Endangered Species Act; Public Meeting Addendum, 22058-22059 [2016-08561]

Download as PDF 22058 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 72 / Thursday, April 14, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES the beach, and to reduce the possibility of impacts to pups by eliminating or altering management activities on the beach when pups are present and by setting limits on the frequency and duration of events during pupping season. During the past fifteen years of flood control management, implementation of similar mitigation measures has resulted in no known stampede events and no known injury, serious injury, or mortality. Over the course of that time period, management events have generally been infrequent and of limited duration. No pinniped stocks for which incidental take is authorized are listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA or determined to be strategic or depleted under the MMPA. Recent data suggests that harbor seal populations have reached carrying capacity; populations of California sea lions and northern elephant seals in California are also considered healthy. In summary, and based on extensive monitoring data, we believe that impacts to hauled-out pinnipeds during estuary management activities would be behavioral harassment of limited duration (i.e., less than one day) and limited intensity (i.e., temporary flushing at most). Stampeding, and therefore injury or mortality, is not expected—nor been documented—in the years since appropriate protocols were established (see Mitigation for more details). Further, the continued, and increasingly heavy (see figures in SCWA documents), use of the haul-out despite decades of breaching events indicates that abandonment of the haul-out is unlikely. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the planned monitoring and mitigation measures, we find that the total marine mammal take from SCWA’s estuary management activities will have a negligible impact on the affected marine mammal species or stocks. Small Numbers Analysis The authorized number of animals taken for each species of pinniped can be considered small relative to the population size. There are an estimated 30,968 harbor seals in the California stock, 296,750 California sea lions, and 179,000 northern elephant seals in the California breeding population. Based on extensive monitoring effort specific to the affected haul-out and historical data on the frequency of the specified activity, we are proposing to authorize take, by Level B harassment only, of 4,464 harbor seals, 36 California sea VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Apr 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 lions, and 36 northern elephant seals, representing 14.4, 0.01, and 0.02 percent of the populations, respectively. However, this represents an overestimate of the number of individuals harassed over the duration of the IHA, because these totals represent much smaller numbers of individuals that may be harassed multiple times. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the mitigation and monitoring measures, we find that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the populations of the affected species or stocks. Impact on Availability of Affected Species for Taking for Subsistence Uses There are no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals implicated by this action. Therefore, we have determined that the total taking of affected species or stocks would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes. Endangered Species Act (ESA) No species listed under the ESA are expected to be affected by these activities. Therefore, we have determined that a section 7 consultation under the ESA is not required. As described elsewhere in this document, SCWA and the Corps consulted with NMFS under section 7 of the ESA regarding the potential effects of their operations and maintenance activities, including SCWA’s estuary management program, on ESA-listed salmonids. As a result of this consultation, NMFS issued the Russian River Biological Opinion (NMFS, 2008), including Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives, which prescribes modifications to SCWA’s estuary management activities. The effects of the proposed activities and authorized take would not cause additional effects for which section 7 consultation would be required. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as implemented by the regulations published by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and NOAA Administrative Order 216–6, we prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the direct, indirect and cumulative effects to the human environment resulting from issuance of the original IHA to SCWA for the PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 specified activities and found that it would not result in any significant impacts to the human environment. We signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on March 30, 2010. We have reviewed SWCA’s application for a renewed IHA for ongoing estuary management activities for 2016 and the 2015 monitoring report. Based on that review, we have determined that the proposed action follows closely the IHAs issued and implemented in 2010– 15 and does not present any substantial changes, or significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns which would require a supplement to the 2010 EA or preparation of a new NEPA document. Therefore, we have determined that a new or supplemental EA or Environmental Impact Statement is unnecessary, and rely on the existing EA and FONSI for this action. The 2010 EA and FONSI for this action are available for review at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/construction.htm. Authorization As a result of these determinations, we have issued an IHA to SCWA to conduct estuary management activities in the Russian River from the period of April 21, 2016, through April 20, 2017, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are implemented. Dated: April 8, 2016. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–08587 Filed 4–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE479 Endangered Species Act; Public Meeting Addendum National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting, addendum. AGENCY: The purpose of the program review is to ensure that recovery program priorities and implementation are aligned with resources and mission mandates; enhance and align strategic management of NMFS regulatory programs; and provide transparency in the operation of NMFS recovery SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 72 / Thursday, April 14, 2016 / Notices program. The purpose of this notice is to provide the final agenda and remote access information for the public meeting. The meeting will be held Tuesday April 19, 2016, through Thursday April 21, 2016, at 9 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NOAA Science Center, 1301 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: 301–713–1010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Therese Conant, NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8456. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, NMFS, announced a public meeting of a review of our recovery program under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA) on March 4, 2016 (81 FR 11518). Under the ESA, section 4(f) requires the Secretary to develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of endangered and threatened species. Those recovery plans must include objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would lead to a determination that the species be removed from the list, sitespecific management actions necessary to achieve the plan’s goal for the conservation of the species, and estimates of the time and costs to carry out the measures identified in the plan. We currently have final recovery plans for 47 species and draft recovery plans for five species. Recovery plans are not started or are under development for 39 species. The objective of the recovery program review is to determine if the current recovery planning process results in recovery plans that are effective roadmaps for recovering the species as evidenced by whether the plans are being implemented by NMFS and stakeholders, resulting in progress towards meeting the recovery criteria so that the species may be delisted. This review will evaluate, within the context of current budget constraints, the efficacy of the recovery planning process, including the quality of the recovery plans, the implementation of recovery actions, and the monitoring of recovery progress. This review will provide recommendations to improve recovery plans and the recovery planning and implementation process to increase the likelihood of recovering species. The meeting is open to the public all day, and the public will have an opportunity to provide verbal or written comments in one-hour sessions each day. See agenda for remote access information and timing for public comments at under Recent News and mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Apr 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 Hot Topics at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: April 8, 2016. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–08561 Filed 4–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Recruitment of First Responder Network Authority Board Members National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issues this Notice on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to initiate the annual process to seek expressions of interest from individuals who would like to serve on the FirstNet Board.1 Four of the 12 appointments of nonpermanent members to the FirstNet Board expire in August 2016. The Secretary of Commerce may reappoint individuals to serve on the FirstNet Board provided they have not served two consecutive full three-year terms.2 NTIA issues this Notice to obtain expressions of interest in the event the Secretary must fill any vacancies arising on the Board. Expressions of interest will be accepted until May 20, 2016. DATES: Expressions of interest must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before May 20, 2016. ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit expressions of interest as described below should send that information to: Marsha MacBride, Acting Associate SUMMARY: 1 The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) created FirstNet as an independent authority within NTIA, directing it to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of a single nationwide interoperable broadband network. Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Public Law 112–96, 126 Stat. 156 (‘‘Act’’), codified at 47 U.S.C. 1401 et. seq. FirstNet must exercise, through the actions of its Board, all powers specifically granted by the provisions of the Act and such incidental powers as shall be necessary. 47 U.S.C. 1424(b)(1). 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marsha MacBride, Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4078, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–5802; email: mmacbride@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background and Authority The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA and charged it with ensuring the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, based on a single, national network architecture.3 FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, ensuring nationwide standards for use and access of the network; issuing open, transparent, and competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) to build, operate, and maintain the network; encouraging these RFPs to leverage, to the maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial wireless infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and managing and overseeing contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and maintain the network.4 FirstNet holds the single public safety license granted for wireless public safety broadband deployment. The FirstNet Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of FirstNet to ensure the success of the nationwide network. II. Structure The FirstNet Board is composed of 15 voting members. The Act names the 3 47 4 47 E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM U.S.C. 1422(b). U.S.C. 1426(b)(1). 14APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 72 (Thursday, April 14, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22058-22059]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-08561]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE479


