Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 1757-1759 [2016-31736]

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[FR Doc. 2017–00064 Filed 1–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–35–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR04310000, XXXR0680G1, RA202240000019200] Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, Santa Fe County, New Mexico Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of five alternatives in planning, designing, and constructing the regional water system and alternatives for the connected actions in the Pojoaque Basin in northcentral New Mexico, as authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (Title VI of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010; Pub. L. 111–291, Title VI; 124 Stat. 3065). DATES: Written comments on the DEIS should be submitted on or before sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Jan 05, 2017 Jkt 241001 Monday, February 27, 2017. Four public meetings to provide information and receive oral or written comments will be held on: 1. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Santa Fe, New Mexico. 2. Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tesuque, New Mexico. 3. Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:00 ´ p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Nambe, New Mexico. 4. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Santa Fe, New Mexico. ADDRESSES: Send written comments or requests for copies of the DEIS to Mr. Larry Moore, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102; or via email to pojoaquebasineis@usbr.gov. Public meetings will be held at the following locations: 1. Santa Fe—Pojoaque Valley High School, 1574 NM–502, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506. 2. Tesuque—Tesuque Valley Elementary School, 1555 Bishops Lodge Road, Tesuque, New Mexico 87574. ´ 3. Nambe—Nambe Community ´ Center, 180A State Road 503, Nambe, New Mexico 87506. 4. Santa Fe—Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508. Electronic copies of the DEIS may be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Web site at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/ envdocs/eis.html, or the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System project Web site at www.pojoaquebasineis.com. Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for specific locations where the DEIS is available for public review and inspection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Larry Moore, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, lemoore@usbr.gov, (505) 462–3702. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) prepared this DEIS in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Indian Health Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pueblo de San Ildefonso, ´ Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Santa Fe County, and the City of Santa Fe. Background The Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System (RWS) is described in and authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (Settlement Act). The PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1757 Settlement Act authorizes and ratifies the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement), dated January 19, 2006, as conformed to the Settlement Act and amendments. The settlement parties are the United States; the State of New Mexico; Santa Fe County; City of Santa Fe; Pueblo de ´ San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque (Settlement Pueblos); and other individuals. The Settlement Agreement resolves the water rights claims of the Settlement Pueblos. Among other provisions, the RWS and 2,220 acre-feet per year of new water supply to the basin are included in the Settlement Agreement in exchange for the Pueblos agreeing to reduce their claims to water within the basin and to limit their priority calls against existing non-Pueblo water users. The Settlement Agreement also addresses funding for other water-related projects on the Settlement Pueblos. Proposed Federal Action The proposed federal action is to plan, design, and construct a regional water system in accordance with the Settlement Agreement, consisting of water diversion from the Rio Grande and water treatment facilities on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, along with storage tanks, transmission and distribution pipelines, and well fields that are necessary to supply up to 4,000 acre-feet of water annually to customers in the Pojoaque Basin. Purpose and Need for the Proposed Federal Action The purpose of Reclamation’s proposed action is to reliably provide a firm, safe supply of treated drinking water for distribution in the Pojoaque Basin, in compliance with the Settlement Act. The need for Reclamation’s action is to reduce reliance on groundwater in the Pojoaque Basin and to allow the Settlement Pueblos to receive a portion of the water provided under the Settlement Act. Reclamation’s action would also enable the Settlement Pueblos to use funding made available in the Settlement Act for certain water-related infrastructure improvements, if requested. This funding can be requested prior to substantial completion of the RWS and used for water-related improvements that would be more cost effective when implemented in conjunction with RWS construction if approved by the Secretary (Settlement Act, Section 615[d][7][A][ii]). E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1 1758 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 4 / Friday, January 6, 2017 / Notices The DEIS Analyzes Five Alternatives The DEIS assesses the potential environmental effects of five alternatives. These include the No Action Alternative (Alternative A), and four action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, D, and E) that vary in six main components or project elements: 1. Firm, reliable water supply. 