Notice of Open House-Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Updated Water Control Manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, 59741-59742 [2015-25057]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 191 / Friday, October 2, 2015 / Notices The following services are proposed for addition to the Procurement List for production by the nonprofit agencies listed: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Services Notice of Open House—Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Updated Water Control Manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Service Type: Custodial Service Service is Mandatory For: DoDEA, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, Andersen Elementary and Middle Schools, Andersen AFB, 1600 Ponape Avenue, Yigo, GU District Superintendent’s Office, Naval Hospital Base, 101 Johnson Road, Agana Heights, GU Guam High School, Naval Hospital Base, Agana Heights, GU Commander William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School, US Naval Base Guam, 311 Amaryllis Avenue, Sumay, GU Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: iCAN Resources, Inc., Dededo, GU Contracting Activity: Dept of Defense Education Activity (DODEA), Dodds Pacific Director’s Office, APO, AP Service Type: Janitorial Service Service is Mandatory For: USDA Forest Service, Salmon/Cobalt Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, 311 McPherson Street, Salmon, ID Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Development Workshop, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID Contracting Activity: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, CaribouTarghee National Forest, Idaho Falls, ID Service Type: Landscaping Service Service is Mandatory For: GSA PBS Region 1, John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 25 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Work, Incorporated, Dorchester, MA Contracting Activity: GSA/Public Buildings Service, Boston, MA Deletion The following service is proposed for deletion from the Procurement List: Service mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Service Type/Location: Custodial Service, Isle Royale National Park & Ranger III Vessel, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Inc., Marinette, WI Contracting Activity: Dept of the Interior, National Park Service, MWR Regional Contracting, Omaha, NE Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations. [FR Doc. 2015–25103 Filed 10–1–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:43 Oct 01, 2015 Jkt 238001 Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (USACE), has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and will conduct open house style meetings and accept comments on the Draft DEIS for the update of the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint Basin (ACF) Water Control Master Manual (Master Manual). SUMMARY: Comments on the DEIS are due not later than December 1, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit comments as indicated in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Lewis Sumner at telephone (251) 694– 3857. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Master Manual includes appendices prepared for individual projects in the ACF Basin and is the guide used by USACE to operate a system of five federal reservoir projects in the basin— Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, West Point Dam and Lake, Walter F. George Lock and Dam and Lake, George W. Andrews Lock and Dam and Lake, and Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam and Lake Seminole. The purpose and need for the federal action is to determine how federal projects in the ACF Basin should be operated for their authorized purposes, in light of current conditions and applicable law, and to implement those operations through updated water control plans and manuals. The proposed action will result in an updated Master Manual and individual project water control manuals (WCMs) that comply with existing USACE regulations and reflect operations under existing congressional authorizations, taking into account changes in basin hydrology and demands from years of growth and development, new/ rehabilitated structural features, legal developments, and environmental issues. The action includes updates to account for a June 28, 2011, decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59741 On May 16, 2000, the Governor of the State of Georgia submitted a formal request to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to adjust the operation of Lake Lanier, and to enter into agreements with the State or water supply providers to accommodate increases in water supply withdrawals from Lake Lanier and downstream at Atlanta over the next 30 years, culminating in total gross withdrawals of 705 million gallons per day (mgd)— 297 mgd from Lake Lanier and 408 mgd downstream by the year 2030. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) in 2002 denied Georgia’s request. The 2011 decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered USACE to reconsider whether it has the legal authority to operate the Buford project to accommodate Georgia’s request. USACE provided a legal opinion concluding that it has sufficient authority under applicable law to accommodate that request, but noted that any decision to take action on Georgia’s request would require a separate analysis. On January 11, 2013, the Governor of the State of Georgia provided updated demographic and water demand data to confirm the continued need for 705 mgd to meet Georgia’s water needs from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River to approximately the year 2040 rather than 2030 as specified in the 2000 request. USACE’s objectives for the Master Manual are to develop a Water Control Plan that meets the existing water resources needs of the basin, fulfills its responsibilities in operating for the authorized project purposes, and complies with all pertinent laws. The DEIS presents the results of USACE’s analysis of the environmental effects of the Proposed Action Alternative (PAA) that the USACE believes accomplishes these objectives. USACE evaluated an array of potential water management alternatives and optional water supply amounts during the Master Manual update process, resulting in the selection of the PAA. Additional information on the components of the PAA can be found at http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/ Missions/PlanningEnvironmental/ ACFMasterWaterControlManualUpdate/ ACFDocumentLibrary.aspx. One alternative available to USACE is to continue with current operations. This approach is termed the No Action Alternative (NAA). The PAA would update the water control plans and manuals for the ACF Basin as directed by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren on January 30, 2008. Additionally, the PAA would provide for releases from Buford Dam to satisfy Georgia’s 2040 need of E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 59742 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 191 / Friday, October 2, 2015 / Notices 408 mgd from the Chattahoochee River for Metro Atlanta and would reallocate storage in Lake Lanier of 189,497 acrefeet to satisfy a portion of Georgia’s 2040 need and support average annual water supply withdrawals of up to 165 mgd. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Document Availability The DEIS and appendices are available to the public for review in the following formats: • Online as PDF documents at http:// www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/ PlanningEnvironmental/ ACFMasterWaterControlManualUpdate/ ACFDocumentLibrary.aspx. • As a CD when requested in writing to: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Attn: PD–EI (ACF–EIS), P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628. • A limited number of CD copies will also be available at the DEIS public meetings. Public Review and Comment The public comment period will commence with the publication of this notice and will end 60 days after its publication. USACE recognizes that the decisions made concerning revisions to the water control operations at USACE projects within the ACF Basin will have wide-ranging effects and encourages the public to submit comments on the content of the DEIS. All persons and organizations that have a potential interest in the proposed action, including minority, low-income, disadvantaged, and Native American groups, are urged to participate in this NEPA environmental analysis process by reviewing the DEIS and submitting comments for consideration. Comments may be submitted via the following methods: • Onsite at open houses through comment forms; • Verbally through the court reporter at public meetings; • By emailing acf-wcm@ usace.army.mil; • By letter addressed to: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Attn: PD–EI (ACF–DEIS), P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628. Further information regarding the update of the Master Manual, including all available documents, background and historical information, and updates is available online at the Web site given above. Open Houses Open houses are scheduled to be held at the following locations and times: • Monday, October 26, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Eastern time, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green Street NE., Gainesville, GA 30501. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:43 Oct 01, 2015 Jkt 238001 • Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Eastern time, West Point Depot, 500 3rd Avenue, West Point, GA. 31833. • Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Central time, James S. Clark Center, 333 E. Broad Street, Eufaula AL, 36027. • Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Eastern time, Bainbridge State College, Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, 2500 E. Shotwell Street (US Highway 84), Bainbridge, GA 39819. • Monday, November 9, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. Next Steps All comments will be catalogued and reviewed after the 60-day public comment period. The final EIS (FEIS) is scheduled to be completed and filed with the USEPA in 2016. The Record of Decision, if appropriate, will be signed following the FEIS and the Master Manual is scheduled to be approved in March 2017. Dated: September 23, 2015. Jon J. Chytka, Colonel, District Commander, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [FR Doc. 2015–25057 Filed 10–1–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Interim Approval for Southeastern Power Administration Cumberland System Southeastern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of interim approval. AGENCY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved, on an interim basis, Rate Schedules CBR–1–I, CSI–1–I, CEK–1–I, CM–1–I, CC–1–J, CK–1–I, CTV–1–I, CTVI–1–B, and Replacement-3. The rates were approved on an interim basis through September 30, 2020. The new rates take effect on October 1, 2015, and are subject to confirmation and approval on a final basis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission). DATES: Approval of the rate schedules on an interim basis is effective October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Virgil G. Hobbs, III, Assistant Administrator, Finance & Marketing, Southeastern Power Administration, Department of Energy, 1166 Athens Tech Road, Elberton, Georgia 30635– 6711, (706) 213–3838. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On December 22, 2011, the Commission confirmed and approved on a final basis Wholesale Power Rate Schedules CBR– 1–H, CSI–1–H, CEK–1–H, CM–1–H, CC– 1–I, CK–1–H, CTV–1–H, CTVI–1–A, and Replacement-3 for the period from October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2013 (137 FERC ¶ 62,249). On July 10, 2013, the Deputy Secretary approved an extension of the rate schedules through September 30, 2015 (78 FR 42764). The Southeastern Power Administration’s power marketing policy (58 FR 41762, Aug. 5, 1993) provides peaking capacity, along with 1500 kilowatt-hours of energy with each kilowatt of capacity, to customers outside the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) transmission system. Due to restrictions on the operations of the Center Hill Project imposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) as a precaution to prevent failure of the dam, Southeastern has not been able to provide full peaking capacity to these customers. A revised interim operating plan for the Cumberland System provides these customers with energy that includes a proportional percentage of normal marketed capacity. A current repayment study using present rates shows that revenues will not be adequate to meet repayment criteria. A revised study with a revenue requirement increase of $3,900,000, or about seven percent, shows that the rates established in this notice will be adequate to meet repayment criteria. The rate schedules have been developed to cover the differing marketing arrangements in the Cumberland System under normal operation conditions. The Rate Schedules CBR–1–I, CSI–1–I, and CM–1–I, include rates for customers who receive 1500 kilowatt-hours of energy annually for each kilowatt of capacity. Rate Schedule CEK–1–I is for East Kentucky Power Cooperative, which receives a fixed quantity of energy annually from projects connected to the TVA transmission system plus the output of the Laurel Project. Rate Schedule CK–1–I is for customers in Kentucky who receive 1800 kilowatt-hours of energy annually for each kilowatt of capacity. Rate Schedule CC–1–J is for customers on the Duke Energy Progress, Western Division, (formerly Carolina Power & Light, Western Division). Rate Schedule CTV–1–I is for TVA and TVPPA. Rate Schedule CTVI–1–B is for customers inside the TVA system who choose a power supplier other than TVA. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 191 (Friday, October 2, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59741-59742]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-25057]


