Charter and Operating Procedures. • Demonstration of a formal designation or endorsement by an organization, local government, or constituency as its preferred representative. • Demonstration of an established communication network to keep VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:32 Nov 21, 2014 Jkt 235001 constituents informed and efficiently seek their input when needed. • Agreement to participate in collaboration training as a condition of membership. All applicants will be notified in writing as to the final decision about their application. Certification. I hereby certify that the establishment of the MRRIC is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Corps by the Endangered Species Act and other statutes. Dated: November 13, 2014. Brad Thompson, Chief of Planning, Omaha District. [FR Doc. 2014–27718 Filed 11–21–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay, TX, Coastal Storm Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay, Texas, study area encompasses six coastal counties on the upper Texas Gulf coast—Orange, Jefferson, Chambers, Harris, Galveston and Brazoria. The Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR–EIS) will evaluate structural and non-structural alternatives which address coastal storm risk management (CSRM) and ecosystem restoration (ER) impacts in the study area. The environmental impact study will focus on environmental and social conditions currently present and those likely to be affected by potential future impacts of storm surge and ecosystem restoration opportunities. Several major historical surge events have occurred in the study area in the past 120 years. The most notable is perhaps the 1900 Storm, which inundated most of the island city of Galveston, TX, and adjacent areas on the mainland. The storm was responsible for over eight thousand deaths and up to $30 million in property damage. Hurricane Rita in 2005 resulted in storm surge of 9.2 feet in Port Arthur, TX, and just over 8 feet in Sabine Pass. Most recently, Hurricane Ike in 2008 produced storm surges of 14 feet near Sabine Pass and 11 to 12 feet SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69841 across Sabine Lake. The City of Port Arthur was spared from the impacts of storm surge thanks to its existing 14- to 17-foot hurricane flood protection system. However, the remaining southern half of Jefferson County was inundated, with estimated high water marks reaching 18 to19 feet to the south and east of High Island. The City of Galveston was protected from Hurricane Ike’s high energy surge impacts by the Galveston Seawall, but much of the City of Galveston was later flooded by about 6 to 10 feet of surge coming from the bay. The City of Texas City was protected from Ike’s surge impacts by its existing hurricane flood protection system. At risk within the study area are approximately 2.26 million people living within the storm-surge inundation zone, three of the nine largest oil refineries in the world, 40 percent of the nation’s petrochemical industry, 25 percent of the nation’s petroleum-refining capacity, and three of the ten largest U.S. seaports. DATES: Comments on proposed DIFR– EIS will be accepted through December 24, 2014. ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77553–1229. Emails may be sent to Janelle.S.Stokes@ usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sheridan Willey, (409) 766–3917, Planning Lead, Plan Formulation Section, Regional Planning and Environmental Center; or Ms. Janelle Stokes, (409) 766–3039, Environmental Lead, NEPA/Cultural Resources Section, Regional Planning and Environmental Center. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (1) Background. In 2011, the Corps of Engineers and non-Federal sponsor, the Texas General Land Office, agreed to rescope an earlier study to evaluate plans to develop CSRM and ER features over the entire six-county region covering the upper Texas coast. The study is authorized under Section 4091, Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Public Law 110–114. (2) Alternatives. Structural alternatives that will be evaluated are: (1) A new surge protection system in Orange and Jefferson Counties, including small, navigable surge gates on Cow and Adams Bayous; (2) a large navigable surge gate in the Neches River near the Rainbow Bridge; and (3) reevaluation of the existing Port Arthur and Freeport Hurricane Flood Protection Systems. Non-structural measures such as targeted buy-outs, will also be evaluated. Structural and nonstructural alternatives to address storm E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Army Corps of Engineers


Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Stakeholder 
Representative Members of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation 
Committee

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commander of the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers (Corps) is soliciting applications to fill vacant 
stakeholder representative member positions on the Missouri River 
Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC). Members are sought to fill 
vacancies on a committee to represent various categories of interests 
within the Missouri River basin. The MRRIC was formed to advise the 
Corps on a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries and to 
provide guidance to the Corps with respect to the Missouri River 
recovery and mitigation activities currently underway. The Corps 
established the MRRIC as required by the U.S. Congress through the 
Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA), Section 5018.

DATES: The agency must receive completed applications and endorsement 
letters no later than December 29, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Mail completed applications and endorsement letters to U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (Attn: MRRIC), 1616 Capitol 
Avenue, Omaha, NE 68102-4901 or email completed applications to 
info@mrric.org. Please put ``MRRIC'' in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Rabbe, 816-389-3837.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The operation of the MRRIC is in the public 
interest and provides support to the Corps in performing its duties and 
responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.; Sec. 601(a) of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 
1986, Public Law 99-662; Sec. 334(a) of WRDA 1999, Public Law 106-53, 
and Sec. 5018 of WRDA 2007, Public Law 110-114. The Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, does not apply to the MRRIC.
    A Charter for the MRRIC has been developed and should be reviewed 
prior to applying for a stakeholder representative membership position 
on the Committee. The Charter, operating procedures, and stakeholder 
application forms are available electronically at www.MRRIC.org.