2. Primary source water collection. 3. Water treatment. 4. Short-term storage. 5. Water transmission and distribution system, including pipelines, pumping plants, forebay tanks, and other associated facilities. 6. Electrical power service sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Alternative A: The No Action Alternative The No Action Alternative is the ‘‘no build’’ alternative. Under this alternative, the RWS would not be constructed, the Settlement Agreement would be nullified, and Aamodt litigation over water rights claims would likely resume. A firm, reliable water supply would not be provided to residents of the Pojoaque Basin. Under the No Action Alternative, the benefits of the proposed RWS would not be realized. Use of domestic wells would continue to reduce groundwater and surface water supplies in the Pojoaque Basin. The Pueblos would continue to rely on their existing separate water systems, rather than integrating their systems into one regional system. Alternative B Alternative B incorporates the RWS facilities and components described in a 2008 Engineering Report prepared by HKM Engineering, Inc., as updated through surveys and public input. The HKM Engineering Report served as the preliminary RWS concept for the Settlement Act. Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of these components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by diverting surface flows from the Rio Grande, supplemented by operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies, as well as one of the following three backup aquifer storage and recovery water supply options: • Three deep injection and recovery wells for injecting raw or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in the RWS; or • Three shallow injection and recovery wells for injecting raw or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in the RWS; or • Three shallow passive infiltration reaches and recovery wells for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Jan 05, 2017 Jkt 241001 infiltrating raw surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in the RWS. 2. A side-channel surface diversion structure and pumping plant with a sediment removal and return system on the east bank of the Rio Grande on Pueblo de San Ildefonso lands, just north of the Otowi Bridge. 3. A water treatment plant and pumping plant on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso on the south side of State Highway 502, approximately 0.75 mile east of the Otowi Bridge. 4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing storage tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system including approximately 194 miles of pipelines, seven pumping plants, and pressurereducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 14.7 miles of new electrical distribution lines. Alternative C Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the following major components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande, supplemented by operational planning and scheduling of San JuanChama Project water supplies. 2. A parallel river interceptor drain in the alluvium, below the water table in the bosque and on the east side of the Rio Grande north of the Otowi Bridge. 3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho power substation. 4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing storage tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system including approximately 188.9 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 7 miles of new electrical distribution lines supplemented by distributed solar generation. Alternative D Under Alternative D, the RWS would consist of the following major components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting flows from the scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies. 2. An infiltration gallery (an estimated 180 horizontal drains to collect groundwater) on the east bank to the Rio Grande. PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho power substation. 4. Sixteen new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system, including approximately 188.1 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 6.4 miles of new electrical distribution lines, supplemented by distributed solar generation. Alternative E: Preferred Alternative Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the following major components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande and supplementing it with operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies, as well as a combination of new and existing conjunctive use wells to allow water to be withdrawn when sufficient supply may not be available from the subsurface water source. 2. Four horizontal radial well collectors on the east bank of the Rio Grande, on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, north of the Otowi Bridge. 3. A water treatment plant located on the west side of County Road 101D, north of State Highway 502. 