Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project; Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Meeting, 51787-51788 [2015-21133]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 5. Identify the mechanisms of climate impacts on ecosystems, living marine resources and resource-dependent human communities. 6. Track trends in living marine resources and resource-dependent human communities and provide early warning of change. 7. Build and maintain the science infrastructure needed to fulfill NOAA Fisheries mandates with changing climate conditions. Implementing the Strategy is crucial for fulfilling NOAA Fisheries mandates, reducing climate-related impacts and increasing the resilience of living marine resources and resourcedependent communities in a changing climate. The Strategy recommends specific near- and medium-term actions that address common information needs across NOAA Fisheries mandates and regions. The draft Climate Science Strategy underwent public review from January thru March 2015 (80 FR 3558, January 23, 2015) and received approximately 35 stakeholder comments from fishery management councils, states, tribes, academics, Non-Governmental Organizations and members of the public. The comments were generally positive with agreement on the need for action and support for both the content of the strategy and its implementation. The Strategy is designed to be customized and implemented through Regional Action Plans that focus on building regional capacity and partnerships to address the Strategy’s seven objectives. In 2015–2016, NOAA Fisheries Science Centers and Regional Offices will develop Regional Action Plans to identify strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and actions to address the Strategy over the next 5 years. Development of the Regional Action Plans will include opportunity for input from science and management partners and others. The Strategy is a key part of NOAA Fisheries efforts to respond to growing demands for information to help reduce impacts and increase the resilience of living marine resources and the communities that depend on them in a changing climate. Dated: August 21, 2015. Ned Cyr, Director, Office of Science and Technology, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–21172 Filed 8–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project; Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Meeting Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare environmental impact statement; Scoping meeting. AGENCY: A permit application has been submitted by California American Water Company (CalAm) to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to construct and operate a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility project (Project) in Monterey County, California. The permit review process will be conducted concurrently with a public process conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). NOAA is soliciting information and comments on the range of issues and the significant issues to be analyzed in depth related to the Project proposed within MBNMS boundaries. DATES: Comments must be received by October 2, 2015. A public meeting will be held as detailed below: Date: September 10, 2015. Location: Sally Griffin Active Living Center. Address: 700 Jewell Avenue, Pacific Grove 93950. Time: The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-20150105, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: MBNMS Project Lead for CalAm Desalination Project, 99 Pacific Ave., Bldg. 455a, Monterey, CA 93940. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51787 confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. ONMS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Grimmer at 99 Pacific Ave., Bldg. 455a, Monterey, CA 93940 or mbnms.comments@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Information I. Background A permit application has been submitted by CalAm for construction and operation of its proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP or Project). The purpose of the MPWSP is to replace existing water supplies for CalAm’s Monterey District service area. The MPWSP comprises various facilities and improvements, including: A sub-surface seawater intake system; a 9.6-million-gallons-per-day (mgd) seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant; desalinated water storage and conveyance facilities; and expanded Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) facilities. The desalination facility would be capable of producing 10,627 acre-feet per year (AFY) of potable water on a 46acre site located north of the City of Marina on unincorporated Monterey County property. The MPWSP proposes ten subsurface slant wells to draw seawater from beneath the ocean floor in Monterey Bay to produce the source water for the desalination plant. The subsurface slant wells would be located primarily within the City of Marina, in the active mining area of the CEMEX sand mining facility. The slant wells would be approximately 700 to 1000 feet in length, with well tips located at approximately 200 to 220 feet below mean sea level. Up to 24.1 mgd of source water would be needed to produce 