=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Open House--Draft Environmental Impact Statement for 
Updated Water Control Manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint 
River Basin

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

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Mobile District (USACE), has released the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) and will conduct open house style meetings and accept 
comments on the Draft DEIS for the update of the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint Basin (ACF) Water Control Master Manual (Master 
Manual).

DATES: Comments on the DEIS are due not later than December 1, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments as indicated in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Lewis Sumner at telephone (251) 
694-3857.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Master Manual includes appendices 
prepared for individual projects in the ACF Basin and is the guide used 
by USACE to operate a system of five federal reservoir projects in the 
basin--Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, West Point Dam and Lake, Walter F. 
George Lock and Dam and Lake, George W. Andrews Lock and Dam and Lake, 
and Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam and Lake Seminole.
    The purpose and need for the federal action is to determine how 
federal projects in the ACF Basin should be operated for their 
authorized purposes, in light of current conditions and applicable law, 
and to implement those operations through updated water control plans 
and manuals. The proposed action will result in an updated Master 
Manual and individual project water control manuals (WCMs) that comply 
with existing USACE regulations and reflect operations under existing 
congressional authorizations, taking into account changes in basin 
hydrology and demands from years of growth and development, new/
rehabilitated structural features, legal developments, and 
environmental issues. The action includes updates to account for a June 
28, 2011, decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
    On May 16, 2000, the Governor of the State of Georgia submitted a 
formal request to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to 
adjust the operation of Lake Lanier, and to enter into agreements with 
the State or water supply providers to accommodate increases in water 
supply withdrawals from Lake Lanier and downstream at Atlanta over the 
next 30 years, culminating in total gross withdrawals of 705 million 
gallons per day (mgd)--297 mgd from Lake Lanier and 408 mgd downstream 
by the year 2030. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) in 
2002 denied Georgia's request. The 2011 decision of the 11th Circuit 
Court of Appeals ordered USACE to reconsider whether it has the legal 
authority to operate the Buford project to accommodate Georgia's 
request. USACE provided a legal opinion concluding that it has 
sufficient authority under applicable law to accommodate that request, 
but noted that any decision to take action on Georgia's request would 
require a separate analysis. On January 11, 2013, the Governor of the 
State of Georgia provided updated demographic and water demand data to 
confirm the continued need for 705 mgd to meet Georgia's water needs 
from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River to approximately the year 
2040 rather than 2030 as specified in the 2000 request.
    USACE's objectives for the Master Manual are to develop a Water 
Control Plan that meets the existing water resources needs of the 
basin, fulfills its responsibilities in operating for the authorized 
project purposes, and complies with all pertinent laws. The DEIS 
presents the results of USACE's analysis of the environmental effects 
of the Proposed Action Alternative (PAA) that the USACE believes 
accomplishes these objectives.
    USACE evaluated an array of potential water management alternatives 
and optional water supply amounts during the Master Manual update 
process, resulting in the selection of the PAA. Additional information 
on the components of the PAA can be found at http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/PlanningEnvironmental/ACFMasterWaterControlManualUpdate/ACFDocumentLibrary.aspx. One 
alternative available to USACE is to continue with current operations. 
This approach is termed the No Action Alternative (NAA). The PAA would 
update the water control plans and manuals for the ACF Basin as 
directed by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren on January 30, 2008. 
Additionally, the PAA would provide for releases from Buford Dam to 
satisfy Georgia's 2040 need of