4. Nine new short-term storage tanks, in addition to 15 existing storage tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system, including approximately 165.5 miles of pipelines, 6 pumping plants, and pressurereducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 6.5 miles of new overhead and buried electrical distribution lines, supplemented by distributed solar generation. Connected Actions The DEIS also includes analyses of three connected actions: (1) The Rio Pojoaque irrigation improvement project, (2) the Pueblo de San Ildefonso future project which consists of a wastewater system and water distribution infrastructure, and (3) the Rio Tesuque channel modification project. Each of the connected actions have been analyzed in the DEIS to the extent that the details of the projects have been developed. Public Review and Where To Find Copies of the DEIS The DEIS may be viewed at the Reclamation’s Web site at E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 4 / Friday, January 6, 2017 / Notices http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/ eis.html or the RWS project Web site at www.pojoaquebasineis.com. Copies of the DEIS are available for public review and inspection at the following locations: 1. Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. 2. Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240–0001. 3. Santa Fe County Pojoaque Satellite Office, 5 West Gutierrez, Suite 9, Pojoaque, New Mexico 87506 (in the Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza). Special Assistance for Public Meetings If special assistance is required at the public meetings, please contact Ms. Mary Carlson at (505) 462–3576, or via email at mcarlson@usbr.gov. Please contact Ms. Carlson at least 10 working days prior to the meetings. A telephone device for the hearing impaired is available at (800) 877–8339. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: December 21, 2016. Thomas M. Iseman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Water and Science. [FR Doc. 2016–31736 Filed 1–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint entitled Certain Basketball Backboard Components and Products Containing the Same, DN 3191. The Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Jan 05, 2017 Jkt 241001 or complainant’s filing under § 210.8(b) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov, and will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at United States International Trade Commission (USITC) at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission has received a complaint and a submission pursuant to (19 CFR 210.8(b)) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure filed on behalf of Lifetime Products, Inc. on December 30, 2016. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337) in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain basketball backboard components and products containing the same. The complaint names as respondents Russel Brands, LLC d/b/a Spalding of Bowling Green, KY and Reliable Sports Equipment (Wujiang) Co., Ltd. of China. The complainant requests that the Commission issue a limited exclusion order, cease and desist orders and impose a bond upon respondents’ alleged infringing articles during the 60-day Presidential review period pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337(j). Proposed respondents, other interested parties, and members of the public are invited to file comments, not to exceed five (5) pages in length, inclusive of attachments, on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or § 210.8(b) filing. Comments should address whether issuance of the relief specifically requested by the complainant in this investigation would PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1759 affect the public health and welfare in the United States, competitive conditions in the United States economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, or United States consumers. In particular, the Commission is interested in comments that: (i) Explain how the articles potentially subject to the requested remedial orders are used in the United States; (ii) identify any public health, safety, or welfare concerns in the United States relating to the requested remedial orders; (iii) identify like or directly competitive articles that complainant, its licensees, or third parties make in the United States which could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded; (iv) indicate whether complainant, complainant’s licensees, and/or third party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to the requested exclusion order and/or a cease and desist order within a commercially reasonable time; and (v) explain how the requested remedial orders would impact United States consumers. Written submissions must be filed no later than by close of business, eight calendar days after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. There will be further opportunities for comment on the public interest after the issuance of any final initial determination in this investigation. Persons filing written submissions must file the original document electronically on or before the deadlines stated above and submit 8 true paper copies to the Office of the Secretary by noon the next day pursuant to § 210.4(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.4(f)). Submissions should refer to the docket number (‘‘Docket No. 3191’’) in a prominent place on the cover page and/ or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic Filing Procedures, Electronic Filing Procedures 1). Persons with questions regarding filing should contact the Secretary (202–205–2000). Any person desiring to submit a document to the Commission in confidence must request confidential treatment. All such requests should be directed to the Secretary to the Commission and must include a full 1 Handbook for Electronic Filing Procedures: https://www.usitc.gov/documents/ handbook_on_filing_procedures.pdf. E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[RR04310000, XXXR0680G1, RA202240000019200]


Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional 
Water System, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review 
and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the 
Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System. The DEIS analyzes the potential 
environmental impacts of five alternatives in planning, designing, and 
constructing the regional water system and alternatives for the 
connected actions in the Pojoaque Basin in north-central New Mexico, as 
authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (Title VI of the 
Claims Resolution Act of 2010; Pub. L. 111-291, Title VI; 124 Stat. 
3065).

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS should be submitted on or before 
Monday, February 27, 2017. Four public meetings to provide information 
and receive oral or written comments will be held on:
    1. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Santa Fe, 
New Mexico.
    2. Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tesuque, 
New Mexico.
    3. Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 
Namb[eacute], New Mexico.
    4. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Santa Fe, 
New Mexico.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments or requests for copies of the DEIS to 
Mr. Larry Moore, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of 
Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE., Suite 100, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102; or via email to 
pojoaquebasineis@usbr.gov.
    Public meetings will be held at the following locations:
    1. Santa Fe--Pojoaque Valley High School, 1574 NM-502, Santa Fe, 
New Mexico 87506.
    2. Tesuque--Tesuque Valley Elementary School, 1555 Bishops Lodge 
Road, Tesuque, New Mexico 87574.
    3. Namb[eacute]--Nambe Community Center, 180A State Road 503, 
Namb[eacute], New Mexico 87506.
    4. Santa Fe--Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, 
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508.
    Electronic copies of the DEIS may be viewed at the Bureau of 
Reclamation's Web site at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/eis.html, or 
the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System project Web site at 
www.pojoaquebasineis.com. Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section for specific locations where the DEIS is available for public 
review and inspection.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Larry Moore, Environmental 
Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, lemoore@usbr.gov, (505) 
462-3702.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) 
prepared this DEIS in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, U.S. Indian Health Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of 
Namb[eacute], Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico 
Department of Transportation, Santa Fe County, and the City of Santa 
Fe.

Background

    The Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System (RWS) is described in and 
authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (Settlement Act). 
The Settlement Act authorizes and ratifies the Aamodt Litigation 
Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement), dated January 19, 2006, as 
conformed to the Settlement Act and amendments. The settlement parties 
are the United States; the State of New Mexico; Santa Fe County; City 
of Santa Fe; Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Namb[eacute], Pueblo of 
Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque (Settlement Pueblos); and other 
individuals. The Settlement Agreement resolves the water rights claims 
of the Settlement Pueblos.
    Among other provisions, the RWS and 2,220 acre-feet per year of new 
water supply to the basin are included in the Settlement Agreement in 
exchange for the Pueblos agreeing to reduce their claims to water 
within the basin and to limit their priority calls against existing 
non-Pueblo water users. The Settlement Agreement also addresses funding 
for other water-related projects on the Settlement Pueblos.

Proposed Federal Action

    The proposed federal action is to plan, design, and construct a 
regional water system in accordance with the Settlement Agreement, 
consisting of water diversion from the Rio Grande and water treatment 
facilities on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, along with storage tanks, 
transmission and distribution pipelines, and well fields that are 
necessary to supply up to 4,000 acre-feet of water annually to 
customers in the Pojoaque Basin.

Purpose and Need for the Proposed Federal Action

    The purpose of Reclamation's proposed action is to reliably provide 
a firm, safe supply of treated drinking water for distribution in the 
Pojoaque Basin, in compliance with the Settlement Act. The need for 
Reclamation's action is to reduce reliance on groundwater in the 
Pojoaque Basin and to allow the Settlement Pueblos to receive a portion 
of the water provided under the Settlement Act. Reclamation's action 
would also enable the Settlement Pueblos to use funding made available 
in the Settlement Act for certain water-related infrastructure 
improvements, if requested. This funding can be requested prior to 
substantial completion of the RWS and used for water-related 
improvements that would be more cost effective when implemented in 
conjunction with RWS construction if approved by the Secretary 
(Settlement Act, Section 615[d][7][A][ii]).

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The DEIS Analyzes Five Alternatives

    The DEIS assesses the potential environmental effects of five 
alternatives. These include the No Action Alternative (Alternative A), 
and four action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, D, and E) that vary in 
six main components or project elements:
    1. Firm, reliable water supply.
    2. Primary source water collection.
    3. Water treatment.
    4. Short-term storage.
    5. Water transmission and distribution system, including pipelines, 
pumping plants, forebay tanks, and other associated facilities.
    6. Electrical power service

Alternative A: The No Action Alternative

    The No Action Alternative is the ``no build'' alternative. Under 
this alternative, the RWS would not be constructed, the Settlement 
Agreement would be nullified, and Aamodt litigation over water rights 
claims would likely resume. A firm, reliable water supply would not be 
provided to residents of the Pojoaque Basin. Under the No Action 
Alternative, the benefits of the proposed RWS would not be realized. 
Use of domestic wells would continue to reduce groundwater and surface 
water supplies in the Pojoaque Basin. The Pueblos would continue to 
rely on their existing separate water systems, rather than integrating 
their systems into one regional system.