9.6 mgd of desalinated product water. The desalination plant would generate approximately 13.98 mgd of brine, including 0.4 mgd of decanted backwash water. The brine would be discharged into Monterey Bay via a 36inch diameter pipeline to a new connection with the existing Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency’s (MRWPCA) outfall and diffuser located at the wastewater facility. II. Need for Action This notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 51788 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices and conduct scoping is published in accordance with: Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended; and the White House Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (CEQ NEPA Regulations). The Project was subject to a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), published by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in April 2015. The NEPA environmental documentation will include an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which may be issued as a stand-alone document or as a joint draft CEQA/ NEPA (EIR/EIS) document with the CPUC. The environmental document will identify and assess potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Project and a range of alternatives. Federal agencies would use the EIS to consider related permits or other approvals for the Project as proposed. Possible alternatives could include not approving the Project, approving a reduced size Project, or approving the Project with additional modifications identified as part of the terms and conditions of a permit or other approval. Publication of this notice initiates the public scoping process to solicit public and agency comment, in writing or at the public meeting, regarding the full spectrum of environmental issues and concerns relating to the scope and content of the EIS, including: • Analyses of the human and marine resources that could be affected; • the nature and extent of the potential significant impacts on those resources; • a reasonable range of alternatives to the proposed action; and • mitigation measures. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES This notice also advises the public that NOAA will coordinate its consultation responsibilities under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) under the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA, 16 U.S.C. 470), and Federal Consistency review under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), along with its ongoing NEPA process including the use of NEPA documents and public and stakeholder meetings to also meet the requirements of other federal laws. In fulfilling its consultation responsibility under the ESA, MSA, NHPA, CZMA and NEPA, NOAA intends to identify consulting parties and involve the public in accordance with NOAA’s NEPA procedures, and develop in consultation with identified consulting parties alternatives and proposed measures that might avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects on endangered species, essential fish habitat, historic properties, or coastal zone management issues, and describe them in any environmental assessment or draft environmental impact statement. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. Dated: August 20, 2015. John Armor, Acting Director for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. [FR Doc. 2015–21133 Filed 8–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD–2015–OS–0088] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: III. Process This NOI is published by NOAA/ MBNMS, the lead federal agency. MBNMS has requested CPUC to re-issue the Project EIR as part of a joint draft CEQA/NEPA document. If the CPUC, as CEQA lead agency, determines that a joint CEQA/NEPA document is appropriate, the two agencies will prepare a joint draft EIR/EIS after completion of the federal scoping process. The NEPA scoping session begins at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Sally Griffin Active Living Center in Pacific Grove, CA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 IV. Federal Consultations 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by October 26, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–9010. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http:// www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy, ATTN: Casualty Affairs, 4000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–4000. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Questionnaire of Local Inhabitants, DD Form 1074; Disposition of Civilian Remains, DD Form 3004; OMB Control Number 0704–XXXX. Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary to obtain and document information from local inhabitants on the location and circumstances surrounding the death of U.S. personnel for whom the Department has responsibility to recover E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 165 (Wednesday, August 26, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51787-51788]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-21133]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project; Intent To 
Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Meeting

