Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Integrated General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Middle Rio Grande Flood Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico: Mountain View, Isleta and Belen Units, 22814-22815 [2017-10075]

Download as PDF 22814 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 95 / Thursday, May 18, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Lake Eufaula Advisory Committee Meeting Notice Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of open committee meeting. AGENCY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Lake Eufaula Advisory Committee (LEAC). The meeting is open to the public. DATES: The Committee will meet from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Legacy on Main Street, 224 North Main Street, Eufaula, OK 74432. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeff Knack; Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the Committee, in writing at Eufaula Lake Office, 102 E. BK 200 Rd., Stigler, OK 74462–1829, or by email at Jeff.Knack@usace.army.mil, or by phone at 1–918–484–5135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting is being held under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Sunshine in the Government Act of 1976 (U.S.C. 552b, as amended) and 41 Code of the Federal Regulations (CFR 102–3.150). Purpose of the Meeting: The Lake Eufaula Advisory Committee is an independent Federal advisory committee established as directed by Section 3133(b) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA 2007) (Pub. L. 110–114). The committee is advisory in nature only with duties to include providing information and recommendations to the Corps of Engineers regarding operations of Eufaula Lake, Oklahoma for project purposes. In accordance with Sections 3133(c)(2) and 3133(d)(1) of WRDA 2007, the committee will also provide recommendations on a reallocation study concerning current and future use of the Lake Eufaula storage capacity for authorized project purposes as well as a subsequent pool management plan. Agenda: This will be the third meeting of the LEAC. The committee will have a question and answer session with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives about reallocation studies and lake level manipulation plans, discuss proposals for recommendations about reallocation studies, and discuss future direction. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:43 May 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 Public’s Accessibility to the Meeting: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR 102–3.140 through 102–3.165, and the availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Seating is on a firstcome basis. Legacy on Main Street is readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. For additional information about public access procedures, contact Mr. Jeff Knack, the Committee’s Designated Federal Officer, at the email address or telephone number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Written Comments and Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.105(j) and 102–3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the public or interested organizations may submit written comments or statements to the Committee, in response to the stated agenda of the open meeting or in regard to the Committee’s mission in general. Written comments or statements should be submitted to Mr. Knack, the Committee’s Designated Federal Officer, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Each page of the comment or statement must include the author’s name, title or affiliation, address, and daytime phone number. Written comments or statements being submitted in response to the agenda set forth in this notice must be received by the Designated Federal Officer at least seven business days prior to the meeting to be considered by the Committee. 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If a member of the public is interested in making a verbal comment at the open meeting, that individual must submit a request, with a brief statement of the subject matter to be addressed by the comment, at least three PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (3) days in advance to the Committee’s Designated Federal Officer, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. The Designated Federal Officer will log each request, in the order received, and in consultation with the Committee Chair determine whether the subject matter of each comment is relevant to the Committee’s mission and/or the topics to be addressed in this public meeting. A 15-minute period near the end of meeting will be available for verbal public comments. Members of the public who have requested to make a verbal comment and whose comments have been deemed relevant under the process described above, will be allotted no more than three (3) minutes during this period, and will be invited to speak in the order in which their requests were received by the Designated Federal Officer. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–10052 Filed 5–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Integrated General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Middle Rio Grande Flood Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico: Mountain View, Isleta and Belen Units Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare a General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (GRR/SEIS). This is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for the Middle Rio Grande Flood Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico Project (Project). This also is the implementation of actions to avoid or minimize potential effects to Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species and/or associated critical habitat. The GRR/SEIS will supplement the May 1979, Middle Rio Grande Flood Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico, Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). That document assessed impacts from alternatives to reduce flood risk to structures, infrastructure and life safety. The SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 95 / Thursday, May 18, 2017 / Notices previously proposed alternative included reconstructing the existing spoil bank system maintained by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) with structurally competent levee system. ADDRESSES: Comments should be mailed to Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CESPA–PM– LE, Bernalillo to Belen Levee GRR/SEIS, 4101 Jefferson Plaza NE., Albuquerque, NM 87109, or submitted via email to Michael.D.Porter@usace.army.mil, designated by inserting ‘‘Bernalillo to Belen Levee SEIS’’ in the subject line. Comments may also be submitted at public meetings that will be scheduled at a later date. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action and SEIS can be answered by contacting Dr. Michael D. Porter, Fishery Biologist, Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CESPA–PM–LE, 4101 Jefferson Plaza NE., Albuquerque, NM 87109, by phone at (505) 342–3264; or via email to Michael.D.Porter@ usace.army.mil designated by including ‘‘Bernalillo to Belen Levee SEIS’’ in the subject line. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original spoil banks were constructed by MRGCD as part of their authority to drain wetlands and deliver irrigation water. Preparation of this GRR/SEIS became necessary due to the changes that have occurred since the project was authorized as described below. A longer period of record for hydrological data is now available to allow improved and updated hydrological analysis. New levee design criteria that address long duration flows have also been adopted by the Corps in 1993. Any proposed plan now has to incorporate new design features that prevent seepage through the levee or its foundation due to prolonged flow against the riverward toe. The Corps has adopted a probabilistic determination of flood risk to perform levee design. Three species that have been listed as threatened or endangered since 1994 occur within the study area (two with critical habitat). These include the Western Yellowbilled Cuckoo, the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow. The GRR/SEIS will investigate and determine the extent of Federal interest in a range of alternative plans designed to reduce the risk of flooding in the communities between Albuquerque and Belen. The GRR/SEIS will describe the risk of flooding in the communities between Albuquerque and Belen; evaluate a range of alternatives to VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:43 May 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 reduce flood risk and potential environmental impacts; and describe measures to minimize or mitigate for potential environmental impacts. On November 27, 1995, the Corps published the notice of intent (NOI) to prepare the SEIS for the MRG GRR study in the Federal Register (Vol. 60, No. 227). Previously Proposed Action: The Corps has previously proposed a Tentatively Selected Plan for the Project to rehabilitate the spoil bank system with an engineered levee in four Middle Rio Grande Units. The levee for the Mountain View (4.4 miles), Isleta West (3.2 miles), Belen East (18.1 miles), and Belen West Units (22.1 miles) are designed to provide protection for the 0.1% probability flood. The Corps initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) on the effects of the Project on species listed under the ESA. As part of that consultation, the Corps has proposed several conservation measures that would modify structures or operation and maintenance of the Project. The Service is preparing a Biological Opinion (BiOp) and the Corps expects that the Service may incorporate the conservation measures as part of the BiOp. The Corps will need to complete applicable environmental compliance, including evaluation under NEPA, prior to adopting and implementing any terms and conditions in the BiOp. The proposed GRR/SEIS would constitute that evaluation under NEPA. The Corps has proposed several measures to improve conditions for listed species, including the actions described in the Public Involvement Process section below, subject to authority and funding: Public Involvement Process: Coordination has been ongoing since 2008 with both public and private entities that have jurisdiction or an interest in land and resources in the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. These entities include the general public, local governments, the Pueblo of Isleta, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Service, the MRGCD, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the Interstate Stream Commission. Coordination will continue throughout the development of the SEIS through comment letters, public meetings and field visits. All interested parties, including federal, state, tribal, and public entities, will be invited to submit comments on the draft SEIS when it is circulated for review. The planning effort is also being coordinated with the Service pursuant to the requirements of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1972 and the ESA of 1973, as amended. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 22815 Consultation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer is ongoing pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Significant Issues To Be Analyzed: Significant issues to be analyzed in the development of the SEIS include the effect of the alternatives on endangered or threatened species and their critical habitat; floodplain development; water quality; riparian ecological systems; social welfare; human safety; cultural resources; and aesthetic qualities. Development of mitigation measures will be undertaken for any unavoidable impacts. Request for Review Comments: The Corps invites affected federal, state, and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, and other interested organizations and persons to participate in the review of the GRR/SEIS. The Corps invites interested parties to provide specific comments on issues and the preferred alternative in the GRR/SEIS related to the construction of the Project. Comments, requests to be placed on the GRR/SEIS mailing list, and requests for information may be submitted to the address 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 public review meetings for this GRR/SEIS in 2017. The exact date, time, and location of the public meetings has not yet been determined. The Corps will publicize this information once the meeting arrangements have been made. The draft GRR/SEIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review in summer 2017. The final GRR/SEIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review in spring 2018. James L. Booth, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander. [FR Doc. 2017–10075 Filed 5–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Integrated General 
Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, 
Middle Rio Grande Flood Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico: 
Mountain View, Isleta and Belen Units

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 
General Reevaluation Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement (GRR/SEIS). This is in compliance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for the Middle Rio Grande Flood 
Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico Project (Project). This also 
is the implementation of actions to avoid or minimize potential effects 
to Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species and/or associated 
critical habitat. The GRR/SEIS will supplement the May 1979, Middle Rio 
Grande Flood Protection Bernalillo to Belen, New Mexico, Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). That document assessed impacts 
from alternatives to reduce flood risk to structures, infrastructure 
and life safety. The

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previously proposed alternative included reconstructing the existing 
spoil bank system maintained by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy 
District (MRGCD) with structurally competent levee system.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be mailed to Albuquerque District, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, CESPA-PM-LE, Bernalillo to Belen Levee GRR/SEIS, 
4101 Jefferson Plaza NE., Albuquerque, NM 87109, or submitted via email 
to Michael.D.Porter@usace.army.mil, designated by inserting 
``Bernalillo to Belen Levee SEIS'' in the subject line. Comments may 
also be submitted at public meetings that will be scheduled at a later 
date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the proposed action 
and SEIS can be answered by contacting Dr. Michael D. Porter, Fishery 
Biologist, Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CESPA-
PM-LE, 4101 Jefferson Plaza NE., Albuquerque, NM 87109, by phone at 
(505) 342-3264; or via email to Michael.D.Porter@usace.army.mil 
designated by including ``Bernalillo to Belen Levee SEIS'' in the 
subject line.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original spoil banks were constructed by 
MRGCD as part of their authority to drain wetlands and deliver 
irrigation water.
