Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Feasibility Report for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation, Shasta and Tehama Counties, California, 47515-47516 [2015-19472]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 152 / Friday, August 7, 2015 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNV912. L12100000.PH0000 LXSS006F0000 261A; 14–08807; MO# 4500082128] Notice of Public Meetings: Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra FrontNorthwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC), will hold a meeting in Nevada, in September 2015. The meeting is open to the public. DATES AND TIMES: September 17 and 18 at the BLM Winnemucca, Nevada District. A meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17, at the Winnemucca BLM District Office (5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.) in Winnemucca, Nevada. 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Individuals who need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, or who wish to receive a copy of each agenda, may contact Lisa Ross no later than 10 days prior to each meeting. Stephen Clutter, Chief, Office of Communications. [FR Doc. 2015–19464 Filed 8–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR02030000, 15XR0687NA, RX185279046000000] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Feasibility Report for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation, Shasta and Tehama Counties, California Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation (SLWRI). The purpose of the proposed action is to improve operational flexibility of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed system by modifying the existing Shasta Dam and Reservoir to meet specified objectives. Primary objectives are to increase the survival of anadromous fish populations in the upper Sacramento River and increase water supply and water supply reliability for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes. Secondary planning objectives are to: Conserve, restore, and enhance ecosystem resources in the primary study area; reduce flood damage along the Sacramento River; develop additional hydropower generation capabilities at Shasta Dam; maintain and increase recreation opportunities at Shasta Lake; and maintain or improve water quality conditions in the Sacramento River SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47515 downstream from Shasta Dam and in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The companion Final Feasibility Report is also available, and together, these documents are provided to inform the Congress and the public of the technical studies conducted to date. DATES: Ultimately, if the project is authorized by Congress, the Secretary may issue a Record of Decision (ROD) at least 30 days after release of the FEIS. The ROD will state the action that will be implemented, consistent with Congressional authorization, and will discuss all factors leading to the decision. ADDRESSES: The FEIS may be viewed at the SLWRI Web site at www.usbr.gov/ mp/slwri. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for locations where copies of the FEIS are available for public review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Katrina Chow, Reclamation Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; 916–978–5067, TDD 916–978–5608; via fax at 916–978–5094; or email to bormpr-slwri@usbr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2013 (78 FR 39315). The comment period on the DEIS ended on September 30, 2013. The FEIS contains responses to all comments received and reflects comments and any additional information received during the review period. The Final Feasibility Report and FEIS incorporate clarifying information in consideration of comments received. Shasta Dam was completed in 1945 to serve multiple purposes, including flood control; water supply for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes; and hydropower generation. In addition, extensive recreational opportunities in and around Shasta Lake significantly contribute to the regional economy. Authorization for the investigation comes from Public Law (Pub. L.) 96– 375, 1980, directing the Secretary of the Interior to engage in feasibility studies related to enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir. Related legislation includes Title 34 of Pub. L. 102–575 (the Central Valley Project Improvement Act) and Pub. L. 108–361, the CALFED Bay-Delta Authorization Act. In addition, enlargement of Shasta Dam was identified in the CALFED Programmatic Environmental Impact Report/Statement and Record of Decision. With the release of the FEIS, the Final Feasibility Report and FEIS will be provided to Congress. The following E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1 47516 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 152 / Friday, August 7, 2015 / Notices planning objectives apply to the proposed action/project modification. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Planning Objectives • Primary Planning objectives: (1) Increase the survival of anadromous fish populations in the Sacramento River, primarily upstream from the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, and (2) increase water supply and water supply reliability for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes to help meet future water demands, with a focus on enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir. Action alternatives were formulated to address these primary planning objectives. • Secondary Planning Objectives. The following actions, operations, or features are included to the extent possible and consistent with the primary planning objectives: (1) Conserve, restore, and enhance ecosystem resources in the Shasta Lake area and along the upper Sacramento River, (2) reduce flood damage along the Sacramento River, (3) develop additional hydropower generation capabilities at Shasta Dam, (4) maintain and increase recreation opportunities at Shasta Lake, and (5) maintain or improve water quality conditions in the Sacramento River downstream from Shasta Dam and in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Final Environmental Impact Statement The FEIS documents a reasonable range of alternatives and evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects of alternative plans. Evaluation of six alternatives is documented in the FEIS, including a No-Action Alternative and five action alternatives. The FEIS displays the potential project-related impacts, including the effects of project construction and operation on the following resource areas: Geology, air quality, hydrology, water quality, noise, hazards and hazardous materials, important agricultural lands, fish, vegetation and wildlife, cultural resources, Indian Trust Assets, socioeconomics, land use, recreation, visual resources, traffic and circulation, utilities, public services, power and energy, environmental justice, and wild and scenic rivers; and identifies the Preferred Alternative, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Potential project-related impacts include the construction-related effects of the dam enlargement, reservoir area relocations, and other alternative features; water operations-related effects within the reservoir area (e.g., including additional inundation areas); and associated effects to operations of other VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:24 Aug 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 Central Valley Project and State Water Project facilities. Project operations may directly or indirectly affect the resources of the Sacramento River, its tributaries, the San Joaquin River, its tributaries, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The FEIS also evaluates potential growth-inducing impacts for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project water service areas. Potential cumulative effects associated with reasonably foreseeable actions are also evaluated for each resource area. Copies of the FEIS and Final Feasibility Report are available for public review at the following locations: • Bureau of Reclamation, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. • Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019. • Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240. • Shasta County Main Library, 1855 Shasta Street, Redding, CA 96001. Copies of the FEIS and Final Feasibility Report are available on-line via the SLWRI Web site, at: www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any correspondence, you should be aware that your entire correspondence— including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your correspondence to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: July 30, 2015. Jason Phillips, Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 2015–19472 Filed 8–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 332–555] Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2016 Report United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of investigation and scheduling of public hearing. AGENCY: The Commission has instituted investigation No. 332–555, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2016 Report, for the purpose of preparing the first of two reports required by section 105(f)(2) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–26). Section 105(f)(2) requires that the Commission submit to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance two reports, one by June 29, 2016, and a second by June 29, 2020, on the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements with respect to which Congress has enacted an implementing bill under trade authorities procedures since January 1, 1984. DATES: November 2, 2015: Deadline for filing requests to appear at the public hearing. November 4, 2015: Deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and statements. November 17, 2015: Public hearing. November 30, 2015: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs. February 5, 2016: Deadline for filing all other written statements. June 29, 2016: Transmittal of Commission report to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[RR02030000, 15XR0687NA, RX185279046000000]


