Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Mill Creek Project Operation and Maintenance, Walla Walla County, in the State of Washington, 11024-11025 [2017-03203]

Download as PDF 11024 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notice of Extension of the Public Comment Period for the Draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: On December 16, 2016 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register (81 FR 91151) for the Draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP–EIS). The original comment period was scheduled to end February 24, 2017. This notice extends the public comment period to April 24, 2017. DATES: Submit written comments on the draft EIS on or before April 24, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, ATTN: CENWO–PM–AC— MRRMP–EIS, 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 68102; or provide comments via an online comment form (preferred method) at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ MRRMP. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The above address or email to cenwoplanning@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: None. SUMMARY: Dated: February 6, 2017. Mark Harberg, Missouri River Recovery Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [FR Doc. 2017–03210 Filed 2–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Mill Creek Project Operation and Maintenance, Walla Walla County, in the State of Washington Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for the continued operation and SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 maintenance (O&M) of the federally managed portion of the Mill Creek Flood Control Project (Project) at Walla Walla, Washington, and implementation of actions to avoid or minimize potential effects to Endangered Species Act (ESA)—listed fish and/or associated critical habitat. The SEIS will supplement the June 1975, Mill Creek Project, Walla Walla, Washington, Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), prepared by the Corps for the operation, maintenance, and improvement of the federally managed portion of the Project. The SEIS will identify and evaluate current O&M actions that may not have been adequately addressed in the 1975 FEIS or have been implemented since completion of the 1975 FEIS, and actions that are proposed for the future. It will also identify and evaluate operational and structural measures the Corps has proposed to improve fish passage through the Project. The 1975 FEIS did not adequately address the effects of the Project on fish species, particularly MidColumbia River steelhead and Columbia Basin bull trout. These species were listed under the ESA in the 1990’s, and both Mill Creek and Yellowhawk Creek (a distributary of Mill Creek) have been designated as critical habitat. ADDRESSES: Comments should be mailed to Walla Walla District, Corps of Engineers, CENWW–PPL–C, Mill Creek SEIS, 201 North Third Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362–1876, or submitted via email to NEPANWW@ usace.army.mil and inserting ‘‘Mill Creek SEIS’’ in the subject line. Comments may also be submitted at the public scoping meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and SEIS can be answered by Mr. Alex Colter, Project Manager, Walla Walla District, Corps of Engineers, CENWW– PM–PPL–P, 201 North Third Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362–1876, phone (509) 527–7254; or Ms. Sandra Shelin, NEPA Coordinator, Walla Walla District, Corps of Engineers, CENWW–PPL–C, 201 North Third Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362–1876, phone (509) 527–7265; or via email to NEPANWW@ usace.army.mil and inserting ‘‘Mill Creek SEIS’’ in the subject line. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Mill Creek Flood Control Project (MCFCP) was constructed to provide flood risk reduction for the City of Walla Walla (City) and adjacent downstream areas. The major structural components of the Project were completed in 1942 with minor components added thereafter. Fish ladders were constructed in 1982. The federally managed portion of the PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 MCFCP (Project) consists of a diversion dam on Mill Creek to divert flood waters about 11⁄2 miles upstream of the City to an off-stream storage reservoir (Bennington Lake); a dam that impounds Bennington Lake; a division works downstream on Mill Creek to direct flows into two distributaries, Yellowhawk and Garrison creeks; and about one mile of engineered channel extending between the diversion dam to just downstream of the division works. The local flood control district maintains the remaining six miles of engineered channel extending downstream from the federally managed channel through the City to Gose Street Bridge in Walla Walla County. The primary purpose of the Project is to provide flood risk management, but recreation was added as a project purpose in 1944. The Project also provides fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities associated with fish and wildlife. For the purpose of this SEIS, the ‘‘Project’’ consists of only the federally operated and maintained portion of the MCFCP. The Corps has identified several ongoing O&M activities that may not have been adequately addressed in the 1975 FEIS or were implemented after the 1975 FEIS, as well as proposed new O&M actions. These include: On-Going O&M • Update pest management to address invasive species. • Perform levee vegetation maintenance. • Periodically remove accumulated sediment from the diversion dam forebay. • Periodically remove debris from the Russell Creek Canal (used to drain flood flows from Bennington Lake). • Perform trail construction and maintenance. • Install recreation features such as benches and shelters. • Maintain a conservation pool for fish stocking and recreational use of Bennington Lake. Proposed New O&M Actions • Plant food plots for pollinating insects. • Construct an interpretive center. • Use prescribed burning to manage vegetation. • Upgrade and improve the water seepage monitoring system at the storage dam. • Remove accumulated sediment from around the intake tower in Bennington Lake. • Evaluate the flow level for starting to divert flood flows into Bennington Lake. E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices The Corps initiated consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Services) on the effects of Project O&M activities on species listed under ESA. As part of that consultation, the Corps has proposed several conservation measures that would modify structures or O&M of the Project. The Services are preparing their respective Biological Opinions (BiOps) and the Corps expects the Services may incorporate the conservation measures as part of their respective BiOps. The Corps will need to complete applicable environmental compliance, including evaluation under NEPA, prior to adopting and implementing any terms and conditions in the BiOps. The proposed SEIS would constitute that evaluation under NEPA. The Corps has proposed several measures to improve conditions for steelhead and bull trout, including the following, subject to authority and funding: • Use an existing Memorandum of Understanding with Washington Department of Ecology to continue to allow diversion of flows down Yellowhawk Creek during non-flood periods to benefit fish. • Construct a low flow channel through the remaining 81 weirs in the one-mile section of engineered channel managed by the Corps. • Construct a new fish ladder at the diversion dam. • Construct a new fish ladder at the division works. • Continue fish passage monitoring. • Continue to operate and maintain the rotating drum fish screens at the entrance to the intake canal to prevent diversion of fish to Bennington Lake during non-flood flow diversions. • Strive to make non-flood flow diversions to Bennington Lake when those diversions will not reduce flows in the engineered channel below an acceptable minimum flow. • Conduct fish salvage, as necessary, during O&M activities that have the potential to strand fish. • Use trap nets or similar methods to capture fish after a flood event if an unscreened diversion of flood flows into Bennington Lake occurs. • Perform in-water work during identified in-water work windows. • Take specific precautions to minimize effects of operating vehicles in or near streams. The SEIS may address some of the measures, alternatives, and impacts on a programmatic level. However, the SEIS will present the coordination and environmental review steps the Corps will take with regard to any subsequent site-specific actions. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 Request for Scoping Comments: The Corps invites affected Federal, state, and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, and other interested organizations and persons to participate in the development of the SEIS. The Corps invites interested parties to provide specific comments on issues and alternatives the Corps should evaluate in the SEIS related to the continued O&M of the Project. Comments, requests to be placed on the SEIS mailing list, and requests for information may be submitted to either of the addresses above. All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. Interested parties should not submit confidential business or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Public Scoping Meeting: The Corps currently plans to conduct a public scoping meeting for this SEIS in early 2017. The exact date, time, and location of the scoping meeting has not yet been determined. The Corps will publicize this information once the meeting arrangements have been made. The draft SEIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review in fall 2017. The final SEIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review in summer 2018. Lieutenant Damon A. Delarosa, LTC, EN, Commanding. 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The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Application for the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP). OMB Control Number: 1810–0646. Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement, Mill Creek Project Operation and Maintenance, Walla 
Walla County, in the State of Washington