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare environmental impact statement; 
Scoping meeting.

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SUMMARY: A permit application has been submitted by California American 
Water Company (CalAm) to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) 
to construct and operate a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination 
facility project (Project) in Monterey County, California. The permit 
review process will be conducted concurrently with a public process 
conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). NOAA is soliciting information and comments on 
the range of issues and the significant issues to be analyzed in depth 
related to the Project proposed within MBNMS boundaries.

DATES: Comments must be received by October 2, 2015. A public meeting 
will be held as detailed below:
    Date: September 10, 2015.
    Location: Sally Griffin Active Living Center.
    Address: 700 Jewell Avenue, Pacific Grove 93950.
    Time: The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by either of the following 
methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to 
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2015-0105, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields and enter or attach 
your comments.
     Mail: MBNMS Project Lead for CalAm Desalination Project, 
99 Pacific Ave., Bldg. 455a, Monterey, CA 93940.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the 
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. ONMS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Grimmer at 99 Pacific Ave., 
Bldg. 455a, Monterey, CA 93940 or mbnms.comments@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background Information

I. Background

    A permit application has been submitted by CalAm for construction 
and operation of its proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project 
(MPWSP or Project). The purpose of the MPWSP is to replace existing 
water supplies for CalAm's Monterey District service area.
    The MPWSP comprises various facilities and improvements, including: 
A sub-surface seawater intake system; a 9.6-million-gallons-per-day 
(mgd) seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant; desalinated 
water storage and conveyance facilities; and expanded Aquifer Storage 
and Recovery (ASR) facilities.
    The desalination facility would be capable of producing 10,627 
acre-feet per year (AFY) of potable water on a 46-acre site located 
north of the City of Marina on unincorporated Monterey County property. 
The MPWSP proposes ten subsurface slant wells to draw seawater from 
beneath the ocean floor in Monterey Bay to produce the source water for 
the desalination plant. The subsurface slant wells would be located 
primarily within the City of Marina, in the active mining area of the 
CEMEX sand mining facility. The slant wells would be approximately 700 
to 1000 feet in length, with well tips located at approximately 200 to 
220 feet below mean sea level. Up to 24.1 mgd of source water would be 
needed to produce 9.6 mgd of desalinated product water.
    The desalination plant would generate approximately 13.98 mgd of 
brine, including 0.4 mgd of decanted backwash water. The brine would be 
discharged into Monterey Bay via a 36-inch diameter pipeline to a new 
connection with the existing Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control 
Agency's (MRWPCA) outfall and diffuser located at the wastewater 
facility.

II. Need for Action

    This notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact 
statement

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and conduct scoping is published in accordance with: Section 102(2)(C) 
of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended; 
and the White House Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for 
Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (CEQ NEPA Regulations).
    The Project was subject to a Draft Environmental Impact Report 
(EIR), under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act 
(CEQA), published by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) 
in April 2015. The NEPA environmental documentation will include an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which may be issued as a stand-
alone document or as a joint draft CEQA/NEPA (EIR/EIS) document with 
the CPUC.
    The environmental document will identify and assess potential 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed Project and a range 
of alternatives. Federal agencies would use the EIS to consider related 
permits or other approvals for the Project as proposed. Possible 
alternatives could include not approving the Project, approving a 
reduced size Project, or approving the Project with additional 
modifications identified as part of the terms and conditions of a 
permit or other approval.
    Publication of this notice initiates the public scoping process to 
solicit public and agency comment, in writing or at the public meeting, 
regarding the full spectrum of environmental issues and concerns 
relating to the scope and content of the EIS, including:
     Analyses of the human and marine resources that could be 
affected;
     the nature and extent of the potential significant impacts 
on those resources;
     a reasonable range of alternatives to the proposed action; 
and
     mitigation measures.

III. Process

    This NOI is published by NOAA/MBNMS, the lead federal agency. MBNMS 
has requested CPUC to re-issue the Project EIR as part of a joint draft 
CEQA/NEPA document. If the CPUC, as CEQA lead agency, determines that a 
joint CEQA/NEPA document is appropriate, the two agencies will prepare 
a joint draft EIR/EIS after completion of the federal scoping process. 
The NEPA scoping session begins at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 
10, 2015 at Sally Griffin Active Living Center in Pacific Grove, CA.

IV. Federal Consultations

    This notice also advises the public that NOAA will coordinate its 
consultation responsibilities under section 7 of the Endangered Species 
Act (ESA), Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) under the Magnuson Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA, 16 U.S.C. 470), and Federal 
Consistency review under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), along 
with its ongoing NEPA process including the use of NEPA documents and 
public and stakeholder meetings to also meet the requirements of other 
federal laws.
    In fulfilling its consultation responsibility under the ESA, MSA, 
NHPA, CZMA and NEPA, NOAA intends to identify consulting parties and 
involve the public in accordance with NOAA's NEPA procedures, and 
develop in consultation with identified consulting parties alternatives 
and proposed measures that might avoid, minimize or mitigate any 
adverse effects on endangered species, essential fish habitat, historic 
properties, or coastal zone management issues, and describe them in any 
environmental assessment or draft environmental impact statement.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.

    Dated: August 20, 2015.
John Armor,
Acting Director for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
[FR Doc. 2015-21133 Filed 8-25-15; 8:45 am]
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