    Preparation of this GRR/SEIS became necessary due to the changes 
that have occurred since the project was authorized as described below. 
A longer period of record for hydrological data is now available to 
allow improved and updated hydrological analysis. New levee design 
criteria that address long duration flows have also been adopted by the 
Corps in 1993. Any proposed plan now has to incorporate new design 
features that prevent seepage through the levee or its foundation due 
to prolonged flow against the riverward toe. The Corps has adopted a 
probabilistic determination of flood risk to perform levee design. 
Three species that have been listed as threatened or endangered since 
1994 occur within the study area (two with critical habitat). These 
include the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, the Southwestern Willow 
Flycatcher, and the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow.
    The GRR/SEIS will investigate and determine the extent of Federal 
interest in a range of alternative plans designed to reduce the risk of 
flooding in the communities between Albuquerque and Belen. The GRR/SEIS 
will describe the risk of flooding in the communities between 
Albuquerque and Belen; evaluate a range of alternatives to reduce flood 
risk and potential environmental impacts; and describe measures to 
minimize or mitigate for potential environmental impacts.
    On November 27, 1995, the Corps published the notice of intent 
(NOI) to prepare the SEIS for the MRG GRR study in the Federal Register 
(Vol. 60, No. 227).
    Previously Proposed Action: The Corps has previously proposed a 
Tentatively Selected Plan for the Project to rehabilitate the spoil 
bank system with an engineered levee in four Middle Rio Grande Units. 
The levee for the Mountain View (4.4 miles), Isleta West (3.2 miles), 
Belen East (18.1 miles), and Belen West Units (22.1 miles) are designed 
to provide protection for the 0.1% probability flood. The Corps 
initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service) on the effects of the Project on species listed under the 
ESA. As part of that consultation, the Corps has proposed several 
conservation measures that would modify structures or operation and 
maintenance of the Project. The Service is preparing a Biological 
Opinion (BiOp) and the Corps expects that the Service may incorporate 
the conservation measures as part of the BiOp. The Corps will need to 
complete applicable environmental compliance, including evaluation 
under NEPA, prior to adopting and implementing any terms and conditions 
in the BiOp. The proposed GRR/SEIS would constitute that evaluation 
under NEPA. The Corps has proposed several measures to improve 
conditions for listed species, including the actions described in the 
Public Involvement Process section below, subject to authority and 
funding:
    Public Involvement Process: Coordination has been ongoing since 
2008 with both public and private entities that have jurisdiction or an 
interest in land and resources in the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New 
Mexico. These entities include the general public, local governments, 
the Pueblo of Isleta, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Service, the 
MRGCD, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the Interstate 
Stream Commission. Coordination will continue throughout the 
development of the SEIS through comment letters, public meetings and 
field visits. All interested parties, including federal, state, tribal, 
and public entities, will be invited to submit comments on the draft 
SEIS when it is circulated for review.
    The planning effort is also being coordinated with the Service 
pursuant to the requirements of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act 
of 1972 and the ESA of 1973, as amended. Consultation with the Advisory 
Council on Historic Preservation and the New Mexico State Historic 
Preservation Officer is ongoing pursuant to the National Historic 
Preservation Act of 1966.
    Significant Issues To Be Analyzed: Significant issues to be 
analyzed in the development of the SEIS include the effect of the 
alternatives on endangered or threatened species and their critical 
habitat; floodplain development; water quality; riparian ecological 
systems; social welfare; human safety; cultural resources; and 
aesthetic qualities. Development of mitigation measures will be 
undertaken for any unavoidable impacts.
    Request for Review Comments: The Corps invites affected federal, 
state, and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, and other 
interested organizations and persons to participate in the review of 
the GRR/SEIS. The Corps invites interested parties to provide specific 
comments on issues and the preferred alternative in the GRR/SEIS 
related to the construction of the Project. Comments, requests to be 
placed on the GRR/SEIS mailing list, and requests for information may 
be submitted to the address 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 public 
review meetings for this GRR/SEIS in 2017. The exact date, time, and 
location of the public meetings has not yet been determined. The Corps 
will publicize this information once the meeting arrangements have been 
made. The draft GRR/SEIS is currently scheduled to be available for 
public review in summer 2017. The final GRR/SEIS is currently scheduled 
to be available for public review in spring 2018.

James L. Booth,
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, District Commander.
[FR Doc. 2017-10075 Filed 5-17-17; 8:45 am]
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