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement and Final Feasibility Report for the Shasta Lake Water 
Resources Investigation, Shasta and Tehama Counties, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared the Final Environmental 
Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Shasta Lake Water Resources 
Investigation (SLWRI). The purpose of the proposed action is to improve 
operational flexibility of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed 
system by modifying the existing Shasta Dam and Reservoir to meet 
specified objectives. Primary objectives are to increase the survival 
of anadromous fish populations in the upper Sacramento River and 
increase water supply and water supply reliability for agricultural, 
municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes. Secondary 
planning objectives are to: Conserve, restore, and enhance ecosystem 
resources in the primary study area; reduce flood damage along the 
Sacramento River; develop additional hydropower generation capabilities 
at Shasta Dam; maintain and increase recreation opportunities at Shasta 
Lake; and maintain or improve water quality conditions in the 
Sacramento River downstream from Shasta Dam and in the Sacramento-San 
Joaquin Delta. The companion Final Feasibility Report is also 
available, and together, these documents are provided to inform the 
Congress and the public of the technical studies conducted to date.

DATES: Ultimately, if the project is authorized by Congress, the 
Secretary may issue a Record of Decision (ROD) at least 30 days after 
release of the FEIS. The ROD will state the action that will be 
implemented, consistent with Congressional authorization, and will 
discuss all factors leading to the decision.