Alternative B

    Alternative B incorporates the RWS facilities and components 
described in a 2008 Engineering Report prepared by HKM Engineering, 
Inc., as updated through surveys and public input. The HKM Engineering 
Report served as the preliminary RWS concept for the Settlement Act. 
Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of these components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by diverting 
surface flows from the Rio Grande, supplemented by operational planning 
and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies, as well as one 
of the following three backup aquifer storage and recovery water supply 
options:
     Three deep injection and recovery wells for injecting raw 
or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in 
the RWS; or
     Three shallow injection and recovery wells for injecting 
raw or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use 
in the RWS; or
     Three shallow passive infiltration reaches and recovery 
wells for infiltrating raw surface water into an aquifer and recovering 
it for use in the RWS.
    2. A side-channel surface diversion structure and pumping plant 
with a sediment removal and return system on the east bank of the Rio 
Grande on Pueblo de San Ildefonso lands, just north of the Otowi 
Bridge.
    3. A water treatment plant and pumping plant on the Pueblo de San 
Ildefonso on the south side of State Highway 502, approximately 0.75 
mile east of the Otowi Bridge.
    4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing 
storage tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system including 
approximately 194 miles of pipelines, seven pumping plants, and 
pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 14.7 miles of new electrical distribution lines.

Alternative C

    Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the following 
major components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting 
flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande, supplemented by 
operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water 
supplies.
    2. A parallel river interceptor drain in the alluvium, below the 
water table in the bosque and on the east side of the Rio Grande north 
of the Otowi Bridge.
    3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de 
San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho 
power substation.
    4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing 
storage tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system including 
approximately 188.9 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping 
plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 7 miles of new electrical distribution lines 
supplemented by distributed solar generation.

Alternative D

    Under Alternative D, the RWS would consist of the following major 
components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting 
flows from the scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies.
    2. An infiltration gallery (an estimated 180 horizontal drains to 
collect groundwater) on the east bank to the Rio Grande.
    3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de 
San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho 
power substation.
    4. Sixteen new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing 
tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system, including 
approximately 188.1 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping 
plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 6.4 miles of new electrical distribution lines, 
supplemented by distributed solar generation.

Alternative E: Preferred Alternative

    Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the following 
major components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting 
flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande and supplementing it 
with operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project 
water supplies, as well as a combination of new and existing 
conjunctive use wells to allow water to be withdrawn when sufficient 
supply may not be available from the subsurface water source.
    2. Four horizontal radial well collectors on the east bank of the 
Rio Grande, on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, north of the Otowi Bridge.
    3. A water treatment plant located on the west side of County Road 
101D, north of State Highway 502.
    4. Nine new short-term storage tanks, in addition to 15 existing 
storage tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system, including 
approximately 165.5 miles of pipelines, 6 pumping plants, and pressure-
reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 6.5 miles of new overhead and buried electrical 
distribution lines, supplemented by distributed solar generation.

Connected Actions

    The DEIS also includes analyses of three connected actions: (1) The 
Rio Pojoaque irrigation improvement project, (2) the Pueblo de San 
Ildefonso future project which consists of a wastewater system and 
water distribution infrastructure, and (3) the Rio Tesuque channel 
modification project. Each of the connected actions have been analyzed 
in the DEIS to the extent that the details of the projects have been 
developed.

Public Review and Where To Find Copies of the DEIS

    The DEIS may be viewed at the Reclamation's Web site at

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http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/eis.html or the RWS project Web site at 
www.pojoaquebasineis.com. Copies of the DEIS are available for public 
review and inspection at the following locations:
    1. Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway 
NE., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.
    2. Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 
C Street NW., Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240-0001.
    3. Santa Fe County Pojoaque Satellite Office, 5 West Gutierrez, 
Suite 9, Pojoaque, New Mexico 87506 (in the Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza).

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    If special assistance is required at the public meetings, please 
contact Ms. Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576, or via email at 
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prior to the meetings. A telephone device for the hearing impaired is 
available at (800) 877-8339.

Public Disclosure

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

    Dated: December 21, 2016.
 Thomas M. Iseman,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Water and Science.
[FR Doc. 2016-31736 Filed 1-5-17; 8:45 am]
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