[[Page 59742]]

408 mgd from the Chattahoochee River for Metro Atlanta and would 
reallocate storage in Lake Lanier of 189,497 acre-feet to satisfy a 
portion of Georgia's 2040 need and support average annual water supply 
withdrawals of up to 165 mgd.

Document Availability

    The DEIS and appendices are available to the public for review in 
the following formats:
     Online as PDF documents at http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/PlanningEnvironmental/ACFMasterWaterControlManualUpdate/ACFDocumentLibrary.aspx.
     As a CD when requested in writing to: Commander, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Attn: PD-EI (ACF-EIS), P.O. Box 
2288, Mobile, AL 36628.
     A limited number of CD copies will also be available at 
the DEIS public meetings.

Public Review and Comment

    The public comment period will commence with the publication of 
this notice and will end 60 days after its publication. USACE 
recognizes that the decisions made concerning revisions to the water 
control operations at USACE projects within the ACF Basin will have 
wide-ranging effects and encourages the public to submit comments on 
the content of the DEIS. All persons and organizations that have a 
potential interest in the proposed action, including minority, low-
income, disadvantaged, and Native American groups, are urged to 
participate in this NEPA environmental analysis process by reviewing 
the DEIS and submitting comments for consideration.
    Comments may be submitted via the following methods:
     Onsite at open houses through comment forms;
     Verbally through the court reporter at public meetings;
     By emailing acf-wcm@usace.army.mil;
     By letter addressed to: Commander, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Mobile District, Attn: PD-EI (ACF-DEIS), P.O. Box 2288, 
Mobile, AL 36628.
    Further information regarding the update of the Master Manual, 
including all available documents, background and historical 
information, and updates is available online at the Web site given 
above.

Open Houses

    Open houses are scheduled to be held at the following locations and 
times:
     Monday, October 26, 2015, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Eastern 
time, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green Street NE., Gainesville, GA 
30501.
     Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Eastern 
time, West Point Depot, 500 3rd Avenue, West Point, GA. 31833.
     Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Central 
time, James S. Clark Center, 333 E. Broad Street, Eufaula AL, 36027.
     Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Eastern 
time, Bainbridge State College, Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, 2500 
E. Shotwell Street (US Highway 84), Bainbridge, GA 39819.
     Monday, November 9, 2015, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., 
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, 
Eastpoint, FL 32328.

Next Steps

    All comments will be catalogued and reviewed after the 60-day 
public comment period. The final EIS (FEIS) is scheduled to be 
completed and filed with the USEPA in 2016. The Record of Decision, if 
appropriate, will be signed following the FEIS and the Master Manual is 
scheduled to be approved in March 2017.

    Dated: September 23, 2015.
Jon J. Chytka,
Colonel, District Commander, Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers.
[FR Doc. 2015-25057 Filed 10-1-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3720-58-P