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

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a 
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), in compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for the continued 
operation and maintenance (O&M) of the federally managed portion of the 
Mill Creek Flood Control Project (Project) at Walla Walla, Washington, 
and implementation of actions to avoid or minimize potential effects to 
Endangered Species Act (ESA)--listed fish and/or associated critical 
habitat. The SEIS will supplement the June 1975, Mill Creek Project, 
Walla Walla, Washington, Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), 
prepared by the Corps for the operation, maintenance, and improvement 
of the federally managed portion of the Project. The SEIS will identify 
and evaluate current O&M actions that may not have been adequately 
addressed in the 1975 FEIS or have been implemented since completion of 
the 1975 FEIS, and actions that are proposed for the future. It will 
also identify and evaluate operational and structural measures the 
Corps has proposed to improve fish passage through the Project. The 
1975 FEIS did not adequately address the effects of the Project on fish 
species, particularly Mid-Columbia River steelhead and Columbia Basin 
bull trout. These species were listed under the ESA in the 1990's, and 
both Mill Creek and Yellowhawk Creek (a distributary of Mill Creek) 
have been designated as critical habitat.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be mailed to Walla Walla District, Corps of 
Engineers, CENWW-PPL-C, Mill Creek SEIS, 201 North Third Avenue, Walla 
Walla, WA 99362-1876, or submitted via email to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil 
and inserting ``Mill Creek SEIS'' in the subject line. Comments may 
also be submitted at the public scoping meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and SEIS can be answered by Mr. Alex Colter, Project Manager, Walla 
Walla District, Corps of Engineers, CENWW-PM-PPL-P, 201 North Third 
Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876, phone (509) 527-7254; or Ms. Sandra 
Shelin, NEPA Coordinator, Walla Walla District, Corps of Engineers, 
CENWW-PPL-C, 201 North Third Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876, phone 
(509) 527-7265; or via email to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil and inserting 
``Mill Creek SEIS'' in the subject line.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Mill Creek Flood Control Project (MCFCP) 
was constructed to provide flood risk reduction for the City of Walla 
Walla (City) and adjacent downstream areas. The major structural 
components of the Project were completed in 1942 with minor components 
added thereafter. Fish ladders were constructed in 1982. The federally 
managed portion of the MCFCP (Project) consists of a diversion dam on 
Mill Creek to divert flood waters about 1\1/2\ miles upstream of the 
City to an off-stream storage reservoir (Bennington Lake); a dam that 
impounds Bennington Lake; a division works downstream on Mill Creek to 
direct flows into two distributaries, Yellowhawk and Garrison creeks; 
and about one mile of engineered channel extending between the 
diversion dam to just downstream of the division works. The local flood 
control district maintains the remaining six miles of engineered 
channel extending downstream from the federally managed channel through 
the City to Gose Street Bridge in Walla Walla County. The primary 
purpose of the Project is to provide flood risk management, but 
recreation was added as a project purpose in 1944. The Project also 
provides fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities 
associated with fish and wildlife. For the purpose of this SEIS, the 
``Project'' consists of only the federally operated and maintained 
portion of the MCFCP.
    The Corps has identified several on-going O&M activities that may 
not have been adequately addressed in the 1975 FEIS or were implemented 
after the 1975 FEIS, as well as proposed new O&M actions. These 
include:

On-Going O&M

     Update pest management to address invasive species.
     Perform levee vegetation maintenance.
     Periodically remove accumulated sediment from the 
diversion dam forebay.
     Periodically remove debris from the Russell Creek Canal 
(used to drain flood flows from Bennington Lake).
     Perform trail construction and maintenance.
     Install recreation features such as benches and shelters.
     Maintain a conservation pool for fish stocking and 
recreational use of Bennington Lake.

Proposed New O&M Actions

     Plant food plots for pollinating insects.
     Construct an interpretive center.
     Use prescribed burning to manage vegetation.
     Upgrade and improve the water seepage monitoring system at 
the storage dam.
     Remove accumulated sediment from around the intake tower 
in Bennington Lake.
     Evaluate the flow level for starting to divert flood flows 
into Bennington Lake.

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    The Corps initiated consultation with the National Marine Fisheries 
Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Services) on the 
effects of Project O&M activities on species listed under ESA. As part 
of that consultation, the Corps has proposed several conservation 
measures that would modify structures or O&M of the Project. The 
Services are preparing their respective Biological Opinions (BiOps) and 
the Corps expects the Services may incorporate the conservation 
measures as part of their respective BiOps. The Corps will need to 
complete applicable environmental compliance, including evaluation 
under NEPA, prior to adopting and implementing any terms and conditions 
in the BiOps. The proposed SEIS would constitute that evaluation under 
NEPA. The Corps has proposed several measures to improve conditions for 
steelhead and bull trout, including the following, subject to authority 
and funding:
     Use an existing Memorandum of Understanding with 
Washington Department of Ecology to continue to allow diversion of 
flows down Yellowhawk Creek during non-flood periods to benefit fish.
     Construct a low flow channel through the remaining 81 
weirs in the one-mile section of engineered channel managed by the 
Corps.
     Construct a new fish ladder at the diversion dam.
     Construct a new fish ladder at the division works.
     Continue fish passage monitoring.
     Continue to operate and maintain the rotating drum fish 
screens at the entrance to the intake canal to prevent diversion of 
fish to Bennington Lake during non-flood flow diversions.
     Strive to make non-flood flow diversions to Bennington 
Lake when those diversions will not reduce flows in the engineered 
channel below an acceptable minimum flow.
     Conduct fish salvage, as necessary, during O&M activities 
that have the potential to strand fish.
     Use trap nets or similar methods to capture fish after a 
flood event if an unscreened diversion of flood flows into Bennington 
Lake occurs.
     Perform in-water work during identified in-water work 
windows.
     Take specific precautions to minimize effects of operating 
vehicles in or near streams.
    The SEIS may address some of the measures, alternatives, and 
impacts on a programmatic level. However, the SEIS will present the 
coordination and environmental review steps the Corps will take with 
regard to any subsequent site-specific actions.
    Request for Scoping Comments: The Corps invites affected Federal, 
state, and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, and other 
interested organizations and persons to participate in the development 
of the SEIS. The Corps invites interested parties to provide specific 
comments on issues and alternatives the Corps should evaluate in the 
SEIS related to the continued O&M of the Project. Comments, requests to 
be placed on the SEIS mailing list, and requests for information may be 
submitted to either of the addresses above. All comments and materials 
received, including names and addresses, will become part of the 
administrative record and may be released to the public. Interested 
parties should not submit confidential business or otherwise sensitive 
or protected information.
    Public Scoping Meeting: The Corps currently plans to conduct a 
public scoping meeting for this SEIS in early 2017. The exact date, 
time, and location of the scoping meeting has not yet been determined. 
The Corps will publicize this information once the meeting arrangements 
have been made. The draft SEIS is currently scheduled to be available 
for public review in fall 2017. The final SEIS is currently scheduled 
to be available for public review in summer 2018.

Lieutenant Damon A. Delarosa,
LTC, EN, Commanding.
[FR Doc. 2017-03203 Filed 2-16-17; 8:45 am]
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