Purpose and Scope of the Committee

    1. The primary purpose of the MRRIC is to provide guidance to the 
Corps and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with respect to the Missouri 
River recovery and mitigation plan currently in existence, including 
recommendations relating to changes to the implementation strategy from 
the use of adaptive management; coordination of the development of 
consistent policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, activities, 
and priorities for the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan. 
Information about the Missouri River Recovery Program is available at 
www.MoRiverRecovery.org.
    2. Other duties of MRRIC include exchange of information regarding 
programs, projects, and activities of the agencies and entities 
represented on the Committee to promote the goals of the Missouri River 
recovery and mitigation plan; establishment of such working groups as 
the Committee determines to be necessary to assist in carrying out the 
duties of the Committee, including duties relating to public policy and 
scientific issues; facilitating the resolution of interagency and 
intergovernmental conflicts between entities represented on the 
Committee associated with the Missouri River recovery and mitigation 
plan; coordination of scientific and other research associated with the 
Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan; and annual preparation of 
a work plan and associated budget requests.
    Administrative Support. To the extent authorized by law and subject 
to the availability of appropriations, the Corps provides funding and 
administrative support for the Committee.
    Committee Membership. Federal agencies with programs affecting the 
Missouri River may be members of the MRRIC through a separate process 
with the Corps. States and Federally recognized Native American Indian 
tribes, as described in the Charter, are eligible for Committee 
membership through an appointment process. Interested State and Tribal 
government representatives should contact the Corps for information 
about the appointment process.
    This Notice is for individuals interested in serving as a 
stakeholder member on the Committee. Members and alternates must be 
able to demonstrate that they meet the definition of ``stakeholder'' 
found in the Charter of the MRRIC. Applications are currently being 
accepted to select two representatives from the stakeholder interest 
categories listed below:
    a. Conservation Districts;
    b. Hydropower;
    c. Irrigation;
    d. Recreation;
    e. Thermal Power
    Terms of stakeholder representative members of the MRRIC are three 
years. There is no limit to the number of terms a member may serve. 
Incumbent Committee members seeking reappointment do not need to re-
submit an application. However, they must submit a renewal letter and 
related materials as outlined in the ``Streamlined Process for Existing 
Members'' portion of the document Process for Filling MRRIC Stakeholder 
Vacancies (www.MRRIC.org).
    Members and alternates of the Committee will not receive any 
compensation from the federal government for carrying out the duties of 
the MRRIC. Travel expenses incurred by members of the Committee are not 
currently reimbursed by the federal government.
    Application for Stakeholder Membership. Persons who believe that 
they are or will be affected by the Missouri River recovery and 
mitigation activities may apply for stakeholder membership on the 
MRRIC. Committee members are obligated to avoid and disclose any 
individual ethical, legal, financial, or other conflicts of interest 
they may have involving MRRIC. Applicants must disclose on their 
application if they are directly employed by a government agency or 
program (the term ``government'' encompasses state, tribal, and federal 
agencies and/or programs).
    Applications for stakeholder membership may be obtained 
electronically at www.MRRIC.org. Applications may be emailed or mailed

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to the location listed (see ADDRESSES). In order to be considered, each 
application must include:
    1. The name of the applicant and the primary stakeholder interest 
category that person is qualified to represent;
    2. A written statement describing the applicant's area of expertise 
and why the applicant believes he or she should be appointed to 
represent that area of expertise on the MRRIC;
    3. A written statement describing how the applicant's participation 
as a Stakeholder Representative will fulfill the roles and 
responsibilities of MRRIC;
    4. A written description of the applicant's past experience(s) 
working collaboratively with a group of individuals representing varied 
interests towards achieving a mutual goal, and the outcome of the 
effort(s);
    5. A written description of the communication network that the 
applicant plans to use to inform his or her constituents and to gather 
their feedback, and
    6. A written endorsement letter from an organization, local 
government body, or formal constituency, which demonstrates that the 
applicant represents an interest group(s) in the Missouri River basin.
    To be considered, the application must be complete and received by 
the close of business on December 29, 2014, at the location indicated 
(see ADDRESSES). Applications must include an endorsement letter to be 
considered complete. Full consideration will be given to all complete 
applications received by the specified due date.
    Application Review Process. Committee stakeholder applications will 
be forwarded to the current members of the MRRIC. The MRRIC will 
provide membership recommendations to the Corps as described in 
Attachment A of the Process for Filling MRRIC Stakeholder Vacancies 
document (www.MRRIC.org). The Corps is responsible for appointing 
stakeholder members. The Corps will consider applications using the 
following criteria:
     Ability to commit the time required.
     Commitment to make a good faith (as defined in the 
Charter) effort to seek balanced solutions that address multiple 
interests and concerns.
     Agreement to support and adhere to the approved MRRIC 
Charter and Operating Procedures.
     Demonstration of a formal designation or endorsement by an 
organization, local government, or constituency as its preferred 
representative.
     Demonstration of an established communication network to 
keep constituents informed and efficiently seek their input when 
needed.
     Agreement to participate in collaboration training as a 
condition of membership.
    All applicants will be notified in writing as to the final decision 
about their application.
    Certification. I hereby certify that the establishment of the MRRIC 
is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the 
performance of duties imposed on the Corps by the Endangered Species 
Act and other statutes.

    Dated: November 13, 2014.
Brad Thompson,
Chief of Planning, Omaha District.
[FR Doc. 2014-27718 Filed 11-21-14; 8:45 am]
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