ADDRESSES: The FEIS may be viewed at the SLWRI Web site at 
www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for 
locations where copies of the FEIS are available for public review.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Katrina Chow, Reclamation Project 
Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; 
916-978-5067, TDD 916-978-5608; via fax at 916-978-5094; or email to 
bor-mpr-slwri@usbr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Notice of Availability of the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published in the Federal 
Register on July 1, 2013 (78 FR 39315). The comment period on the DEIS 
ended on September 30, 2013. The FEIS contains responses to all 
comments received and reflects comments and any additional information 
received during the review period. The Final Feasibility Report and 
FEIS incorporate clarifying information in consideration of comments 
received.
    Shasta Dam was completed in 1945 to serve multiple purposes, 
including flood control; water supply for agricultural, municipal and 
industrial, and environmental purposes; and hydropower generation. In 
addition, extensive recreational opportunities in and around Shasta 
Lake significantly contribute to the regional economy.
    Authorization for the investigation comes from Public Law (Pub. L.) 
96-375, 1980, directing the Secretary of the Interior to engage in 
feasibility studies related to enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir. 
Related legislation includes Title 34 of Pub. L. 102-575 (the Central 
Valley Project Improvement Act) and Pub. L. 108-361, the CALFED Bay-
Delta Authorization Act. In addition, enlargement of Shasta Dam was 
identified in the CALFED Programmatic Environmental Impact Report/
Statement and Record of Decision.
    With the release of the FEIS, the Final Feasibility Report and FEIS 
will be provided to Congress. The following

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planning objectives apply to the proposed action/project modification.

Planning Objectives

     Primary Planning objectives: (1) Increase the survival of 
anadromous fish populations in the Sacramento River, primarily upstream 
from the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, and (2) increase water supply and 
water supply reliability for agricultural, municipal and industrial, 
and environmental purposes to help meet future water demands, with a 
focus on enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir. Action alternatives were 
formulated to address these primary planning objectives.
     Secondary Planning Objectives. The following actions, 
operations, or features are included to the extent possible and 
consistent with the primary planning objectives: (1) Conserve, restore, 
and enhance ecosystem resources in the Shasta Lake area and along the 
upper Sacramento River, (2) reduce flood damage along the Sacramento 
River, (3) develop additional hydropower generation capabilities at 
Shasta Dam, (4) maintain and increase recreation opportunities at 
Shasta Lake, and (5) maintain or improve water quality conditions in 
the Sacramento River downstream from Shasta Dam and in the Sacramento-
San Joaquin Delta.

Final Environmental Impact Statement

    The FEIS documents a reasonable range of alternatives and evaluates 
the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects of 
alternative plans. Evaluation of six alternatives is documented in the 
FEIS, including a No-Action Alternative and five action alternatives. 
The FEIS displays the potential project-related impacts, including the 
effects of project construction and operation on the following resource 
areas: Geology, air quality, hydrology, water quality, noise, hazards 
and hazardous materials, important agricultural lands, fish, vegetation 
and wildlife, cultural resources, Indian Trust Assets, socioeconomics, 
land use, recreation, visual resources, traffic and circulation, 
utilities, public services, power and energy, environmental justice, 
and wild and scenic rivers; and identifies the Preferred Alternative, 
pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.
    Potential project-related impacts include the construction-related 
effects of the dam enlargement, reservoir area relocations, and other 
alternative features; water operations-related effects within the 
reservoir area (e.g., including additional inundation areas); and 
associated effects to operations of other Central Valley Project and 
State Water Project facilities. Project operations may directly or 
indirectly affect the resources of the Sacramento River, its 
tributaries, the San Joaquin River, its tributaries, and the 
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The FEIS also evaluates potential growth-
inducing impacts for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project 
water service areas. Potential cumulative effects associated with 
reasonably foreseeable actions are also evaluated for each resource 
area.
    Copies of the FEIS and Final Feasibility Report are available for 
public review at the following locations:
     Bureau of Reclamation, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, 
Sacramento, CA 95825.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 
16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019.
     Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 
1849 C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240.
     Shasta County Main Library, 1855 Shasta Street, Redding, 
CA 96001.
    Copies of the FEIS and Final Feasibility Report are available on-
line via the SLWRI Web site, at: www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri.

Public Disclosure

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

    Dated: July 30, 2015.
Jason Phillips,
Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2015-19472 Filed 8-6-15; 8:45 am]
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