Endangered Species Act; Public Meeting Addendum

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting, addendum.

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SUMMARY: The purpose of the program review is to ensure that recovery 
program priorities and implementation are aligned with resources and 
mission mandates; enhance and align strategic management of NMFS 
regulatory programs; and provide transparency in the operation of NMFS 
recovery

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program. The purpose of this notice is to provide the final agenda and 
remote access information for the public meeting.

DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday April 19, 2016, through 
Thursday April 21, 2016, at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NOAA Science Center, 1301 
East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: 301-713-1010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Therese Conant, NMFS Office of 
Protected Resources, 301-427-8456.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, NMFS, announced a public meeting of a 
review of our recovery program under the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (ESA) on March 4, 2016 (81 FR 11518). Under the ESA, 
section 4(f) requires the Secretary to develop and implement recovery 
plans for the conservation and survival of endangered and threatened 
species. Those recovery plans must include objective, measurable 
criteria which, when met, would lead to a determination that the 
species be removed from the list, site-specific management actions 
necessary to achieve the plan's goal for the conservation of the 
species, and estimates of the time and costs to carry out the measures 
identified in the plan.
    We currently have final recovery plans for 47 species and draft 
recovery plans for five species. Recovery plans are not started or are 
under development for 39 species. The objective of the recovery program 
review is to determine if the current recovery planning process results 
in recovery plans that are effective roadmaps for recovering the 
species as evidenced by whether the plans are being implemented by NMFS 
and stakeholders, resulting in progress towards meeting the recovery 
criteria so that the species may be delisted. This review will 
evaluate, within the context of current budget constraints, the 
efficacy of the recovery planning process, including the quality of the 
recovery plans, the implementation of recovery actions, and the 
monitoring of recovery progress. This review will provide 
recommendations to improve recovery plans and the recovery planning and 
implementation process to increase the likelihood of recovering 
species.
    The meeting is open to the public all day, and the public will have 
an opportunity to provide verbal or written comments in one-hour 
sessions each day. See agenda for remote access information and timing 
for public comments at under Recent News and Hot Topics at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: April 8, 2016.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-08561 Filed 4-13-16; 8:45 am]
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